Is this the year of wuxia drama remakes? There’s Hu Yitian’s Handsome Siblings, Zeng Shunxi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Sabre, Tong Mengshi’s The Return of the Condor Heroes and now a new version of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部.
I Will Never Let You Go stars Ariel Lin (Old Boy) as the descendant of a mysterious cult who holds the key to a treasure trove, and Zhang Binbin (The King’s Woman) as her Superman / Clarke Kent. The 51 episode drama airs 2 episodes every Tuesday to Thursday on Zhejiang TV / MZTV, and members get a 4 episode head start. [Extended Synopsis]
Signal 信号 is an adaption of the acclaimed Korean crime thriller of the same name, and has cast Du Chun as Cao Zheng, the earnest cop from the past timeline who would give his life to find out the truth.
Even after twenty years, people are still trying to diagnose everyone in Endless Love 天若有情. From kleptomania to borderline pedophilia to open cheating and medical malpractive, everyone in the show has so many issues that even their resident therapist needs help.
With a super tight script full of quotable conversations, dimensional and flawed characters, a stellar cast – Dong Jie, Cha In-pyo (the Korean actor actually spoke Chinese during filming), Jerry Huang — and a surprisingly nuanced take on plenty of controversial issues, the series remains a stable in the “remember when Chinese dramas still could do this” conversations. You can watch it on Youku here.
Nineteen-year-old kleptomaniac Zhan Yan (Dong Jie) has been in love with her legal guardian (Cha In-pyo) since she first met him at the age of ten. Before then, she had been abused by her ascetic grandmother and had been stealing for the thrill. When her guardianship is transferred to the male lead after her grandmother passed away, she begins to steal things from the mall he owns to gain his attention. Continue reading
The Lost Tomb Reboot 盗墓笔记重启之极海听雷 announced that Zhu Yilong (The Story of Minglan) would be playing Wu Xie back in August, and has now confirmed new actor Huang Junjie (Unexpected, Fox in the Screen) as Zhang Qiling.
Upcoming heartwarming medical drama Healer of Children了不起的儿科医生 stars Chen Xiao (Red Rose) as Deng Zi’ang, a genius paediatrician who seems like he’s inherited all the problems a fuerdai would have, yet is always trustworthy and responsible when it comes to his job. Wang Ziwen (Ode to Joy 2) costars as an enthusiastic new doctor who joins his team. Continue reading
Upcoming romance drama Find Yourself has released its first set of stills after wrapping up in November. Song Qian (Moonshine and Valentine) and Song Weilong play a couple with a ten-year age gap, while Wang Yaoqing (Entrepreneurial Age) plays a successful and mature executive who is attracted to the heroine.
The pair officially announced they are expecting a child today. Congrats to them and happy new year to everyone!
It’s that time of year again, when I collect all my thoughts on the dramas I watched over the past year. I vowed to watch many of the shows in the discarded list because they starred my favourites, conveniently forgetting that good actors cannot always elevate the quality of a drama.
On the other hand, dramas that weren’t initially on my radar ended up becoming the shows I was most invested in, probably because I had zero expectations going in. What are your thoughts on this year’s drama offerings?
**Spoilers ahead, do proceed with caution.