Candle in the Tomb (TV series)

Candle in the Tomb (Chinese: 鬼吹灯之精绝古城) is a 2016 Chinese web series based on the novel Ghost Blows Out the Light. It is directed by Kong Sheng, produced by Hou Hongliang and stars Jin Dong, Joe Chen and Zhao Da.[1] It tells the story of a gang of tomb raiders as they go on adventures and unearth the truth behind a mysterious curse.[2] The drama aired 3 episodes every Monday at 20:00 on Tencent Video from 19 December 2016.

Candle in the Tomb
GenreAction, Adventure, Mystery, Supernatural, Thriller
Based onGhost Blows Out the Light by Zhang Muye
Written byZhang Muye
Bai Yicong
Directed byKong Sheng
StarringJin Dong
Joe Chen
Zhao Da
Ending themeFlowing Down (顺流而下) by Jane Zhang
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Chinese
No. of episodes21
Producer(s)Hou Hongliang
Running time35 minutes
Production company(s)Daylight Entertainment
Tencent Penguin Pictures
Dream Author
Original networkTencent Video
Original release19 December 2016 (2016-12-19)

The series received acclaim for its exciting and fast-paced storyline, actors' performance as well as staying true to the novel.[3] It surpassed 200 million views in one day [4] and has over 1.6 billion views in total.[5]


Jin Dong
Hu Bayi
A former soldier who becomes a tomb raider by chance. He acquired specialized knowledge of tomb configuration through a book inherited from his family.
Joe Chen
Shirley Yang
American-born Chinese. A photographer for National Geographic. Resourceful and calm, she helps the group get out of dangerous situations.
Zhao Da
Wang Kaixuan
Bayi's former comrade and good friend.
Yue Yang
Big Golden Tooth
A businessman specializing in handling ancient artifacts.
Wang Yongquan
An Liman
An Liman is an incognito Maoshan descendant. The old guide of the desert always uses Hu’s will as an excuse to escape without hesitation.[6] The old foxes and live maps in the desert are more important than life.[7] With Professor Chen and Hu Bayi and his entourage, they are looking for an ancient city in the Black Desert.[8]
Yang Xinming
Professor Chen
Professor Chen is a well-regulated person, an antique, and the general manager of the entire ancient city archaeological team.[9] In the archaeological work of the ancient city, it is a science popularization, able to explain the various relics and strange creatures found in the archaeological process.[10]
Feng Hui
Hao Aiguo
Hao Aiguo is a student of Professor Chen, and his intellectual atmosphere is strong.[11] Follow Professor Chen's archaeological team to find the ancient city, responsible for the work of the entire archaeological team.[12] I began to disdain the attitude of Hu Bayi and others, but I was very admired after I heard Hu Fengyi’s research on Feng Shui. After the death, he died in the desert.[13]
Kuang Muye
Sa Dipeng
Jin Zehao
Chu Jian
Fu Mei
Ye Yixin
Zhang Yishang
Ying Zi

Awards and nominations

20172nd Golden Guduo Media AwardsMost Influential Web SeriesCandle in the TombWon[14]
Best DirectorKong ShengWon
2nd Asia New Media Film FestivalJury Grand PrizeCandle in the TombWon[15]
Most Popular Web SeriesWon


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