In a story of second chances, director Jian Chuanhe brings us Challenges at Midlife 落花时节, a drama based on a novel by Ah Nai 阿耐 where two former friends get another shot at making things right – a chance to honour a father’s legacy and a chance at love. Given Jian Chuanhe’s penchant for dramas that veer away from the “tried and tested” path of portraying reality in a raw form, it might be wise to expect the unexpected especially once you clap your eyes on the drama’s stellar cast. And let me tell you now, you’ll be hard-pressed to get past the array of serious talent the drama was able to pull together.
But then what else did you expect from the same director (Jian Chuanhe) – writer (Ah Nai) tandem that brought us the much loved series Ode to Joy 欢乐颂, China’s little ode to Sex and the City, and last year’s surprise hit All is Well都挺好 about the dysfunctional Su family?
Speaking of the show’s amazing line up, The Longest Day in Chang’an actor Lei Jiayin stars as Jian Hongchen, the son of the local factory director who keeps getting rejected by the quiet and beautiful Ning You played by award winning actress Yuan Quan.
The pair will be joined by Lay Zhang Yixing and Jia Nailiang who’ve also been roped in to play Ning Shu, Ning You’s younger brother and Tian Jingye respectively, as well as Luo Haiqiong, industry veteran Liang Guanhua, Li Naiwen, Lian Lian and Sun Ning.