Based on Han Lu’s manhua of the same name, Yanshifan: New Youth 艳势番之新青年 is an upcoming Republican era drama starring Jackson Yi Yangqianxi (Song of Phoenix), Huang Zitao (Chinese Odyssey: Love You For Ten Thousand Years) and Hu Bingqing (Midnight Diner).
Ah Yi (Jackson Yi) befriends Manchu noble Chong Liming (Huang Zitao) by chance, and the latter uses his identity as a beile (prince of the third rank) to grant Ah Yi entry into Yanshifan, the name given to the group of imperial guards responsible for protecting the imperial family.
Chong Liming’s desperate attempts to remove the corrupt officials and save the Qing empire fails, and he ultimately decides to join Ah Yi and the revolutionaries in the fight for a new world. The two male leads will probably be involved in a love triangle with princess Aisin·Gioro Yuchu (Hu Bingqing).
The 48 episode drama is directed by Liu Yizhi (True Colour of Beauty, Micro Times) and written by Su Peng (Hero’s Dream) and will air on streaming site Youku in 2019.