I'm currently addicted to watching a Chinese TV drama series. It's been over 10 years since I watched any Chinese language TV dramas from Hong Kong, and this is the first ever TV drama produced by China that I watched in my entire life. Compared to the ones I spotted on the boring hotel TV (quite similar to the programming in North Korea) when I was vacationing in China as a kid, China's TV drama nowadays seems to have changed a lot in terms of the style of the scripts, the screenplay, set design, wardrobe design and even cultural references. But then an entire new generation had emerged during these years and the country itself had gone through drastic makeover.
I found this TV drama quite interesting regardless of whether the story line is good or bad or whether the acting is good or bad. Just from the point of how TV drama had evolved and how unfamiliar I'm to the Chinese culture portrayed on the TV drama. It again makes me realize how little I know about China today. And I'm sure most of the people in Hong Kong are unfamiliar with the country as I am since most of what we heard and learnt from the days when our grandparents escaped the country, are now pretty much outdated. Even my American husband who doesn't understand any Chinese found the few clips I showed him quite amusing. He asked me, "Why are there white people standing in the room on the left? How come they all can speak Chinese?" I told him those were the French medical team who were employees of this wealthy Chinese guy who owned this huge castle in France, and he happened to also be the owner of an internationally famous graduate school for music and the performing arts, like Juilliard in New York. My husband just cracked up and said, "So hundreds of million of people in China are now watching this sort of drama? That really gives them something to dream on. Very interesting indeed!!"
I just love all the beautiful and fancy sets, like this bedroom.