China’s Coronavirus Drama “Together” Aims for Realistic Portrayal
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has affected over 4 million individuals around the world, and over 310,000 people have lost their lives. The mental and economic distresses caused by this global pandemic are widespread, and the importance of togetherness and hope have never been more significant.
To strengthen’s everyone’s fighting spirit and pay homage to the frontliners fighting the disease, Mainland China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) approved a ten-part, 20-episode television series Zai Yi Qi <在一起> (meaning “together”), which follows a team of medical workers fighting COVID-19 in makeshift hospitals.
Yang Yang (杨洋) is the first actor confirmed to star in the 2-episode sub-series Zai Yi Qi: Tong Xing <在一起之同行>. The young actor plays Dr. Le Bin, a hot-blooded medical resident who volunteers to fight against the disease in Wuhan. Prior to filming the show, Yang Yang consulted a surgeon prior to learn more about their medical roles. “He’s just a normal guy,” said Yang Yang. “But through this character I get to feel his hot-blooded positivity and attitude. It’s a very meaningful role.”
For a more realistic portrayal, the cast in Zai Yi Qi wore minimal to no makeup. The ten-part series is based on true events that occurred over the past few months in the coronavirus battle. The crew rebuilt makeshift coronavirus hospitals to emulate the temporary hospitals that China had built in Wuhan to accommodate the increase in cases.
Johnny Huang (黄景瑜) and Li Xiaoran (李小冉) will star in the second confirmed sub-series Zai Yi Qi: Sou Suo 24 Xiao Shi <在一起之搜索24小时> (literally “Together: Searching 24 Hours”). This sub-series follows the events that had occurred in the 24 hours between January 24 and 25, Lunar New Year day.
Filming has started across China, including in Shanghai, Beijing, and Wuxi. It is is slated to premiere in October.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.