Nicky Wu (“吴奇隆) and Wallace Huo’s (霍建华) new mainland China drama, Chinese Detective <刑名师爷之迷情双龙>, has completed post-production and will be released at the end of 2012. The highly-anticipated 30-episode mystery drama was based off a popular internet novel trilogy, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times via Shanda Literature’s group of websites. Recently, hundreds of stills from the drama were released, revealing plot details which excited many fans. A 35-minute trailer was currently being edited for promotional release shortly.
Decked in pirate garb, Wallace Huo portrayed a mysterious man who returned from Italy to Ming Dynasty China. Intent on finding the whereabouts of his father, Wallace hoped to solve the mysteries of his own identity and why he was born in China, but raised in Italy. Aside from his non-conformist personality, Wallace lacked knowledge of traditional Chinese culture and customs, making him stand out like a “fish out of the water” in imperial China.
Wallace’s quest for this father’s whereabouts led him to Nicky Wu, an adopted son of a wealthy merchant and also a legal advisor to the Magistrate. Nicky possessed a traditional, serious personality whose strength was in logic and reasoning. Wallace put his western logic, mechanical skills, and knowledge of anatomy to good use by helping Nicky solve complex crimes. Although initially at odds with each other due to their personality and cultural clashes, the duo form a strong bond of brotherhood together as they escape dangerous situations.
As Wallace and Nicky approach closer to uncovering the truth behind their fathers, a group of mysterious figures begin a frenzied attack on the duo. What was the reason behind why the pair became the targets of sinister forces? What shattering secrets laid behind their fathers’ identities, which attracted even the Emperor’s scrutiny? A layer of puzzles nestled within Chinese Detective, whereby Nicky and Wallace had to unravel one by one.
Chinese Detective promised a thrilling mystery, the search for one’s own identity, and an intense love triangle. Nicky Wu and He Zhouyan’s character have known each other since they were children. However, their love was divided by Wallace Huo, who went to romantic extremes to demonstrate his love for Zhouyan, such as creating a colossal painting, arranging heart-shaped candles, and cooking Italian delicacies for her to enjoy. Wallace’s outrageous character in Chinese Detective represented a 180 degree turn from his past introverted characters.
He Zhouyan portrayed a butcher’s daughter, whose father became rich overnight for mysterious reasons. Zhouyan’s father claimed that he owed Wallace a human life and promised Zhouyan as his bride. Who was the mysterious figure who backed Zhouyan’s father and what role will he play in their destinies?
Chinese Detective was directed by Yuan Xiaoyuan (袁晓满) and adapted into a television drama script by Zhou Zhiyong (周智勇). Director Yuan complimented both Nicky and Wallace for their performances in Chinese Detective, “Nicky Wu and Wallace Huo are both male co-leads in the drama. With Nicky possessing traditional Chinese values and Wallace full of westernized habits, there exists a cultural and personality clash between the pair. They are both very promising actors and complemented each other well. Perhaps they are both natives from Taiwan, which made communication with each other easier.”
Watch Promotional Clip of “Chinese Detective”!
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Jayne: The synopsis of Chinese Detective appears interesting. Would like to see the 35-minute trailer, which will be shortly released. Has anyone read the internet novel?