Filming for mainland Chinese drama, Legend of the Purple Hairpin<紫钗奇缘> is coming to an end. Directed by Tan Qiao (谭俏) and produced by Michelle Ye (葉璇), the drama is a loose adaptation of the classic Ming dynasty opera, The Purple Hairpin <紫釵記>.
Legend of the Purple Hairpin takes place in the Tang dynasty, a time when Chinese art, fashion, music, dance, and novel inventions were at their highest peak. Although the drama will touch upon these cultural achievements, it will be the engrossing love story between the four main characters that will grasp the most attention from fans and audiences.
Raymond Lam (林峯) portrays the heroic Nalan Dong, known as the “Yellow-Clothed One”, who falls in love with beautiful dancer Huo Xiaoyu, played by Michelle Ye. However, Dong’s best friend Li Yi, played by Cheng Cheng (程诚), is also deeply in love with Xiaoyu. Choosing brotherhood over love, Dong decides to step down in his pursuit of love.
Raymond Lam is currently actively filming Legend of the Purple Hairpin in Hengdian. When discussing about his heroic and passionate character, Raymond described his role in two words – easily infatuated.
“He is a hero. He is all about chivalry and fighting for justice, yet he is unable to unbind himself from the constraints of love. But love is something that cannot be explained. The Yellow-Clothed One is very loyal and dependable to his love. He is willing to sacrifice everything for Xiaoyu, and expects her to give him nothing in return. This is the beautiful side of the character. I have to admit, I am very touched by him.”
Tragic the Yellow-Clothed One may seem, but Xiaoyu is not the only character who is drowned by the love of other characters. Raymond revealed, “The Yellow-Clothed One has his fair share of being popular with the other sex like Xiaoyu,” he joked. “Michelle Chen’s (陳妍希) character, Lu Jinglan, is blindly in love with the Yellow-Clothed One. Sometimes, a person’s infatuation can really affect others!
“But the Yellow-Clothed One is a very kind person. He is in love with only Xiaoyu, but he does not want to hurt Jinglan. He really does not know what to do!”
Raymond Lam is a Love Fighter
Raymond admires the sacrifices that the Yellow-Clothed One has made for love, but what about Raymond himself? Is he willing to give up his true love for the happiness of others?
“Absolutely not. I believe that you should not cower in the face of true love. You have to fight for it if you have to. If my best friend and I fall in love with the same woman, I will treat it as a fair competition. I will only do what I have to do. In the end, it is the woman who makes the final decision.”
The blind love that the Yellow-Clothed One has for Xiaoyu is romantic, but for Raymond, such blindness in love is impractical. “In real life, we will eventually meet someone who we admire deeply in our hearts, but does that mean that the person will be compatible with you? When it comes to finding a lifelong partner, it is important that this person is willing to be with you forever, live with you, share with you, and protect you. We must all choose wisely.”
Highlights of “Legend of the Purple Hairpin”
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