Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave



Tencent, Youhug, Wanda Pictures, etc. collaborate to present Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave 鬼吹灯之黄皮子坟, a 12-episode Chinese action adventure web series starring Ethuan Ruan (Never Said Goodbye) and Xu Lu (Tribes and Empires). 

It is adapted from Ghost Blows Out the Candle by Tian Xia Ba Chang 天下霸唱 that is comprised of eight books, two parts detailing the life of the protagonist as a young man and the remaining six revolving around his life as an adult. 

The version starring Jin Dong and Joe Chen is based on the tomb raiding adventures of a middle aged Hu Ba Yi while this one features a time before he met his other half Shirley. 

Given how the first one fared under China's film regulatory agencies, I wasn't expecting a new adaptation so soon though I suppose it must have to do with Candle in the Tomb earning a solid 8.2/10 on popular ratings website Douban. 

The story begins when Hu Ba Yi finds a photograph that brings back memories from twenty years ago when he and Pang Zi went up the mountains to catch weasels yet they end up unearthing a mysterious tomb instead. 

The series will be directed by Guan Hu whose most recent project was the critically-acclaimed Mr. Six. The drama will be literally going by the book in its interpretation of the novel. 

Release Date: TBD on Tencent QQ
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9 comments:

  1. Oh, goody! I like adventure stories.

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  2. Xu Lu casting is believable since the story is about Hu Ba Yi in college age (early 20), so naturally his female lead also young. But Ethan? Guy is 34-35 already, not much younger than Jin Dong. So as a college student? Ehhh... But I watched Date with Superstar variety show with him and Xu Lu and they look good together despite big age gap, so I'm willing to try.

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    1. ooh i got curious so I checked that their age gap is 6 years. you're right he doesn't exactly come off as a college kid anymore but in fairness, he looks a lot younger than Jin Dong:)

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  3. No its 12 years, Ethan was born in late 82 & Xu Lu late 94. You're right about appearance though, he does look much younger than Jin Dong.

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    1. oops i meant age difference between jin dong and ethan is only 6 years.. but u're right it's a whopping 12 between xu lu and ethan.

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  4. Ah yes sorry LOL, I misinterpreted. Well I just read Xu Lu's role apparently isn't Hu Ba Yi's 1st love in the books and other movies-series, but an original role. So they may not have romance, although it's hard to think that for 1st male and female leads.

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    1. lol not a problem. On another note, i have a feeling they'll definitely put a love line with the female lead. They almost always do:)

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    2. That can sometimes be not the case. For example since Xu Lu is here I get reminded of Tribes and Empires. Mu Yunsheng and Su Yuning, although they're 1st male-female leads, they don't have loveline. Sure we get their wedding in the series unlike book, but I don't think writer will change their romance that much. And I read Hu Ba Yi's 1st love Ding Si Tian will still be in the series too, only as 2nd lead. It's played by a relative newcomer Hao Hao but her age is closer to Ethan (88ers).

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    3. hmm that is true i guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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