Go Princess Go

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Go Princess Go
Genre Romance
Comedy
Historical
Time-travel
Based on Go Princess Go by Xiao Cheng
Written by Qin Shuang
Shang Menglu
Directed by Lu Hao Ji Ji
Starring Zhang Tianai
Sheng Yilun
Yu Menglong
Zhiyuan Zhang
Opening theme Can Miss But Not Say (可念不可说) by Cui Zige
Ending theme The Past of the Future (以前的以后) by Sheng Yilun
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 36
Production
Producer(s) Zhang Shao
Gan Wei
Running time 30 mins
Distributor Le Young
Release
Original network LeTV, bilibili
Original release 13 December 2015 (2015-12-13)

Go Princess Go (Chinese: 太子妃升职记; pinyin: Tàizǐfēi Shēngzhí Jì) is a 2015 Chinese web series produced by LeTV and adapted from the novel of the same name by Xian Chen. The series stars Zhang Tianai, Sheng Yilun and Yu Menglong in the lead roles, and premiered in December 2015 with 35 episodes.[1][2] The show incorporates various themes such as time travel, bisexuality and gender identity.[1] A third of the show was censored in China.

Synopsis[edit]

A modern playboy who travels back in time 1,000 years and finds himself in the body of a royal princess. A straight man inside a woman’s body, he enjoys flirting with his husband’s concubines and touching their bodies with impunity. But after discovering his more feminine side, he truly falls in love with his husband.[1]

The show has 3 endings: besides the original, the series has two alternate endings. One of them filmed long after the ending of the original two.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Despite its low budget of 20 million yuan (US$3 million) and cast of amateur actors, the show became highly successful and was termed as a "viral internet comedy".[1][3][4] The show has generated over $1.5 million (41 million yuan) in profit, 50,000 paid subscribers, 2.2 million new memberships, and had over 2.6 billion views in total.[1] At one point the show was a No. 1 trending topic on Weibo for 10 consecutive days.[5]

Critics attribute the success of the show to its short length of 30 minutes, thus appealing to younger audience with shorter attention span. Also, the show was broadcast online and allowed viewers to post comments and discuss the storyline with others, making the watching experience more interactive.[4] The transgender angle also makes the series more topical, helping break down barriers in discussing gender change and homosexuality.[4] Oppositely, the series has been criticized for being "lousy" and appealing to "low-brow tastes".[4]

However, it has suffered from interference by Chinese censors. The show was taken offline on January 20, 2016 following a request by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. It has been speculated that this is due to the censors' dislike of sexual scenes, vulgar language[1] and time-travel themes. The show was made available again around January 28, 2016, with a number of cuts, roughly about a third of the show – "seven to eight minutes in each episode".[5] LeTV is considering a movie sequel to the show.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2016 1st Golden Guduo Media Awards Most Popular Web Series Go Princess Go Won [6]
Best Actress (Web series) Zhang Tianai Won
Weibo Fans' Choice Popularity Award Won
1st Asia New Media Film Festival Best Cinematography (Web series) Go Princess Go Won [7]

Remake[edit]

In June 2018, it was announced that the drama will have a Korean remake which will be helmed by Fox Networks Group Asia and Endeavor China.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Huang, Zheping. "This viral internet comedy about time travel and bisexuality has suddenly been banned in China". Quartz. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  2. ^ "No, princess, no". www.weekinchina.com. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Small-budget series Go Princess Go becomes online success". Asia One. 14 January 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Go Princess Go an unexpected hit". MCLC Resource Center. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  5. ^ a b c "Hit online drama 'Go Princess Go' is back". China Daily Asia. Retrieved 2016-02-25. 
  6. ^ "金骨朵网络影视盛典颁奖 "太子妃"张天爱获两奖项". China News (in Chinese). 18 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "首届亚洲新媒体电影节成功举行 亚洲新媒体电影人相聚釜山电影殿堂". Ent Group (in Chinese). 30 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "Fox Networks Asia Partners With Endeavor China; MY Entertainment Hires Discovery Exec – Global Briefs". Deadline. June 14, 2018. 

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