Wang im­presses with per­for­mance in TV se­ries on po­lice

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE - By XUFAN

From play­ing a strug­gling fa­ther in The Pi­ano in a Fac­tory to be­ing a ruth­less bandit in Sav­ing MrWu, Wang Qianyuan is a ver­sa­tile ac­tor. And, now, with a hit TVseries about China’s first gen­er­a­tion of Com­mu­nist po­lice, the vet­eran ac­tor has im­pressed again.

In the 31-episode pro­duc­tion The Bat­tle at the Dawn, Wang plays a po­lice chief, based on Chen Long, the first Com­mu­nist public se­cu­rity bureau chief in Harbin, in North­east China’s Hei­longjiang prov­ince.

AfterWorldWar II, the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army took over the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Harbin from the de­part­ing Soviet forces in 1946, three years be­fore the found­ing of NewChina.

The first public se­cu­rity bureau un­der the Com­mu­nists was then es­tab­lished in the city. Chen, a for­mer com­man­der in theNorth­east Anti- Ja­panese Army led Com­mu­nist Party, ap­pointed as the chief.

Speak­ing about the pro­duc­tion, Chen Zhimin, the vicem­i­nis­ter of China’sMin­istry of Public Se­cu­rity, which is one of the pro­duc­ers, says the se­ries sheds light on a lesser known as­pect of the coun­try’s his­tory.

For Wang, the 48-year-old ac­tor be­hind more than 50 movies and TV se­ries, The Bat­tle at the Dawn is his lat­est salute to po­lice he­roes.

He ear­lier played an un­der­cover po­lice­man in the 2014 TV se­ries Mekong River Case, base­donareal sto­ry­in­which13 Chi­nese sailors were killed by a Myan­mar drug ring in 2011.

Re­call­ing his visit to Yun­nan prov­ince to talk to the lo­cal po­lice in 2013, he says their ef­forts in hunt­ing down drug smug­glers im­pressed him.

Two years later, Wang re­ceived a call from Liu Jiang, di­rec­tor of The Bat­tle at the Dawn, and he took the lead role. by the was

“It wasmy first time play­ing such a high-rank­ing of­fi­cial,” says Wang dur­ing a WeChat in­ter­view.

De­scrib­ing his role, Wang says: “I had never played such a char­ac­ter. In most pre­vi­ous rev­o­lu­tion­ary se­ries, the char­ac­ters were flaw­less role mod­els.

“But my char­ac­ter has his strug­gles and weak­ness, mak­ing him closer to a real per­son than a cliched hero.”

Since the se­ries be­gan air­ing through two satel­lite chan­nels in Bei­jing and Shang­hai on March 10, it has soared to the sec­ond spot on the charts, ac­cord­ing to the TV and broad­cast­ing tracker CSM Me­dia Re­search.

Mean­while, de­spite the ac­co­lades he is re­ceiv­ing, Wang, who grad­u­ated from China’s Cen­tral Academy of Drama, did cameos or un­pop­u­lar leads in the first 15 years of his ca­reer.

But his win as best ac­tor at the 23rd Tokyo In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for The Pi­ano in a Fac­tory in 2010 was a turn­ing point.

The award then brought him lead roles on the big screen, such as in the Andy Lau-star­ring thriller Sav­ing Mr Wu and 2017 com­edy The Vil­lage of No Re­turn, costar­ring with Tai­wan star Shu Qi.

Wang, now fol­lowed by 1.5 mil­lion fans on the Chi­nese barom­e­ter of suc­cess Sina Weibo, the Chi­nese an­swer to Twit­ter, is an A-lis­ter. But he says fame is not the most im­por­tant thing for him.

“I’m not one of those who be­came an overnight sen­sa­tion. But thanks to years of strug­gle and striv­ing, I could pol­ish my act­ing skills,” he says.

As for the fu­ture, Wang says that for a coun­try that pro­duces more than 600 movies and ap­prox­i­mately 16,500 episodes of TV se­ries ev­ery year, China’s show­biz in­dus­try will evolve to a world-class level soon.

He says that though the China’s movie mar­ket was lack­lus­ter last year, the huge pop­u­la­tion of movie­go­ers gives it the po­ten­tial to de­velop the in­dus­try in a bet­ter­way.

“I be­lieve we will have pro­duc­tions as good as the top ones in Europe and theUnited States in a fewyears,” he says.

Speak­ing about his plans, Wang says that he will make time to learn English.

“I’m a slow learner … But I think if my English is bet­ter, I will have more chances to work in in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tions.”

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