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In 1986, 20-year-old Chen Bao Jin came to the Altai region to find his brother, who was missing in the gold rush. He was tangled between life and death in the complicated environment and was also trapped between many forces. At the same time, strange things happened one after another. After layers of uncovering, the clues all point to the mysterious place with huge treasures and no survivors—Sister Sea. He struggled with people and nature, and finally discovered the mysterious "Well No. 7“ in the Sister Sea and found the truth about the disappearance of his brother. He then realizes bravery and kindness are the greatest treasures of mankind. (Source: iQiyi) ~~ Adapted from the novel "1986 Tao Jin Jing Hun" (1986淘金惊魂) by Lai Er (来耳). Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • dansk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 18, 2022 - Jan 27, 2022
  • Aired On: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 231 users)
  • Ranked: #5876
  • Popularity: #6653
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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36 people found this review helpful
Jan 27, 2022
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 5
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0

Kept me glued to my seat for so long that I might need an adhesive remover to get off now—

All in all, Gold Panning has everything I could ever ask for in a mystery drama: a compelling storyline, great execution, perfect cast, beautiful visuals and an amazing musical score that complemented each scene it accompanied.

✦ Story ✦
The unique premise of this drama, which is obviously about the cutthroat industry of gold panning like the title indicates, may or may not appeal to everyone but regardless of whether you're into it or not - this drama's main focus still lies in its premise. To describe it in a simple phrase, Gold Panning is about "Dog-eat-dog world" or "Survival of the fittest" as greed for gold (which everyone believes can grant them a better life) basically drives the actions of all the characters, but despite being greedy, they might not be completely selfish and have their own reasons that are unveiled at a steady pace with each episode.

And one thing that sets it apart from typical mystery/thriller dramas is that Gold Panning doesn't rely solely on gore and body-horror to make the drama dark or depressing. There's slight gore, there's slight body-horror, but neither of them is the main point.

However, this drama demands your full attention. You can't just play it in the background as you do other chores as each scene is crucial, purposely added, and greatly contributes to the plot. Sometimes you might think "what the hell is going on?" (I did too lol) but it's like completing a jigsaw puzzle whose picture you don't know beforehand; You only discover what it's all about after you put more and more pieces in place, and together, they start resembling something. The unpredictability, foreshadowing, and plot-twists here actually make sense in the end and this makes Gold Panning a perfect drama to binge watch as you're never bored while watching it.

✦ Characters ✦
Most of the characters were complex, flawed, morally grey/vague and fleshed out which makes them compelling to watch. I especially loved how the female characters were written, despite neither A Qiu nor A Lai getting much screentime compared to the two main characters, they still managed to be one of the most memorable characters in this drama; I mean, two strong women—one who's a single mother and the other who cross-dresses as a man—working by themselves in a male-dominated field, what can be cooler than that? Not to mention, A Lai has to be the best cross-dressing character I've ever come across. Every character here just felt so humane, so realistic, so alive. I simply loved it.

But talking about the two main characters, Chen Baojin and Wu Jianchao, separately - here's what I personally think of them:

♟ Wu Jianchao — It's the first time I've seen Liao Fan's performance and the amount of screen presence he has accurately described to me why he's known for his acting. His role as Wu Jianchao was so complex that I couldn't figure out if he's the bad guy or one of the good guys most of the time, it just kept me guessing.

♟ Chen Baojin — Chen Feiyu's acting has improved a lot! At first, I thought he can't portray 'vulnerability' during emotional scenes because it always looks as if he's holding back pent up anger (his acting isn't at fault, he just have fierce-looking eyes imo). But then, I realised it's not necessarily a bad thing and only adds to his character. Chen Baojin is a proud, stubborn teenager who's determined to go to any lengths for his main goal, so even when he cries, he doesn't look 'broken' - he looks angry like he's going to seek vengeance and want everyone to suffer tenfold for the suffering they've inflicted on him. In short, Chen Feiyu nailed his role.

✦ Music and Visuals ✦
The music, both instrumental and lyrical, really amplified the ambience that the visuals initiated. I also never felt like skipping the opening and ending themes because they were really addicting.
However, my favourite thing has to be the colouring in this drama, especially how most of the scenes had a tint of gold/yellow (they really stayed true to the title and concept even in terms of visuals) and some certain scenes were black & white - which made them seem more serious and sombre than they would've looked in normal colours. I actually had to delete some photos off my gallery because I took way too many screenshots...

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Ari Honairtu
6 people found this review helpful
Feb 21, 2022
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.0
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Good show but just not good enough.

Gold Panning told the story of Chen Baojin who came to Simu Goldfield to pan gold. But that's not his real intention. He came to find his brother who mysteriously disappeared. Soon, he was caught in confrontation between forces who owned each river beds, though in the surface they all acted normally, deep inside they plotted to get rid of their rivals. Greed can kill but not every man aware of that.
The twelve episode show brought us a tight package of drama without any boring second. All the actors & actresses acted good. Haunting opening soundtrack. The use of unique local dialect (when you heard it's just like a westerner who learned to speak chinese). But sadly i can't give this show a high rating more than 7 due to some cons:
1. So many scenes got cut off, especially the action part. Eg: when Alai went to Ma's hut & Ma suddenly returned, there was a tense standoff between the two. One in front of the door who realized someone was inside, & the other who prepared to attack behind the door. But the next scene, Alai was already got bound at the chair. There were just so many scenes like that. Smh.
2. A kid who in 12 episodes went missing 3 times. LoL. This already crossed the border of nonsensical.
3. Plot in the cave was rather messy, who's inside, how did he even get in, that was unclear, especially Baojin's brother who went Rambo guerilla mode & started killing people.
In conclusion, this show is good to watch but don't hope it is better than The Bad Kids, Burning Ice, or The Long Night.

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  • Drama: Gold Panning
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jan 18, 2022 - Jan 27, 2022
  • Aired On: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Original Network: iQiyi
  • Duration: 45 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 231 users)
  • Ranked: #5876
  • Popularity: #6653
  • Watchers: 1,459

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