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C-drama: ICN 44.8 <雾里看花> Look at Flower in Fog (4/16/2012- )


Replaces C-drama China Expeditionary Army. Starts April 16, 2 episodes/night, 7 days/week., from 10pm-midnight, with repeats at 12:30am-2:30am and 9am-11am. English subtitled. The drama previously aired last year without subs.

Note: The airings of EP 1 and 2 had some issues. EP 1 aired with E-subs, but had looping problems--scenes kept being repeated after returning from a commercial break. Because of the looping problems, some crucial scenes were lost. EP 2 was without E-subs.

I was afraid EP 3-4 would not carry E-subs so did not make a thread for the drama. But thankfully, looks like there were no problems with the broadcast of EP 3-4.

From Sarevok over at chinese-forums.com:

The city museum bought a pricey (10 milion RMB!) porcelain vase at some auction and we see a group of 专家 admiring and discussing it. A well known seasoned antique expert and collector 黄立德 (played by 李幼斌) with his friend 陈汉书 also arrive at the scene and 黄立德 finds out, that the vase is in fact a counterfeit - so called 朱仿, a high quality counterfeits made by 朱伯勤, unrecognizable to most (we get to see 朱伯勤, who is supposed to be dead, in a flashback scene). Following this event, 佟自清 (director of the museum), can't accept the harsh truth and attempts to commit suicide. The attempt is successful, his trusted student 郑岩 is too late to rescue him. 郑岩 is one of the major characters and is not only director's student, but also a would-be-son-in-law (we get to see his girlfriend 佟丽音 in the hospital scene that follows). He is working at 安蒂克拍卖公司 a company dealing with antiques, which is currently preparing for a major event of the year - The Autumn's Auction. When 郑岩 gets the information, that his teacher died because of a 朱仿, he seeks out 黄立德 to learn more about these counterfeits. He swears to solve the mystery behind this 朱仿 phenomenon. At 黄立德's home, we also get to see his daughter 黄忆江, who just returned from Yunnan and brought her father a birthday gift. She recognizes 郑岩, they apparently know each other from the past and 郑岩 seems to owe her something... The Autumn's Auction is taking place by the end of the first episode. There is this weird old bald man, who made a brief appearance before and he came to cause a disturbance at the auction, claiming that there are counterfeits among the auctioned goods. There is one article in particular, a vase brought by 郑岩, which is supposed to be another 朱仿...

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This drama caught my interest. I'm currently following another ICN program (a variety program) that airs on Sundays at 8PM, called "World of Collecting" (E-subbed), which deals with authentic curios and forgeries.

If anyone is also following this, I hope they can give a summary of EP 2, since I do not completely understand Mandarin.

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Re: C-drama: ICN 44.8 <雾里看花> Look at Flower in Fog (4/16/2012- )


What kind of person is Huang Li De? Why did he get himself involved in the power struggle at Antique, unless there is some use of that guy who wants to oust the current manager from his position.

In one of his memory flashbacks of 朱伯勤, it looked like Huang Li De was telling 朱伯勤 that he could make a fortune from his masterful forgeries? But 朱伯勤 breaks his own work, locks himself in and supposedly burns the place down with himself inside. Huang Li De, all that time, think 朱伯勤 is dead. However, from his daughter's investigations, 朱伯勤 had been in jail for some 10 years and released, only to not be seen again. Then after asking a favor from a Don, Huang Li De learns that 朱伯勤 is currently in a mental institution. If 朱伯勤 has gone mad, how did 2 of his works end up for auction? Is there someone else behind 朱伯勤? The man Qi San (bald guy who pretended he knew the porcelain item at the Autumn Auction was a fake) commits suicide after his debts were meticulously detailed in a newspaper. Both Huang Li De and 郑岩 believe it has something to do with Qi San breaking 朱伯勤's forged piece.

And 郑岩 might be the son of 朱伯勤? His dead mother left behind an intricate chest that has a jigsaw lock. Should anyone try to open the chest without solving the jigsaw, the contents inside would self-destruct. She had instructed 郑岩's aunt and uncle to burn it, but they didn't. When Huang Li De's daughter asked him for help in opening the chest, he must have known who it belonged to upon seeing photos of the item. What could be inside that chest?

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Re: C-drama: ICN 44.8 <雾里看花> Look at Flower in Fog (4/16/2012- )


Yikes! I did not expect Don Zhang to be a major player in the drama, but he is. Huang Lide deduced after Don Zhang handed him a DVD with video footage of Zhu Boqing (the man producing the high-end Imperial Wares) that Don Zhang had known where Zhu Boqing was all along. He believes that Zhu Boqing became mad after Don Zhang forced him to produce the two forgeries that had recently been exposed to be fakes, causing the death of 郑岩's master/teacher and that of Qi San's.

Don Zhang also knows that Huang Lide has many of the forged Imperial Wares made by Zhu Boqing and wants them.

I am getting very tired of Haisheng. Nothing redeeming about that person at all. Hope he gets exposed soon for all his lies. It's so funny that the people he's managed to convince 郑岩 as being shady were female clients. And what's more, it's 郑岩 who actually helped these 2 clients, not Haisheng! Oh, and hah! Don Zhang couldn't even remember his name just moments after he met him, but had no difficulty with 郑岩's.

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Re: C-drama: ICN 44.8 <雾里看花> Look at Flower in Fog (4/16/2012- )


I have had enough of Haisheng! How low can he be to swindle Zheng Yan's uncle and fooling both Zheng Yan and Huang Lide's daughter.

But the storyline on Huang Lide, Zhu Boqin, and Don Zhang is quite interesting. Apparently, Zhu Boqin is pretending to be insane. Don Zhang had been keeping him prisoner well before that in order to force him to produce the counterfeit Imperial Wares. Boqin allows Don Zhang twp of his counterfeits, which were then released for auction. Boqin did this to tell Lide that he is still alive.

Don Zhang gives Lide the opportunity to see Boqin. However, Lide has his assistant meet Boqin to give him a message in the form of a broken piece of porcelin that Boqin had forged, telling Boqin that Lide has kept the ones Boqin had given him, including the broken ones that were in the fire. Boqin's response was "Finally". Lide's assistant tells Boqin he doesn't have to say anything.

The assistant goes to see Lide and Don Zhang. He tells them that Boqin's memory wasn't triggered by the broken piece. When Lide got home, his assistant told him everything.

Later, Lide goes to meet a curio collector to learn more about what kind of person Don Zhang is.

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