After “Sparrow”, Insects Awaken is the next novel by Hai Fei to be made into a drama with the same team behind. The story is set in 1941 when Shanghai falls into the hands of the enemy. Street hoodlum Chen Shan (Zhang Ruo Yun), who looks confusingly similar to military special agent Xiao Zheng Guo, catches the eye of Japanese special agent Huang Mu Wei (Wang Long Zheng). Mu Wei abducts Chen Shan’s sister Chen Xia (Luo Qiu Yun) and forces Chen Shan to work as a spy for the Japanese. In order to save his sister, Chen Shan agrees to go through a special training and subsequently pretends to be Zheng Guo. He goes to Chongqing and lives together with Zheng Guo’s wife Yu Xiao Wan (Adi Kan). In Chongqing, he meets Zhang Li (Wang Ou), who is an underground member of the Communist Party hiding in the army, and falls in love at first sight. Thanks to Zhang Li, Chen Shan comes to understand about his responsibility as a Chinese citizen and eventually joins the Communist Party. While working hard to break free from the control of the Japanese as well as the military and save his sister, Chen Shan also fights alongside Zhang Li and other members to lead the Party to victory.
In the spring of 1931, after the Communist Party successfully set up many communication stations in China, they set their sight on Western Europe and assigned two of their agents ”Asthray'” and “Porcelain” to Paris. From there on, the stories of secret deal, hidden betrayal, questionable death, forbidden love, and brotherhood among the military and a prominent family’s members were unraveled.
1935, Peace Hotel: Mysterious guests gamble their lives during ten days. In 1935, when Manchuria has been occupied, patriot Wang Da Ding (Lei Jia Yin) investigates an opium cream that is supposed to enter the market soon, and checks into the Peace Hotel. There he meets the returnee patriot from overseas and doctor Chen Jia Ying (Chen Shu). While Jia Ying studied medicine in Japan, she found out that Japan is currently testing biological weapons in Manchuria in order to speed up their invasion of China. She now cooperates with the anti-Japanese squad, who is trying to locate the laboratories of the Japanese, and helps them with her medical knowledge. However, the Peace Hotel has already been encircled by the Japanese. In order to avoid being investigated by them, the two strangers Da Ding and Jia Ying pretend to be a married couple. A battle of wits between the two and the Japanese ensues.
During the anti-revolutionary coup in 1927, Xia Heng Xuan dies while saving the Communist Party member Ren Zhi Yuan (Kevin Tan), and leaves behind her younger sister Xia Yu Zhu (Yang Zi Shan) and her maid Shuang Ju (Nikita Mao). While the delicate Yu Zhu tries to earn a living alone, Shuang Ju enters the Kuomintang’s special agent organization on the recommendation of Zhi Yuan’s lover Xiao Cheng Bi (Liu Min). A few years later, Yu Zhu saves Zhi Yuan by chance. After Zhi Yuan sacrifices his life, Yu Zhu is touched and decides to work for the Communist Party’s underground organization. There she gets to know Cheng Bi’s younger brother Xiao Jun Hao (Chen Xiao), who received the same mission. While they work together, feelings develop.
In 2010, Cheuk Hoi secretly travels to Bangkok to conduct a drug operation with his undercover agents in Thailand. As they finish their mission and are about to leave Thailand, an explosion causes all of Michael’s undercover agents to die in a sea of fire. At the same time, Michael’s good friend, CIB Inspector Eddie Cheung, is killed for unknown reasons, leaving Michael in charge of a female cop who is not yet officially an undercover. Michael knows that Eddie still has undercover agents whose identities have been deleted. To learn the truth about Eddie’s death, Michael must find all of the undercovers. He and Priscilla begin to search for the undercover agents.
1949, New Year’s Eve. Just when Qiao Zhi Cai (Chen Kun) is about to carry out his plan to break out of prison, he suddenly gets released. Carrying a leather suitcase, he sets off to find the one who framed him back then. At the train station, he bumps into Huang Li Wen (Wan Qian), who is in mourning over her deceased husband. The two mistakenly take each others suitcase, but in Li Wen’s suitcase is an important transmitter that needs to be brought to an underground organization of the communist party. Later, they end up meeting again and fight together for the country and their party, falling in love with each other along the way. This is Chen Kun’s comeback drama after being absent from the TV for nine years. The team behind this drama equally took nine years to prepare the drama.
The drama tells the story of Ye Chong (Allen Ren), a secret agent of the Communist Party who goes by the name “Autumn Cicada”. In 1941, he poses as a Japanese officer stationed in Hong Kong to stop the conspiracy of the Japanese while trying to accomplish a top secret mission he has been given.