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14 May 2009 @ 09:36 pm
Dream of the Red Chamber new drama  
The Dream of the Red Chamber (Hong Lou Meng) is currently being remade as a TV drama.
Originally a novel by the author Cao Xueqing from Qing dynasty, The Dream of the Red Chamber 红楼梦 (also known as A Dream of Red Mansions or The Story of the Stone) is probably the most famous and most important work in Chinese literature. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels that include "Journey to the West" 西游记, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" 三国演义and "Outlaws of the March" 水浒传. The novel is of such importance and profounness that there is even a literary science about this book called Redology.

Trailer of the 2009 series "A Dream of Red Mansions"

The novel is a novel of matters, dealing with many themes such as critizising the social structure of the Qing dynasty. The story basicaly deals with the rise and fall of a powerful aristocratic family, surrounding the central characters Jia Baoyu, the only son of the family, and his relationship with his cousins Lin Daiyu and Xue Baochai.
Beside these central characters there are hundreds of other characters involved in this story, and the whole embedded in a metaphysical background.

There were several movies about this book, the most famous being the TV series from 1978 featuring probably the most famous Lin Daiyu actress.
Now in 2009 a new series with a whole new cast is coming out. I personally am totally stunned by the actors, the set and the artistic costumes and are very looking forward to this series.

Official website of the TV series (chinese): http://ent.sina.com.cn/f/v/hongloumeng/index.shtml