To Live to Love

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To Live to Love
North American DVD cover
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaningThe Song of Everlasting Sorrow
Hanyu Pinyin Cháng Hèn Gē
  • period drama
  • romantic drama
Based on The Song of Everlasting Sorrow
by Wang Anyi
Written by
  • Jiang Liping
  • Zhao Yaomin
Directed byDing Hei
Music byZhao Lin
Opening theme"Ruguo Meiyou Ni" (如果没有你) performed by Bai Guang
Ending theme"Wuxin Dengdai" (无心等待) performed by Janice Yan
Country of originChina
Original languages
No. of episodes35
Executive producerDing Hei
ProducerHe Zizhuang
  • Huang Wei
  • Wang Tianlin
Running time45 minutes
Production companies
Original network Shanghai Television
Original releaseMarch 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)

To Live to Love [1] is a 2006 Chinese period TV drama series directed by Ding Hei, based on Wang Anyi's 1995 novel The Song of Everlasting Sorrow . The series stars Huang Yi and Maggie Cheung Ho-yee as the protagonist Wang Qiyao in different ages. It also stars Tse Kwan-ho (as Mr. Cheng), Wu Hsing-kuo (as Director Li), Xu Zheng (as Kang Mingxun), and Chen Lina (as Jiang Lili).



Filming began in July 2004 in Soochow University, and moved to Shanghai, where the story is set, in August 2004. [2] The series was first broadcast on March 28, 2006 on Shanghai Television. [3]

Cast and characters

Episodes 1-14 deal with the years 1947–1950. These episodes correspond to roughly Part I and Part II, Chapter 1 of the novel. Episodes 14–35 deal with the years from 1958 to 1979.

Main cast
Huang Yi (ep. 1–14)Wang Qiyao
Maggie Cheung Ho-yee (ep. 14–35)
Tse Kwan-ho Cheng Shidi"Mr. Cheng"
Chen LinaJiang Lili
Gu YanWang Qiyao's motherdied of illness in 1968
Episodes 1–14
Ding DanniWu Peizhen
Wei LiWang JingtangWang Qiyao's father, died of illness in 1948
Zhang JunweiWang Qiming (teenaged)Wang Qiyao's younger brother
Xu YulanMama ZhengWang family's maidservant
Liu ChangweiMr. XuWang Jingtang's colleague
Song LinlinCaptain Jasoncaptain of a European ship
Jiang ShizhuoFuguiWu Peizhen's cousin
Qu ChengYang Biaofilm director
Yan XiaopinJiang Lili's mother
Li YingSu Sanfilm actress, also Li Puzhi's mistress
Wu Hsing-kuo Li Puzhi"Director Li"
Liu JieXiaoyanhongLi Puzhi's wife, also sworn sister of Jiang Lili's mother
Liao Jinfeng"eldest sworn sister"sworn sisters of Xiaoyanhong and Jiang Lili's mother
Song Ruhui"second sworn sister"
Sun Min"fourth sworn sister"
Ye Qing"fifth sworn sister"
Yuan Ping"sixth sworn sister"
Zhou Xiaoli"seventh sworn sister"
Zhao ZhenzhongLi Puzhi's adjutantactually a Communist spy
Tan Zengwei"Mugen"Jiang family's butler
Li DaojunJiang family's tailor
Xiang MeiWang Qiyao's grandma
Sun QixinYu Qingservant and lover of Wang Qiyao's grandma
Si XiaoWang Hongcai"Deuce"
Episodes 14–35
Chen QingWang Qiming (older)
Liu XiaoCuifenWang Qiming's wife
Zhang Dongwei (child)MaomaoWang Qiming's son
Zhang HongmingMr. ZhangJiang Lili's leader and eventual husband
Ni HongjieGu MaliCheng Shidi's neighbor who likes him
Wang YinLiu MeiCheng Shidi's colleague in the library
Wang GuojingYan Shande"Mr. Yan"
Jin MengLu Yunying"Madame Yan"
Li Shuai (child)Yan Xiaodi (Lu Yunying's son)
Yu Cunshi (teen)led Red Guards to ransack Wang Qiyao's apartment
Zhou Haodated Weiwei before realizing they were related
Fang LingFengdiYan family's maidservant
Dai Zhao'anAliua neighbour in Peace Lane
Huang LijuanQian YingyingAliu's wife
Xu Zheng Kang Mingxun
Xu ChengxianKang Mingxun's father
Chen HongmeiKang Mingxun's "Mother"not his real mother
Chen JianfeiKang Mingxun's "Second Mother"his real mother
Shi TingtingKang MingniKang Mingxun's younger half-sisters
Wang YunKang Mingshan
Zhao RongrongKang family's maidservant
Ji XuepingXu YuanyuanKang Mingxun's date and eventual wife
Bahtiyar AzizSasha
Sheng Zhao (child)Wang Weiwei
Gao Sidated both Yan Xiaodi and Feng Yongli
Shen YueZhang Yonghongdated Feng Yongli
Liu LeiFeng Yongli"Old Colour"
Xu FuFeng Yongli's fatherCheng Shidi's colleague in the library

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