The Interpreter (TV series)
|Also known as||Les Interpretes |
|Based on||Translator by Miao Juan|
|Written by||Hong Jinghui |
|Directed by||Wang Ying|
|Opening theme||My Dear by Tan Weiwei|
|Ending theme||Running Snail by Huang Xuan|
|Country of origin||China|
|No. of episodes||42, 44 (TV version)|
|Producer(s)||Zhao Yifang |
|Production location(s)||Shanghai, Suzhou, Hengchuan, Lausanne, Zürich|
|Running time||45 mins|
|Production company(s)||Croton Media|
Jay Walk Studio
|Original network||Hunan TV|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i, SDTV 576i|
|Original release||24 May –|
19 June 2016
The Interpreter (Chinese: 亲爱的翻译官) is a 2016 Chinese television series starring Yang Mi and Huang Xuan, based on the novel Translator (翻译官) by Miao Juan. It aired on Hunan TV from 24 May to 19 June 2016. The series was the highest rated drama of the year, with an average national viewership rating of 2.63%.
Qiao Fei, a university student majoring in French studies, has aspired to become a translator since she was young. Raised by a single mother suffering from a serious illness, she has to support herself working as a waitress. One night she gets into a trouble with a guest, and the two of them are taken to the police station. The guest happens to be Cheng Jiayang, a young but already famous professional French translator. The next day, she finds out that Jia Yang is actually her examiner at the prestigious Institute of Advanced Translation where she dreams of getting a job. Although they start their relationship on the wrong foot, Qiao Fei earns Jiayang's praise when she successfully overcomes his tests and the two start to develop feelings for each other. When everything seems to be going smoothly, problems start to arise one after another. Jiayang's mother strongly opposes their relationship and the reappearance of Gao Jiaming, Qiao Fei's ex-boyfriend, causes additional misunderstandings between Qiao Fei and Jiayang. Mounting problems eventually lead to their separation. Only after overcoming their respective life challenges they meet again and rekindle their love.
- Yang Mi as Qiao Fei
- Huang Xuan as Cheng Jiayang
- Gao Weiguang as Gao Jiaming
- Zhou Qiqi as Wen Xiaohua
- Li Xirui as Wu Jiayi
- Zhang Yunlong as Wang Xudong
- Wang Renjun as Zhou Nan
- Li Dongheng as Li Lei
- Yi Yanting as Yang Yan
- Li Yunao as Wu Ming
- Zhang Mingming as Ao Tian
- Jiang Xifan as He Zhe
- Yang Xueying as Wen Jing
|1.||"My Dear (我親愛的)" (Opening theme song)||Tan Weiwei|
|2.||"Running Snail (奔跑的蝸牛)" (Ending theme song)||Huang Xuan|
|3.||"Better Than Being Entangled (好過糾纏)"||Jin Chi|
|4.||"I'd sing for you"||Bastian Baker|
|5.||"79 Clinton Street"||Bastian Baker|
The series is a commercial hit in China. Its premiere achieved a national viewer rating share of 6.87%, and topped 2016's overall market share for the first half of the year. Viewership ratings also reached as high as 2%, making it the highest rated drama of 2016. The topic "Dear Translator" (亲爱的翻译官) attracted over a billion readers within five days. On the online video platforms Mango TV (芒果TV) and LeTV (乐视电视), the series has received more than 100 million views. On the Asian TV drama platform Viki, the series was rated 9.3 out of 10.
The series was praised by Martin Dahinden, Switzerland ambassador of China. The series was coincidentally filmed during the 65th anniversary of the establishment of China–Switzerland relations, and was sponsored by the Switzerland Tourism Board.
However, the series also received criticism. Loyal fans stated that the television series did not stay true to the original novel. Professional interpreters have also taken against it, slamming it for inaccuracies and for portraying the profession misleadingly.
Awards and nominations
|2016||8th China TV Drama Awards||Top Ten Television Series||Won|
|Talented Actor Award||Huang Xuan||Won|
|2017||22nd Huading Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Vengo Gao||Nominated|
|Top 10 Television Series||Won|
A spin-off is currently in production, titled The Broker, also based on Miao Juan's novel.
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