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Drama rekindles interest in Chinese Renaissance

By Yang Xiaoyu | | Updated: 2020-05-12 11:09
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The poster for the costume drama Serenade of Peaceful Joy features a number of calligraphy pieces and paintings of the Song Dynasty in the background. [Photo/]

Serenade of Peaceful Joy (Qing Ping Yue), a historical TV drama about the life of an emperor of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), has become an unexpected hit among viewers of the Chinese mainland.

Unlike the Qing Dynasty (1664-1901), which is more familiar due to its proximity to modern times and has often been used as a backdrop for beloved historical dramas, the Song Dynasty (960-1279), often dubbed the Chinese Renaissance, has somehow become lesser known by today's Chinese viewers, especially younger generations.

But the show, released on April 7, has racked up more than 3.26 billion views online as of Monday, reported Maoyan, a major Chinese TV and film database.

The costume drama -- which stars the popular and seasoned actor Wang Kai, and perfectly blends romance and politics -- has drawn much attention from viewers for its depiction of refined Song culture, local media say.

Chronicling the four-decade reign of the fourth Song Emperor Renzong (1022-1063), the drama offers a glimpse into the arts, culture and social life of his time in a compelling portrayal that has sparked millions of posts and comments on social media.

Now let's take a close look at Serenade of Peaceful Joy and savor the brilliance of the culture and arts that radiate throughout the drama.

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