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C-Drama: 喬家大院 (Qiao Jia Da Yuen) Qiao's Grand Courtyard


 喬家大院's literal meaning is Qiao (pronounced Chao) Family's Family Courtyard. This show will replace Moments in Peking. I suspect it will begin airing next week. It has 45 episodes.

If you watched Moments in Peking, the Tseng family also has a Grand Courtyard. In the old days, 3 or 4 generations lived together, so the Grand Courtyard is where all branches of the family congregate. Only big well-to-do families have big courtyards.

ChinaTV has a website, but my browser wasn't letting me see it. It may work for you:

http://www.chinatv.com.tw/event/2006/qiaojia/

CTITV also has a website on this show:

http://www.ctitv.com.tw/new/36/gjby/index.html

Yesasia's link:

http://us.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/code-c/section-videos/pid-1004136545/

Description on Yesasia:

Qiao's Grand Courtyard won the Best Drama Award at the 1st Seoul Drama Awards.

A 45-episode series by the Chinese Central Television, this drama follows the extraordinary life of Qiao Zhi-rong, a real-life businessman in Chinese history. Qiao grows up in a traditional family where he has been taught all the virtues such as fairness, righteousness, diligence, etc. As opposed to most merchants of his time who earns a fortune by cheating others, Qiao more often than not wins over his dishonest competitors by sticking to his virtuous way of doing business. However, while his business is growing steadily, Qiao needs to face a greater enemy - social and political unrest during the late Qing dynasty. With his wisdom, not only has Qiao tided through the turbulence, but has also brought into China revolutionary economic concepts.

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is this series gonna have sub titles?

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LittoShorty, I hope so but I feel probably not. I will probably watch anyway though. I love the quality of the Chinese Dramas.

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No English subtitles.

Here are episode summaries of Ep. 1- Ep. 5 in Chinese. I'll translate them into English.

第 1 集 Episode 1
咸豐初年,山西喬家堡喬家少爺喬致庸辭別重病的哥哥喬致廣,與青梅竹馬的戀人江雪瑛一起到太原府趕考。在太原遇到了賣花生的窮秀才孫茂才,並幫山西富商陸家的大小姐陸玉菡解圍……

At the beginning of Xiánfēng 咸豐年Year (1850-1861), the second son of Shan-Xi province's Qiao Family (from Qiao Family Fort), Qiao Ze-Yong, said goodbye to his ailing older brother (Qiao Ze-Guang)and headed for the National Exam to be held at the City of Tai Yuan. On the way, Ze-Yong picked up his girlfriend (Jian Shuei-Ying), also a cousin, from her home and went to City of Tai Yuan for some fun and relaxation the day before the exam. At a show, Qiao Ze-Yong met a poor student, Sun Mao-Tsai, who was selling peanuts, and a rich girl Lu Yu-Ying (who happened to dress up like a boy). Qiao impressed Lu with his behavior. Both Sun and Qiao were planning to take the National Exam.

第 2 集 Episode 2
喬致廣病重去世,喬家銀庫虧空,大太太無奈叫回在太原參加恩科考試的喬致庸。喬家四爺喬達慶帶領眾本家上門討要股銀。家難當頭,大太太欲將喬家家業傳于喬致庸掌管。
Qiao Ze-Guang dies and the finances of the Qiao family is not good because of several bad investment deals that Qiao Ze-Guang had done before he died. His wife had no choice but to call back Qiao Ze-Yong from writing his exam so he can take over the family business. Qiao's forth brother returned home to demand debt payment.

第 3 集 Episode 3
邱、水、元三家密謀吞併喬家店鋪及老宅。喬致庸無奈之下答應接管喬家家事並借喬致廣發喪拖延時間。大太太希望通過與富商陸家聯姻解喬家燃眉之急。江雪瑛家也正逢榆次大富常家來提親,江父本就不同意雪瑛與致庸的感情,欣然答應。 The Cho, Suei, and Yuen families secretly conspired to takeover the Qiao's stores and Qiao's family home. Qiao Ze-Yong had no choice but to agree to takeover the troubled family business. He used his brother's funeral to drag out the time so he can come up with a plan. [NOTE: Chinese creditors don't like to go into houses with recent deaths.] The oldest brother's wife wanted Qiao Ze-Yong to marry the rich Miss Lu so they can resolve the immediate cash flow problem. At the same time, many matchmakers have come to the Jiang family to talk about potential marriages for Jiang Shuei-Ying to a wealthy family. Because Jiang's father do not like the relationship between his daughter and Qiao Ze-Yong, he agreed to the marriage set up by the matchmaker.

第 4 集 Episode 4
喬家舉辦了聲勢浩大的葬禮,喬致庸和江雪瑛偷偷相見。翌日,喬致庸登門拜訪陸家提出借銀救急一事,陸玉菡認出喬致庸就是曾經幫她解圍的男子,大為傾心。達盛昌大掌櫃崔鳴九陰謀借江湖土匪劉黑七之手陷喬家於更加不利的境地。 The Qiao family held a huge funeral for the oldest brother. Qiao Ze-Yong and Jiang Shuei-Ying met up secretly. The next morning, Qiao Ze-Yong went to the Lu Family and requested help for emergency funds. Miss Lu recognized Qiao as the man who impressed her in the first episode and was smittened.

[this part was not aired on 11/8]

Another merchant schemed with local hoodlums to put the Qiao business into more trouble.

第 5 集 Episode 5

喬致庸聚集眾家丁練武禦敵之時,孫茂才突然深夜來訪。二人商定以老宅做抵押向達盛昌借銀子,並由喬致庸用誠意請出鏢局老英雄戴二閭。幾天後,劉黑七果然來到。 When Qiao Ze-Yong got together all the men in his family to fight the hoodlums, his friend Sun Mao-Tsai suddenly came for a visit. The two of them figured out a plan to use the old Qiao family home as the collateral. At the same time, Qiao went to a private security firm to ask for help with his sincerety. As expected, a few days later, the hoodlum and his men showed up.

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I am having trouble following this one. I may just wait until the next show. It seems pretty good but it also seems like one where I will need English Subtitles

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It is difficult to follow even when I'm fluent in Chinese. I have to read the Chinese subtitles to understand what the actors are saying. At least the Chinese subtitles are in traditional characters (not simplified characters). They all spoke Mandarin, but there are word usages that are not common in modern Chinese usage. I'm not sure whether the dialogue is native to 19th century China or whether it's more for local mainland Chinese ears.

I can't believe the Koreans voted this show as its top show at its Drama Award. There were many Korean dramas last year that easily surpassed this drama. Granted, the plot of Moments In Peking was a little ridiculous at times, but the production value of this drama and Moments in Peking was about the same.

I also find the story dragging a bit. Even Paris Sonata was more riveting. In terms of historical dramas, the Chinese medical examiner drama (the drama that aired before Moments In Peking) was better than this drama.

This show would have been difficult to do E-sub. They would need to add a lot of notations.

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I believe this show was recently repeated on CCTV-1. With so many p2ptv players out there, there are tons of soaps available although the big gotcha is that the quality is not so great and there is a huge time difference.

Anyway, my question is where does KSCI normally get their dramas? I asked because there are so plenty of bad shows on CCTV-1 that I am surprised they selected something from that network. Perhaps it is a cost or licensing issue? Could it be that the big networks like TVB and ATV programs are too expensive and/or they would rather keep the shows to show to their own cable or satellite subscribers? Of course, I could be completely wrong as I do not pay much attention to KSCI anymore.
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I really have no idea how KSCI/LA18 decides which drama to air in its noon and 7pm timeslot. I suspect there is a list of dramas and the price is within their range. Also, I'm sure the sponsors such as AKAI rice and all those calcium/fiber pills have a say in which shows they want to see aired. There is a recent trend towards chinese made historical dramas because older people tend to watch these shows. These dramas are really a platform for advertisers to sell their products. So I doubt they'll have many Idol dramas because the target audience would be too young to buy Akai rice or those non-FDA approved Vitamin supplements (actually, vitamins are outside FDA jurisdiction).
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Shoot, they pre-empted the show for Armenian fundraiser. I was hoping to watch it after a boring Thanksgiving dinner.

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merela ,
Thanks for your help. Now that we had the wedding....where is this place with the horses and the goats? I am lost ...who is the young men playing the boardgame? what about the guy doing the accounting that cheated on the peanuts weight in the first place?
Xie Xie!
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