Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave 鬼吹灯之黄皮子坟 is a 12-episode Chinese web series starring Ethuan Ruan (Never Said Goodbye), Xu Lu (Tribes and Empires), Hao Hao, Liu Chao, Li Yu Jie, Shang Tie Long and Hu Xiao Guang.
It is adapted from the Ghost Blows Out the Candle series written by Tianxia Bachang 天下霸唱 that is comprised of eight books, two parts detailing the life of the protagonist as a young man and six parts revolving around his life as an adult. The original 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 young Hu Ba Yi, 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 the show earning a commendable 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.
It is directed by Guan Hu whose most recent project was the critically-acclaimed Mr. Six. The show will be going by the book in its interpretation of the novel and it is brought to us via a collaboration between Tencent, Youhug, Wanda Pictures and Di Qi Yin Xiang.
Release Date: July 21, 2017 on Tencent QQ (3 episodes every Friday 22:00)
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