Anyone watching All is Well 都挺好 would have known by now that the Su family is not your typical TV family, and their flaws bared for the enjoyment of television viewers have turned the drama into the talk of the town. Almost every day, All Is Well is trending on social media over something that happened. The other day, it was the troublesome father inviting public ire. Recently, it was the bout of domestic violence where Su Mingcheng, played by Guo Jingfei, beat his younger sister Su Mingyu, played by Yao Chen. Seeing a grown man beat the living daylights out of a defenceless woman had people talking for days.
After producing hits such as Like A Flowing River and The Story Of Minglan, Daylight Entertainment has managed to come out with another drama that is receiving praise. The emphasis on the family dynamic has resonated with a lot of viewers as it brings attention to real world issues like gender inequality and elderly care.
In the drama, Ming Yu is the least favored daughter of the family. She gets the scraps while her mother is willing to sacrifice everything for her sons. While her mother is against her going to university, her brother, played by Gao Xin, gets to study abroad.
After the death of his wife, the dad and head of the Su family, played by Ni Dahong, shows his true colors as a selfish and immature old man. However, elderly care leaves his three children to tackle the problems of who should be taking care of their old man.
But when it comes to people, it’s never really black and white. Selfish as he may be, it wasn’t difficult to empathize with the second son Su Mingcheng when he was pouring out his and his wife’s heartaches in caring for their elderly father. However, Su Mingcheng also goes on to commit the unforgivable act of beating his sister. Whether or not she should have let him off is still up for debate.
All Is Well is pushing forward with controversial topics and it’s safe to assume that later on, there will be more drama coming along. Thankfully, it’s not all negative for Su Mingyu because she still has the best boyfriend in Shi Tiandong, played by Tony Yang.