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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Web Drama: Candle in the Tomb 1


Candle in the Tomb 1 China Web Drama
Title: Candle in the Tomb 1
Chinese Title: 鬼吹灯之精绝古城 / Gui Chui Deng Zhi Jing Jue Gu Cheng
Broadcast Website: Tencent
Broadcast Date: December 19, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Treasure Hunt
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 21
Director: Kong Sheng, Zhou You, Sun Molong
Production Company: Tencent Penguin Pictures, Dream Author, Daylight Entertainment
Producer: Hou Hongliang, Fang Fang
Distributor: Tencent Penguin Pictures
Origin: China
Related: The Weasel Grave, The Wrath of Time
Source: Adapted from the Ghost Blows Out the Light novels by Tianxia Bachang
Watch Episodes On: Youtube, Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story about the adventures of three tomb raiders Hu Bayi, Shirley, and Wang Pangzi who trek the sands of Taklamakan Desert in search of the mysterious “ghost cave”.

After traversing different places, Hu Bayi (Jin Dong) settles down in a camp along the borders of China and Mongolia. He brings with him a book that has been passed down in his family for generations – ‘16 Words Yin Yang Fengshui Secret Techniques’. He has memorized every word of the book due to his habit of reading it to pass time.

Soon after, Hu Bayi goes to Tibet to join the army and encounters an avalanche. He uses the secret techniques he learned from the book to escape certain death. Another journey takes Hu Bayi, his friend Wang Pangzi (Zhao Da) and Shirley (Joe Chen) to Xinjiang as part of an archaeological expedition. As the team navigates the dangers within the ancient tombs, they have the nagging feeling that someone who knows their every move has been controlling their fate.



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Fun Facts

  • Filming lasted 87 days from March 26, 2016 to June 15, 2016.
  • Filming took place in Beijing, Hami in Xinjiang province and Dunhuang in Gansu province.
  • Because Zhao Da was playing Wang Pangzi (Fat Wang) even though he wasn't fat, his job on set was to keep eating.
  • Zhao Da and Joe Chen revealed that Jin Dong's nickname on set was Hu Haomang (Hu very busy) because someone would be calling for Hu Bayi everyday. Jin Dong was involved in many aspects from filming to props.
  • On May 23, 2016, Jin Dong injured his leg during filming. He was immediately taken to the hospital and got stitches after it was diagnosed that his leg wasn't fractured.
  • It was scheduled for a simultaneous television broadcast on Dragon TV but due to the theme of the story, it never aired on TV.
  • It hit 170 million views 24 hours after release on Tencent.
  • Tencent has rights to adapt eight novels from the Ghost Blows Out the Light series.


Cast
Candle in the Tomb 1 Jin Dong Jin Dong as Hu Bayi
Candle in the Tomb 1 Joe Chen Joe Chen as Shirley Yang / Jing Jue Ni Wang
Candle in the Tomb 1 Zhao Da Zhao Da as Wang Pangzi
Candle in the Tomb 1 Yue Yang Yue Yang as Da Jinya
Candle in the Tomb 1 Yang Xinming Yang Xinming as Chen Jiaoshou
Candle in the Tomb 1 Feng Hui Feng Hui as Hao Aiguo
Candle in the Tomb 1 Wang Yongquan Wang Yongquan as An Liman

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