Between Yang Zi and Kris Wu’s managers’ cryptic posts that seemed to throw shade and the unending issue over who between the two stars should be given top billing for their drama The Golden Hairpin 青簪行 since last year, it seems that things have just gotten worse.
The showrunners seem to be skirting around the issue even as they dropped a new poster of both leads without mentioning names so as to avoid revealing the billing order. Furthermore, there are accusations that script changes have been made to the drama which is based on a female-centric novel to put focus on the male lead. Yang Zi recently took to Weibo to share her sentiments on the issue. She wrote:
“There are some things that I would like to tell everyone.
It’s been 7 months since we started shooting The Golden Hairpin and we have only one more month until it wraps. This drama embodies the hard work and sweat of many people, it’s the heart of our entire crew. Even though I don’t know how the final product will turn out but from the moment I got the script until now, every person on the crew and I have worked seriously on the drama.
However, things happen against our wishes. Recently, due to our drama being discussed by everyone again, many things that should not be disputed have become controversial. Many problems that have reached a consensus have become a problem again. The script, top billing, promotions and even my going home for a checkup have become a problem. There’re more and more negative news online pertaining to the drama and the crew that I can no longer keep silent.
I am an actress. My most important task is to create. From the day I signed the contract and came to set, I became responsible for Huang Zixia (her character) and this project. I have always kept in mind the duties of an actor to take performing and creativity seriously and to strive to produce work that satisfies everyone. I will turn over the disputes outside the drama for the staff to handle. I trust that the production will abide by the spirit of the contract and properly handle the follow through.
So I hope that everyone will not be affected by the chaotic news, I believe in our earnest attitude to create. When I first met director Lam Yuk Fan in August last year, we agreed to make a good drama. The filming schedule is heavy and everyone is incredibly tired. Director Leung Sing Kuen is in charge of making jokes to keep the atmosphere lively, and there are a lot of friends in the crew. We’d start work together at 4 in the morning and smile with dark circles under our eyes.
Please give our drama a little more time, don’t reject our drama this early, I will continue to film every scene well and work hard to make The Golden Hairpin even better. Look forward to seeing everyone soon.”
I had nothing but anticipation for this couple pairing when it was first announced and I’m just now realizing that it is being directed by Lam Yuk Fan of Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms which is an added bonus but frankly, all the negativity about the drama is off putting that I completely get why Yang Zi herself would be frustrated. Perhaps it’s impossible but I just wish someone would show the contents of that darned contract and stick to it whatever it may be.