“Go Ahead”——Review of a Chinese TV Series “前行”——《以家人之名》


迪米特里·德维亚特金,艾美奖,纽约国际影像节获奖导演。 他的代表作如“俄罗斯的视频:人民之声 ”, “萨尔瓦多:战争的名称” ,“布赖顿海滩又下雨” ,“肮脏的事件”等,在 ABC、PBS、NBC, Channel 4、France 3、TF1 等主流媒体反复播出 。在《一个国家的诞生》中记录了迪米特里在美国新独立电影制作方面的活动。  发布网站:http://devyatkin.org  



“Go Ahead” is a splendid piece of television art that is sure to delight you! Everything is exquisitely presented, beautifully shot, written, and acted. The format and style conform to international production standards of TV series, always entirely Chinese in feeling, mood, and psychology.

《以家人之名》是一部精彩的电视剧,一定会让您满意! 一切都精美呈现,从拍摄,剧本和表演,到感觉、情绪和心理上完全中国化,但这并不影响这部电视剧在制作和风格上,符合国际电视剧制作的高标准。

The series tells the story of three non blood-related kids who became each other's family. It premiered on Hunan TV. And showed widely in China, Vietnam, on YouTube, Netflix, and other networks.

该剧讲述了三个没有血缘关系的孩子成为彼此家人的故事,在中国湖南卫视首播,并在越南、YouTube、Netflix 和其他网络上上线。

My own personal taste in TV series is for The Sopranos and The Wired. I usually prefer spicier fare than Go Ahead. This series is a high-octane, super sweet confection. I got seriously hooked. It tugs at your heart strings. I felt deeply moved by the story, and felt close to the characters. The heavy emotional overlay draws the viewer into a marvelous world. It is filled with deep emotions, extremely warm people.

其实我喜欢《黑道家族》和《火线》这类,风格比《以家人之名》更“刺激”的电视剧,但《以家人之名》像是一种高热量、高甜度的甜品,让我上瘾了! 它时时刻刻都在牵动着你的心弦,我被故事深深地打动了,对主人公们有了亲近感,复杂的情感叠加在一起,将观众带入一个奇妙的世界,它充满了浓郁的情感,温暖人心。

Characteristics we recognize everywhere are just as evident in this view of China, from crass commercialism, deep love, dirty tricks, kindness and hatred. Just like anywhere.


What I disliked in the series was the intrusive music. The music often disturbed me, making fun of certain situations, intruding in the events, heavy-handedly telling the viewer what to think. I would have asked the editor to use real sound and skip the super sweet “commentary” music.


The views of Chinese life are exquisite, shocking and astonishing. I visited China eight times in the 1980s so I was especially surprised and impressed by seeing it now. The series is based in a big city, where everything gleams of international box culture.

中国人的人生观,精妙绝伦,震撼人心,令人叹为观止。我在上个世纪 80 年代曾多次访问中国,这部剧向我展示了当代中国的发展,我感到特别惊讶和印象深刻,该剧以一座大城市为背景,那里的一切都闪耀着人类共同文化的光芒。

The central character is a master cook, who is the basis of the new family. Food is the essence of his love and nurture. He is the most likable character in the series. The nonstop flow of amazing dishes on screen makes me hungry over and over! And the profession of master cook is shown with great love and respect.  


The three young people are all superstar actors, and they grace the screen with their presence. I love the young girl star who plays Jian Jian. She is entirely natural, outspoken, immensely attractive. The young actress who plays her in early childhood is also perfectly cast and an excellent actress in her own way.


Especially revealing for the non-Chinese audience is the open showing of some less admirable characteristics. Many of the persons we meet are cruel and despicable. The neighborhood gossipers are cruel. The beautiful film actress girl is nasty. We see family strife, a husband beating his wife, children being abandoned, pretty women lured to Singapore for a “better life” with a Mercedes-driving sugar daddy. People strike each other frequently, fall down stairs, get violently ill, and too many scenes are before the door to the Emergency Room. There is no attempt to pretty up these ugly sides of life in China. It is refreshingly honest that China can be so open about shortcomings and difficulties.


The plot seems to slow down. Everything is presented with gobs of sweetness, and there are few ongoing plot lines. Every character presented seems to have a backstory stained by divorce, death, betrayal. As the story goes on, the characters all get older, and their relationship goes through trials and even fist fights.


The same ongoing themes are accompanied by the same sweet background music. It seems the composer got more serious and inserts much “joking” musical commentary. Just like life itself, the series seems to go up and down with mild perturbations. Otherwise, there are no driving themes, just the kindness of the lead character, the cook, who finally finds love and marriage.