Chinese drama 'The Bad Kids' earns rave reviews
The Bad Kids, a web drama adaptation of a suspense novel from a famous Chinese mystery fiction writer known by the pseudonym Zijin Chen, is currently the most popular Chinese-language TV series. Viewers have been praising the drama, and its Douban score has soared to 9.2.
This drama has only 12 episodes, which is entirely different from the style of most Chinese TV dramas that often run for 30 to 40 episodes. Viewers have highly praised the show that they are on the edge of their seats the whole time, and no second of footage is wasted.
The main characters are three children, and the adult actors supporting them are all heavyweights. The three young actors carry the show, and they're all new to acting!
Before filming began, the crew spent a year searching for the young actor. The director said that there were only two criteria for choosing the young actors. The first was that the child was naturally like the character in the play. The second criterion was that young actor understanding of acting needs to be within the aesthetic range. The director was trying to look for acting talent.
The original story of the show was about a child with his dark side. The plot is about three kids who happen to record a murder while climbing a mountain, which unfolds into a dangerous story. The director of the play made some adaptations as appropriate.
The drama has a superb cast and excellent original support, and of course, the show's music is quite remarkable. It is reported that the music producer of the drama did not use a well-known musician, but hired a lesser-known, but a very distinctive musician. The audience said that the weird and exciting music comes on in time for each key plot point, and their own emotions are carried away at once.
It's also been suggested that the play will have some adverse effects. If some people struggle with all kinds of frustrations and can't find an outlet for them, there's no guarantee that they won't vent their emotions like the characters in the series.
The two exceptionally psychologically twisted protagonists, Zhang Dongsheng and Zhu Chaoyang, seem to teach mentally unsound people how to deal with the troubles in their lives. If teens run into problems, will they emulate the characters in the play and make irreversible mistakes?
This drama has stirred up a lot of discussion and controversy, and I recommend you to make sure that you watch the best Chinese online drama in recent years, The Bad Kids.