The Lost Tomb

The Lost Tomb (Chinese: 盗墓笔记; pinyin: Dàomù Bǐjì) is a 2015 Chinese web series based on the internet novel Daomu Biji. The series will have 8 seasons filmed over a period of 8 years.[3] The first season premiered on iQiyi on 12 June 2015.[4]

The Lost Tomb
Also known asGrave Robbers Chronicles
Grave Robbery Note
GenreAction
Adventure
Mystery
Supernatural
Based onDaomu Biji by Nanpai Sanshu
Written byBai Yicong
Directed byCheang Pou-soi
Law Wing-cheong
StarringLi Yifeng
Yang Yang
Tiffany Tang
Liu Tianzuo
Ken Chang
Wei Wei
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of episodes10 + 2 pilot episode
Production
Production location(s)China
CinematographyWang Yongheng
Zhang Wenbao
Running time40 mins
Production company(s)H&R Century Pictures
Enlight Media Group
Budget¥500 million
Release
Original networkiQiyi[1]
Viki[2]
Original release12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
Chronology
Related showsThe Mystic Nine
Time Raiders
"The Lost Tomb 2: Explore With A Note"
External links
Production website

Synopsis

Wu Xie (Li Yifeng) is an antique shop owner who comes from a family of tomb raiders. As he continues the family trade with his team of tomb raiders, he finds lost treasures of the Warring States as well as the answers to the tragedies of his family's past. With the help of his grandfather's notes and his team – the quiet Zhang Qiling (Yang Yang), the resourceful Pang Zi (Liu Tianzuo), the experienced Wu Sanxing (Ken Chang), San Xing's loyal helper Pan Zi (Wei Wei), and the skillful Ah Ning (Tiffany Tang) – Wu Xie sets out to find the lost treasures as well as the people responsible for the massacre of his family.

Cast

Main

ActorRoleIntroduction
Li Yifeng
Wu Xie
(Wú Xié; 吴邪)
Owner of an antique store in Hangzhou, China. He finds a map to an ancient tomb in an ancient scroll from the Warring States one day which leads him to seek out the tomb in the map. Wu Xie is an innocent and naive character who is loyal to his friends. He is also the descendant of the 5th Master of the Mystic Nine. [5]
Yang Yang
Kylin / Xiaoge
(Zhāng Qǐlíng; 张起灵 / Little Master)
A mysterious character whose rarely speaks and always seems to be in a daze.[5] He is often hired as an assistant to many grave-robbing endeavors and is highly competent at it; very little is known about him, even his real name.
Tiffany Tang
A'ning
(Ā'níng; 阿宁)
A grave-robber and the first major female introduced in the series, her motives are unclear but seems to be working against the protagonists.
Liu Tianzuo
Fatty / Pangzi
(Wáng Pàngzi; 王胖子)
Nicknamed "Gold Getting Xiao Wei", he is a northern grave-robber (as opposed to Wu Xie, from the south) and teams up with both Wu and Zhang throughout the story; together they are referred to as the "Iron Triangle."
Ken Chang
Wu Sanxing / Third Uncle
(Wú Sānxǐng; 吴三省)
Wu Xie's third uncle, has a keen interest in tombs and antiques. He joins the group to locate the tomb under the request of his nephew, Wu Xie.[5]
Wei Wei
Pan Zi
(Pān Zi; 潘子)
Wu Sanxing's assistant.[5] Sansheng's right-hand man, who had served in the Vietnam War prior to becoming a grave-robber.

Supporting

ActorRoleIntroduction
Li ChenhaoMaster HighWu Xie's friend, an overseas returnee who is an expert at advanced technology.
Sun YaoqiChen ChengchengSangdekao's subordinate. She disguises herself as the niece of Chen Wenjin to get close to Wu Xie.
Cheng Pei-peiHuo XianguOne of the members of mystic nine clan.
Ying ErHuo XiuxiuHuo Xiangu's granddaughter.
Li XinliangLiu Tai
Zhang XiaochenJie Yuchen
Lu XingyuMinister Lu
Su QingYao Guang
Huang MingKing Lushang

Production

In June 2014, a press conference was held at Shanghai and attended by representatives of H&R Century Pictures, Beijing Enlight Media and Nanpai Investment. It was announced that a film, television series and online game would be adapted from the novel Daomu Biji by Nanpai Sanshu.[6] In particular, the television series would be divided into 8 seasons filmed over a period of 8 years.[7]

The series is directed by Cheang Pou-soi who directed the 2014 film The Monkey King.[8] Other notable production crew included Hong Kong Film Award-winners Angie Lam and Bill Lui.[9] Chun Hung Mak, who worked on the Chinese Paladin series, composed the soundtrack of the series.

Principal photography commenced in August 2014 and wrapped up on 30 November 2014 at Yamdrok Lake, Tibet.[10] Location filming took place at the Beijing Farm Animal Research Center and the Dagao International Art Unit.[11]

Casting

On June 24, 2014, Li Yifeng confirmed through Weibo that he would be taking on the leading role of Wu Xie.[12] On August 31, 2014, official posters of the main cast including Li, Yang Yang, Liu Tianzuo, Ken Chang and Wei Wei were released.[13] On November 5, 2014, Tiffany Tang was revealed to be the female lead of the series.[14]

Deviation from novel

In the novel, Wu Xie is the owner of an antique store but in the series, he is an overseas returnee who studied at a German University and returned to China to return an antique to the country. The rest of the team also became "protectors of the antique" instead of a "tomb-raiding team".[15]

Two new characters, High Master and Cheng Chengcheng were also created for the web series.

Reception

The Lost Tomb is the most watched web drama of 2015 with over 2.8 billion views.[16]

Despite its popularity, the series was criticized for its draggy story-line and poorly done special effects. Fans of the novel also commented that the plot and characters deviated too much from the original novel.[17][18]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2014
2015 iQiyi All-Star Carnival[19]
Most Anticipated Web DramaThe Lost TombWon
2015
2016 iQiyi All-Star Carnival[20]
Popular Actor of the YearYang YangWon
Drama of the YearThe Lost TombWon
6th Macau International Television Festival[21]
Outstanding Web DramaWon
7th China TV Drama Awards[22]
Best Web SeriesWon

See also

International broadcast

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
iQiyi / Viki12 June 2015 - ()盜墓筆記 (電視劇) ( ; lit: )
 ThailandAMRIN TV HD (อมรินทร์ทีวี)August 5, 2018 - , 2018 (Every Sunday from 16.00 - 17.00)ล่าขุมทรัพย์ปริศนา ( ; lit: )

References

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  7. 李易峰出演《盗墓笔记》 卖身八年坦言很值得. Tencent (in Chinese).
  8. 剧版《盗墓笔记》海报曝光 场面宏大. China News (in Chinese).
  9. 《盗墓笔记》杀青 铁三角合影片场搞怪. Sina (in Chinese).
  10. 《盗墓笔记》日前西藏杀青 将以羊湖美景开场. ctibet.cn (in Chinese).
  11. 网曝李易峰《盗墓》片场照 中科院动物所热拍. ent.ifeng.com (in Chinese).
  12. 李易峰《盗墓》演吴邪 张起灵将选85后. Sina (in Chinese).
  13. 《盜墓筆記》人物海報 五大角色整裝出發. Sina (in Chinese).
  14. 《盗墓笔记》再曝海报 唐嫣饰演阿宁. Sina (in Chinese).
  15. 《盗墓笔记》首播遭吐槽 网友:确定不是护宝笔记?. news.jsnol.com (in Chinese).
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  20. archidisign (2015-12-05). "2016 IQIYI All-Star Carnival: PERFECTION!". cdramadevotee. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
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  22. "Stars Descend on the 2015 TV Drama Awards Honoring the Best of Mainland Chinese Dramas". A Koala's Playground. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
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