Once again, actor Wang Kai has given a praise-worthy performance in an impressive TV series.
Set during China’s economic reform in the 1980s to 1990s, Like a Flowing River 2 tells the story of three young entrepreneurs striving for success. When the series ended on Jan 11, it had a score of 9.1 out of 10 on Douban.
Wang, 38, was praised for his performance in the role of ambitious technician Song Yunhui. For Wang, the most challenging part of the role was learning and memorizing the vast amount of technical terms required for the part. He put forth particular effort to familiarize himself with the trade in preparation.
But fans who are familiar with Wang’s work are not likely surprised by this level of dedication.
Following his father’s advice, Wang chose to begin his career at a bookstore without taking the gaokao. Still, he managed to be admitted to The Central Academy of Drama in 2003 at the age of 21. Despite playing many characters, he didn’t make a name for himself until in 2015 when he got parts in The Disguiser and Nirvana in Fire.
Wang has made less appearances on variety shows and taken on less roles in recent years in order to focus on improving his acting skills.
“I would be strict with myself by performing better. I think, it’s my responsibility to to make the audience satisfied,” Wang told People’s Daily.