Dilraba, Wu Lei confirmed for The Long Ballad

I’m having a hard time imagining Wu Lei as the powerful general, because he is still a kid to me. It’s unfortunate Qu Chuxiao was pulled from the role at the last minute due to a contractual dispute with his agency, because I really think he could’ve made the role his own.

Period drama The Long Ballad 长歌行 stars Dilraba as Tang-dynasty princess Li Changge, daughter of crown prince Li Jiancheng. Her father was assassinated at Xuanwu Gate in a palace coup by Li Shimin, and she has sworn to get revenge by overthrowing her uncle.

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Promo Round-up: Imperfect Love

The remake of Japanese drama Mother, Imperfect Love stars Zhou Xun as Lin Xuzhi, the ‘mother’ who ‘kidnaps’ one of her students (Chen Sinuo) after discovering she is being abused. Angie Chiu plays Lin Xuzhi’s biological mother and Kara Hui plays her adopted mother.

The 30 minute x 22 episodes web drama releases 2 episodes every Friday and Saturday on Tencent. English subs will be available on WeTV.

Teaser, BTS, Theme song by Jin Wenqi, Theme song by Zhou Shen

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Promo Round-Up: Winter Begonia

Not only is Winter Begonia a rare Yu Zheng drama to not use dubbing, but Yin Zheng and co. will do much of their own singing of the opera parts.

Starring Huang Xiaoming and Yin Zheng, bromance + peking opera drama Winter Begonia will begin releasing episodes on iQiyi tonight. Charmaine Sheh costars as Huang Xiaoming’s jealous wife.

An accompanying show will tell the story behind each of the Peking Opera pieces in the show. It’ll be hosted by Peking Opera artist Wang Peiyu, who is perfect for this. She did a podcast doing something similar and it was entertaining and informative even for the casual listener.

Teaser ; Peking Opera special ; Character Posters ; Stills; Stills 2

Theme song by Lu Hu, with opera parts by Yin Zheng and Huang Xiaoming
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