Recently, the spy war drama "Qiu Chan" has a bad reputation, full of flaws, the protagonist’s bad hairstyle and the unsatisfactory performance of young actors, all of which have been vomited by many netizens, making people miss those classic domestic spy war dramas more. Personally, since 2005, when the plot against the enemy opened a new chapter in domestic spy war dramas, the best five spy war dramas broadcast in the last 15 years are plot against the enemy, lurk, kite, before dawn and cliff.

The film and television works on the theme of spy war have always been deeply loved by the audience. In the 1950s and 1960s, there were classic spy war anti-special films such as "Yangcheng Underguard" and "Never Gone Radio Wave". The earliest domestic spy war drama can be traced back to Eighteen Years of Enemy Camp in 1981. However, the spy war films and TV plays in that period had a strong color of the times, and their expression techniques, characterization and lines did not meet the aesthetic needs of the audience in the new era.

In 2005, the broadcast of "Plot Against" opened a new chapter in domestic spy war dramas with ingenious ideas, meticulous logic, wonderful plots and vivid characters. Since then, there has been an upsurge of spy war themes on the screens in mainland China.

The plot against Liu Yunlong, starring Liu Yunlong, Wang Baoqiang, Chen Shu and Gao Ming, is adapted from Mai Jia’s novel of the same name, but it is more exciting than the novel, which not only wins the essence of the original, but also magnifies its advantages, avoids its shortcomings, and has a more exquisite structure and fuller characters. The whole play is divided into three parts: Listening to the Wind, Watching the Wind and Catching the Wind. Except for the emotional description of Huang Yiyi and Zaitian An in Watching the Wind, the other two parts are wonderful. The legendary color and characters of Listening to the Wind, the meticulous logic and powerful suspense of Catching the Wind have all reached the top level of domestic spy war dramas.

In particular, the third film "Catch the Wind" is almost entirely an artistic re-creation by TV writers and directors, which is far superior to the relevant story content in the novel and has become an insurmountable peak of domestic spy war dramas.

The TV series Latent, which was broadcast in 2009, is also a more wonderful work than the original novel. The play is directed by Jiang Wei and Fu Wei, written by Jiang Wei, starring Sun Honglei and Yao Chen, and adapted from the short story of the same name by the writer Long Yi.

"Hidden" not only has ups and downs, suspense, and interlocking storylines, but is different from other domestic spy war dramas in that it skillfully adds many fresh elements that can attract audiences. For example, on the communist party side, the screenwriter designed a pair of fake couples with very different personalities, such as Yu Zecheng and Wang Cuiping, and arranged three emotional lines, Yu Zecheng and Zuo Lan, late autumn and Wang Cuiping, which not only increased the interest and emotional color of the story, but also gave the character more human touch. Cui Ping, who is reckless, is a time bomb around Yu Zecheng and has become a pawn for the screenwriter to create a crisis and promote the development of the plot. Their emotional drama is also a tear gas at the end.

On the Kuomintang side, "Hidden" highlights the intrigue within the military junta, the corruption of military and political officials and the political struggle between different factions. It is cleverly placed under the historical background at that time, and historical figures such as Dai Li, Zheng Jiemin and Mao Renfeng are interspersed among them. It is true and false, and the story is more realistic and has more practical significance. In tianjin railway station, a small military junta, four characters are intrigued and playing politics, leaving aside the political positions of each role, from which many viewers can see the struggle between office politics and officialdom. WU GANG’s Lu Qiaoshan, Zu Feng’s Li Ya and Cao Bingkun’s Xie Ruolin all left a deep impression on the audience, leaving many "golden sentences" lines.

Sun Honglei, Yao Chen, Zu Feng, WU GANG, Feng Enhe, Shen Aojun, Wang Lei and other leading actors’ wonderful performances are also a highlight of Latent, and almost every leading role and supporting role is very vivid. At the end, the scene of Yu Zecheng and Cuiping playing hens at different times made people cry, which became one of the classic scenes of domestic spy war dramas.

Kite is another classic spy drama directed and starred by Liu Yunlong. Compared with the meticulous logic and wonderful plot of plot plot plot, Kite has some loopholes and serious injuries, but its advantages are profound ideological connotation, large scale of reflection, and incisive portrayal of the pain of tearing human nature, which is unparalleled in domestic spy drama.

The plot of the first 21 episodes of Kite is far less logical and seamless than the spy drama tactical details presented to the audience. In addition, too literary lines and slow rhythm in the middle once made people mistakenly think that Liu Yunlong was below the standard. However, after the story entered the liberation, the audience found that the drama was getting better and better. Its description and reflection on the special period in 1950s and 1960s was bold and profound. Zheng Yaoxian, a seemingly ruthless undercover intelligence officer in communist party, was a rare character on the mainland screen, which truly showed the cruelty of spy fighting and the tearing of human nature.

For this reason, this spy war drama, which was filmed in 2013, was not broadcast until the end of 2017, and the broadcast version was greatly deleted, but it is still a rare and excellent work.

Before Dawn, which was broadcast in 2010, scored as high as 9.2 points, which was higher than the score of 9.3 points in plot plot plot and kite plot, second only to the score of 9.3 points in latent plot. However, personally, although the plot festival is wonderful, it seems anticlimactic at the end, which is not completely convincing, and is not as logical as plot plot plot plot plot. The ideological connotation is not as good as that of Kite, and the lines and actors are not as good as that of Latent.

Directed by Liu Jiang and starring Wu Xiubo, Lin Yongjian, Lu Jianmin and Christina, Before Dawn, with its perilous, twists and turns, tense and lively plot and multi-clue expression, is comparable to similar American dramas, and is undoubtedly the masterpiece of domestic spy war dramas.

Judging from the actors’ performances, Tan Zhongshu played by Lin Yongjian is the biggest highlight, Liu Xinjie played by Wu Xiubo is also brilliant, and Li Bohan and other roles played by Tian Xiaojie are equally impressive. However, the flaw of the play is that it is too keen to create suspense, often with many clues and many foreshadowing. When the suspense was finally solved, it seemed a little anticlimactic, and the ending of the big comeback was unconvincing, which was a bit of a fly in the ointment.

Directed by Liu Jin and written by YongXian Quan, The Cliff, starring Zhang Jiayi, Song Jia, Cheng Yu and Yongmei, was broadcast in early 2012, and now it has become a classic spy war drama. It was even more taken by director Zhang Yimou, and the screenwriter YongXian Quan was invited to cooperate and adapted into the film Above the Cliff, starring Zhang Hanyu, Amanda and Zhang Yi, which was just finished on May 19th this year.

The production level of Cliff is excellent, the service and actors’ performances are first-class, the first half of the story is ups and downs, which is wonderful, and the fate and emotions of the characters are very attractive to the audience. However, the rhythm of the second half gradually dragged on, and the unreasonable and logical parts of the story began to increase. The ending was particularly rough, which was regrettable. It was still a good work on the whole.