June 16th, 2007

Dream of the Red Chamber


On the last trip to China, I remember there was a big story about CCTV remaking Dream of the Red Chamber 红楼梦. The last Dream of Red Chamber made by CCTV is in 1987.

For those who don’t know, Dream of the Red Chamber is like Romeo and Juliet for Chinese. It is a Chinese classic and millions of Chinese girls (and boys) read the classic for at least two century. The main characters in story are Jia Baoyu 贾宝玉 (“Romeo”) and Lin Daiyu 林黛玉 (“Juliet”) and Xue Baochai 薛宝钗 (“Juliet #2”).

Because of the special place the story has in heart of the Chinese, the selection of the actors and actresses for the remake become a hot topic. So “America Idol”-like competition was held where everyone can vote for their favorite actor and actress.

Today, my wife asked me how goes the competition (she is a big fan of the classic) so we check it out.

Seem like they have selected Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai but not Jia Baoyu. Sigh, I thought Wu-Ting would win. :-(

Lin DiaYu
Xue Baochai
My favourite for DaiYu.

My wife now looks forward to the remake. In the meantime, she is watching the 1987 version.

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