Unknown Number (时空来电) is the Chinese remake of Kdrama Signal starring Li Xiao Ran, Du Chun, and Wang Tian Chen. I haven’t watched the original but have heard of numerous praises for the plot and acting caliber of the original cast. Of the Chinese cast, Wang Tian Chen is the most green and you might remember him in General and I, The Way We Were and or Tang Dynasty Tour. Either way, he has a big shoes to follow Lee Jae Hoon’s performance. The original was inspired by a true incident and that involves a serial rapist and murderer. The story follows police lieutenant played by Wang as he tries to investigate the death of his childhood’s friend that was left unsolved for years. He’s aided when he discovers a walkie-talkie and the man talking to him through the phone is the detective from the past (literally) trying to solve the case. Now I want to watch the original. Sounds like a TVB drama too!
Unknown Number begins airing tonight 10/23!
Chen Kun left the small screen for nine whopping years?! That seems to be the route most actors of the 90s and 2000s took on after they made a name for themselves. Who would want to return to the long shooting and hectic schedule of tv filming? Anyway, he is now back with original spy drama, The Escapee (脱身者), whose script is said to have been polished for a number of years. They expect a rise in TV series quality with the return of Chen Kun. Lol? What kind of expectation is that to place on an actor?! His rumored leading lady is Li Xiao Ran (Sparrow) and he has worked with her before. I’m hoping for a new pairing! Just don’t place him next to someone 20 years younger (he’s 40?!!). Lol.
Nooooooooo. Please nooooooo. Why am I panicking? It is too melo and involves the R element! There are two adaptations so far: a movie version (Eighteen Springs) with Leon Lai, Anita Mui and Jacklyn Wu, and a drama version in 2003 with Ruby Lin, Patrick Tang, and Jiang Qin Qin called Affair of Half a Lifetime. The novel written by Eileen Chang has been translated into many languages, including English for those who are interested. I have watched the drama version before but I do not remember the content. Once I read the synopsis again, flashes of unpleasant scenes flooded through my brain.
Anyone else who felt different? I do admit I watched this drama when I was too young and never went back so…