TVB’s “Golden Couple” of the early millennium, Raymond Lam (林峯) and Michelle Ye (葉璇), known as “RM” by their fans, will collaborate again in a new mainland Chinese period television drama, Legend of the Purple Hairpin <紫钗奇缘>. Set in the Tang dynasty, the drama is a loose adaptation of the popular traditional Cantonese opera, The Purple Hairpin <紫釵記>, which is in turn based on a Kunqu play written by Ming dynasty playwrite, Tang Xianzu (湯顯祖).
Legend of the Purple Hairpin tells the tragic love story of a Tang dynasty scholar Li Yi, who falls in love with the beautiful dancer, Huo Xiaoyan at first sight. The couple soon marry, and he gives her a purple hairpin as a token of their love. On their marriage night, Yi is forced to join the army and is forbidden to return home, leaving Xiaoyan to painfully wait for his return in the next few years. When Yi returns to Chang’an three years later, Yi believed that he and Xiaoyan would never be separate again. He was terribly mistaken.
The drama adaptation will incorporate elements of Tang dynasty high culture, including dance, music, and martial arts. Similar to the original opera, The Legend of the Purple Hairpin also includes themes of betrayal, lust, ambition, and deceit.
The Legend of the Purple Hairpin will be produced by Michelle Ye, and is slated to begin filming in Hengdian World Studios this October.
Raymond has expressed his excitement in working with Michelle again. He said, “We have not collaborated in ten years. I want to see if we still have the same sparks as before!”
“RM” Couple Was Never Forgotten
Raymond Lam and Michelle Ye first collaborated on the set of 2002 TVB drama, Eternal Happiness <再生緣>, which was an adaptation of a short story by Qing dynasty female novelist, Chen Ruisheng (陳端生). Michelle portrayed the cross-dressing heroine, Mang Lai Kwan, who falls in love with the honest and kind Wongpo Siu Wah, portrayed by Raymond. The drama was also Raymond and Michelle’s first attempt at leading a drama.
Eternal Happiness was one of the highest-rated dramas of 2002, and was credited for being Michelle Ye and Raymond Lam’s most representative work at the time. Their chemistry in Eternal Happiness was highly praised and well-received by the public. They also jointly starred in 2002’s Golden Faith <流金歲月>, which premiered a few days after the finale of Eternal Happiness, but they did not share any scenes together.
Raymond and Michelle’s last collaboration was in 2003’s Lofty Waters, Verdant Bow <雲海玉弓緣>. Although the onscreen couple only collaborated as lovers in two dramas, their chemistry is unforgettable. “RM” had wowed audiences of the last generation, and fans hope that they will continue to impress in their new drama.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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