Product: Forty-five TV Play Series QIAO’S GRAND COURTYARD
Starring: Chen Jianbin, Jiang Qinqin, Ma Yili
Director: Hu Mei
Produced by Shanxi Radio TV Station, China Wencai Audio-Visual Publishing Corp and Beijing China Visual Culture Corp
Published by Guangzhou Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: 8 DVD-9 set
DVD region code setting: All regions
Picture Format: NTSC, MPEG-2, Color
Subtitles: Chinese and English
ISBN 788518238X / 9787885182380
45 episodes of TV drama series Qiao's Grand Courtyard was directed by Hu Mei, who was also the director of popular Chinese TV series Hanwu Emperor, and Yongzheng Emperor. This DVD version was published as one of the Follow Me in Chinese series with Chinese and English subtitles.
Qiao's Grand Courtyard was a heroic story in business circles. Businessman Qiao Zhiyong, living through late Qing Dynasty in his lifetime, was the third generation boss of business family-Qiao of Qiaojiabao in Qi County, Shanxi Province. Through the platform of the Qiao’s business, he was aiming at saving people and enriching the country through business. During the realization of his tremendous dream to cover the goods all over the country and unify the currency, there occurred a life-long and complicated battle between businessmen and businessmen, businessmen and families, businessmen and nobles, businessmen and the court, even the business-families, businessmen and nobles, businessmen and the court, even the businessmen and bandits, and businessmen and the Peace Army and the Assembles.
The movie gives breathtaking moments through a lot of climax and exciting scenes. In the expanding capitalist time the impressive reproduction of the heroic businessman's life tries to unveil something meaningful about the way to live, such as being honest, faithful, friendly and humble, etc.
The Qiao's Grand Courtyard, the dwelling house of a big business family surnamed Qiao in Shangxi province from the end of Qing Dynasty (1636-1911) to 1930s. The compound became a hot tourist spot after the filming of a popular TV series named after it. The movie, Raised the Red Lantern, by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, used this building as the film's setting.