Period comedy La Maqiao Ba <辣媽俏爸>, which translates roughly as “Hot Mother, Smart Father,” recently began airing on Hubei Television. Starring Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Yu Bo (於波), and Ma Tianyu (馬天宇), La Maqiao Ba mixes a period setting with modern-day issues, leading to a unique style that has stirred much discussion among netizens.
In La Maqiao Ba, Myolie plays Gu Dandan, a “leftover woman” who has pledged to become the Tang Dynasty’s first female constable. Foolishly devoted to her career, she knows nothing about romantic relationships, until the day fate steps into her life. After she accidentally gets involved with a rich bachelor named Ai Dingbao (Yu Bo), she discovers that she is pregnant and thus must get married to him. During their comedic but, at times, embarrassing marriage, Dandan must figure out how to simultaneously raise her son and be a successful constable.
Despite being set in the Tang Dynasty, La Maqiao Ba involves many modern-day issues, such as leftover women, one-night stands, pregnancy outside of marriage, lightning weddings, another woman in a relationship, and cosmetic surgery. The storyline also tackles a romantic relationship between an elderly couple, portrayed by veteran actors Ng Man Tat (吳孟達) and Fang Qingzhuo (方青卓).
Perhaps because these modern-age issues hit too close to home for some viewers, several netizens argued that La Maqiao Ba’s storyline was geared too much toward losers. Nevertheless, the main character’s successful marriage to a rich suitor roused the envy of many female viewers, who left comments like “Please give me advice, otherwise I’ll go time-travel as well.” Whatever the response, the drama’s ample popularity proves that viewers find it a great way to beat the summer heat.
“La Maqiao Ba” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.