Yanxi Palace actor Lawrence Wong wins acting award

Yanxi Palace actor Lawrence Wong wins acting award
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Malaysia-born actor Lawrence Wong won the Best Supporting Actor award at the 14th Chinese American TV Festival in New York, China Press reported.

It was a winning streak for Wong as he clinched Asia's Most Promising Actor Award at the 2018 Asian-American Television and Film Festival Golden Oak Award just four days earlier.

On his first award, he posted on Facebook: "I was once so lost in my career but now I'm Asia's Most Promising Actor."

He said he immediately texted his father after receiving the Best Supporting Actor award.

Wong also put out an online posting after the second win, saying: "Look mum, I got an award again. I hope you could see this and be proud of me."

Wong's mother died two years ago. He had voiced his regrets that she was not around to see his success.

His decision to leave Malaysia and Singapore for China two years ago has finally paid off.

The Johorean charmed viewers with his role as Hai Lan Cha in the popular Chinese drama Story Of Yanxi Palace.

China's imperial palace drama, Story Of Yanxi Palace, shatters viewership records

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    Palace intrigue, backstabbing concubines and dramatic plotlines involving maids and eunuchs.

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    China simply cannot get enough of imperial palace dramas.

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    Yet another period piece set in the Forbidden City during the Qing dynasty, like 2011's Empresses In The Palace - one of the most successful dramas in the genre - has become a smash hit.

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    The 70-episode long drama series Story Of Yanxi Palace, co-produced by China's biggest streaming platform iQiyi and production company Huanyu Film, garnered over 15 billion views worldwide.

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    China is home to the world's largest army of netizens, with some 770 million Internet users, and dramas are pulling out all the stops to attract viewers.

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    The Story Of Yanxi Palace alone reportedly had a budget of about 300 million yuan (S$60 million).

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    The show follows a young woman who enters the palace as a maid to investigate the death of her sister and eventually becomes one of Emperor Qianlong's concubines.

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    The cast includes big names such as Hong Kong's Charmaine Sheh.

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    The drama is currently being broadcast on Hong Kong's TVB, which has acquired the rights to screen the show in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.

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