New detective drama, Young Sherlock <少年神探狄仁傑>, which stars Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) as famed Chinese sleuth Di Renjie, began airing on June 3. The series aims to put a new spin on the Chinese mystery genre.
Translated literally as “Young Miracle Detective Di Renjie,” Young Sherlock tells of a series of thrilling and cryptic cases faced by 26-year-old protagonist Di Renjie (Bosco Wong). With him on his travels are his close friend Wang Yuanfang (Ma Tianyu 馬天宇), medical expert and love interest Li Wanqing (Stephy Qi 戚薇), and childhood friend Tong Mengyao (Cindy Sun 孫驍驍). Together, the four unravel various bizarre mysteries that take place during the Tang Dynasty.
Unlike previous detective dramas, in which there lies only one solution to each case, Young Sherlock puts forth the proposition that there may be more than one truth behind a mystery. Moreover, Di Renjie is no longer portrayed as a character whose personality and mannerisms are already fixed in the eyes of the public. Rather, Bosco’s version of the sleuth possesses more abundant emotions and more room for development.
Lin Feng (林峰), the director of Young Sherlock, shared that he developed an interest in the mystery genre when he worked as an action choreographer on Tsui Hark’s (徐克) 2013 crime-action film Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon <狄仁傑之神都龍王>. Though Lin’s series is not related to the film, he tried to incorporate creative elements and ideas that he did not have time to fully develop when working on the movie. As a result, Young Sherlock features a more exciting and original plot, while still staying true to its historical context.
Young Sherlock is co-produced by H&R Century Pictures and the studio of actress Ruby Lin (林心如), who appears in the series as Empress Wu Zetian and also served as its art supervisor. The drama’s cast also includes mainland Chinese actor Yuan Hong (袁弘) as Emperor Gaozong of Tang, as well as New Princess Returning Pearl <新還珠格格> leads Ray Zhang (張睿) and Li Jiahang (李佳航).
“Young Sherlock” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.