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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Drama: Like A Flowing River


Like A Flowing River / Eastward Flows the Changjiang River China Drama
Title: Like A Flowing River / Eastward Flows the Changjiang River
Chinese Title: 大江大河 / Da Jiang Da He
Broadcast Network: Dragon TV, Beijing TV
Broadcast Website: Tencent, iQIYI, Youku
Broadcast Period: December 10, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Air Time: Daily Primetime Drama 19:30 (two episodes), episodes released online 22:00 (VIP), next day 22:00 (non-VIP) (See Viewing Calendar)
Genre: Period
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 47
Director: Kong Sheng, Huang Wei
Screenwriter: Yuan Keping, Tang Yao
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from the novel Da Jiang Dong Qu by A Nai
Watch Episodes On: Viki (eng subs), Youtube (eng subs)

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

The story is set during the period of the Chinese economic reform from 1978 until 1992 and the three men who relentlessly push the boundaries amidst trying times.

Song Yunhui (Wang Kai) is highly intelligent but he has always been discriminated against due to his background. He grabs the chance to take the exams in 1978 and successfully becomes a qualified technician. However, just as he builds a foundation for his career, he also begins to lose himself in his thirst to climbs the ranks.

Completely different from Song Yunhui is his brother-in-law Lei Dongbao (Yang Shuo). Being raised in a poor family, he is the typical rough and gruff man from the rural village. During the time of economic reform, he becomes a leader that the other villagers look up to, yet his lack of education ultimately impedes his initial motivations.

Yang Xun (Dong Zijian) on the other hand brings a different set of encounters. He aspires to be a self-made man as he rides the tide of change to find business opportunities, thus embarking on a road to becoming an entrepreneur.



Fun Facts

  • It is produced by Radio and Television Shanghai, Daylight Entertainment and SMG Pictures.
  • Hou Hong Liang of Daylight Entertainment is listed as producer.
  • Filming took place in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Anhui.
  • Filming began on February 20, 2018.
  • It is part of the films to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Chinese economic reform in 2018.
  • Hou Hong Liang initially intended to purchase the rights to Da Jiang Dong Qu, but ended up buying the rights to Ode to Joy which was written by Ah Nai as well.
  • The premiere date for the drama was announced in March 2018 while filming was still ongoing.
  • There were rumors that Wang Kai lost 30 pounds for the role. Wang Kai laughs that if he really loss 30 pounds, he'd be gone. However, he admits that the director suggested that he lose a little weight for the role. He said that he had to discipline himself and that his secret was to make himself lose appetite.
  • Episode count was changed from 80 to 47 in the records filed with NRTA (formerly SARFT).
  • Screenwriter Tang Yao says that 3 days after it aired, he knew that it was going to be a hit.
  • The creative team has been working on the script for season 2 even before season 1 finished airing.


Cast
Like A Flowing River Wang Kai Wang Kai as Song Yunhui
Like A Flowing River Yang Shuo Yang Shuo as Lei Dongbao
Like A Flowing River Dong Zijian Dong Zijian as Yang Xun
Like A Flowing River Tong Yao Tong Yao as Song Yunping

Supporting Cast
Soundtracks
  • Da Jiang Da He (大江大河) by Wang Kai (王凯)
  • Shi Jian Zou Guo (时间走过) by Lei Jia (雷佳)
  • Xi Ying Men (喜盈门) by Zhang Ye (张也)

Episode Ratings
Dragon TV
DateEpisodeCSM52/55 Cities (%)CSM Nationwide (%)
RatingsAudience ShareRankingRatingsAudience ShareRanking
2018-12-101-20.5271.89370.2901.05011
2018-12-113-40.5131.84070.2701.00011
2018-12-125-60.7222.67820.3401.27010
2018-12-137-80.7912.89820.4001.4508
2018-12-149-100.8502.99220.4201.4606
2018-12-15110.7352.60720.3901.3106
2018-12-1612-130.9043.17130.4201.5606
2018-12-1714-170.9193.55620.4101.6107
2018-12-1918-190.8623.17830.3901.4208
2018-12-2020-210.8383.03330.3801.4309
2018-12-2122-230.8933.17420.4401.5406
2018-12-22240.9313.24820.4301.4606
2018-12-2325-260.9723.37320.4001.4206
2018-12-2427-280.9023.29020.4501.6508
2018-12-2529-300.9253.30430.4401.5909
2018-12-2631-320.9893.51930.4501.6109
2018-12-2733-341.0143.55920.5101.8606
2018-12-2835-360.9673.37620.4401.6008
2018-12-29370.9473.17220.4101.3506
2018-12-3038-390.9713.24830.4201.4206
2019-01-0140-410.9163.03750.3901.3807
2019-01-0242-430.9633.39240.4201.5406
2019-01-0344-450.9503.35240.4401.5906
2019-01-0446-470.9563.25830.4701.5907
Average1 - 470.8733.0900.4091.465


Beijing TV
DateEpisodeCSM52/55 Cities (%)CSM Nationwide (%)
RatingsAudience ShareRankingRatingsAudience ShareRanking
2018-12-101-20.9713.48510.4701.7305
2018-12-113-41.0353.70810.4901.7904
2018-12-125-61.0413.84910.5301.9204
2018-12-137-81.1594.24510.6502.3703
2018-12-149-101.2004.21710.6402.2102
2018-12-15111.1043.91910.5401.8402
2018-12-1612-131.1924.18610.5502.0302
2018-12-1714-171.2424.59710.5602.1203
2018-12-1918-191.1954.40010.5702.0703
2018-12-2020-211.2144.39510.6502.4203
2018-12-2122-231.4175.03710.6602.3302
2018-12-22241.2484.35310.7202.4702
2018-12-2325-261.3434.66610.6402.2602
2018-12-2427-281.3745.01410.6402.3603
2018-12-2529-301.2844.59310.6402.3503
2018-12-2631-321.3264.71610.6602.3604
2018-12-2733-341.3594.77010.6202.2404
2018-12-2835-361.3764.70310.6702.4104
2018-12-29371.3864.63510.6802.2702
2018-12-3038-391.3184.41610.7302.4603
2019-01-0140-411.3244.38610.6202.2003
2019-01-0242-431.4194.99310.6602.4203
2019-01-0344-451.3614.79710.6702.4303
2019-01-0446-471.3804.71410.7202.4202
Average1 - 471.2614.4500.6242.228


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