The Pavilion (2021) Review


The drama stars Duan Yihong, Hao Lei, Zufeng, Wu Yue, Xing Minshan, Mira, and Bai Yufan, with Wang Xiaoshuai and Hua Turnip as general directors. It tells the story of a complicated emotional relationship between family members arising from an unsolved case in a watery village in Jiangnan.

The unsolved case of 19 years ago pulls everyone into a nightmare of kinship. Can we find shelter under the octagonal pavilion in the stormy weather? Where is the dream of false emotions reflected in the distance?

In “The Pavilion”, the story of a serial case is told. The strange death of a young girl in her prime nineteen years ago has not been solved. And nineteen years later, another case occurs again. With the arrival of a new case, the former case also surfaces. Based only on the trailers and plot synopsis, the drama tells the story of a crime that ultimately involves solving two cases.

However, Misty Theatre’s drama production does not seem to be able to be seen as a simple crime drama. It may focus more on the deeper aspects of human nature, in addition to the suspense, deduction, and so on of previous crime dramas.

It is worth noting that one of the screenwriters for both the film version and the TV version is Yang Yishu. In the TV version, Wang Xiaoshuai is also involved in scriptwriting. Combining the synopsis of the two works, I personally prefer to see the TV version of “The Pavilion” as being more about the emotional burden on a victim’s family if a criminal case is not solved. It is this emotional burden that should be the target of the TV version’s profound human dimension.

This drama is about a complicated emotional story about family members involved in a mysterious case that takes place in a water town in Jiangnan. The family’s grief over the loss of their daughter at an early age leads to mutual resentment and alienation. On the anniversary of their father’s death, the conflict between brother and sister, father and daughter is revealed. Faced with the damage such family relationships can do to the next generation, the Xuan family is determined to face their pain and lick their calf with love.

The Mist of the Octagon Character Relationships. 19 years ago, the Xuan family’s youngest sister, Xuan Zhen, was strangely murdered and the case was shelved for years without knowing who the real culprit was. Xuan Zhen’s twin sister, Xuan Zhu, left the country. 19 years later, another murder case in the town is linked to the Xuan family, and Xuan Zhen’s brother Xuan Liang becomes a suspect. As the truth about the old case gradually emerges, the years of conflict between the tormented siblings finally explode again.

As you can tell, this drama is about the Xuan family, which consists of three children, twin sisters, Xuan Zhen and Xuan Zhu, and an older brother, Xuan Liang, plus a deceased father and a mother whose life hangs in the balance.


  • Drama: The Pavilion
  • Native Title: 八角亭谜雾
  • Also Known As: Light on Series, Ba Jiao Ting Mi Wu, 八角亭謎霧
  • Screenwriter & Director: Wang Xiao Shuai
  • Genres: Thriller, Youth, Family
  • Country: China
  • Episodes: 12
  • Airs: Oct 13, 2021 – ?
  • Airs On: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Original Network: iQiyi