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Friday, 8 June 2018

Drama: Joy of Life

Joy of Life China Drama
Title: Joy of Life
Chinese Title: 庆余年 / Qing Yu Nian
Broadcast Network: Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Dragon TV
Broadcast Date: 2019
Genre: Costume, Political
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 46
Director: Sun Hao
Screenwriter: Wang Juan
Production Company: Tencent Pictures, New Classics Media
Origin: China
Source: Adapted from the web novel Joy of Life by Mao Ni

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

The story follows a young man with a mysterious background. He comes from a small city by the sea, hails from a prominent family and undergoes trials and tribulations in his personal journey.

When Fan Xian (Zhang RuoYun) was 15 years old, his father Fan Jian (Gao ShuGuang) and Chen Ping Ping (Wu Gang), the head of the Procuratorate, arrange for Fan Xian to study martial arts and the use of poison under Fei Jie (Liu Hua). Four years later, Fan Xian has improved considerably and travels to the capital. Along the way, he encounters Liu RuYu and his younger brother Fan SiZhe (Gao QiLin). He falls in love at first sight with Lin WanEr (Li Qin) and meets his talented younger sister Fan RuoRuo (Song Yi).

His peaceful life is shattered when he is assassinated on the streets which results in the death of Teng Zi Jing (Wang Yang). Fan Xian also becomes the subject of interest in a power struggle between the Crown Prince and the Second Prince, but Fan Xian's heart grows cold when he thinks back to his friend whose sacrifice was deemed inconsequential. Determined to change the current world, he faces challenges head on while holding on to his beliefs.

Fun Facts

  • Filming took place in Guizhou and Hengdian World Studios.
  • Zhang Ruoyun read the novel before filming began to get a better understanding of the character.
  • The cast is one of the main reasons why Gao ShuGuang took the role. He and Director Sun Hao are classmates in film school. He, Chen DaoMing and Wu Gang grew up together.
  • The title which translates in English to celebrating the remaining life is a metaphor for the protagonist miraculously getting a second chance in life.
  • It is unclear whether the drama will adapt the novel and its entirety or discard the aspects relating to reincarnation since the main protagonist is supposed to wake in the body of an infant after his death.
  • Translated from the novel, "Myasthenia gravis — an incurable disease where one’s muscle slowly degenerated until the day when one can no longer move and only tears may flow. “Is this… dying?” When he opened his eyes again, he had crossed over into the body of a two year old infant, right in the middle of an assassination attempt." (Source: NovelUpdates)
  • Episode count was changed from 52 to 46 in the records filed with NRTA (formerly SARFT).

Joy of Life Zhang Ruoyun Zhang Ruoyun as Fan Xian
Joy of Life Li Qin Li Qin as Lin Waner
Joy of Life Chen Daoming Chen Daoming as Qing Di
Joy of Life Wu Gang Wu Gang as Chen Pingping
Joy of Life Xin Zhilei Xin Zhilei as Hai Tang Duo Duo
Joy of Life Song Yi Song Yi as Fan Ruoruo
Joy of Life Li Chun Li Chun as Si Lili
Joy of Life Han Jiunuo Han Jiunuo as Ye Linger
Joy of Life Liu Meitong Liu Meitong as Zhan Doudou
Joy of Life Zhao Ke Zhao Ke as Liu Ruyu

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