杜拉拉升職記 (Go Lala Go!) (Blu-ray release 2011-5-26) is adapted from a popular Chinese novel after being adapted for a TV series.  The first half of the movie focuses on a woman moving up in her career, then it shifts to romance.  At the beginning of the movie it states that if the company finds out two staff having a romantic relationship, one of them needs to be fired as per company policy.  The protagonist happens to take a career path in human resources, and she falls for her boss.  Guess what happens.

Whatever made the novel great is not apparent in this movie, probably because the movie does not have the time for it.  Since the protagonist got promoted so quickly in screen time and increased her salary so quickly it does not feel difficult at all.  The fact that the movie shows the salary as an increasing figure prominently periodically, buying luxury handbags, and the love interest happens to be a wealthy high ranking executive, reflects the materialistic nature of the modern Chinese society.  Although this movie is different from other generic romance drama due to its career focus, it is not different in a good way.

Other than the names of the two protagonists and the name of the company, the sequel 杜拉拉追婚記 (Go Lala Go 2) (Blu-ray release 2016-3-3) has absolutely no continuity from the previous movie.  The entire cast is replaced and their personalities are different, the company no longer looks like a traditional office building as before.  The new cast is far more good looking, so I cannot say having no continuity is completely bad here.

The sequel begins with the protagonist, at the age of 33, becoming impatient about getting married, since her boy friend feels his career is not ready for it.  Then it becomes a love rectangle.  Basically, this is just a generic idol drama, but it is still marginally more watchable than the original movie.

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