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Chinese title: 叛逆者/Pan Ni Zhe
English title: The Rebel 

Genre:  Suspense, Historical

Episodes: 40

Director:  Zhou You

Broadcast Period: 6/7/2021

 

Cast:

Zhu Yi Long as Lin Nansheng
Tong Yao as Zhu Yizhen
Wang Zhi Wen as Gu Shenyan
Wang Yang as Chen Moqun
Zhu Zhu as Lan Xinjie
Li Qiang as Ji Zhongyuan
Zhang Zi Xian as Wang Shian
Yao An Lian as Zhu Xiaoxian
Yuan Wen Kang as Meng Annan
Dai Xu as Zuo Qiuming
Xia Ming Hao as Sun Fuan
Zhang Yi Hang as Zhu Licheng

Synopsis:

The drama revolves around intelligence officers during the revolutionary times in Shanghai. (Source: DramaWiki)

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Such an exciting storyline.  And no one here??   Very surprise!

 

Every episode is quite well-paced. No dragging.  You need full-concentration to watch this drama.

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This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.

Zhu Yilong’s “The Rebel” Premieres to High Ratings

By minna on June 8, 2021 in Chinese Drama, NEWS

 

The Rebel (2021)

 

Chinese Republican espionage drama The Rebel <叛逆者> premiered on June 7, and has already pulled in favorable impressions with the CCTV broadcast peaking at 1.2 percent in ratings. Led by Zhu Yilong (朱一龙) and Tong Yao (童瑶), the overall cast delivered strong performances. The dark and mysterious opening builds tension with shots signifying angst and tragedy ahead.

 

 

The Rebel is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Bi Yu (畀愚). Set in 1936, the story follows a young trainee of the Fuxing Club Lin Nansheng (Zhu Yilong), who is chosen to go on a mission due to his outstanding observation and logic skills. He is ordered by the Shanghai district head of the Club Chen Moqun (Wang Yang 王阳) to infiltrate an underground Communist base led by university student Zhu Yizhen (Tong Yao). While working as a Kuomintang operative, he eventually grows to admire the courage and the beliefs held by the Communists. Later as a double agent, he strives to fight against the Japanese regime to achieve national justice and peace.

 
Playing a spy in these conflicted times, Yilong looks rugged with his thin frame and sunken cheeks. The low lighting and close-up shots effectively makes every scene look raw and realistic. While his acting is very detailed and his expressive eyes convey his inner conflict, Yilong delivers a cautious performance, and the supporting cast tends to outshine him in the opening episodes.
 

Veteran Wang Yang (王阳) shows to be more eye-catching with his role as the chilling Chen Moqun, who uses any means necessary, including gruesome torture tactics to psychologically break down captured spies to extract information. Another senior actor, Wang Zhiwen (王志文), who plays Gu Shenyan, impresses with his quick change in expressions under a minute.

The plot moves quickly and the identity of the Communist mole is unveiled in the first two episodes, but the cleverly written dialogue and psychological tension hooks viewers in. Drawing parallels to classic espionage drama The Disguiser <伪装者>, fans of the genre will surely not want to miss The Rebel.

 
 
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@huilin84  @Phroggies I just finished watching eps 9 & 10.  These 2 eps are quite tense. Things are heating up.  Zhu Yilong's Lin Nansheng is so conflicted already.  Next week should be exciting. 

 

Zhu Yilong's character role - Lin Nansheng is very a layered and complicated one.  And most important, an emotional one.  So I'm really looking forward to next week and to see how he can pull off  his character-growth as a Double-Agent : a Cold-Blooded KMT Spy, a Patriot and a Sentimental, Protective Lover - all at the same time.

 

To those who are lurking,   I'll say this drama is worth watching

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Dear  @Phroggies Glad you are joining the forum.  Go and watch eps 9 & 10.  You'll love them.

 

Tong Yao as Zhu Yizhen has an easier role. She just needs  to act as a perky, independent-minded girl, who is considered unconventional for her era.  Although from a wealthy family, she is Unspoilt and Patriotic.  A rather straight-forward job.  Such a character-role can easily wins admiration from viewers.

 

In recent years, she is good at picking her roles.  All with award-winning potentials.  But while watching her, I couldn't help thinking of Zhang Ziyi, who I think will do a better job here.  Just my thoughts. Of course, others might think otherwise.

 

Zhu Yilong as Lin Nansheng has a tougher job.  I see LNS as having to go through 3 Stages of Growth:

 

Initial Stage:  A naive, innocent boy who just graduated from university.  As with most new graduates, he is Idealistic and enthusiastic.  In the difficult and unstable Republican era, he just want to do his bit to help defend his country.  Basically, he is a kind, compassionate and principled gentleman.

 

Mid-Stage: He starts to be disillusioned by the party he has joined. In the opening ep 1, he is already questioning the way they are torturing a young boy for information. Disagree but still loyal. Confused and vacillating.

 

Meanwhile, as a full-blooded, young man, he starts to be fascinated by Zhu Yizhen: her ideals and her steadfastedness to stand for them.  Their common love for the country and its people.

 

Final Stage: His boss, Chen Moqun will continue to disappoint him.  The cracks are getting bigger and louder as we proceed along.  I'm sure it won't be long before he realises which side he should be with.  And when that happens, he will enter the Final Transformation - to give us the Sparks of this Drama.  

 

I couldn't wait!

 

:hwaiting:

 

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Since I'm alone here, I feel no need to use "spoiler tags".

 

I finished eps 15 & 16 yesterday. We are entering the Explosive Stage.

 

Eps 15 & 16 signals Lin Nansheng's resolute decision to stand for his beliefs. To stay and fight for his country.  He obviously has no time to  decide to switch sides yet. He needs more hardships to push him to do that. 

 

His ex-boss Chen Moqun has been sent back to the Nanjing Training Centre to train the students.  His deputy Wang Shian took over his position as "Acting" Shanghai Chief Officer and appoints Gu Shenyan his deputy. 

 

GSY considers LNS as CMQ's lackey.  He cannot trust him and wants to return him back to Nanjing  as well.  But LNS is determined to stay put.

 

Wang Shi-an could not gather any important intel on Eisuke Ikeda, the new Japanese Spy who is disguised as a business-man.  His superior is getting impatient. Being new in his position, he needs to prove himself.  And LNS offered to help

 

These 2 eps set the stage for LNS to begin his Active involvement.  He managed to recruit his friend - Ms Lan Xin, the Club Dance Hostess to help him gather intelligence on  Ikeda.  Lan Jie enters Ikeda's private study-room to snap some info.  But the suspicious Ikeda is about  to catch her red-handed.   Ep 16 ends in Suspense.  

 

Best Moment: When Gu Shenyan asked LNS to return his gun, tears stream down his cheeks. Very poignant. Without Chen Moqun, he is so pitiful.

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7 hours ago, SC2019 said:

@hush puppy I can empathise with you. I am alone too on another thread, but do go on, I am sure the silent lurkers are reading your thoughts.

 

My Dearest  @SC2019.  You are the nicest Soompi Moderator I've have come across.  

 

I continue because this is One Of The Best Chinese Spy Dramas I've seen :

 

1)  It has Cinematic Quality, 

2) Both the Male and Female Leads are among the best in the Chinese Entertainment World.  Tong Yao just won the  Magnolia Best Actress Award

3) There is No Dragging. 

4) Sensible Plot.

5) All round great actors - even the Supporting Casts are so good.

6) I've yet to see any "Jumping" i.e. "Over-Acting".  Everybody is on point.

 

The Male Lead in Ep 1 :

When he joined the KMT Shanghai Secret Service, you can see he is such a novice.  The young, fresh from college, naive person we all are when we take on our first job.  There are so many scenes which really moved me.

 

- How much he respects and is in awe of his Boss.  The way he stands at "Attention" whenever he calls him.  How much he wants to please him.  Not to disappoint him.

- When he saw the interrogation victim on his very first day in the Shanghai HQ.  How his entire body shivers? How he has to shut his eyes. His flushed face, watery eyes and bulging forehead veins.

 

 

Nobody breaks as beautifully as Zhu Yilong, not even Zhang Ruo Yun or Cheng Yi. The first ep of The Rebel is wonderful! I am a huge fan of well-made Republican era spy dramas because the stakes and intensity are always through the roof (and yes, of...
Nobody breaks as beautifully as Zhu Yilong, not even Zhang Ruo Yun or Cheng Yi. The first ep of The Rebel is wonderful! I am a huge fan of well-made Republican era spy dramas because the stakes and intensity are always through the roof (and yes, of...
Nobody breaks as beautifully as Zhu Yilong, not even Zhang Ruo Yun or Cheng Yi. The first ep of The Rebel is wonderful! I am a huge fan of well-made Republican era spy dramas because the stakes and intensity are always through the roof (and yes, of...


 

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Nobody breaks as beautifully as Zhu Yilong, not even Zhang Ruo Yun or Cheng Yi. The first ep of The Rebel is wonderful! I am a huge fan of well-made Republican era spy dramas because the stakes and intensity are always through the roof (and yes, of...

 

 

And those were only from Ep 1.  I've  since then finished ep 16.  I've seen his Growth - which came at the cost of the "tearing of his Soul".

 

What more can one ask for ?  I'm really enjoying myself!

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@hush puppy, you’re not alone! But I’m behind you by several episodes. I’m watching with subs on the IQIYI app, and those are coming out more slowly—I’m getting so into the show that I’m trying to watch the raws, but it’s slow going given the complexity of the plot! Right now I’m in the middle of 15 but I think I’m going to have to watch it again with subs. So I’m trying to skip your last two posts for now, but I look forward to reading them when I’m caught up!

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18 hours ago, Phroggies said:

@hush puppy, you’re not alone! But I’m behind you by several episodes. I’m watching with subs on the IQIYI app, and those are coming out more slowly—I’m getting so into the show that I’m trying to watch the raws, but it’s slow going given the complexity of the plot! Right now I’m in the middle of 15 but I think I’m going to have to watch it again with subs. So I’m trying to skip your last two posts for now, but I look forward to reading them when I’m caught up!

 

Hi @Phroggies  Good to see you. We can always discuss ep by ep.  I can go backwards to do that. No problem.  But because there is no one else, my comments have been rather "simplistic". :lol:

 

I just finished eps 17 & 18.  Regret to say the Quality dips a fair bit. They "cut" a lot. But in a nutshell:

 

1) It's 3 years later - 1939 already.  Fast approaching the Second World War. With the outbreak of the Battle of Songhu in 1937 and the fall of Shanghai, Wang Shian is failing in his duty. KMT suffered losses.

2) The Japanese are getting bolder, having acquired more territories.  Ikeda is a pain in the neck for the KMT. Wang Shian & Gu Shenyan are agonising on how to get rid of him permanently without firing a single shot, LNS again came up with a plan.  Aided by Gu Shenyan. Plan succeeded. Both are promoted.

3) LNS is now a Team Leader. And with the new responsibility and experience, is a different person now. More assertive. No longer the timid, young boy. He can even "bark" at Wang Shian.

4) Wang Shian turns out to be corrupted and incompetent.  He is more interested in filling his own coffers than the welfare of his team.  If things deteriorate, I can visualise him fleeing with his money & gold first. His higher ups are not happy with his performance and is sending Chen Moqun back to Shanghai.

5) Chen Moqun reluctantly agrees to do so but with 3 conditions. 

- All his men must be appointed by him

- Less interference from the higher-ups at Nanjing.

- He wants to go to Hong Kong first.

6) KMT and the underground Communist Party are planning to cooperate against the Japanese. They are meeting to confer.  LNS will represent KMT.  Zhu Yizhen returns to Shanghai and offers to represent the CCP. (So that is how the ex-lovers will meet again)

7) Ep 18 ends with Chen Moqun quietly arriving in Hong Kong.

 

So tomorrow, should return to the maddening pace and urgency again.  I'm sure CMQ will pair up with LNS again.  And LNS will climb the Hierachy Ladder.  He is fast becoming an important person in KMT. 

 

Chen Moqun will reopen his old enmity with Gu Shenyan. And his brutality will hasten LNS's decision to work under-cover for the Communists.

 

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