iQiyi has released a handful of trailers and posters for its upcoming dramas. The successful Light On programme is back for a second round, and the streaming platform has also lumped its romance dramas into a Sweet On schedule, which is set to begin this month. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?
First up is Luoyang, and the trailer is giving me huge The Longest Day in Chang’an vibes. Huang Xuan‘s character seems pretty similar to Lei Jiayin’s, in that they’re both former government officials who are tasked with solving intriguing mysteries.
Miss the Dragon stars Zhu Xudan as the heroine Liu Ying, who lives as a maidservant, a fisherman’s daughter, a general and a cultivating disciple over four lifetimes. Wang Hedi plays her protector and love interestYuchi Longyan.
The drama releases 2 episodes every Monday – Wednesday on Tencent, so should be available with English subs on WeTV / Tencent Youtube.
Daybreaker 暗夜行者 stars Li Yifeng as Chen Mo, a former undercover agent who fakes his death after finding out someone was trying to kill him. He takes on a brand new identity, and returns to the drug cartel to find out the truth. Costars include Song Yi and Stephen Fung.
Most of iQiyi’s Light On series have been pretty solid, so I’m hoping the trend continues this year. The 24 episode drama is directed by Cheng Hao (Ping Pong) and began filming today.
Based off the popular game of the same name, Miss the Dragon stars Wang Hedi and Zhu Xudan in a romance of four lifetimes, and will premiere on Tencent on May 10th. At least this looks better than the version in Stairway to Stardom?
Home Sweet Home秘密访客 comes from Leste Chen and Qiao Shu, the director-writer pair behind last year’s cult hit A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower. Duan Yihong plays the driver responsible for a school bus crash that killed all students on board except one (Rong Zishan). Knowing full well his son may have been involved, the father (Aaron Kwok) invites the driver to live in their basement for three years. Tiffany Hsu costars as the mother, and Zhang Zifeng plays the daughter.
Ordinary Greatness 警察荣誉 stars Zhang Ruoyun and Bai Lu as rookie police officers who develop into well-rounded and responsible neighbourhood police after undergoing various hardships together with their team.
I didn’t enjoy Zhang Yimou’s Shadow and One Second as much as I’d hoped, but Impasse / Cliff Walkers should be right up my alley. Granted, I’m not expecting the film to surpass The Message, but surely you can’t go too wrong with a cast like this?
Starring Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu, Zhu Yawen, Ni Dahong and the director’s latest starlet Liu Haocun, the film is slated to premiere on April 30th.