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Sunday 8 October 2017

The Legendary Tycoon

The Legendary Tycoon China Drama
Drama: The Legendary Tycoon
Chinese Title: 传奇大亨 / Chuan Qi Da Heng
Broadcast Network: Zhejiang TV
Broadcast Website: iQIYI, Tencent, Youku
Broadcast Period: October 9, 2017 - December 5, 2017
Air Time: Monday to Thursday 22:00 (two episodes every night)
Genre: Biography, Entertainment, Inspirational, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Episodes: 42
Director: Zhuang Xunxin
Origin: China
Source: Inspired by the real-life story of the Shaw Brothers
Watch Episodes On: iQIYI, Viki (eng subs), Youtube

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Synopsis and Plot Summary

A story about the ups and downs in the life of Gu Yan Mei, a man with a dream to become a legend in the film industry. During the 1930's in Shanghai, the four brothers of the Gu family worked together to enter the film industry. The youngest son Gu Yan Mei followed his older brothers to Singapore and then to Hong Kong after the second world war broke out, and in spite of the pitfalls that he encountered, Gu Yan Mei devoted his life towards his craft, coming from nothing to establish a golden age in Hong Kong entertainment. (Source: DramaPanda)

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Fun Facts

  • It is inspired by the life of Hong Kong entertainment mogul Run Run Shaw.
  • It is part of the dramas that were affected by the Hallyu Ban, an unofficial ban that was in effect in China to restrict all forms of Hallyu aka Korean Wave due to the political disagreement between China and Korea over THAAD. On October 31, 2017, there were reports that both sides were making a move to mend diplomatic ties and news that the virtual ban has been lifted came days later. (Source: Sohu)
  • It is one of four dramas starring Zhang Han that were affected by the Hallyu Ban. There was a running joke that Zhang Han had it worst as all of his dramas couldn't air. There was Braveness of the Ming with Park Ming Young, Gorgeous Workers with Choo Ja Hyun and The Rhapsody of A Summer Dream with Go Jun Hee.
  • Gu Hye Sun was initially the leading lady, but her scenes were removed and Jia Qing was brought in to film more scenes.
  • Due to the leading lady being replaced and due to its subject matter, the drama was included as part of the list of films in celebration of the 20th year of Hong Kong's return to China and managed to secure a broadcast date before the Hallyu Ban ended.

The Legendary Tycoon Hans Zhang Han Hans Zhang Han as Gu Yanmei
The Legendary Tycoon Jia Qing Jia Qing as Hu Biyu
The Legendary Tycoon Song Yi Song Yi as Qu Meng
The Legendary Tycoon Guo Ziqian Guo Ziqian as Wang Jing
The Legendary Tycoon Liu Chang Si Liu Chang Si as Kong Lingjie

Supporting Cast
  • Listen - Chuan Qi Da Heng (传奇大亨) by Yan Yi Dan (严艺丹)
  • Wu Hui Zhe Yi Sheng (无悔这一生) by Beyond
  • Ren Jian Xi Ju (人间喜剧) by Yan Yi Dan (严艺丹)
  • Shen Meng (深梦) by Yan Yi Dan (严艺丹)
  • Listen - Ni Shui (你说) by Yan Yi Dan (严艺丹)

Episode Ratings
Zhejiang TV
DateEpisodeCSM52 Cities (%)CSM Nationwide (%)
RatingsAudience ShareRankingRatingsAudience ShareRanking
Average1 - 420.2201.5900.1231.153

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