The Dream of Red Mansions (2010 TV series)
|The Dream of Red Mansions|
The Dream of Red Mansions' intertitle
|Also known as||红楼梦|
|Written by||Cao Xueqin (original novel)|
|Directed by||Li Shaohong|
|Creative director(s)||Ye Jintian|
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||45 minutes per episode|
|Picture format||16:9 HD|
|Original release||July 6, 2010|
|The Dream of Red Mansions|
|Hanyu Pinyin||Hónglóu Mèng|
The Dream of Red Mansions is a 2010 Chinese television series, produced by Han Sanping and directed by Fifth Generation director Li Shaohong. One of the most expensive Chinese TV series ever made at RMB118 million (US$17.55 million), it is a new adaptation of the classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber. The series, comprising 50 episodes, made its debut on July 6, 2010 on 9 terrestrial networks across China.
The director was originally slated to be Hu Mei, but Hu clashed with the producers over the cast selection, and was replaced by Li Shaohong in October 2007. The 2010 TV series faced controversy over its cast, the stylized, kunqu-inspired hairdo, as well as a generally negative press after its July 6 debut. Yang Yang and Jiang Mengjie got praised for their performance and won Best Newcomer at the BQ Celebrity Score Awards. Yu Xiaotong won popular actor award at Seoul International Drama Awards.
Unlike the 1987 version, this series adapts the Cheng-Gao version. The 2010 series reproduces large segments of the book's pre-modern Beijing dialogue, often in full. Another feature is its heavy use of a male voice-over reciting much of the book's narrative.
- Yang Yang as Jia Baoyu
- Yu Xiaotong as young Jia Baoyu
- Jiang Mengjie as Lin Daiyu
- Lin Miao Ke as young Lin Daiyu
- Michelle Bai as Xue Baochai
- Li Qin as young Xue Baochai
- Yin Yezi as Xue Baoqin
- Xu Lu as young Xue Baoqin
- Yao Di as Wang Xifeng
- Yang Mi as Qing Wen
- Zhao Liying as Xing Xiuyan
- Huang Xuan as Xue Ke
- Zhou Caiqin as Grandmother Jia
- Ding Li as Jia Tanchun
- Ma Xiaocan as Shi Xiangyun
- Zhang Di as Jia Yingchun
- Xu Xing as Jia Xichun
- Tang Yifei as Qin Keqing
- Cheng Yuanyuan as Ping'er
- Ye Linlang as Granny Liu
- Li Yan as Xiren
- Gao Liang as Jia Lian
- Gua Ah-leh as Lady Wang
- Wu Xiaodong as Jia Yun
- Yang Junyong as Jia Rong
- Wang Fuli as Lady Xing
- Jia Ni as Lady You
- Gao Yang as Miaoyu
- Cai Feiyun as Yuanyang
- Xu Huanshan as Jia Zheng
The 2010 remake was controversial from the start, since the 1987 version was highly acclaimed and few critics were convinced a modern version will match its predecessor. Following a highly publicized casting call, director Hu Mei was replaced by Li Shaohong in 2007. Li courted more controversy by adopting a stylized kunqu-inspired hairstyle (dubbed "coined heads" 铜钱头/銅錢頭 (Tóngqián tóu) by netizens) for her female cast members, as advised by Hong Kong art director Ye Jintian. Many viewers find the hairstyle grotesquely unrealistic.
Response to the series after its debut was mixed, but was largely negative. It was panned by some newspapers, with one referring to it as a pre-modern version of the pop idol drama Meteor Garden. Audience expressed dismay over its use of music, and the use of make-up was also criticized. Some Redologist scholars voiced their disappointment with the somewhat juvenile acting and script adaptation. Director Li was under enormous pressure owing to the negative feedback and broke down during a Beijing press conference held on 7 July 2010, her birthday.
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