Sun Honglei, who made his name playing an artist in Forever Enthralled (Mei Lanfang) and then a spy in Lurk (Qianfu), challenges himself yet again in a major new TV series.
Set from 1925 to 1949, The Road We Have Taken (Renjian Zhengdao Shi Cangsang) focuses on three children of a big family and their search for a political path in the chaos of 20th century China. Their life is set against a number of significant historic events, such as the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45) and the foundation of the People's Republic of China.
Sun plays the lead role, the youngest son named Yang Liqing. He is a gangster-turned Nationalist who eventually finds his true calling in Communism.
To create convincing war scenes, director Zhang Li hired the same Korean special effects team that worked on Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly (Jijie Hao), China's top-earning movie of 2007.
Costing 50 million yuan ($7.3 million), the daily show has a huge cast of 350 and will be broadcast on CCTV 8 from next Tuesday, repeated on CCTV 1 from the next day.