Trailer and posters round-up: 2020 Hunan TV dramas

The official poster simply has ‘Ming Dynasty’ as the English title – it’s going to be a pain sifting through Google searches using that title…

Hunan TV has released previews for some of its 2020 shows. Do note that schedules and even broadcasters are subject to change due to updates to censorship policy and budget. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?

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Promo Round-up: No Secrets

Release schedule: 2 episodes on Tencent every Thursday to Saturday beginning tonight. Members get a 6 episode head start.

No Secrets is the remake of K-drama I Hear Your Voice and stars Qi Wei and Jin Han in the leading roles. The main couple’s age gap has narrowed, though the stills suggest the drama has kept a lot of the classic scenes from the original.

OST Preview, Poster shoot BTS

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Love is Fate begins streaming

I Love You, That’s My Fate / Love is Fate / Love Happening 我爱你,这是最好的安排 stars Zheng Hehuizi (Rush to the Dead Summer) as an heiress who is able to see the future of whomever she touches. However, she only glimpses fragments and always suffers a piercing headache after her visions – until she meets the ordinary hero (Zhang Binbin).

The 48 episode drama releases one episode a day on Mango TV beginning tonight.

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Web drama adaption of Detective Chinatown releases first trailer

Supervised and written by the Detective Chinatown film series’ director Chen Sicheng, the web drama version stars Roy Qiu as a private investigator. Janine Chang, Chen Zheyuan, Cheng Xiao and Deng Enxi costar. The 12 episode series will revolve around four cases, all set in different locations and directed by different up-and-coming directors.

Wang Baoqiang and Xiao Yang reprise their roles from the film series.
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Hu Yitian tests out his comedy chops in new trailer with Zhang Yunlong

While we know Zhang Yunlong is used to playing the clown of the drama, how will Hu Yitian do in his comedy debut?

Hu Yitian, Zhang Yunlong, and Xiao Yan’s detective comedy, My Roommate is a Detective 民国奇探,  released its first trailer today. The 2020 drama is an iQiyi original, so there should be English Subs!.

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Tao Hong talks gender equality and the absence of meaty roles for mature actresses

Some of you may recognise talented actress Tao Hong as the dragon maiden from rom-com Sunny Piggy 春光灿烂猪八戒 (2000), which also propelled her husband and actor-director Xu Zheng to fame, or as Ji Xiaofu in Heaven Sword Dragon Sabre 2003. The actress recently returned to mainstream television as a controlling single mother in A Little Reunion, a critically and commercially successful slice-of-life drama that focuses on the stressful relationship between parents and teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation.

I’ve translated some excerpts from the actress’ recent interview, in which she shares her views on the entertainment industry and the situation faced by many older actresses in the industry.

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