Tangren has returned to the Qing-time-travelling genre with Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty, which stars Li Landi as a 21st century young girl who is able to time travel back and forth between the two eras. Her main love line will be with the thirteenth prince (Wang Anyu).
The 40 episode drama releases 2 eps every Thursday to Saturday on Tencent. Watch the drama English subbed on Youtube here.
If your mindless fun rom-com quota is feeling unfulfilled after watching all the new Christmas Hallmark movies, The Romance of Hua Rong 一夜新娘 is here to save the day. From the company and writer behind Well-Intended Love, this rom-com about a pirate and a young lady who wants to be a vigilante is fast-paced and filled with cuteness.
The female lead is super cute and reminds me of Alyssa Chia, while the male lead grows on you (a lot of people have mentioned he looks like a young Chen Daoming). Well-Intended Love supporting leads Yi Bochen and Huang Qianshuo join the cast once more as the rival love interest and the male lead’s assistant.
You can watch the drama on Youtube here. The series updates two episodes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with six extra episodes for MGTV VIP members.
I have so much to say about the new Chinese drama Joy of Life 庆余年. As a fan of the original fiction as well as the author Maoni, I am satisfied with its skillful adaptation of the novel and the tight plot. The casting seems fantastic because this drama features a lot of big names such as Chen Daoming, Li Xiaoran, and Wu Gang. I would rate a 9 out of 10 based on the first ten episodes.
Xianxia drama Love and Redemption 琉璃美人煞 released a new trailer as it’s getting ready to stream. The series stars Yuan Bingyan as a lost cause who is determined to redeem herself after ruining a major wulin event. She’s helped on the way by her talented sister (Zhang Yuxi) and the young master of a friendly sect (Chen Yi).
Netflix will release a spinoff of popular drama The Story of Yanxi Palace on December 31 here. Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures 金枝玉叶 follows the daughter of Wei Yingluo and the Emperor Qianlong, the seventh Princess Zhaohua played by Wang Herun, in her efforts to win the heart of the son Erqing (played by Wang Yizhe) while she fights the vendetta against her family.
Huang Xiaoming plays a former journalist who disappears after publishing fake news and returns a changed man after three years. He is employed by a top PR firm, and makes a name for himself in the field of crisis communication. Tan Zhuo, Zhang Bo and Cai Wenjing costar.
Directed by Hui Kaidong (Story of Yanxi Palace), the drama began filming a couple of weeks ago.
Sword Dynasty stars Li Xian as a cultivator who is training to assassinate the king (Liu Yijun). Li Yitong plays the hero’s ‘aunt’ and future love interest. The 34 episode series releases 2 episodes every Friday-Sunday on iQiyi beginning tonight.
I’ve got so much to say about Royal Nirvana I just couldn’t wait until the halfway mark, so here I am with a first impressions post (Episodes 1-11).
Royal Nirvana is a poignant drama that is anchored by a group of wonderful actors and an equally good screenwriter in Liangman Xueyuan, who is also the original author. The tragic relationship between the emperor (Huang Zhizhong) and his estranged son the crown prince Xiao Dingquan (Luo Jin) forms the core of the story, and sets the tone for the entire drama.
After a long drought in the genre, the team behind Qing Dynasty time-traveling romance Bu Bu Jing Xing returns with an adaptation of one of the pillars of the genre – A Dream Back to the Qing Dynasty梦回大清 by Jinzi. The series stars Li Landi as a modern girl sent back to the reign of Kangxi, where she becomes intertwined with the lives of the various princes as they fight for the throne.