On January 11, a symposium on the creation of the major revolutionary TV series “Ask the Cangmang” was held in Beijing. The conference was hosted by the State Administration of Radio and Television and hosted by the China Television Arts Committee, the China Television Artists Association, and the Propaganda Department of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China. Cao Shumin, deputy director of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee, secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Director of the State Administration of Radio and Television, attended the meeting and delivered a speech. Zhu Yonglei, member of the Party Leadership Group and Deputy Director of the State Administration of Radio and Television, presided over the meeting. Yang Haodong, member of the Standing Committee of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China and director of the Propaganda Department of the Provincial Committee, attended the meeting.
Literary and Art Bureau of the Propaganda Department of the CPC Central Committee, China Television Artists Association, relevant departments and bureaus of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, China Radio and Television Federation, Film and Television Drama Documentary Center of China Central Radio and Television, as well as the Propaganda Department of the Hunan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, Hunan Provincial Radio and Television Bureau, Hunan Relevant responsible comrades from the Radio, Film and Television Group, Xiaoxiang Film Group, Propaganda Department of the Changsha Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China and other units, literary critics, representatives of the main creators of “Ask the Cangbang”, representatives of production and broadcast institutions and platforms, audience representatives, media representatives, etc. attended the meeting.
Live up to the times
Vivid practice of practicing Xi Jinping’s cultural thoughts
“Ask the Cangmang” is a key project of the State Administration of Radio and Television and Hunan Province to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Comrade Mao Zedong. It is independently planned and controlled by Hunan Radio and Television, and is produced by Xiaoying Group Dangran Pictures. The former deputy director of the Documentation Research Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Chen Jin and Liang Zhenhua, the chief screenwriter of the TV series “Ideals Shine on China” serve as the chief screenwriters. Young director Wang Wei directs, with Wang Renjun, Jiaze, Ning Li, Baike, Tang Zeng, Wu Xingjian, Zhang Xiaolong, Wei Daxun, Jiao Junyan, Niu Junfeng, Zheng Yecheng, Ma Shaohua , Song Jia and other actors performed together. The play tells the story of Mao Zedong, a young man who returned from participating in the First Congress of the Communist Party of China from 1921 to 1927. With questions about the Chinese revolution and the future and destiny of the country and the nation, in the process of unswervingly practicing Marxist beliefs, he early The thoughts of a traveler, asking about the land, practice, and people, a passionate story about growing from a follower to a pioneer and pioneer and exploring the correct path of the Chinese revolution. Since its launch on CCTV’s late prime time slot on December 12, “Ask the Cangmang” has had the highest share of 10.839% in the CVB General Administration’s big data, ranking first among all channels in the country. After its launch, Hunan Satellite TV ranked first among provincial satellite TVs. Major mainstream media, online platforms and well-known big Vs paid close attention to it, and published more than 1,800 reports and comments. So far, the Douban rating of the show has climbed to 8.8, and the number of topic views across the Internet has reached 4.31 billion.
Liu Hanjun, director of the Literature and Art Bureau of the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said that “Ask the Cangmang” was broadcast on the occasion of commemorating the 130th anniversary of the birth of Comrade Mao Zedong, which makes this commemoration even more weighty. This play is a vivid teaching material for the whole party to carry out party history education and theme education. It is a tribute work that does not forget history, original intentions, pioneers, sages, ancestors, and martyrs. It is also dedicated to the people who wake up to stand up. A gift for a country and a nation that has grown from wealth to strength.
The meeting pointed out that the creation of “Ask the Cangmang” is the practical result of TV drama workers practicing Xi Jinping’s cultural thoughts and striving to create high-quality TV dramas with a high sense of responsibility and mission, which brings important inspiration to the industry. First, Xi Jinping’s cultural thoughts point out the direction and provide fundamental guidelines for the creation of TV series in the new era. Second, the century-old party history is an inexhaustible and valuable resource for the creation of TV series, and it is also an important cultural foundation for climbing the heights of literature and art in the new era. Third, it is the glorious mission of TV drama workers to vigorously carry forward the great party-building spirit and better demonstrate the value of the times in the new era and new journey. Fourth, going deep into life and taking root among the people is the only way to create high-quality TV dramas.
A living textbook on the red revolutionary tradition
At the symposium, well-known experts and scholars in the industry and some audience representatives spoke to discuss “Ask the Cangbang” from the aspects of the play’s theme, innovative expression, and artistic level, and spoke highly of it.
Zhong Chengxiang, a librarian and literary critic at the Central Research Institute of Literature and History, pointed out that the creation of “Asking the Cangmang” was a successful practice in learning, comprehending and practicing Xi Jinping’s cultural thoughts. The success of the play stems from the accurate selection of materials, deep digging, consciously absorbing the latest results of party history research, and transforming the latest results of party history research into the internal driving force of its own aesthetic creation; it stems from respecting artists, following the laws of art, and presenting The iron triangle composed of Jin, Liang Zhenhua and Wang Wei provides guarantee for the play’s creative style of “taking people to tell history and finding poetry in history”.
Li Jingsheng, vice president of the China Federation of Radio and Television Social Organizations, believes that “Ask the Cangmang” not only draws on and absorbs the successful experience in the creation of previous TV series with the same theme, but also uses new subject matter perspectives, creative concepts and artistic techniques to pay attention to the early party history and The history of the Great Revolution period is presented in a panoramic manner and in vivid and specific details, highlighting the richness, profundity and complexity of this period of history. In particular, the main figure of Mao Zedong is multi-angle, multi-level and three-dimensional. The shaping and interpretation of the novel is another relatively successful work on a major revolutionary theme.
Zhang Junfeng, deputy director and researcher of the Seventh Research Department of the Central Research Institute of Party History and Documentation, summarized the play’s inspiration for the creation of major revolutionary themes. He believes that we must fully absorb the results of party history research, stand at the commanding heights of party history research, and form an effective connection with the current mainstream values; we must have a big historical perspective and create a true and credible historical atmosphere artistically; we must abide by the principle that “big things are true” The creative principle of “Nothing is trivial” uses bold and poetic description to highlight the character’s style, character and noble spiritual temperament, achieving the ideal effect of highlighting the theme and highlighting mainstream values.
Wang Yichuan, member of the Presidium of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, vice chairman of the Chinese Literary Critics Association, and professor at the School of Literature at Beijing Normal University, fully affirmed the artistic effect of the play’s unprecedented novelty and unique ingenuity in impressing the audience. He believes that “Ask the Cangmang” has taken new steps in the creation of major revolutionary themes: first, it provides a new paradigm, achieves reflection under the big historical perspective, and uses history to increase credibility; second, it narrates in the blend of scenes and turns history into poetry; The third is to use the method of setting off the clouds and supporting the moon to write about people, which is typical and expressive; the fourth is to create an image of the unity of knowledge and action, and the shots are touching; the fifth is the performance of the main actors, which is both physical and spiritual.
Lu Fan, director of the Audio and Video Office of the Integrated Media Center of Peking University, analyzed that the play reflects the new characteristics of the creation of major revolutionary TV dramas in recent years: on the one hand, it pays more attention to returning to the historical scene; on the other hand, it uses complex historical backgrounds, social conditions, and character relationships. Exploring the internal dynamics and evolutionary rules of China’s historical development makes the story of “Asking the Cangmang” more “contemporary”. It not only “asks” about China from 1921 to 1927, but also finds ways to respond to history in the current era. The answer is of great inspiration and benefit to contemporary young people.
Two audience representatives spoke one after another. Ma Haiming, a young drama critic, believes that the drama has sophisticated costumes, appropriate casting, well-acted actors, and fascinating plot arrangements. The whole drama is a highly historical restoration with meticulous attention to detail. It is a lively and interesting historical case analysis class. Lu Gang, a self-media blogger on Bilibili, shared his “secondary” experience with the show. He believes that “Ask the Cangmang” has a strong sense of historical presence and vivid characters, conveying the powerful power of faith and attracting a large number of online bloggers to consciously invest in second creation.
Pay tribute to the great man
The pinnacle of major revolutionary themes
Gong Zhengwen, deputy secretary of the party committee, general manager, station director and chief editor of Hunan Radio, Film and Television Group Co., Ltd. (Hunan Radio and Television) pointed out that “Ask the Cangmang” is a tribute work created by Hunan Radio and Television to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Comrade Mao Zedong. It is a concrete action to implement Xi Jinping’s cultural thoughts, and it is also a unremitting effort to climb the peak of literature and art. This drama is a two-way journey between history and poetry, a high degree of compatibility between historical rationality and human nature, and a perfect blend of revolutionary narrative and emotional narrative. The strong response and love for this drama from the broad audience, especially young audiences, has given us a deep understanding of “I am not alone in my path, and my hard work pays off.” The success of this drama is inseparable from the high attention and strong support of leadership agencies at all levels and CCTV. It comes from Hunan Radio and Television’s prepared topic planning and is attributed to the professional and dedicated creators. team. Hunan Radio and Television will continue to create high-quality literary and artistic works and contribute more to the construction of modern civilization of the Chinese nation.
According to Chen Jin, the chief screenwriter of the play, the purpose of “Asking the Cangmang” is to answer two questions: How did Mao Zedong stand out from 1921 to 1927 and find the correct revolutionary path? Why was he able to become the pioneer, explorer and leader of China’s revolutionary path after 1927? In order to answer these two questions, the creative team formed two major consensuses: first, respecting historical logic can find story logic and artistic logic; second, determining the core theme of the creation is to clearly explain the pursuit of the Chinese Communist Party in its childhood. The process of the road and the logic of path finding.
Chief screenwriter Liang Zhenhua said that in the creation of TV dramas with major revolutionary themes, the height, depth and accuracy of thought determine the pattern of the work. At the same time, traditional revolutionary historical themes still have room for aesthetic innovation. “Questioning the Vast” integrates artistic conception and emotion. , unfamiliar poetic expression, and explores the aesthetic style of the play, which is a documentary color based on restoring historical situations.
Director Wang Wei said that “Ask the Cangmang” adheres to the creative direction of combining “history” and “poetry”, strictly respects history, and gives it poetic expression. In order to maximize the authenticity, credibility, and logic of the great man’s growth path, the play uses a considerable amount of structure to describe the complex historical background stories of this period, achieving a major milestone in the creation of dramas with the same theme. breakthrough.
Wang Renjun, who plays Mao Zedong in the play, shared his creative experience of “playing a great man and learning from a great man”. He believes that only by truly admiring Comrade Mao Zedong’s noble demeanor and understanding the great man’s thoughts can we truly play this great image well. Only when actors build a solid foundation of faith and spiritual soul, and carry out artistic creation on the basis of restoring historical truth, can their works have a huge emotional resonance.
“Ask the Cangmang” is produced by China Central Radio and Television, the Propaganda Department of the Hunan Provincial Party Committee, Hunan Radio, Film and Television Group (Hunan Radio and Television), Xiaoxiang Film Group, Hunan Happy Sunshine Interactive Entertainment Media Co., Ltd., the Propaganda Department of the Changsha Municipal Party Committee, Malanshan Video Culture Produced by Chuangye Industrial Park and Hunan Dangran Film Co., Ltd., supported by Hunan Provincial Radio and Television Bureau, and jointly produced by Beijing Youth Hello Culture Media Co., Ltd., Beijing Perfect World Film and Television Co., Ltd., and Beijing Wuyuan Culture Media Co., Ltd.