First look at Sun Li, Mark Chao in The Ideal City

The Ideal City 理想之城 stars Sun Li (I Will Find You A Better Home) as Su Xiao, a quantity surveyor who claws her way back up the ladder in the male-dominated architecture industry after undergoing various tribulations. Mark Chao plays her love interest Xia Ming.

Based on the novel by Ruohua Ranran and directed by Liu Jin (The Perfect Partner), the 40 episode drama recently wrapped up filming.

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First look at the beauties and heroes in Sword Snow Stride

Li Chun as Xuanyuan Qingfeng

Sword Snow Stride has released stills of its supporting cast. The wuxia drama stars Zhang Ruoyun as a martial arts hero turned general and Li Gengxi as his slave (and maybe love interest?). Costars include Hu Jun, Zhang Tian’ai, Li Chun, Dong Jie and more.

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Promo Round-up: My Best Friend’s Story

My Best Friend’s Story stars Liu Shishi and Ni Ni as friends who support each other through thick and thin. I’m halfway through the other friendship drama Dear Missy, and I think it would be wise to view this as a drama that focuses on each of the female lead’s romances, with a touch of womance sprinkled on top.

The 38 episode drama airs 2 episodes daily on CCTV-8.

First trailer

Final trailer
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Anti-Stockholm Syndrome drama The Controllers premieres today

The Controllers has been renamed to The Confidence 阳光之下, and stars Peng Guanying and Cai Wenjing in a cat-and-mouse game between a deranged criminal and a heroine who doesn’t suffer from Stockholm syndrome.

The 40 episode drama released 4 episodes this afternoon for Mango TV members – it should be officially available for international viewers in a couple of days.

Friday Photos

Dilraba back in a crown again. It’s a pity Dolce & Gabbana were so racist because it really is the major fashion house that fits her best.

Photoshoots, stills, and images that caught our eyes recently. What caught yours?

THE9’s Babymonster An Qi in this beautiful Miao-inspired dress. This costume designer should make dresses for the red carpet. photo cr: 屿光同尘-安崎
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Republican spy thriller The Message begins airing

Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, The Message tells the story of five suspects who are locked in a mansion as the Japanese try to find out who among them is the spy.

Starring Xu Lu, Janice Man, Zhou Yiwei (face photoshopped onto Zhao Lixin after the actor was blacklisted), Zhang Zhijian and Tony Yang, the drama announced its premiere 2 hours before premiering on Beijing TV last night. The drama should be available on an official Youtube channel soon.

Zeng Shunxi, Yang Chaoyue in character for wuxia drama Heroes

Based on the wuxia novel of the same name by Wen Ruian, Heroes 说英雄谁是英雄 follows the adventures of young lad Wang Xiaoshi (Zeng Shunxi) as he journeys through jianghu and befriends the morally ambiguous Bai Choufei (Liu Yuning), Wenrou (Yang Chaoyue) and Su Mengzhen (Baron Chen).

Directed by Li Muge (Goodbye My Princess), the drama is still filming.

Promo Round-up: Like A Flowing River 2

Like A Flowing River 2 will continue to focus on Song Yunhui’s (Wang Kai) climb up the corporate ladder, Lei Dongbao’s (Yang Shuo) rural reforms and Yang Xun’s (Dong Zijian) entrepreneurial journey. Yang Caiyu costars as Liang Sishen, Song Yunhui’s colleague and second wife.

The 39 episode drama airs daily on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV beginning tonight (20th CN time).

Theme song by Zhou Shen

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