Tientsin Mystic

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Tientsin Mystic
Based onHe Shen
by Tianxia Bachang
Written by
  • Liu Chenglong
  • Yang Hongwei
  • Zhang Chao
  • Liu Mengsha
  • Li Yang
Directed byTian Li
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes24
Running time45 mins
Production company(s)
Original networkiQiyi
First shown inChina
Original releaseJuly 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)

Tientsin Mystic (河神) is a 2017 Chinese television series based on the novel He Shen (河神1·鬼水怪谈) by Tianxia Bachang. It is produced by iQiyi, and stars actors Li Xian, Zhang Ming'en, Wang Zixuan and Chen Yumi. The first season aired on iQiyi on July 19, 2017.[1] The series was aired on Netflix in 2018.[2]

In September 2018, iQiyi and Kongfu Pictures announced that a second season is currently under pre-production.[3] The second season began filming on November 20, 2018, with Jin Shijia replacing Li Xian as the lead actor.[4]


Set in the 1930s republician era, flooding ravages the land of Tianjin and conjures up numerous strange tales about the river. Dun Deyou is a policeman who succeeds his master 'Old River God' and has inherited his ability to weed out the guilty whenever he lights the pipe. He ends up being suspected for the murder of a distinguished chairman whose son Ding Mao joins hands with him to uncover the truth. Together with their female partners, they begin an investigation that leads them to an incident twenty years ago that might explain about the strange tales.



The series' soundtracks are sang by Jam Hsiao and lead actress Wang Zixuan.[5][6]

1."River (河)" (Theme song)Jam Hsiao 
2."Little Godly Woman (小神婆)"Wang Zixuan 


The series received critical acclaim for its exciting plot, suspenseful storyline and high quality production.[7] It also received positive reviews for its faithful and skillful adaptation from a novel, by successfully keeping the "essence" of the original novel while also leveraging its content and characters.[8] It has a score of 8.1 on Douban, and over 2 billion views online.[9] The drama was said to be one of the dramas which marks big improvement of quality of Chinese online series dramas in 2017.[10]

The series was awarded a Silver Medal for Best Visual Effects; a Bronze Medal for Best Direction; and nominated for Best Drama at the 2018 New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition.[11][12]


The drama was briefly taken off air in February 2018 from iQiyi.[13]


  1. ^ "《河神》定档 "顽痞河神"李现赤身秀水性". Netease (in Chinese). July 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Netflix bulks up on Chinese content from iQiyi, Youku". Screendaily. December 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "爱奇艺举办《河神》庆功会 将与工夫影业再度携手打造《河神2》". People's Daily.
  4. ^ "《河神2》开机,金世佳代替李现主演". Sina (in Chinese). November 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "萧敬腾献声《河神》主题曲 再现热血摇滚". Tencent.
  6. ^ "超级网剧《河神》推出顾影人物曲《小神婆》 精灵女孩王紫璇已上线". Phoenix Media. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "爱奇艺《河神》热度不断飙升 电影质感锻造超高口碑". 消费日报网 (in Chinese).
  8. ^ "从"鬼水怪谈"到"灵奇探案" 《河神》改编获好评". People's Daily (in Chinese). July 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "播放破亿、口碑飘红 爱奇艺超级网剧《河神》掀起暑期档"剧浪"". ifeng (in Chinese). July 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dramatic improvement". China Daily. April 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "iQiyi Dramas Win Awards and American Viewers at New York Festivals". Capital Watch. April 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "iQIYI Original Content Wins Awards at New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films Competition". PR NewsWire. April 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Chinese popular web drama 'Tientsin Mystic' suddenly taken offline for 'related policy reason'". The Global Times. February 8, 2018.