Online series Crime Crackdown goes viral
Two years ago, Li Eryun and Huang Xing, co-producers of Crime Crackdown who both work for Tencent Video, read a lot of news stories about the anti-gang cases. 2019 also happened to be the second of a three-year campaign against organized and gang-related crimes, which inspired Li and her production to tailor a project centering on this subject, something rarely featured in the Chinese market.
In March last year, she reached out to director, Wu Bai, known for the popular series Mystery of Antiques, and the blockbuster The Big Shot. Good at depicting stories with his distinctive style, Wu was quickly persuaded to helm the series.
With the cast established, the production has gone smoothly.
“In the past, most crime series unfold quickly. But we have attempted to do the opposite by leaving the audience more time to guess and imagine what the truth is,” explains more from Wu.
The cast features veterans and young stars. Respectively, actor Sun Honglei plays a former police officer who takes 14 years to clear the name of an accusation; Zhang Yixing plays a young and brave police officer; Wang Zhifei has captured attention with his vivid interpretation of a ruthless criminal, who’s the mastermind behind a huge gang network; Wu Xiaoliang portrays a villain who commits multiple, severe crimes.
Interestingly, the series has also seized attention overseas, with its scores reaching 7.4 points on IMDb and 8.0 points on Mydramalist. With many foreign netizens enjoy seeing pop idol Zhang Yixing, and some audience say they wish the English subtitles could be out as soon as possible.