TV remakes of China's Four Classical Novels

2009-11-03 09:25 BJT

In the 1980s and '90s, television adaptations of China's Four Classical Novels created a real sensation among viewers. Now, those commendable efforts are being emulated and upgraded with new technologies for some even more sensational 21st-Century productions.

"A Dream of Red Mansions," which excels in terms of literary value, has drawn the most attention and concern for its TV remake. The director has adopted exquisite aesthetics in crafting the production. All the memorable scenes in the novel are retained. And the latest special effects are used to produce a dreamlike atmosphere.

"Romance of the Three Kingdoms" is distinguished for its deep-rooted influence in China's traditional popular culture. The production team is sparing no expense in recreating the three pivotal battles that occurred in second century AD. More than 50-thousand extras were used to make the spectacle.

"Journey to the West," a story of fantastic imagination, entails a staggering investment in special effects for its TV remake. China's top animators are also involved in the effort, which will cost 15-million yuan.

"Outlaws of the Marsh" is a panorama of the prosperous society of Song Dynasty China in the 11th century. The TV remake involves some restructuring of the grand plot, which contains over a hundred characters. For the TV version, leading roles will receive more attention than in the novel.

The four productions will greet the public in the following two years, but have already raised great expectations.

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