Chinese Remake of “A Step into the Past” is Actually a Historical Version of “Doraemon”
A Step into the Past <尋秦記> and Doraemon <哆啦A夢> don’t seem to go together, but if you’ve seen the Mainland Chinese remake of the classic TVB drama, then it will all eventually make sense.
Produced by Youku, the Chinese web drama A Step into the Past is a remake of the 2001 TVB drama, which starred Louis Koo (古天樂). The historical fantasy, an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Huang Yi (黃易), tells the story of Hong Siu-lung, a modern special forces agent who goes back in time to the beginnings of the Qin dynasty 2,000 years ago. His mission was to witness the throning of Qin Shi Huang, but his time machine accidentally brings him three years earlier.
The Chinese web drama remake, which has been showing on Youku, stars Sean Chen Xiang (陈翔) as Hong Siu-lung and Niu Zifan (牛子藩) as the young Ying Zheng, before he becomes Qin Shi Huang. To make it different from the original show, the new remake adds more futuristic elements to the characters, rewriting Hong Siu-lung as a man from the year 2050 rather than the present day.
Throughout the show, Hong Siu-lung woos the ladies by showing off the gadgets from his world, including laser guns and a watch that shoots off a 4D image. Hong Siu-lung saves Ying Zheng like how Doraemon saves Nobita with his trusty gadgets. Hong Siu-lung also uses these gadgets to defeat his opponent Lin Chun (portrayed by Zhao Zhenting 赵振廷).
With such powerful futuristic weapons, it’s a wonder why Hong Siu-lung didn’t end up conquering all of China.
What do you think about the new remake?
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.