In Love Won’t Wait 如果·爱, Cecilia Cheung(Dangerous Liaisons) will be playing a housewife who is abandoned by her in-laws and husband after the death of her son. Ever the optimistic one, she decides to become an independent career woman and also finds her true love along the way. So… it’s basically Temptation of Going Home 回家的诱惑 without the crazy doppelganger revenge angle?
Vanness Wu (The Princess Weiyoung) and Thai actor Thassapak Hsu costar, though its unknown which roles they will be playing. After Vanness’ performance in Weiyoung, I’d actually like to see him play the unlikable husband.
Undercover/The Undercover to Return 卧底归来 takes inspiration from true events, and focuses on the conflict between China’s anti-narcotics forces and drug dealers. The most recent teaser can be found here.
Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace后宫·如懿传 has released more images of the wide cast of characters. Starring Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Janine Chang, Li Chun, Dong Jie, Tong Yao, Chen Haoyu, Xin Zhilei, Zeng Yixuan, Wu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen Xiaoyun, Huang Ming, Jing Chao, Li Qin, Yuan Wenkang, Hu Ke, Zhang Jiazhu, Cao Xiwen, Yu Yang, and He Hongshan, I am assuming these are simply costumes for more minor characters but that in itself is pretty mind-blowing.
I’ve been looking forward to a Jiang Chao lead since 2013, and … The Fox’s Summer 狐狸的夏天 is kind of exactly what you would expect from him. He’s hot, she’s cute, and they reenact every cliche idol drama device possible without too much attention to coherence.
I think the main plot of the story is about a fashion designer (Tan Yunsong) and her pursuit of her fashion dreams. Or maybe her fight to win her mom and step-family’s love and respect? Most of the time it’s about how she somehow ended up living with the President of her company while working for him as a maid, because even though she’s from a rich family, has a good education, is a famous designer, and becomes the chief creative director at one point, somehow she still can’t afford to pay rent? Maybe it’s actually an ode to how expensive rent is in Shanghai.
The President (Jiang Chao) of this bra company, of course, is a 30-year-old with OCD and is allergic to lies, so he decided that the best solution to get rid of his opponent’s plagiarizing designer is to let her live with him? In an attempt to keep his adopted brother interest in the company, Mr. President decides to hire his brother’s ex, our female lead. Bringing back a woman who dumped your brother is exactly how to ensure his happiness.
There’s a couple of other angles in this love story, but you get the idea. It’s a co-habitation idol drama with lots of accidental sexual tensions and misunderstandings. Once you get past how annoying she is before they move in together, Tan Yunsong works her cuteness to her advantage. Jiang Chao’s good-looking enough for the role, and has just enough acting to make me not want a dubber, so the couple works.
Also, I really like some of her outfits. They made her look fashionable without being too over-the-top. Maybe it’s in contrast to how crazy some of the other women dress in the show.
The series is currently airing on Tencent, with the second season being released today.
It’s actually pretty rare for Chinese pop music to make it into official programs, so here’s one of my favorites as the season ends. Li Zijun, one of China’s top female figure skaters, skating to Jane Zhang‘s “Only for Love.”