Huang Xiaoming and Chen Qiao’en Engage in a “Cruel Romance”

If you were Chen Qiao’en, would you pick Huang Xiaoming or Kimi Qiao?

We weren’t supposed to see Huang Xiaoming star in a drama after he did Dark Fragrance (暗香) in 2009, but then Summer’s Desire (泡沫之夏) came along, and then he got the chance to film The Patriot Yue Fei (精忠岳飞). Now he’s back to 1930s Shanghai with his currently filming drama, Cruel Romance (锦绣缘·华丽冒险), which also stars Taiwanese actress Joe Chen Qiao’en.

Based on a novel by Nian Yi, Cruel Romance is the risky love story of Zuo Zhen (Huang Xiaoming) and Rong Jinxiu (Chen Qiao’en). This will be their second collaboration after Xiaoming’s guest appearance in Breaking the Waves (激浪青春), which does not appear to have ever aired in theaters, and Xiaoming’s first drama after he won this year’s Best Actor at both the Golden Rooster Awards and the Huabiao Awards.

Cruel Romance will also feature appearances from Kimi Qiao Renliang, mainland actress Lv Jiarong (Schemes of a Beauty, Swordman), Hong Kong actor Gardner Tse (The Mad Phoenix), and mainland actor Qi Ji (The Last Tycoon). Check behind the cut for the drama’s first batch of stills.

Aaand the drama’s official poster, which looks kind of tacky especially in comparison to the stills, but that won’t stop me from staring at Huang Xiaoming’s face.


20 thoughts on “Huang Xiaoming and Chen Qiao’en Engage in a “Cruel Romance”

  1. ohh what a gorgeous stills <333 I love Qiao En and HXM.
    Btw any synopsis please? and from what novel? exciting :)

    • The novel has a similar name — “The Fate of Jinxiu” (锦绣缘). There aren’t many good synopses online, but it’s apparently one of those sadomasochistic-love plotlines, where Zuo Zhen (HXM) is an overbearing male who terrifies everyone around him but is head over heels for Jinxiu (Qiao’en).

      Now that I think about it, that’s kind of like Ou Chen in Summer’s Desire, which was the role Xiaoming was originally going to play. lol.

      • Olala sadomasochis sounds terrifiying yet interesting LOL
        Now i get the title “Cruel Romance”!! And why he seemed cold in the stills! Haha now i hope he’s not physically rude to our herroine :D If you know what i mean ^^

        Thanks for replied Jo, looking forward for the next CL news.

    • oh does anyone have any recommendations of dramas that are set during / around the 1930s/40s? preferably something released a couple of years ago; 2012 and years before that; since i’ll need vietnamese dub.

      • I tend to avoid dramas in that time, but the one I’ve heard recommended a lot is 来不及说我爱你 Too late to say I love you with Wallace Chung and Li Xiaoran. For older ones, Chen Kun/Dong Xun/Liu Yifei/Qiao Zhengyu’s 金粉世家 is a classic. I haven’t finished either one, though.
        For more recent ones, I liked Jiang Xin’s drama the Arrow is on the Bowstring 箭在弦上.

        • oh thank you^^ they seem interesting, especially 箭在弦上. Forgot to mention preferably something less focused on love romance but something more on history or dramas like 新神探联盟 / 代号九耳犬 / 中华英雄 / 夜幕下的哈尔滨. I remember watching this really good series that involved i think Jewish people, but can’t remember what it’s called T_T. For me I tend to avoid romance dramas set in those times, but 来不及说我爱你 and 金粉世家 do seem like something i’ll enjoy. Thanks again for the recommendations^^

  2. HXM. HXM.
    he and joe chen look amazing; her costuming is pretty!hopefully they’ll release bigger sizes, so I can use one as a wallpaper :P

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