Award-winning filmmakers gather for China TV Series ‘Double Tap’, an innovation and breakthrough of Chinese streaming dramas

September 27 11:18 2021

Jointly produced by Shanghai Tencent Penguin Film Culture Communication Co., Ltd, Beijing Quku Pictures Media Co., Ltd, Wuxi Quku Congyun Film and Television Media Co., Ltd and Beijing Sparkle Roll Media Corporation, Chinese streaming series ‘Double Tap’, the latest work from producer Duan Yihong and directors Fei Yuzhu and Chen Zhoufei has hit the platform since September 9 with a full cast of Duan Yihong, Dapeng, Zeng Meihuizi, Zheng Chuyi, Zhang Guoqiang, Xing Jiadong, Liu Weiwei, Shen Qi and Liu Yiran.

 

With suspenseful themes, crime stories, and a professional production team, the series has received high attention from netizens since its official releasing announcement. It didn’t let them down after being aired, receiving numerous of positive views. Up to now, ‘Double Tap’ has successfully entered the 8-point (out of 10) club at China’s rating site Douban, becoming one of the streaming dramas with the highest attention and discussion in 2021, which shows the high potential becoming this year’s reputation of dark horse.

‘Double Tap’ was produced by China’s A-list filmmakers and polished according to film production standards. Its production team includes the original crew of film ‘The Looming Storm’, winner of Best Actor and Best Artistic Contribution Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival and FIPRESCI Prize, which also had six nominations for the 55th Golden Horse Awards, aiming to secure the quality of the drama.

Its photography director Cai Tao, who has won Best Cinematography award at the China Academy Awards of Documentary Film for the film ‘Twenty Two’, has formed his shooting style. Lü Dong, who was nominated for Best Art Direction at the Asian Film Awards, has worked for films ‘So Long, My Son’, ‘Lost and Love’ and ‘Kekexili: Mountain Patrol’ as the artistic director. Nominated at the Golden Horse Award for Best Makeup & Costume Design, Li Hua, whose past films including ‘Mountains May Depart’ and ‘Wild Goose Lake’ carefully customized unique shapes for the whole crew, basing on the characteristics of the hard and cold shooting location in ‘Double Tap’.  Donglin A who has worked for movies ‘The Looming Storm’, ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’, and ‘Wild Goose Lake’, joined the series to create a real and severe cold atmosphere for the audience.

The top production team with pure suspense and criminal blood, brought the audience a visual and aesthetic feast. With both the sense of ice and snow in the drama, and the action design that shows violent aesthetics, ‘Double Tap’ allows people to witness the breakthroughs and innovations in turns of aesthetic attainments of Chinese super streaming dramas.

In addition to the delicacy of the visual effects, the crew of ‘Double Tap’ have also worked hard in recording, dubbing, and post-production. Its audio editors Zhang Jinyan and Long Xiaozhu were nominated Best Sound Recording at the Chinese Film Golden Rooster Award and Best Sound Effect Award at the Golden Horse Award for movie ‘The Looming Storm’. Renowned musician A Kun who worked for movie “The Wandering Earth” and documentary “A Bite of China”, served as the soundtrack director of ‘Double Tap’. Qian Fang, the montage director of ‘Run For Young’, ‘Song of Youth’, and ‘Fleet of Time’, and He Yongyi, the montage director of ‘The Eight Hundreds’ completed the post-production of the drama.

Duan Yihong participated in the core production for the first time, and the golden film crew promoted the upgrade of streaming drama

The TV series ‘Double Tap’ tells the story of Beijing policeman Li Huiyan (played by Duan Yihong) who came to Shuangta, a small town in Northeast China for a kidnapping case and met the undertaker Zhou You (played by Dapeng) who hoped to find the truth behind his father’s murdering case. The two were accidentally involved in a story of grievances that spanned twenty-six years.

Dual winner of the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Best Actor Award at the Shanghai International Film Festival, Duan Yihong served as the executive producer for the first time. The chief producer Xiao Qiancao once worked for movie ‘The Looming Storm’ and participated in ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’. Producer Chen Ying, who has participated in the production of ‘The Looming Storm’ and ‘The Final Blade’, also shouldered the responsibility of casting roles, discovering veteran actors and outstanding young actors such as Zheng Chuyi and Liu Yiran.

Director Fei Yuzhu was nominated for the Best Picture Award at the 12th FIRST Youth Film Festival for ‘Summer Can Wait’. The co-director Chen Zhoufei has worked with famous directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, and Gu Changwei in ‘The Equation of Love And Death’, ‘Sacrifice”, “Shadow’, ‘Cliff Walkers’ and many other works as the photography director. The two directors polished the TV series with film shooting techniques and lens scheduling methods. The streaming drama has been upgraded from multiple dimensions such as the amount of information and dramatic tension. Screenwriter Jia Changan, who has created ‘Eternal Wave’ and ‘The Blood Brothers’, has perfectly integrated the regional characteristics of his hometown into the story, bringing a true and warm case to the audiences.

China’s super streaming drama with big-screen-like experience on mobile phone, highlighting breakthroughs and innovations

The ingenuity and high quality of ‘Double Tap’ not only raise the interest from the audience who have become accustomed to watching online dramas with multiple speed, but also won praise from the industry with its high level of artistic creativity. The simple black and white tones that the crew used turn the icy and snowy land into a traditional Chinese ink painting. After watching the show, many viewers commented that “every scene has a high-class sense that can be used as a mobile phone wallpaper”.

“Aesthetic texture” and “strong immersion” are the shared comments from the audiences towards the series. Behind this is the day-and-night hard work and efforts of the crew. According to director Chen Zhoufei, the filming schedule of “Double Tap” was arranged at the standard of a film, aiming at the same audiovisual aesthetics as the film production. The film’s producer Chen Ying also noted that, in order to realize the insistence of the main creators on the documentary aesthetic style, the crew chose Yanji as the main filming location, where there are heavy snows in winter, bringing the audience the most realistic experience both physically and psychologically: the feeling of extreme cold.

The crew insisted on filming scenes on the real spot, including the panoramic view of the alleys, the deep snow in Northeast China, the lonely house in the forest, and the escape in the snow land, which all made the audience sigh that “100% restored Northeast China’s extreme cold snowfield, and I can feel the sincerity and professionalism of the crew!” As a top streaming drama, the unique live shooting of “Double Tap” and the nearly harsh self-requirements from the whole crew not only made the audience continue to cheer for it, but also allowed the whole industry to see breakthroughs and innovations in the visual aesthetics and high quality of Chinese streaming dramas.

In addition, the violent scenes of “Double Detective” also made the audience feel the pumping blood through the veins. What’s more are close fighting scenes, exciting car chasing and gun shooting as well as combating and desperate pursuit among tough guys, making hearts beating faster. It is the dedication and perseverance from the production team towards art and quality that has made many netizens praised: “This is the first time I enjoy watching a streaming drama with the feeling of the big screen through a mobile phone”!

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