TV Series: Dog Stick
This is a 70-episode large-scale heroic historical drama by Guo Jingyu, screenwriter and director, Liu Ye, Ju Xingmao, Wei Zi, Yue Lina, Heizi, Yang Zhigang, and Yu Yi. It recounts the resentment and hatred of Rehe’s “Dai” and “Na” families for half a century, and the legendary anti-Japanese war of the non-governmental organization “Pole Gang” led by Dai Tianli.
The story premiered nationwide in Jiangsu City Channel on August 2013, and aired on Anhui Satellite TV, Beijing Satellite TV, Tianjin Satellite TV, Chongqing Satellite TV, and Yunnan Satellite TV on October 2013. On October 28, it was broadcast on CCTV’s comprehensive channel.
“Dog Stick” is a legendary drama based on the Rehe Anti-Japanese War. More than 100 million yuan was invested in the drama hence breaking the investment record of historical legendary dramas. In order to film, produce and elaborate on the historical style and customs of Rehe, there were snow scenes in old mountains and deep forests. In the northeast mountainous areas which make up some epic scenes, the production saw more than 40,000 people on set and thousands of costumes!
“Dog stick”, the gang’s symbolic icon is specially used to hit mad “dog”, vicious “dog”, traitor “dog” and aggressive “dog”! By chance, Dai Tian-li got hold of the dog stick and became the leader of Rehe pole gang. Rehe pole gang stands by civil justice and is against intrusion and opium which angers the interest groups. This however also leads to Dai Tian-li to be caught in a love-hate triangle relation between Na Su-zhi, the daughter of the Na family and her allied brother Na Tu-Lu. Dai Tian-li organizes an anti-Japanese volunteer army when war resistance against Japan breaks out to fend against the enemy. With the country’s crisis as priority, all feud is set aside with a common goal to fight for the country.
The premiere of “Dog Stick” on the Jiangsu City Channel caused a rare viewing craze and it became a huge hit on the night of the broadcast. It became the 2013 National Drama Festival “Top Ten TV Series”, Guo Jingyu won “Favorite Screenwriter”, Wei Zi won “Audience Favorite Actor”, Yue Lina won “Breakthrough Spiritual Woman Actor”, Yu Yi “Audience Favorite Character” and Wang Kui Rong won “Best Skilled Actor”;
In August 2014, the drama won first place in the 13th Huading Award. Guo Jing Yu, Dai Junqing, Xiao Shaoquan won “China Top 100 TV Series Best Screenwriters”, Wei Zi won “Chinese TV Drama Annual Achievement Award”, and Yue Lina won “National Television Favorite Star»;