“The Ferryman · Huangquan” is jointly produced by Beijing Perfect Jianxin Film and Television Culture Co., Ltd., Beijing Iqiyi Technology Co., Ltd., and Beijing Perfect Film and Television Media Co., Ltd. Guo Jingyu is the artistic director, Xiaojixiangtian screenwriter Ju Xingmao directed and Yu Yi, He Hua, Wang Ruichang, Yue Lina, Ni Hongjie, Ju Xingmao, and Lu Jiani starred in this fantasy online movie. As the first Internet movie of the classic IP “The Ferryman” series, “The Ferryman – Huangquan” was carefully created by the original production. It launched on iQiyi’s network on February 2018.
On May 2017, after broadcasting three seasons and having announced the “end” of the Internet drama “The Ferryman” once again became the focus of the online film and television industry. Fan Waitie held a grand opening ceremony in Huairou, Beijing. Art Director Guo Jingyu said at the launching ceremony that he will make the series as a new benchmark in the Net Market. The iQiyi executives also gave great expectations on this work. Gong Yu, the founder and CEO of iQiyi, said: “This is the first time that I have participated in the opening ceremony of a work, and I wish this drama will become a symbol of a big movie on the Internet and a very good and widely circulated work.”
After dozens of days of intense shooting, “The Ferryman · Huang Quan” officially wrapped up on June 19. Xiao Jixiangtian who believed in teamwork and insisting on ingenuity said, “This film’s main scene and pure shooting cost is already equivalent to the investment of two ordinary nets. It’s a movie that doesn’t include the promotion of music materials, etc. Absolutely crafted, and no compromises have been made so far.”
“The Ferryman · Huangquan” is different from the suspense of the internet drama series. In the network movie “The Ferryman · Huangquan”, Xiao Jixiangtian uses his deep oriental aesthetics to project a gentle, delicate and beautiful woman into the love story.
Huangquan is a sandy sea, lonely and desolate place without flowers and leaves. A girl Sanqi, as the next Mengpo in Huangquan, is married to ghost Zhao Li. Qiqi has an innocent personality but with a withered appearance. She is often rejected by Zhao Li. She stays alone in a vacant and run-down “Meng Po Zhuang”. Until that day, a boy named Changsheng who is in fairy in essence, accidentally hits Meng Po Zhuang by accident. He enters Meng Po Zhuang and meets Sanqi for the first time in his childhood. After coming to adulthood, he comes to Meng Po Zhuang again and falls in love with Sanqi. He is obsessed with love and he is willing to give up his soul to achieve her, and is willing to wait for thousands of years.
The film still proceeds with the central idea of “No matter what happens, love doesn’t die” in its series of works, showing the sadism to the fullest and making people tear. In addition to starring the original protagonist, based on the original film, this version introduces fresh blood, and the film unlocked a new character, Meng Po. Whether it is the beautiful Meng Qi (Yue Lina) or the innocent silly girl San Qi (He Hua), they have completely overturned the aging and gloomy image of Meng Po in previous film and television works. The film is based on the pure love story of Sanqi and Changsheng, which crosses the yin and yang circles, and integrates multiple elements of friendship, betrayal, conspiracy, and human nature, which increases the sense of suspense. The film’s endings have been reversed several times, which also adds to the plot of this movie.
“The Ferryman · Huangquan” had a good harvest at the box office, with over 300 million hits and over 47 million from the box-office. More than 80,000 netizens have commented on Douban, and the Douban score has stabilized at 7.1, making it the lead in the Internet movie circle.
With the benchmark of the online film industry in 2018, “The Ferryman · Huangquan” won the Shanghai International Film Festival Internet Film and Television Summit, Power List in the Golden Seagull New Media Film and Television Week, Golden Dolphin Award and the awards of several platforms such as Digital Entertainment, Golden Bone Duo. More than 25 awards have been awarded in total. This time, it was again promoted by the first online film event “Quality Internet Film”, which proved that only works with rooted content and intentions can withstand the test of audience and time.