Chinese thriller TV series experience explosive growth
Chinese dramas of suspense and murder and mystery popped up like mushrooms after the rain in 2021 following the huge success of Bad kids in 2020. Among these new dramas, iQIYI’s Lights On Theater series titled Pavilion caught the attention of Chinese viewers.
Pavilion debuted on iQIYI, one of the leading streaming platforms in China, on October 13. The final episode of the 12-episode series aired on October 22.
The series tells the story of two generations in one family. One of the girls in the family was murdered on a rainy night 19 years ago, but the killer has never been found. His older brother blames himself for his sister’s death. After decades, the family experiences another strange tragedy and sets out in search of the truth.
The cast of the series played a huge role in the success of the series. All of the main characters are played by skilled Chinese actors and actresses, including Duan Yihong, Hao Lei, and Zu Feng.
Show director Wang Xiaoshuai, who also directed So Long, My Son, which won the two best acting awards at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, said that “every shot is cinematic, creating a tense atmosphere in a water city in southern China that emphasizes a local vibe. “
Water plays a big role in the series. The murders take place on rainy nights and so the murderer’s footprints are washed away. The constant rainy days create a gloomy atmosphere, and the ancient waterways that run through the city give criminals easy access to any location.
As some critics and its director have noted, the series tries to find a style of suspense that shows Chinese characteristics.
The drama also tries to integrate other issues such as family in the context of suspense and murder stories.
However, some audiences complained that the series’ plot was not up to par with the actors’ and actresses’ performances.
“Because of Bad kids, Lights On Theater by iQIYI has become in my eyes a guarantee of quality in thriller drama. But this news disappointed me a bit. It sounds more like a family morality play than a brilliant thriller, “a viewer named Wan, 26, told the Global Times on Thursday.
outraged Pavilion, the 24 Danger Zone episodes and the 32 similar-themed The Twelfth Second episodes both stood out from other television works, being praised by many viewers.
“Thriller TV series is a genre that gives audiences a thrilling emotional experience. This type of conflict between movies and TV series stems from the split personality and psychological pressure of modern people. genre, ”Beijing-based culture critic Shi Wenxue told the Global Times.
He noted that works in the thriller genre must eliminate anxiety and fear, and instead instill a sense of urgency in the audience in order to be successful.