Recently, Shandong TV Media Group released promotional stills for new TV series, Battle of Changsha <戰長沙> featuring cast members, Wallace Huo (霍建華), Yang Zi (楊紫), Zuo Xiaoqing (左小青), and Ren Cheng Wei (任程偉).
Battle of Changsha is based on the novel of the same name, which centers around the decisive battles that occurred in Changsha in the Second Sino-Japanese War. The online story was extremely well received. Lead actor Wallace Huo, who plays a soldier for the first time, is said to be a big fan of the novel.
Directed by Kong Sheng (孔笙), Battle of Changsha is two months into filming at Hengdian World Studios <橫店影視基地>. Through the life and destiny of the Hu family in Changsha, and their ups and downs, the series brings back the history of Changsha. The story begins in the winter of 1938, when the Japanese army encroached on China. Chiang Kai Shek decides to use the scorched earth policy to burn Changsha to the ground. On this piece or charred earth, heroes gather to resist the enemy. Showing the world how the Chinese nation is not a pushover, the spirit of life burns strongly when faced with death.
Despite the title of the drama, battle scenes are not the main drawing point. The series provides a chance to reflect on the psychological destruction that war inflicts on the civilians. The main focus of the drama is the plight of the historic city in time of war, and the pain and suffering of the people. In the troubling times, civilians unite against an oppressing enemy because of their dreams for a simple, secure, and quiet life.
According to the producer, while maintaining the traditional features that are distinct with Lu’s Drama (魯劇), a name given to dramas produced by Shandong TV Media Group, Battle of Changsha also adds visual and contemporary elements, giving the series a fresh and modern approach while keeping the story historically accurate.
In the past, Shandong TV Media Group’s dramas were strongly influenced by Confucius teachings, and the culture, history, and the tradition of the Shandong area. However, it now frequently breaks geographical limits to extend the themes of Lu’s dramas, with collaboration and marketing throughout the entire country. In its latest and highly popular Wenzhou Family <溫州一家人>, Shandong TV Media Group specializes in the history and changes of China within the past, and impacts on the lives of common folks.
Many Shandong TV Media Group series are often said to cater to older generations, and rarely spot artists that are considered idols. Battle of Changsha marks a departure from past productions, since popular artists with large fan bases, Wallace Huo and Yang Zi, will draw in new demographic audiences.
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.
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