The second set of HQ stills were released on Monday for the other Dream of the Red Chamber adaptation, called Dai Yu Zhuan that idarklight mentioned was starting production right as The New Dream of the Red Chamber was finishing up its filming. Despite its lower budget, people have rallied around this version already, since the makeup and costumes adhere to canon, versus Li Shaohong’s version where everyone has opera hairstyles and pale makeup.
Furthermore Dai Yuzhuan’s star Ma Tianyu has long been a fan favorite for playing Jia Baoyu with his round, youthful face that appears to be lifted from an illustrated version of the novel. Ma Tianyu, although famous because of his singing career, is in fact more of an actor than an singer, since he’s currently a student at the Beijing Film Academy and applied there before his first album was released. Casting him isn’t a knock on this production by itself. Overall however, the series definitely feels more like an idol version of the classic, without the elegance seen from Li Shaohong.
As the title implies, this will be focusing on the character Lin Daiyu, and thus, will be probably a truncated version of the novel, of which she appears in only about 2/3 or 3/4 (depending on which version you adhere to) of. Unfortunately I fear that this will will be also truncated in terms of the wonderful nuances that make the novel, a classic.
Source: Sina for the pictures