CULTURE Mystery drama tops China's weekly TV series popularity ranking


Mystery drama tops China's weekly TV series popularity ranking


09:13, June 18, 2020

Actor Qin Hao plays a part in web drama "The Bad Kids." [Photo: Sina Weibo)

The Bad Kids, a web drama adaptation of a suspense novel from a popular Chinese mystery fiction writer known by the pseudonym Zijin Chen, is currently the most popular Chinese-language TV series on review platform Douban.

Released on the online streaming platform iQiyi on Tuesday, the show has made it to the top of the Douban weekly popularity ranking for Chinese-language TV series, according to the latest ranking result, which is updated every Wednesday afternoon.

Previously promoted with the title Cat's Cradle, the 12-episode mystery drama will be streamed with two episodes each evening from Tuesday through Thursday every week, according to the show's social media account.

It follows a man who hatches an elaborate murder plot to kill his cheating wife and her family after she demands a divorce. However, his actions are recorded by three children playing nearby.

Known in Chinese as Yin Mi De Jiao Luo, it stars actors Qin Hao and Wang Jingchun. Wang won the Silver Bear for Best Actor in 2019 at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in the art-house film So Long, My Son.

On Wednesday, the web drama and the original novel scored 9 points and 7.8 points, respectively, out of a possible 10 points on the review platform Douban.

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