Kevin Cheng’s “Hua Xu Yin” Faces Delays in Wrapping Up Filming
TV drama Hua Xu Yin <華胥引>, which is adapted from the best-selling novel by Tang Qi Gong Zi (唐七公子), is currently filming at Hengdian World Studios. Although filming was originally expected to wrap up next month, with male lead Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) putting in 16 hours a day to make the deadline, it was recently revealed that the drama is facing delays and may have to extend its filming schedule.
In an interview with the magazine TV Series, Kevin shared that Hua Xu Yin still had at least 300 more scenes to film, and that he did not know when they would be able to finish. The drama’s production team acknowledged this setback, as well as the effort put in by the cast and crew, but was adamant about not rushing through the rest of filming.
“We definitely can’t go through the motions and rush toward wrapping up filming,” said the drama’s general producer, Zhao Yansen (趙岩森). “After buying the rights to the novel, simply polishing the screenplay took up two years, because we wanted to take into consideration the feelings of the novel’s fans and of television audiences.”
According to Zhao, Hua Xu Yin was produced according to movie standards from the start. With advanced filming equipment, an elite acting line-up, and costuming and artistic design team members who worked on Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame <狄仁傑之通天帝國> and Legend of Zhen Huan <后宮甄嬛傳>, investments for the drama reached up to 140 million RMB.
The drama’s executive producer, Fan Feifei (樊斐斐), also revealed that Hua Xu Yin is made up of four different stories, with each unit characterized by a distinct cultural setting. As a result, after each section, the set would have to be entirely reset, and everything from enormous palaces to trivial household products would be changed. This led to many of the delays in filming.
Since the drama has a mix of fantasy and ancient Chinese elements, the costumes were an extremely time-consuming factor as well. Changing clothes and applying makeup took up a lot of time every day. Moreover, much care was taken to ensure that the costumes were not like the ones typically seen in ancient Chinese series. Designer Chen Minzheng (陳敏正), who was the chief designer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was invited to fashion each character’s wardrobe, and he ended up creating at least ten different outfits for each major character.
Despite the many setbacks, director Lee Tat Chiu (李達超) is certain that Hua Xu Yin will come out stronger as a result. “The production difficulties for this drama are not inferior to those of the Three Kingdoms <三國> adaptations,” Lee said. “Currently, filming is being carried out according to the working routine. Our goal in delaying [completion] is to guarantee that this drama will be able to achieve the elite production quality that a big project deserves.”
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.