Music Monday: 2018 drama theme song edition

Instead of clogging up my end of year review (coming soon!), I’ve decided to create a separate post for my favourite OSTs of the year.

When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.

I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?

Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)

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Original Sin releases final trailer and new stills

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng looking to hop on that lucrative and popular BL ship train of late.

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng’s detective series Original Sin 原生之罪 released its final trailer recently, with plans to come out maybe this month but maybe not. The two play archenemies turned allies in a super shippy drama.

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Casting call: Another My Fair Princess adaptation

The third adaptation of My Fair Princess / Huan Zhu Ge Ge 还珠格格 is being made through a collaboration of Tencent (Ever Night, An Oriental Odyssey)   and author Qiong Yao.

They’re looking for actors across the world ages 18+ for every role. Should be able to have basic acting skills and line-reading in Chinese.  Interested parties should e-mail xhuanzhu@163.com or call at (+86) -0731-84802648.

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Live-action meets animated series Dramaholic is also a Peking Opera rap musical and a sci-fi

Dramaholic combines 2D backgrounds, 3D animation, live-action, a 2D world, our world, an Internet world, Peking opera,  rap, rock, and martial arts.

Not only does Dramahoic combine Peking opera animation with live-action humor, it turns out that it is also a Peking opera and rap musical and has a cyber dimension.

When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world.  The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character,  must now enter our world to bring him back. They take a “dimension increase” pill and enter our world. In our world, they must avoid cameras since they turn into animation whenever they’re photographed.  Once a day, they can also go into stage mode to fight.  Based on the trailer, at some point they also all enter the Internet.

Dramaholic 戏隐江湖 airs two episodes on iQiyi here  every Wednesday and Thursay  starting on the 12th behind Never Ever Expected  (万万没想到).

I’ve seen the first two episodes and the music is actually pretty good. The songs so far are one Peking Opera + rap mix, one Peking opera, and one xiaoqu (?).

Here’s the new trailer:

 

 

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Huang Bo, Shen Teng meets Crazy Alien in upcoming black comedy

Crazy Alien is an upcoming black comedy starring Huang Bo as Geng Hao, a monkey trainer whose act goes wrong after an alien crash lands on Earth and injures his monkey. Desperate to perform the act, he attempts to train the alien instead, though is punished after the alien regains his powers.

The alien’s plans to return home are complicated by American scientists searching for alien life and Dafei’s (Shen Teng) desire to make some traditional medicated liquor. Lei Jiayin costars as a policeman.

Ning Hao’s new film is scheduled for a February 5th release.

The Story of Yanxi Palace is the most googled show of the year on Earth

All hail the Emperor.

Despite a large portion its audience using Baidu, The Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 is the most googled show of the year all over the globe. The tv series was the only Chinese name to make it on any of the lists on Google’s Top Searches of the Year released today.

The show has shot to fame its stars Wu Jinyan and Xu Kai, and re-launched  the careers of Nie Yuan, Qin Lan,  Charmaine Sheh, and most importantly producer Yu Zheng. After a successful online run, it received successful runs on TV in the mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.  You can watch the hit show English subbed on Viki and Chinese subbed on Youtube.

Ma Sichun, Jiang Wenli, Chen Ran repping Anhui

Ma Sichun and her baby ducklings (cc: her otp Zhou Dongyu aka little yellow duckling) .

Aunt-niece pair Jiang Wenli and Ma Sichun reps theirs home of Anhui province with model-actress Chen Ran.  Jiang Wenli and Ma Sichun return to their hometown of  Bengbu, a city known for its freshwater products, while Chen Ran goes home to  Xiaoxian, known for its traditional Chinese paintings.

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