The Dream of Red Mansions (2010 TV series)

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The Dream of Red Mansions
Official poster
Genre Romance
Based on Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin
Directed by Li Shaohong
Creative director(s) Ye Jintian
Starring Yang Yang
Jiang Mengjie
Li Qin
Michelle Bai
Yao Di
Zhou Caiqin
Gua Ah-leh
Ma Xiaocan
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 50
Producer(s) Han Sanping
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Picture format 16:9 HD
Original release 6 July 2010 (2010-07-06)
The Dream of Red Mansions
The Dream of Red Mansions intertitle.jpg
Simplified Chinese 红楼梦
Traditional Chinese 紅樓夢
Hanyu Pinyin Hónglóu Mèng

The Dream of Red Mansions (Chinese: 红楼梦) is a 2010 Chinese television series, produced by Han Sanping and directed by Fifth Generation director Li Shaohong. It is a new adaptation of the classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber. The series, comprising 50 episodes, made its debut on 6 July 2010 on 9 terrestrial networks across China.[1]



The series was one of the most expensive Chinese TV series ever made at RMB118 million (US$17.55 million).[2] 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.[3] Another feature is its heavy use of a male voice-over reciting much of the book's narrative.

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.[4][5] 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.[6][3]


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.[7][8]

Response to the series after its debut was mixed,[9] but was largely negative.[10] It was panned by some newspapers,[11][12] with one referring to it as a pre-modern version of the pop idol drama Meteor Garden.[13] Audience expressed dismay over its use of music,[4] and the use of make-up was also criticized. Some Redologist scholars voiced their disappointment with the somewhat juvenile acting and script adaptation.[14] 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.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2010 2nd China TV Drama Awards Best Producer Li Xiaowan Won
Best New Actress Jiang Mengjie Won
2011 Seoul International Drama Awards Popular Actor Award Yu Xiaotong Won


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