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“How much is a promise worth these days? An aspiring fashion designer finds out when she has to choose between fulfilling her promise and realising her dream.”
The Story of 90 Coins, directed by Michael Wong, is a traditional fairytale romance, set in the modern day. Handsome young man, Wang Yuyang (played by Han Dongjun) begins the story by proclaiming his desire to marry beautiful young woman, Chen Wen (Played by Zhuang Zhiqi). When her response amounts to “Thanks but no thanks” he embarks on an epic 90 day quest to win her affections. On each day he will present her with a coin wrapped in a handwritten note. If he wins, he will be entitled to her hand in marriage. If he loses, they will spend the money on farewell drinks, as friendship is not an option.
Wang Yuyang proves himself a magnificent warrior in the pursuit of love with sentimental gestures, such as requesting a song on the radio, and displays of physical strength, including giving an under-the-weather Chen Wen a piggyback. On the 90th day, she is away, spending time with her sick grandfather. Undeterred, our hero phones her and, gathering all of his courage, requests her answer.
Admirably, she sets aside any feelings of guilt, or reminders of her own mortality brought on by the visit to her ailing grandparent, to give him the positive answer that he is seeking.
However, all hopes for our “Happily Ever After” ending are dashed by the appearance of a handsome French coworker. He attempts to lure our young fashion designer heroine to Paris, in order to work in the fashion industry there.
The jealousy is too much for our hero to bear, so he pushes Chen Wen away in sorrow. All that is left is for this young woman to ruminate on her choices, leaving us with a cautionary message: A promise is an obligation – break an oath and you may live to regret it.