Chinese Remake of Singaporean TV Series The Little Nyonya Stars Shane Xiao and Ryan Kou

Chinese Remake of Singaporean Drama The Little Nyonya Stars Shane Xiao and Ryan Kou
Dubbed as one of the greatest television series on Singapore's local channel, MediaCorp TV Channel 8, it's inevitable for The Little Nyonya 小娘惹 to get picked up for a remake. Ten years after its initial release in 2008, it was announced that a Singapore-Chinese joint collaboration was working on a drama remake with the same writer onboard and a bigger budget. Fast forward to 2020 and we're hearing hints of an upcoming premiere. 

Set in the 1930's until the modern day, the story revolves around the struggles of the heroine being born as an illegitimate child who was abandoned by her family and ended up being sold to a butcher. Having experienced life's toughest challenges, she is determined to make her life better by saving her family's business.  

Shane Xiao Yan (The Legends) takes on the role of Yueniang which was popularized by Singaporean actress Jeanette AwRyan Kou Jiarui (Sunny Happiness) plays her leading man.

Chinese Remake of Singaporean Drama The Little Nyonya Stars Shane Xiao and Ryan Kou
They will also be joined by Yue LinaDai Xiangyu who reprises his role as Yamamoto YousukeDarren ChiuXiang YunHe YuhongFang Chengcheng, and Niu BeirenIt's interesting to see that these actors have been appearing in various Chinese, Taiwanese and Singaporean productions.

Given its cultural themes, The Little Nyonya features a Peranakan family, a sub-ethnic group found in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. More than the actors and the story, I'm very curious to see how the remake factors in the Peranakan culture.

It reminded me of the time when I was traveling back and forth from Singapore and Malaysia then randomly visited a Peranakan Cultural Museum. That was my first exposure to the culture that is uniquely imbued in their everyday life and seen through their clothing, furniture, art and even yummy cuisine. You might also want to check out the original on Netflix if you want to compare both versions!

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6 comments:

  1. I've watched the Singaporean original twice. It's really very interesting. I would love to watch the remake and see how they weave the story of three generations. The original heroine is so pretty. And not to forget the food.
    I think they are also making the remake of Romance in the Rain, another Chinese classic that started my love for Chinese dramas. Both highly recommended.

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    1. REALLY? OMG I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE ANOTHER FAILURE AS BAD AS MY FAIR PRINCESS REMAKE, it's so bad but it's sooooooooooo funny and hiliarious! Romance in the Rain remake is also gonna stink but it' will be great fun. Wondering who will dare to cast in it, they are very brave.

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  2. Chinese remake Romance in the Rain, give it to me!!!

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  3. Thank you for the intro. A China-Singapore co-production? That is unusual but it definitely sounds interesting! I haven't seen the original but I really liked Shane in The Legends.

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    1. No, thank you for reading and leaving a comment! It is unusual, but it's really awesome that they're working with the original production team :) writing this intro made me want to check out the original so I hope I can get to it soon!

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