Liao Fan and Liu Ye are members of the star-studded cast of the popular spy-themed TV show All Quiet in Peking. [PhotoChina Daily] The recent success of an espionage-themed Chinese TV show has surprised many. Han Bingbin gathers intelligence on what makes All Quiet in Peking stand above the slew of series from the same genre.
The spy show All Quiet in Peking has surprised everyone by infiltrating the top ranks of Chinese TV.
Domestic TV productions have been losing younger viewers because of their inferior quality and fierce competition from US serials. But young Myles Jack Jaguars Jersey , well-educated viewers who comment on creative works on douban rated All Quiet in Peking 9.1 out of 10 - a score that surpasses most US productions and perhaps all Chinese TV series.
The 53-episode serial focuses on the social upheaval before New China's founding in 1949.
The Kuomintang government planned to clandestinely move monetary reserves to Taiwan in the face of economic chaos on the mainland. A Communist mole embedded in the Kuomintang worked to halt the project. Other conflicts between the two parties are derived from this main storyline.
Its fidelity to history - the lack thereof is a common critique of similar Chinese TV series - plus balanced depictions of the two adversaries is likely the reason the pilot received positive feedback when screened on four satellite channels on Oct 6.
"The teleplay provides fair portrayals of the opponent's (Kuomintang's) intelligence and political ideals," culture critic Shi Hang says.
Novelist Liu Heping developed the story over five years. Much of that time was spent poring over such historical materials as unpublished diaries on the mainland, in Taiwan and in the United States. Filming and production took another two years.
Liu's reputation for rigorous historical research hails from two equally popular historical dramas - Daming Wangchao 1566 and Yongzheng Dynasty - known for breaking out of stereotypical depictions of monarchs.
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Spy serials have been popular on Chinese TV since around 2009, when Lurk became a sensation. They've since proliferated to account for about a third of all Chinese teleplays.
This has made writers like Mai Jia - "the father of Chinese spy literature" - a household name.
Several of Mai's novels have been adapted into high-profile films and TV series, such as the 2009 blockbuster The Message Dawuane Smoot Jaguars Jersey , starring A-listers Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing.
President Xi Jinping was quoted by media as telling Mai at a recent symposium of established writers and artists that he, too, is a reader of Mai's novels and praised their patriotic themes. He also voiced criticism of many spy shows that disregard history and can serve as bad influences.
Mai announced on his micro blog in 2011 that he'd stop writing spy novels because he was disheartened by the flood of poor spy teleplays.
Most Chinese TV stations are cautious about risk and jump on the bandwagon once a particular type of show fares well. For instance Cam Robinson Jaguars Jersey , one station ran three months of spy shows in 2009 after Lurk became big.
It got to the point the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio Leonard Fournette Jaguars Jersey , Film and Television stepped in to limit the number of spy teleplays in 2011. This brought the number of shows from a reported 27 to about five in 2013.
The low-end dramas often distort history, overly dramatize plotlines and feature absurd fight scenes.
Critics are particularly exasperated with the cliche of spies from rival sides falling in love and struggling to choose between affection and obligation.
Film critic Mao Jian writes in the Shanghai Morning Post that even good shows like All Quiet in Peking require some sacrifice of historical truth to make room for romance.
Critic Shi Hang says it's unnecessary to create too much star-crossed love. He believes a bigger problem is a failure to accurately depict spies' work. Worse yet, bad guys are often portrayed as unbelievably stupid.
Writer of the 2010 spy teleplay The Eternal Wave Yu Fei says honesty to history is crucial DJ Chark Jaguars Jersey , but bad screenwriters fail at this. Since writers have limited access to historical materials, they must sometimes use their imaginations to create scenes that are plausible within the historical context's realities. Many screenwriters lack this talent, Yu says.
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