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Friday, 20 April 2018

Web Drama: Half a Lifelong Romance


Half a Lifelong Romance / Eighteen Springs China Web Drama
Title: Half a Lifelong Romance / Eighteen Springs
Chinese Title: 情深缘起 / Qing Sheng Yuan Qi / 半生缘 / Ban Sheng Yuan
Broadcast Website: iQIYI, Tencent, Youku
Broadcast Date: November 20, 2020
Air Time: Friday-Monday 20:00 (2 eps), 8 eps released early for VIP (See Viewing Calendar)
Genre: Drama, Melodrama, Republican, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 48
Director: Yang Yazhou
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from a novel of the same name by Eileen Chang
Costume Design: William Chang Suk-ping

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

It revolves around an ill-fated romance and messy entanglements that befalls two sisters in Shanghai during the 1920s and 1930s.

After the Gu Family falls to ruins, Gu Man Zheng (Jiang Xin) finds work at a factory as a clerical assistant and starts a relationship with her colleague Shen Shi Jun (Joe Cheng). In order to earn money, her older sister Gu Man Lu (Carina Lau) becomes a hostess and eventually marries the cunning Zhu Hong Cai (Guo Xiaodong). Shen Shi Jun's family wishes for him to marry Shi Cui Zhi (Dong Yue) who is the daughter of the Shi Family. Yet Cui Zhi falls in love with Shi Jun's good friend Xu Shu Hui (Zou Tingwei).

After getting married, Gu Man Lu feels reassured at leaving her old lifestyle behind to start anew as a proper housewife, but she realizes that she is unable to bear children. She also discovers that her husband lusts after Gu Man Zhen, and they commit an unforgiveable act towards her sister. Years later, Man Zhen and Shi Jun meet again and in spite having their own partners, they begin to rekindle the past.



Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Hengdian World Studios, Shanghai and Beijing.
  • Filming lasted around four months beginning in October 2017 and ending in February 2018.
  • It was adapted into film numerous times with the movie Eighteen Springs in 1997 that stars the late Anita Mdui and Leon Lai and the TV drama Affair of Half a Lifetime in 2003 that stars Ruby Lin and Patrick Tam.
  • In order to invite Carina Lau to join the cast, the production team courted the her several times in Hong Kong to convey the script.
  • It is Joe Cheng's first Republican drama.
  • It was suddenly announced on Nov 20 that the series will start airing on the same day.


Cast
Half a Lifelong Romance Carina Lau Carina Lau as Gu Manlu
Half a Lifelong Romance Jiang Xin Jiang Xin as Gu Manzhen
Half a Lifelong Romance Joe Cheng Joe Cheng as Shen Shijun
Half a Lifelong Romance Guo Xiaodong Guo Xiaodong as Zhu Hongcai
Half a Lifelong Romance Zou Tingwei Zou Tingwei as Xu Shuhui
Half a Lifelong Romance Dong Yue Dong Yue as Shi Cui Zhi
Half a Lifelong Romance Liu Wei Liu Wei as Shi Jingxuan

Soundtracks
  • Ban Sheng Yuan (半生缘) by Huang Ling (黄龄)
  • Hua Kai Diao Luo (花开凋落) by Carina Lau (刘嘉玲)

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