TV Series: Yangko Dance
The TV series “Yangko Dance” is a 79-episode legendary drama series directed by Guo Jingyu, Bai Shan, Liu Ye, and Ju Xingmao, and stars Yang Zhigang, Yang Zi, Wang Kuirong, and Liu Yehan.
The play premiered on the Shanghai News Channel on October 2015. It was broadcast on Jiangsu Satellite TV, Tianjin Satellite TV, and Shandong Satellite TV on October of the same year, and was replayed on CCTV’s TV drama channel on April 2016.
On July 2014, the legendary drama “Yangko Dance”, which tells the history of the People’s War of Resistance Against Japan in the Jiaodong area of Shandong Province, held a startup ceremony in Beijing. At the start-up ceremony, director Guo Jingyu told the media: This epic drama, which shows the history of the Red War of Resistance against the People in Jiaodong, has been planned as early as 5 years ago. In the end, Haiyang Yangko Dance was used as the story carrier to fully display the indomitable anti-Japanese heroism of the Jiaodong people. “Yantai was where I filmed as a director for the first time. Being back here to shoot an anti-Japanese film made me very excited. Especially during the preparation process, I was deeply impressed with the deep historical and cultural heritage of Yantai Haiyang” Guo Jingyu said.
The drama continues the style of director Guo Jingyu. He focuses on the resistance of the people against the Japanese against the grand historical background. After a long period of 344 days of filming, the red legendary drama “Yangko Dance” wrapped up in in Beijing in July 2015.
The story embarks from the famous cultural heritage “Yangko” from Yantai’s Haiyang in the 1930s when beggar Sea Cat returns in search of his relative which resulted in a series of family affairs and soul-stirring anti-Japanese war stories. It shows the remarkable transformation of a little beggar turning into a hero.
This annual drama has received much attention since the beginning of the broadcast. With strong plots and excellent performances, he continues to dominate the screen. There is a total of 6 billion online viewership, and within 21 days, it became the Provincial Television Prime Ratings Champion
In February 2017, it won the award for outstanding works in TV dramas. In December of the same year, it won the “Excellent Works Award” for the 12th “Cultural and Cultural Project” for the construction of spiritual civilization and received the 2017 11th Television Producer Awards “Top Ten TV Series Screenplay”. Other than TV Screenplay, Yangko Dance was published as a book, with its 1st Edition sold out almost instantly.
“YANGKO DANCE” REVIEW
“Yangko Dance” not only showcased the citizens’ protest against war, it displayed the historical events of China.” – Xinhuanet
“Yangko Dance” reflected the people’s courage to fight hard to survive in the era.” – Sohu
“The story of “Yangko Dance” is intense, together with the actors’ natural acting, it retained the Director Guo’s usual style but with additional elements, conveying a vert strong Yangko positive energy.” – Xinhuanet
“The highlight of the drama would be the historical Anti-Japanese war between the Wu and Zhao families and the Chinese people that was about to take place” – Mr Si Ma
“Guo Jingyu is good at filming period dramas. However, he has never film a special Anti-Japanese dramas. He uses it as a time events to further portray the main leads so to dramatize that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.” – Zhao Geyu