Exclusive preview: Blossoms in Dream new theme-song by Jane Zhang
《Blossoms in Dream/花开如梦》is a drama that should have gone on the air in China in 2016 but its broadcasting it was blocked for unknown reasons.
Today, rumors reporting of a possible schedulation for the broadcasting of this 35 episodes TV drama. The start of airing would be September 2019 and the broadcaster it could be Beijing Satellite TV (北京卫视).
The plot-MV of Blossoms in Dream with the new theme-song by Jane Zhang
The plot-MV that we show you in exclusive preview isn’t yet officially published and the title of the song is still unknown, but the song is very beautiful and wonderfully sung by the unmistakable voice of Jane Zhang. So today, three years apart, we discover one of the many songs in the Jane Zhang’s drawer.
Based on Su Tong‘s novel《Women’s Lives/妇女生活》(Fu Nü Sheng Huo), the drama tells the story of women’s daily life. The writer interprets the contemporary Chinese family life from the perspective of women.
Zhang Jia-yi 张嘉译 and Dong Jie 董洁 led the starring of this fiction, but the cast is composed by many other big-name stars like Wang Lin 王琳, Zhang Luyi 张鲁一, Chen Xiaoyi 陈萧伊 and Tian Xiao Jie 田小洁.
Of Chinese family and women’s role
In China, the concept of family attaches great importance to the control of one generation over the next generation or even the third generation. In the family field this is reflected in the patriarchal power, and the control of parents over their children and grandchildren is called family law. Here, family law and national law exist side by side and complement each other.
The patriarchy is undoubtedly a very general macro-concept, it absolutely doesn’t refer to the power from the father alone. In fact, in the larger social context, the father isn’t only the parent of a family at home, but also the representative of a family externally, participating in social affairs outside the family. So, instead of the father, in the family internal form is often the mother the one who has the power function.
Blossoms in Dream: the plot
From Shanghai pre-revolutionary to this day, three generations of women alternate in the house located above a photographic studio. Mothers and daughters are the witness of bitter existences, made of mutual jealousy, failure, mental illness, death and abjection. Xian debut as an actress in the glittering Shanghai thirties, but her dreams end up in a filthy house and solitude; Zhi, her daughter, suffers from depression when she discovers that cannot have children; Xiao, the adopted daughter sends her mother in the madhouse and will try to kill her husband. The evil passes from mother to daughter, in a society dominated by the harassment of men or the rules of a strict party discipline.
On the same Su Tong’s novel “Women’s Lives” is also based the movie《Jasmine Flower/茉莉花開》released in 2004 and directed by Yong Hou (侯勇).
Su Tong (苏童), pseudonym of Tong Zhonggui (童忠贵) is one of the best-known Chinese writers in the western world. His books are translated into French, English and Italian. He emerged on the Chinese literaly scene in mid-1980s and gained international fame after Zhang Yimou 张艺谋 adapted his novel《Wives and Concubines/妻妾成群》(Qīqiè Chéngqún) into《Raise The Red Lantern/大红灯笼高高挂》(Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua), nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1992 and winner of prize “Leone d’Argento – Special Award for Directing” at Venice Film Festival 1991.
TV Drama credits:
Producer: Wu Yi 吴毅
Production: Zhejiang Tianyi Film & Television Co. Ltd, Dongyang Mengjiangwei Film and Television Culture
Director: Liu Huining 刘惠宁
Screenplay: Huo Wei 霍昕
Actors: Zhang Jiayi 张嘉译
Dong Jie 董洁
Wang Lin 王琳
Zhang Luyi 张鲁一
Chen Xiaoyi 陈萧伊
Tian Xiao Jie 田小洁
Composer: Zou Ye 邹野
Singer: Jane Zhang 张靓颖