Wang Liping: Screenwriter Full of 'Positive Energy'

September 10, 2015
Editor: Eileen Cheng
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Wang Liping, a gold-medal screenwriter devoted to showing her audiences the hope, kindness and goodness in life, has written screen plays for 20 TV dramas that are warm and full of energy.

Sticking to a Choice, Good or Bad

Wang, born in Hangzhou, capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province in July 1963, was recruited by the Shanghai Film Group in 1999. Since then, she has been committed to depicting ordinary people's lives with a strong sense of social responsibility.

To this end, she regularly visited factories and rural areas in order to better connect with the people and themes that are important to her and her work.

Over the past several years, she has also been active on Shanghai TV programs, making guest appearances to discuss issues relating to law and romance. While sharing her ideas and making friends with her audiences, she collected many resources for her screen plays and laid a solid foundation for her writing.

When it comes to putting pen to paper, Wang has her own principles: digging into the raw materials she has collected, writing about ordinary people, and depicting Chinese people's values and virtues.

Over the years, Wang never stopped writing. While her friend Liu Liu, also a screenwriter, rose to fame for her maiden work in as early as 2004, Wang remained unknown to most of the general public until 2009, when the TV drama "Beautiful Daughter-in-Law" was screened with dozens more of her works still on the horizon.

"After choosing your job, you should accept all the highs and lows that come with it. I don't usually complain, and I have already been luckier than many," she said.

Although having been cheated multiple times, as she confessed, Wang always tries her best to "bring the audience hope and show them kindness in human nature, so as to encourage their pursuit of what is right and good."

Long-Term Payoff

Wang's dedication has paid off. Labeled as dramatic pieces full of "positive energy," Wang's screenplays have won a number of awards, both from within China and overseas.

In 2001, her screenplay for the movie "Love Is Blue" (1999) won a jury special award at the Baihe Award of China Movie Channel.

After winning a number of domestic awards, TV drama "Beautiful Daughter-in-Law" (2009), for which she wrote the screenplay, won a Best Foreign TV Drama award at the 2010 International Drama Festival in Tokyo, becoming the first mainland-Chinese drama to win an overseas award.

In 2011, the TV drama was brought to Africa, where it aired in Tanzania and Kenya and soon became popular among local viewers.

It has been estimated that the drama has been seen by an African viewing audience of 100 million people. While giving an interview with China Central Television (CCTV), one of the audience said that through this drama, he came to see and learn about Chinese people's married life.

In the following years, the dramas that Wang created would continue to increase in international influence, especially in South Korea and Japan.

In 2014, her TV drama "The Four Seasons of My Family" was launched in New York, put on the air by U.S.-based Chinese TV network SinoVision.

Her latest TV drama, "Life Lessons," will be released to the overseas market in the near future.

For her persistent pursuits in screenwriting and her extraordinary achievements, Wang has been presented with multiple awards, including that of the March 8th (International Women's Day) Red-Banner Pacesetters of 2015.

(Source:, and edited by Women of China)

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