The Interpreter (TV series)

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The Interpreters
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Also known as Les Interpretes
Dear Translator
Genre Workplace
Romance
Based on Translator by Miao Juan
Written by Hong Jinghui
Ying Yang
Directed by Wang Ying
Starring Yang Mi
Huang Xuan
Opening theme My Dear by Tan Weiwei
Ending theme Running Snail by Huang Xuan
Country of origin China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 42, 44 (TV version)
Production
Producer(s) Zhao Yifang
Gao Fei
Zeng Jia
Production location(s) Shanghai, Suzhou, Hengchuan, Lausanne, Zürich
Running time 45 mins
Production company(s) Croton Media
LeECO
Jay Walk Studio
Distributor Croton Media
Release
Original network Hunan TV
Picture format HDTV 1080i, SDTV 576i
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release 24 May (2016-05-24) – 19 June 2016 (2016-06-19)
Chronology
Related shows The Negotiator

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%.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

  • 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

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleSingerLength
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 

Reception[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

A sequel titled The Negotiator is currently in production, and has cast Yang Mi and Huang Zitao as leads. It was reported that the sequel will have a fresh storyline.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2016 8th China TV Drama Awards Top Ten Television Series Won
Talented Actor Award Huang Xuan Won
2017 22nd Huading Awards[6] Best Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Vengo Gao Nominated
Top 10 Television Series Won

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