Tang Wei, Zhu Yawen, Deng Jiajia, Zhang Yixin, and Qiao Zhenyu’s Ming dynasty bioepic Empress of the Ming appears to have leaked a long trailer. It looks way more polished than the first one. Watch it now while it’s still up. It’s gone
Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu play a pair of childhood friends whose paths separate in their third drama together, River Flows To You 流淌的美好时光 (formerly Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河). The series, so loosely based off the original book that its title is literally the opposite, begins air daily beginning July 1st. It should be available on Youtube here.
In semi-related news, Ma Tianyu and Zheng Shuang are currently regulars on new variety show We’re Growing Up 我们长大了, which is available on Youtube here.
When Xiaoqi joins civilian puppy rescue team ran by human An Xin (Cecilia Boey), he becomes partners with competitive gamer Bian Mu (Jiang Chao). Through their training process, the two become friends and overcome their separate fears. After a veteran dog sacrifices himself for Xiaoqi, Xiaoqi becomes the new head of the puppy rescue team. When Xiaoqi loses his smell in a new rescue mission, how will he be able to regain his sense and save the day?
The third of the Hero Dog 神犬小七 dramas, featuring an all-new story and new humans (Jiang Chao, Cecilia Boey, Wang Yang, Wang Shuo), airs beginning the 27th. Two episodes come out every Monday- Thursday night on iQiyi here, with VIP members getting eight extra episodes. It’s currently not region-blocked.
If you want more puppies, this is actually the fourth drama of a series of separate stories all featuring a dog named Xiaoqi. You can watch Season 2 starring puppies, Zhang Yunlong and Wang Yang with English subs here; Season 1 starring puppies, Jin Shijia and Bea Hayden here ; My Partner 神犬奇兵 starring puppies and Yang Shuo here.
After over ten years of being in love, Tang Yixin and Zhang Ruoyun finally held their fairytale wedding this weekend at the Adare Manor in Ireland. Joining them were bridesmaids Li Qin, Shen Mengchen, and Victoria Song Qian, groomsmen Liu Haoran, Jing Boran, and Guo Qilin, and emcee Ma Sichun. Jing Boran caught the bouquet but gave it to Ma Sichun. Not sure what’s the proper superstition here, so we’ll have to wait and see which one of them gets married first.
The long-awaited female-lead spy thriller 355 finally began production on the 27th. The film stars Fan Bingbing alongside Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Penelope Cruz as international spies teaming up to save the world. Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez play the “Bond boys” of the film.
In related news, Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announced their break-up yesterday.
Within minutes of The Untamed airing, historical suspense drama The Longest Day in Chang’an 长安十二时辰 released twelve episodes without any warning. You can watch it here (update: now region-blocked; update 2: it will be up on Amazon, Youtube and Viki sometimes in July). Only the first four episodes are available for non-VIP members. I’m not sure when/if the rest will be available for non-VIP members.
Like TheUntamed, there’s no new promotional materials other than the previous poster and synopsis here and trailer and stills here.
Bromance xianxia drama The Untamed 陈情令, a very loose adaption of Moxiang Tongxiu’s BL novel Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation 魔道祖师, has finally aired today. The series stars Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo as the two leads, with Meng Ziyi playing the third wheel. The series is available on Tencent here, with two new episodes every Thursday and Friday. I would do a promos round-up but the series aired so suddenly that there are no new promotional materials other than the posters, stills, and promotional shoot previous posted.
Four actresses who have recently starred in Jin Yong dramas – Janice Man (as Wang Yuyan), Chen Yuqi (as Zhao Min), Zhu Xudan (as Zhou Zhiruo), and Su Qing (as Azhu) – pose for this wuxia-themed photoshoot by Leslie Zhang Jiacheng. (more…)
Tackling difficult issues like depression and autism, youth sports drama Project S is an attempt to reinvent itself as a contender for quality youth drama by Wajijiwa, the Tencent subsidiary that manages Rocket Girls and R1SE. While their previous couple of dramas have lacked any logic and was carried solely by idol power, this one is rooted in a much more realistic story.The remake of the three-part Thai series is currently filming its last third and will be a Tencent exclusive.
Wajijiwa is ran by Long Danni, who produced Super Girls, My Hero, Meteor Garden, and Produce 101, so it’ll be interesting where she’s headed with this drama.
Skate Our Souls 极限17 滑魂 – Guo Zifan, Deng Enxi, and Caesar Chen Zexi of X-Fire
Boo, a student whose grades aren’t promising, comes from a strict family. However, he has a hidden problem. Boo has been suffering from depression for a long time, which resulted in self-harm. Moreover, he doesn’t eat or sleeps well. One day, he decides to commit suicide, but his plan was thwarted by a group of skaters, led by Simon and Fern, who influenced him to join their group of friends. Can Boo overcome depression and all his fears?