Since its release, Taiwanese drama Light the Night <華燈初上> has been topping the ratings chart in Netflix Asia. With the delayed airing of the third season by Netflix, speculations arose that the finale will be re-filmed.
Producer and lead actress Ruby Lin (林心如) recently shared that she had invested a whopping $70.3 million Hong Kong dollars in the series. One of the biggest expenses went towards paying the cast, which include Taiwan’s biggest stars. Even the cameos are done by A-listers such as Wallace Huo (霍建華), Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), and Gingle Wang (王淨).
Another big expense is spent on the set and props to capture the retro ambiance of the 1980s. The crew built a Japanese style hotel as the main set, while the police station setting is actually rebuilt from a real abandoned police station. It also requires the coordination between the pre and post production crew, the aesthetic and costume departments. The cost of post-production work is high, due to the level of detailed editing involved.
Season 1 of Light the Night aired in November, and was quickly followed by the release of the season 2 in December. Many expected season 3 to release at the end of January or February, but Netflix did not include it in the announced February lineup. The earliest broadcast date will be in March.
Addressing concerns whether “the finale is being re-filmed because the ending [is too obvious],” Ruby said that the content for season 3 is overall completed. She denied re-filming speculations, and urged viewers to wait for Netflix’s confirmed broadcast date.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.