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Series cast summary:
...  Wang Xifeng 35 episodes, 1987
Fenqiang Ouyang ...  Jia Baoyu 34 episodes, 1987
...  Lin Daiyu 32 episodes, 1987
Ting Li ...  Grandma Jia 31 episodes, 1987
Xianzhen Zhou ...  Madam Wang 30 episodes, 1987
Mei Yuan ...  Xi Ren, Maid 28 episodes, 1987
...  Xue Baochai 28 episodes, 1987
...  Yuanyang 28 episodes, 1987
...  Jia Tanchun 27 episodes, 1987
Lin Shen ...  Miss Ping'er 27 episodes, 1987
Ze-hong Hu ...  Jia Xichun 25 episodes, 1987
Meng-quan Sun ...  Madam Li Wan 26 episodes, 1987
Ming-hui Xia ...  Madam Xing 21 episodes, 1987
...  Qing Wen, Maid 21 episodes, 1987
Hong-liang Gao ...  Jia Lian 20 episodes, 1987
Li-xia Xu ...  Zi Juan, Maid 19 episodes, 1987
Cai-hong Sun ...  Zhou Rui's wife 19 episodes, 1987
Gui-e Wang ...  Miss You 19 episodes, 1987
Xiaozhen Guo ...  Shi Xiangyun 17 episodes, 1987
Yi Mou ...  Jia Yingchun 18 episodes, 1987
Liu-liu Han ...  She Yue, Maid 16 episodes, 1987
Feng-ying Li ...  Aunt Xue 15 episodes, 1987
Jia-qi Ma ...  Jia Zheng 15 episodes, 1987
Jun-yong Yang ...  Jia Rong 16 episodes, 1987


Based on the mid-eighteenth century novel by Cao Xueqin, Beijing's CCTV's version of "A Dream in Red Mansions" (aka Dream of the Red Chamber) is known by many to be the ultimate and best adaptation of the story either on TV or film. It is a story about the tragic love of Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu, and the prosperity and decline of the four notable feudal ruling-class families of Jia, Shi, Wang and Xue. Daiyu is a beautiful and talented girl, but prone to ill health. The intelligent and carefree Baoyu, nonetheless, shows love toward her over the years and puts up with her sensitivity and ill-tempered personality. They, along with their family-favored and tactful cousin Xue Baochai, reside in the Grand View Garden. The garden was built to honor the visit of Baoyu's sister, Imperial Consort Jia Yuanchun, whose installment marked the height of the families' status, prosperity and power. This story also gives praise to the work and revolts of the many servants and nurses in the Grand View ... Written by Oliver Chu

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Unique TV series
11 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Yes, the show is terrific. it's different from most shows that are or were on Chinese TVs as I remember. Because as a Vietnamese I was fed on Chinese dramas, the majority of which are about star crossed lovers, kungfu, palace intrigues...But this show is really a stand alone, and that's why many of my friends and my family don't really like it, it just doesn't follow a plot.

The main joy in watching the series as well as read the novel is the distractions: music, poetry, food, comic stories, painting. I was really doubled up in laughters whenever I see the servants bicker, or when Liu Laolao came to the garden, or at the biting and proud and sarcastic words of Qingwen or Daiyu. it's really a find to see myself laughing in a so-called tragic series and book.

For the most part of the Cao version is so funny, with only some deaths, but they are all heart-felt. I love Qingwen. The last 40 chapters are not good at all, all filled with deaths which do not bring me tears, even Daiyu's, Xifeng's, and devoid of poetry. So it is quite reasonable to make 30 episodes for 80 chapters and only 6 for the rest.

I confess the outcome of the director is much better than the book's. At least it is filled with tragedy, not like the book ending with everyone making up, and hailing the goodness of the king and monarchy. You know,the series does a great job juxtaposing, contrasting sadness and fun and so make both impressive.

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