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[Current Mainland Chinese Drama 2017] Detective Samoyeds (Righteous Ardour of Chang'An)热血长安

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Chinese title: 热血长安 / rexue chang'an
English title: Detective Samoyeds / Righteous Ardour of Chang'An

Genre: Action, Ancient, Detective

Episodes: 48

Screenwriter: 25 of them

Directors: Wang Junye

Broadcast Period: From February 15, 2017

Cast:

Xu Haiqiao

Ju Jingyi

Zhang Xinyuan

Li He

Cheng Xiaomeng

Liu Guanlin

 

Symbiosis:

Showcasing an advanced technique of virtual filming atmosphere, a script composed by 24 script writers, and a bundle of young actors and actresses, the script sets the background back in the early reign of Li Shimin in the Dynasty of Tang, and chronicles a series of abnormal crimes, which escalates to a hidden power coup. It is also important to mention that the crimes are solved in a scientific manner. In 48 episodes, the series presents one homicidal case in each of them.

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Additional Links:

Broadcasting Plaftform Youku

Official Weibo Page

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Introduction:

Samo is online.
After a wait time of almost 5 months after filming was finished back in Oct 2016, Detective Samoyeds greets the audience on the platform of Youku. In merely 10 hours after its release, the series has accumulated more than 100 million hits in viewing counts.
Showcasing an advanced technique of virtual filming atmosphere, a script composed by 24 script writers, and a bundle of young actors and actresses, the script sets the background back in the early reign of Li Shimin in the Dynasty of Tang, and chronicles a series of abnormal crimes, which escalates to a hidden power coup. It is also important to mention that the crimes are solved in a scientific manner. In 48 episodes, the series presents one homicidal case in each of them.
The crime-solving squad is led by Li Zhi, nephew of the emperor. It is revealed in the dialogues that the emperor would not grant him a more prestige status due to the infamous incident at the Gate of Xuanwu, where the emperor killed Li Zhi’s father in order to obtain the throne. Li Zhi is totally cool and just. Under the request of his old boss, he sets out to gather a squad of 6 persons including himself to find out the reason behind a corpse that came alive.
Other than his childhood friend and follower, the funny and superstitious Huang Sanpao (Three Canons), he first finds Shangguan Zisu (Basil), daughter of a high rank mandarin and a moving library, who won't forget anything that she has read.
Second, he finds Tan Shuangye (Double Leaves), a pretty forensic expert who makes her living as a butcher. Since her father was executed due to treason, she is also banned from professional practices.
Lastly, it will be Samo Dolo, a young foreigner residing in Chang’An and a former consultant of crime for the law department. Why former? It should be left to the audience to find out. 
In the inn where he lives, he also works for the mysterious owner of the inn, Gongsun Siniang (No. 4) who is a former robber. Despite of her intention, she will make the 6th member in the crime-solving squad.
The crew filmed most of their scenes indoor using the virtual technique, and it actually drives the audience to look for deficiencies during viewing. It turns out that the audience criticize 5% of the outside scenes during "day time". Surprisingly, the audience do not recognize that the rest are also filmed in virtual atmosphere, and they are simply passed as filmed in actual sets. As for my personal viewing experience, when the scenes are supposed to be filmed under “broad day light”, the deficiency is exposed the most. Any “indoor” scene is almost perfect.
The costumes and props are vibrant, sleek and with class. The stern officers have their uniforms in black, embroidered with dark brown details. Basil is dressed in all light color free flowing silk dresses, as expensive as only 2 or 3 households in Chang’An could afford. No.4 is in a deep red tone, totally sassy with a white makeup, which looks very close to the portraits of the ladies in the ancient scrolls. Samo has free flowing locks and wears knitted informal covering dresses, to emphasize his incontrollable personality and the fact that he originally migrated from a remote kingdom.
The pacing of story is fast, and actually a little bit too fast in the first few episodes. Then it stabilizes a bit from the 4th episode onwards. At first, I thought that I would be good and patient to digest one episode a day, so would not have to wait a miserable 6 days for another watching spree. But once the play button is pushed, it is extremely difficult to stop. Because the story is so neat and trimmed, just like their costumes. It begins with a body discovered, next the squad is called up to investigate, Samo joins in for clues, and it ends with a killer arrested. It just flies so rapidly. 
Especially when Samo adds flavours like the icing on the cake, I have to admit that he distracts me a lot more than the abnormal scenarios. He is so pretty and cute and everything. Xu Haiqiao has done a terrific job in portraying Samo, a naughty smart a** who is more complex than how he looks and plays pranks. Samo Dolo is definitely a huge contradiction to his impressive performance of a bossy Feng Jing in the Revive Superstar, the role that quickly raised his popularity in 2016.

 

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Samo is back and waiting for us in Chang'an!

Samo is back on the stage with all his costumes and smoky eyes. He will definitely dance and solve cases for the bait of more money and more roasted chicken.
After a hiatus of almost two months, Youku has just released the 2nd season of Detective Samoyeds on its platform. The series greets its long-waiting audience with a case involving a woman who is suddenly reminded that her husband should have been dead long ago. In the city of Chang’an, there have been too many deaths among the public servants and their families already. The audience has been wondering if the plot maybe has gone too far. But let’s remember at the end of the 1st season, the Grand Master of Jianan aims to revive the dissolved kingdom in an attempt of vengeance against the Empire of Tang.

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In the new season, the team centering around Samo Duoluo(Xu Haiqiao) grows closer. With mommy Siniang (Zhang Xinyuan) to tame him and daddy Li Zhi (Li He) to pat him, Samo has officially landed on the menu of Fanshe and would jump the roof if not tempered. While Samo, Shuangye (Cheng Xiaomeng) and Zisu (Ju Jingyi) continue taking turns to utilize and make fun of each other, Samo and Sanpao (Liu Guanlin) have formed a new alliance to work behind Li Zhi’s back, especially when he is restrained by authority. Even though to whom the new alliance is the most beneficial is still unknown, or is it?

Having passed the 5 billion view mark and with another 24 homicidal cases on its way, Detective Samoyeds has promised to be even more intense and even more fun!
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In order to promote the series oversea, the Xu Haiqiao Subteam will provide English subtitle files for the non-Chinese-speaking audience.
Please visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/xuhaiqiao.subteam and the youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvtn2tCdWqaEN5FZO3E2D-Q of Xu Haiqiao Subteam for more details.

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