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A Deep Dive into: Nothing But Thirty
Gu Jia (played by Tong Yao)

A Deep Dive into: Nothing But Thirty

Gu Jia (played by Tong Yao) Nothing But Thirty is a new Chinese TV series which became quite popular when it was broadcast earlier this year. Filmed in 2019 just before the virus shut down China and then the rest of the world, it provides a good look at modern China in the form of its richest and most advanced city: Shanghai. The story (43 episodes, each about 42 minutes long) covers some six months in the lives of three women, each of whom is about to turn 30 years old and who all live in Shanghai. The title is slight modification to a famous statement made by Confucius about himself. In the Analects he said: At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning. At thirty, I stood firm.…

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