To give the best 10 spy war dramas in the past 20 years, "Cliff" 8th and 1st is not controversial
Throughout the past time, this year's domestic dramas can be described as explosive frequently.
But among these popular dramas, there is a "heavy guest" who is absent - spy war dramas.
As we all know, spy war dramas used to be a popular theme and the main force of ratings in the national drama market.
But in recent years, the glory of spy war dramas has begun to dim.
Take this year, there are many spy war dramas on the screen, but the quality is still difficult to say.
"Butterfly Shadow" starring Wei Daxun has a bloody plot, and is also full of various anti-logical action scenes and five-Mao special effects.
"Infernal", which gathers actors such as Jin Dong and Wang Zhiwen, has high ratings and low reputation, and almost all bad reviews on Douban.
There is also "Thin Ice", even if there is the blessing of Wang Jinsong, Wu Yue and other drama bones, it cannot resist its word-of-mouth pounce.
And with the overturning of these spy war dramas, it also makes the audience miss those high-quality spy war dramas more and more.
Today, Qingshi will take you to review the 10 best spy war dramas in the past 20 years, and see how domestic spy war dramas have undergone growth and changes in the past 20 years.
According to the rating, let's start with the tenth part.
10. "Secret and Great"
Broadcast time: 2020
Douban score: 8.0 points
As a spy war drama that is closer to us in the list, "Secret and Great" did not give people much confidence at first.
However, after the show was broadcast, it received good ratings and word of mouth, and at the end of the series, CCTV personally made the three-high war report on the whole platform.
And the reason why "Secret and Great" stands out in the spy war drama of "every broadcast must be pounced", Bluestone believes that its two points are different.
The first is the portrayal of the characters.
Unlike the undercover agents full of skills in traditional spy war dramas, the male protagonist Gu Yaodong is completely a rookie white.
After experiencing various events, he chose between justice and injustice, and gradually grew from a small policeman with the ideal of "supporting justice" to a hero.
A lot of space is spent in the play to present this growth of the character, especially the two sentences embodied in the male protagonist in this process.
One sentence is to uphold justice and protect the people, and the other is that people should be loyal to the dreams of their youth, which highlights the theme of the series and is extremely touching at the same time.
The second is the pacing of the story.
Different from the fast pace and high reversal of traditional spy war dramas, the story pace of this drama is very slow.
But as the plot pushes, this "slow" effect is also amplified and becomes the highlight of the series.
Whether it is decent or villain, the play tells the growth process of the characters, so that the characters' actions are logical.
From Fu'an to the second, every scene is also as real as a story that happened around you, making the series full of fireworks.
I have to say that "Secret and Great" allows us to see the hope that spy war dramas can still be fought again.
9. "Feng Qi Longxi"
Broadcast time: 2022
Douban score: 8.1 points
"Feng Qi Longxi" is a costume spy war drama directed by Lu Yang and starring Chen Kun, Bai Yu, Nie Yuan, etc.
Due to the strong production lineup and well-known original IP, "Fengqi Longxi" has been expected before it has been broadcast.
But the ratings of the first episode of this drama hit the street, and with the broadcast of the plot, the show gradually entered the best situation, and the ratings climbed and broke 2 at one point.
From the "slow heat" at the beginning of the broadcast to the "hegemonic screen" behind, "Feng Qi Longxi" can definitely be called a "counterattack".
Different from our common spy war dramas, "Fengqi Longxi" is a spy war drama that takes place during the Three Kingdoms period.
The play is set in the failure of Zhuge Liang's Northern Expedition, and the focus in the early stage of the series is on the spy war between Shu and Wei.
How the "White Emperor" hides his identity and who the "Candle Dragon" really is have become two important clues in the series.
But with the advancement of the plot, the deeper core of "Feng Qi Longxi" is slowly revealed.
In addition to the high-energy brain-burning plot with planning, spy and danger, the more important thing is people.
It is about the ups and downs of the fate of the little people in the Three Kingdoms, and explores the gap between the ideals and reality of the little people in the chaotic times.
In addition, a group of rich and three-dimensional male group portraits are created in the play.
From Zhuge Liang, Li Yan, Yang Yi, Guo Huai and other famous historical figures, down to Chen Gong, Xun Xu, Sun Ling, Jing Chong and other unknown juniors.
Under the wonderful interpretation of the actors, these characters have changed from cold names to lifelike images, which people can't forget.
It can be said that "Feng Qi Longxi" is definitely an innovative spy war drama, and fans of the Three Kingdoms and spy war fans should not miss it.
Broadcast time: 2012
Douban score: 8.5 points
Some people say that "Cliff" is an underrated and best spy war drama.
Compared with previous spy war dramas, "Cliff" does not have an unexpected plot and a tense and depressing atmosphere, but puts more ink in the depths of people's hearts.
The audience can see the most real, cute, and credible side of those hidden frontmen from this show.
Because of this, there are many tears in "Cliff", and they abound in the play.
Zhang Jiayi, the protagonist of the play, Zhou Yi, said: This is the TV series that I cry the most.
Especially the moment when the male protagonist Zhou Yi played by Zhang Jiayi fell, it became the most heart-wrenching scene in the play, making countless people cry.
Several leading actors in the play have also contributed their ultimate performance skills.
The male protagonist Zhou Yi played by Zhang Jiayi, needless to say, fixes the existence of the sea god needle and interprets the role really wonderfully.
The "villain" Gao Bin, played by Cheng Yu, the IQ of the character and Cheng Yu's exquisite interpretation complement each other.
Someone once ridiculed that Yu Zecheng in "Lurking" came to "Cliff", and it is estimated that he will not survive the second episode.
It can be seen that the villain played by Cheng Yu has a high IQ and strong means.
There is also the heroine Song Jia who contributed an incomparably wonderful acting highlight and won the Magnolia and Golden Eagle Awards that year.
Of course, this drama also has flaws, loose structure, and the later plot drags on, which is obviously a grade worse than "Before Dawn" and "Lurking".
Without these flaws, it would have been better, but the flaws are not hidden, "Cliff" is still a classic spy war drama.
7. "The Pretender"
Broadcast time: 2015
Douban score: 8.6 points
In 2015, Noon Sunshine played two ace works, one is the costume drama "Langya List", and the other is this spy war drama "The Pretender".
"The Pretender" first attracted the audience to definitely the three male gods in the play, Hu Ge, Jin Dong and Wang Kai.
The scene where the three male actors appear together in the play is no less than that of ordinary idol dramas, so "The Pretender" also opens up a new branch in spy war dramas.
Idol spy war drama.
Later "Secret and Great" and "Rebel" are all its followers.
But the final success of this drama is not based on appearance, but on its wonderful and tense plot.
The play is a work set in the Anti-Japanese War period, and tells the story of the desperate struggle between many forces in Shanghai during the Anti-Japanese War period through the perspective of the four Ming siblings.
In the play, Hu Ge, Jin Dong, and Wang Kai play the three brothers of the Ming family, and Liu Mintao plays the eldest sister of the Ming family, all of whom have two or even three different identities.
Although the identities of several people are different, they all adhere to their respective responsibilities and righteousness in their hearts.
Therefore, whether it is the layers of twists and turns in the identity of the characters or the game between the four siblings all the time, it makes the plot full of suspense and makes the audience want to stop.
In addition, this drama also has important significance for several leading actors.
Hu Ge completed the transformation with this drama, and Jin Dong, Liu Mintao, and Wang Kai were well known to more audiences with this drama.
Even Song Yi, who plays the second female Yu Manli, is impressive, and her beautiful and sassy appearance in a cheongsam is still memorable.
It can be said that "The Pretender" is a mixed success of spy war dramas and idol dramas, and it once again proves a truth.
As long as the script and actors are excellent, no matter what the theme will be brilliant.
Broadcast time: 2017
Douban score: 8.8 points
Many people say that the rating of "Kite" is not the highest in spy war dramas, but it is the final peak of spy war dramas.
And Liu Yunlong, as a director, also exhausted the last trace of talent for it.
Because the plot involves a special era, the show was cut and changed countless times, and finally took four years to broadcast smoothly.
Even Liu Yunlong himself said on social platforms, I tried my best, really tried my best.
Someone has seen the uncut version of "Kite" and said that the standard is no worse than "Lurking".
The play takes the life and emotional experience of the communist "kite" lurking within the military system as the main line, and tells the story of a communist intelligence officer who sticks to his faith.
There are no face-painted characters in the play, and there is not a good person in the absolute sense of the whole play, nor a completely bad person.
The choices they make have nothing to do with right or wrong, but they have made different choices in different camps in specific historical periods.
They just have different beliefs.
Especially the male protagonist Zheng Yaoxian, played by Liu Yunlong, from the early stage of affair to the later stage of miserable weather.
Zheng Yaoxian could not have lived to the end without lofty revolutionary ideals and beliefs, and this belief is even more touching.
As the People's Daily commented, only if faith is involved, the kite can fly high.
And this is also the biggest meaning of "Kite", which tells a story about the times and human nature through the shell of spy war dramas.
It's a pity that the value of "Kite" is too high, almost blocking the way of the spy war drama behind, and its brilliance is also destined to be the last glory of the spy war drama.
5. "Dark Calculation"
Broadcast time: 2005
Douban score: 9.0 points
If you ask who caused the spy war boom after 2005.
The answer is this "Dark Calculation".
This is the first spy war work directed by Liu Yunlong, which not only became his masterpiece, but also gave him the title of "godfather of spy warfare".
The play is adapted from the novel of the same name by the Mai family, and the series selects the three most exciting chapters of the novel: "The Wind Watcher", "The Wind Listener" and "The Wind Chaser".
These three stories take place in different periods, and the male protagonist An Zaitian played by Liu Yunlong is the main line, connecting the stories together.
Each story portrays a different core character and touches people very differently, but there is a strong connection behind the seemingly independent story.
It is precisely because of the foreshadowing of the first two chapters that the story of "Chasing the Wind" has been sublimated, allowing us to see the joys and sorrows of special people in special times.
The most important thing is that the significance of this drama for domestic spy war dramas has long exceeded the scope of whether it is good-looking.
Prior to this, spy war dramas were more commonly called "anti-special dramas", mainly describing the counter-espionage work of public security departments in the early days of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
However, "Dark Calculation" introduces the drama of catching the ghost, showing Morse code, code names and other spy warfare techniques.
It also created the story design of the spy war drama "Inner Ghost", which made it separate from the anti-special drama and formed an independent drama.
Liu Yunlong once said that "Dark Calculation" opened a door for Chinese film and television, but it also dug a hole.
Now it is not so much a "pit" as it is to set a benchmark for Chinese spy war dramas, so that the audience knows what a real spy war drama should be.
4. "No War in Peiping"
Broadcast time: 2014
Douban score: 9.0 points
The director of the play is Kong Sheng, and the screenwriter is Liu Heping, who wrote the classic historical dramas "Yongzheng Dynasty" and "Daming Dynasty 1566".
In order to write a good script, screenwriter Liu Heping consulted 30 million words of information, which took 7 years, and when the script was completed, he was so tired that he went to the hospital with blood in the urine.
In the end, this drama was successfully released, and after broadcasting, the ratings were good, and it successively won the outstanding TV series awards of the three major TV festivals of Magnolia, Feitian and Golden Eagle.
Compared with other spy war dramas on the list, "No War in Beiping" has a special label: historical drama.
The play mainly depicts the short period of a few months from 1948 to 1949, when the political and economic system of the Kuomintang government was chaotic and about to completely collapse.
The story is divided into two lines, one is the anti-corruption on the bright side, and the other is the spy war in the secret.
The two story lines are entangled and nested with each other, presenting the audience with an intricate and dangerous picture of historical espionage wars.
Interpret the opponent's miscalculation from the height of history and power seeking, and also integrate the elements of spy warfare.
I have to say that compared with other spy war dramas, the pattern of this drama is very large and has a huge sense of historical grandeur.
It is worth mentioning that the cast of this drama is also very strong.
gathered Liu Ye, Chen Baoguo, Ni Dahong, Wang Qingxiang, Jiao Huang, Wang Jinsong, Cheng Yu and other acting powerhouses, watching them play is too enjoyable.
In order to be able to star in this drama, many actors would rather appear in low or even zero salary.
It can be said that this spy war drama once again confirms that the noon production must be a boutique.
Broadcast time: 2014
Douban score: 9.1 points
As a TV series set in the Anti-Japanese War, "Red" is different from ordinary spy war dramas.
It does not focus on showing the confrontation between various forces, but more shows the feelings and love stories of ordinary people in special circumstances.
In previous spy movies, most of the protagonists had ideals, but the protagonist in "Red" is an ordinary person who can be seen "everywhere".
The male protagonist Xu played by Zhang Luyi is naturally timid and afraid of things, and also fainted blood.
My job is to be a vegetable market accountant, and my biggest dream in this life is to go home and cook rice, and Ansheng can live a good life with his wife and mother.
The focus of the whole drama is not on the hatred of the country and the family, but more on the love of the male and female protagonists, and builds a picture of the life of modern Shanghai alleys through the relationship between the male and female protagonists.
As the audience commented, this is a 36-hour movie, the shots in the play are very beautiful, and the breath of life is very heavy.
But it is precisely because of this that many people will feel disappointed when they first watch "Red".
There is no plot of the positive and negative confrontations and constant reversals of spy war dramas in the play, but many parents are short, love and love.
But if you look at that period from the perspective of a small person, you will find that "Red" has the epitome of every ordinary person in China.
This drama seems to only talk about life and feelings, but it is this contrast between ordinary people's lives being crushed and subverted step by step that makes people even more embarrassing.
And "Red" uses this unconventional character and story to jump out of the framework of the inherent spy war drama.
It refreshed many audiences who have long been tired of routines, it turns out that spy war dramas can still be filmed like this.
2. "Before Dawn"
Broadcast time: 2010
Douban score: 9.2 points
"Before Dawn" is a spy war drama directed by Liu Jiang and starring Lin Yongjian and Haiqing.
After the broadcast of this drama, the ratings and word of mouth soared, and won many awards such as the Golden Eagle Award, the Flying Sky Award, and the Magnolia in one fell swoop.
In general spy war dramas, the relationship between the characters is peeled off layer by layer, and undercover agents are usually hidden first, and only recognized at the last moment.
And "Before Dawn" tells the story in reverse, so that the male protagonist Liu Xinjiao did not take long to reveal the identity of the agent.
In the face of the complicated situation, how the male protagonist completes the task in a dangerous situation has become the biggest attraction of the whole drama.
It is also very ingenious in the promotion and setting of the plot, and on top of the constantly reversing high-energy plot, the play also uses American drama elements.
Almost at the end of each episode, an "introduction" is added to make the plot development more fascinating.
At the same time, the protagonist in the play does not have the so-called protagonist aura, whether it is our side or the enemy, everyone has an online IQ and strong combat effectiveness.
In addition, this drama is also full of acting skills online, especially Lin Yongjian is very amazing.
The villain Tan Zhongshu played by him is not only flesh and blood, but also has a dead aura.
What's more, the good leader and good man character he shows in the play is particularly attractive.
No wonder it can become another spy war blockbuster after "Lurking", and it has been evaluated by many audiences as better than "Lurking".
Broadcast time: 2008
Douban score: 9.4 points
At the top of the list is the ceiling of domestic spy war dramas - "Lurking".
If "Dark Calculation" is the pioneering work of spy war dramas, then "Lurking" is the pinnacle of spy war dramas.
How popular is this show?
In 2008, "Lurking" premiered on Tianjin Local Television, and the rating once reached 7%.
It was broadcast on Chengdu TV in February 2009, and in the 10 days of broadcasting, the ratings in Chengdu topped the list, with the highest rating reaching 5.4%.
In April 2009, it was simultaneously launched on Beijing Satellite TV, Oriental Satellite TV, Heilongjiang Satellite TV and Chongqing Satellite TV, and the rating of Beijing Satellite TV reached 8.01% on the first day of broadcasting.
Later, in the selection of the Magnolia Award, it overwhelmingly defeated another immortal work "My Regiment Leader My Regiment" with a "hanging" posture.
The judges gave "Lurking" a very high evaluation: "Lurking" has a great influence and is loved by the audience, raising the spy war drama to a new height.
It can be said that this drama has achieved three bumper harvests of word-of-mouth, ratings, and profits, and it is difficult to surpass so far.
"Lurking" is adapted from Ryuichi's novel of the same name, but the original work is only 20,000 words, and the director and screenwriter Jiang Wei has expanded it into a script of 400,000 words.
But even with this expansion, the viewing effect of the entire drama is not watered at all, and the narrative and reversal of the entire story have ups and downs, and there are almost no hard injuries and flaws.
At the same time, unlike ordinary spy war dramas, which run through a serious and tense style, this drama is a mix and match of seriousness and funny.
For example, Station Manager Wu always has frequent golden sentences, and the joyful line of "Emei Peak, and Solo Photo" is still fresh in people's memories.
Cuiping and Yu Zecheng have different knowledge, and the interaction between the two has also brought many jokes.
In addition to the wonderful plot, the success of "Lurking" lies in the creation of a group of vivid characters.
From Yu Zecheng, Wang Cuiping, Li Ya to Station Master Wu, each of them has flesh and blood, they are not black and white but have their own beliefs and values.
Maybe domestic spy war dramas can no longer make better works than "Lurking".
The above are the 10 spy war dramas with the best reputation in the past 20 years, each of which can be called a classic.
Looking back at these classic works, it is not difficult to see that as an important theme of domestic dramas, the audience still has demand for spy war dramas.
It's just that the current spy war dramas have fallen into a creative bottleneck, and many shoddy spy war dramas make the audience lose the desire to chase dramas.
Therefore, for the current dilemma of spy war dramas, creators need to be more attentive so that spy war dramas can regain their former glory.
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