Lurk (TV series)

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Title screen - translating "Lurk, based from the novel of the same title by Long Yi"
Genre Spy / thriller drama
Created by Guangdong Southern Television Station
Written by Long Yi
Directed by Jiang Wei
Starring Sun Honglei
Yao Chen
Shen Aojun
Jaydon Zhao
Country of origin  China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 30
Producer(s) Zhang Jing
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Original network Dragon TV
Chongqing Television
External links
Traditional Chinese 潛伏
Simplified Chinese 潜伏

Lurk is a 2009 Chinese television series based on a spy novel of the same name. The series is written and directed by Jiang Wei.


The story takes place after 1946, after the WWII Japanese surrender and a Chinese civil war breaks out.

An underground worker for the Communist Party, Yu Zecheng (Sun Honglei), is an undetected spy within the Kuomintang (KMT) secret service. He has to keep his distance from his true love, Zuo Lan, in order to conceal his real identity and agrees to marry Wang Cuiping (Yao Chen), a quick-tempered but straightforward guerrilla fighter from the countryside.

The two collaborate closely to help their organization obtain important information from the KMT that's valuable to the Communist Party. Despite their marriage's false beginning, they eventually grow to love each other.

With Liberation Day impending, Cuiping, threatened by exposure of his secret identity, is asked to be transported somewhere else for security reasons, leaving Yu.

When Yu is also about to leave, after successfully obtaining a crucial name list, he is taken away by the KMT secret police on a secret service assignment to Taiwan, where he has to spend the rest of his life, lurking.


  • Sun Honglei as Yu Zecheng
  • Yao Chen as Wang Cuiping
  • Zu Feng as Li Ya
  • Feng Enhe 冯恩鹤 as Wu Jingzhong
  • Wu Gang 吴刚 as Lu Qiaoshan
  • Shen Aojun 沈傲君 as Zuo Lan
  • Fan Yulin 范雨林 as Ma Kui
  • Wang Xiao Yi 王小毅 as Liao Sanmin
  • Zhu Jie 朱杰 as Mu Wanqiu
  • Cao Bingkun 曹炳琨 as Xie Ruolin
  • Ma Junqin 马军勤 as Mrs. Wu
  • Liu Changwei 刘昌伟 as Manager Qiu
  • Lu Yu 陆羽 as Manager Luo
  • Shi Wenzhong 石文忠 as Li Haifeng
  • Sun Lan 孙岚 as Xu Baofeng
  • Xu Jingling 徐婧灵 as Mrs. Ma
  • Bian Tao 卞涛 as Lv Zongfang
  • Zhang Guoqing 张国庆 as Mu Liancheng
  • Zhou Bowen 周博文 as Long Er
  • Liu Yanyu 刘言语 as Secretary Hong
  • Cui Song 崔嵩 as Wang Zhanjing
  • Yao Gang 姚刚 as Dai Li
  • He Bo 何波 as Zhou Yafu
  • Ji Shi Guang 吉世光 as Sheng Xiang
  • Ren Xue Hai 任雪海 as Mr. Ye
  • Xu Tao 徐涛 as narrator


Lurk was a critical and commercial hit. Viewers considered the show a departure from other spy stories seen on Chinese television and movies: Actor Sun Honglei portrayed a realistic spy in a dangerous environment, leading a cover in which he pretends to be mundane and foolish.[1][2] Many rated the series highly, calling it "a milestone in Chinese television productions".

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result ref.
2009 27th Flying Apsaras Awards Outstanding Television Drama Lurk Won [3]
Outstanding Actor Sun Honglei Won
Outstanding Screenwriter Jiang Wei Won
Outstanding Editing Lurk Won
15th Magnolia Awards Best Television Drama Lurk Won [4]
Best Actor Sun Honglei Won
Outstanding Screenwriter Jiang Wei Won
2010 25th Golden Eagle Awards Outstanding Drama Lurk Won [5]
Best Actor Sun Honglei Won
Most Popular Actor Won
Audience's Choice for Actor Won
Audience's Choice for Actress Yao Chen Won
Best Screenwriter Jiang Wei Won
4th Huading Awards Best Drama Lurk Won [6]
Best Actor Sun Honglei Won
Best Actress Yao Chen Won
Best Supporting Actor Zu Feng Won

Lurk Spy Museum[edit]

In addition to the TV Series, A museum has been established in Tianjin, where the script was written and the main plot took place. In Da Li Dao 57, guests are welcome to come and see Wang Tian Mu's old residence, which is now a private owned museum as well as a restaurant. Many of the objects used in the TV series can be seen there, and it is possible to have Tianjins local historian to come and talk about the house, the area and the city. Some of the scenes in the TV series were also taken in this place.[7]


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