Starring He Ge (胡歌), Ma Yili (马伊琍), Tiffany Tang (唐嫣) and Xin Zhilei (辛芷蕾), Blossoms Shanghai <繁花> makes its premiere with stunning visual. Based on drama is based on a novel, the drama takes great effort to deliver a cinematic experience filled with charming details that embodies the sophistication of Shanghai in the 1990s.
Hu Ge stars as Ah Bao, a young man who accumulated extreme wealth in a span of 10 years by relying on the stock market. Known as Mr.Bao, he is a well-respected icon in the Shanghai’s era of ambition and wealth. In front of the public, Mr.Bao knows how to navigate the business world and earn favors.
The transformation of the humble Ah Bao to the wealthy Mr.Bao is credited to his uncle, played by You Benchang (游本昌). As a mentor, his uncle’s famous quote set the theme of the drama: “You know the Empire State Building in New York. It takes an hour to run from the bottom to the roof, but it only takes 8.8 seconds to jump from the roof.” Despite Mr.Bao’s quick rise to wealth, there are crises around every corner.
Although Hu Ge’s character carries the limelight, the female cast does not disappoint either and their characters each bring in their own charm.
Ma Yili plays Ling Zi, the owner of the Night Tokyo restaurant. While her character is described as aggressive and sharp, she presents herself cleverly and has strong business acumen. She uses Mr. Bao’s reputation to attract business while collecting information for him.
Tiffany plays Miss Wang, the only employee of Mr. Bao and his confidante. In the novel, the character has a complicated and bumpy storyline but in the first few episodes, she appears weak in comparison to the other characters. The character may undergo major changes as the series progresses and become one of the key figures of the era.
Xin Zhilei plays one of the most eye-catching characters in the drama as Li Li. Unlike the rest of the characters, Li Li does not speak Shanghainese as she originated from another city. Despite her background, Li Li is not one to mess with. The character arrives in Shanghai and buys a restaurant and quickly threatens to steal Mr. Bao’s business.
The drama was filmed in Shanghainese and this is posing a challenge for the audience who are not familiar with the dialect. In fact, some Shanghainese may even come across phrases in the drama that are not often used in the modern times. Despite these challenges, the drama opted to stay true to the Shanghainese culture to provide a taste of the city’s most vibrant time.
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.