Will 2020 be the year of female ensemble dramas?

Zhou Xun, Kara Hui and Angie Chiu have already finished filming 24-episode webdrama The Imperfect Woman 不完美的她 (lit.), a remake of Japanese drama Mother.

It might have started in early 2018, when a tweet proposing a Chinese drama featuring female friends whose lives aren’t revolving around romance and kids got millions of retweets as women across China (and overseas) shared their wishes to see more female characters with diverse aspirations and female friendships not tied together by their common rivalry for a man.

In the year since then, companies seem to have picked up the hint as one after another modern female ensemble dramas began production this year. The dramas range from women fighting their place in college (Unfazed at Twenty ) to women dealing with mid-life crises to women seeking to find a new meaning in life in old age (Good Times).

Here’s a look at some of the announced upcoming female ensemble dramas, which one are you looking forward to the most?

First trailer for Jiang Shuying, Tong Yao, and Mao Xiaotong’s Nothing But Thirty
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Posters and trailer for political intrigue drama Thankful for the Remaining Years

Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian comes from Wang Juan, the writer of cult hits Turbulence of the Mu Clan, Legend of Southwest Dance and Music and Young Blood. Zhang Ruoyun is a forward-thinking noble intent on pushing through political reforms, most of which are opposed by the tyrannical ruler of Qing (Chen Daoming).

It’s rumoured Season 1 of 3 will premiere in less than a week. [Character Intros]

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Teaser and character introductions for Zhao Liying, Wang Yibo’s Legend of Fei

Zhao Liying as Zhou Fei, the stubborn heroine who is a natural at martial arts. She travels across wulin and begins to learn powerful skills from the grand masters she meets along the way.

Wuxia drama Legend of Fei has released stills and a short preview of leads Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo in action. I loved the original novel, so am keeping an open mind about the adaption. See below for more character introductions (spoilers ahead) and here for extended synopsis.

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Xiao Zhan, Yang Zi’s The Oath of Love releases full teaser

The combination of the heart EKG chart with the musical notes is pretty clever

Xiao Zhan and Yang’s The Oath of Love, an upcoming series that revolves around the love story between a cellist and a physician, released its first full teaser today. It’s a lot cuter and more light-hearted (and HQ) than the shorter teaser, although this mostly got a special post because I liked the poster.  [Extended Synopsis]

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