featuring Qiong Yao: Why Remake "Huan Zhu Ge Ge"
More than ten years ago, when I set out to write my first "Huan Zhu Ge Ge", I made a decision to change from writing sad script to happier comedy type script. The reason for it was because I wanted to become happier. Secondly, I find that the road in life is always changing, and many young people can't seem to find their way. I just wanted to bring happiness to everyone, as well as to myself.
My husband has been ill these last couple of years. Many different tv networks seek me out during this time with great persistence to collaborate with me on my next tv project. I had to turn them all down. Until my husband's health improve will I be able to find "myself" again. I know, I can't expect to find and hold onto strong health again since it tends to deteriorate as we get older. But if I'm still alive another day, if I could live happier another day, that in itself is a beautiful thing. I don't wish for anything else right now; I just want to be happy!
But, happiness....where are you? I knocked at your door, did you hear me?
Nowadays, a lot of tv networks still haven't given up on me. They still want to work with me again, trying to convince me to remake one of my past films. How about "Huan Zhu Ge Ge"? I haven't thought about it before, but if I remake "Huan Zhu Ge Ge", what happens if it's not as good as the original? Wouldn't that be troublesome? However, my husband's illness has convinced me otherwise. It made me think of the happy Xiao Yan Zi. Also made me think of that "Huang Ah Ma" character I made up from a historical figure. It especially reminded me of those happy times I experienced when I wrote my very first "Huan Zhu Ge Ge". It then occurred to me...!! What if I could write a better story this time, make the characters more alive, and at the same time change the mistake I made the first time (i.e shouldn't have killed off the Fifth's Prince's mother so early on). Or..better yet, if I could find that happiness for myself again, perhaps I can share that happiness with my younger fans and audiences!
I started writing "Huan Zhu Ge Ge" again in June of last year. My entire family lives once again. These last couple of years that were filled with boredom and sadness finally ended when I started writing "Huan Zhu Ge Ge" again. Everyday, everyone was involved with this project, providing feedbacks and all the while laughing and having such a great wonderful time together. The script burned like fire and tea. An old friend, the president of Hunan tv network, knew that I was working again and wouldn't cease to call me. One day he said, "Everyone now knows that you''ve decided to work again and everybody is delighted to hear that. Many tv networks are fighting for the chance to collaborate with you. I suppose that you will reminisce on old times and not forsake our long-running collaboration by choosing some other network over ours, am I right?" I replied yes.
---Qiong Yao, August, 20, 2010.