Upcoming military drama Glory of the Special Forces 特战荣耀 (lit.) stars Yang Yang (Martial Universe) as Yan Poyue, a high school student who comes from a family of soldiers. He forgoes the university entrance examinations and joins the armed police force in order to prove his worth to his father.
Republican mystery drama Detective Lfeatures Bai Yu as Luo Fei, a dashing detective who develops a bickering romance with recent police academy graduate Qin Xiaoman (You Jingru). They begin to solve a series of murders with the help of a gifted medical examiner Benjamin (Ji Chen).
The 24 episode web drama is directed by Deng Ke (Seven Versions of Myself) and releases 2 eps every Thursday and Friday on Tencent. VIP members get a 6 episode head start.
Healing romance drama From Survivor to Healer stars Shawn Dou(Tribes and Empires) and Miao Miao(Youth) as mental health professionals who must try and overcome their own traumatic experiences before treating others.
The 42 episode drama releases an episode a day on all major Chinese streaming sites as well as Youtube and Viki. VIP members get an 8 episode head start.
Another Republican mystery drama, another trio banding together to solve murder cases. In Evil Nights 罪夜无间, Wang Longzheng (Day & Night) plays a private investigator who may be somehow involved in the killings. Gan Lu (Darker series) costars as a mysterious student who recently returned from overseas, while Ji Ning plays the son of a police officer.
Written by Zhang Yuan’ang (one of the writers of Ashes of Love), the web drama releases episodes at noon every Wednesday on Youku.
Held in the Lonely Castlehas released a set of stills to commemorate 100 days of filming. Starring Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min and Bian Cheng, the historical drama about an emperor’s struggle to balance the factions and push through new reforms is slated to run for 50 episodes.
The city of Chengdu flourished in the late Tang dynasty as the start of the “Southwest Silk Road.” When a mysterious burglery shakes the city, the city’s two overlords are pitted against each other. On the one side, there is mob boss Long Aoyi (Bai Lu). She represents the Lower Jiuliu, the lower class consisting of entertainers, seamstresses, candy sellers, , matchmakers, thieves, burglars, and prostitutes.. On the other side, there is silk tycoon Li Qingliu (Lai Yi), the calculating leader of the Upper Jiuliu and the social elites. The two must push aside their prejudices as they go from fighting for the city with each other to
From the alleys of Chengdu to foreign locales to the royal court of the Tang Dynasty, the two fight with each other and then together in both jianghu and the business world.
Jiuliu Overlord九流霸主 began filming this month and stars my new bias Bai Lu (The Legends) and Lai Yi ( Flame’s Daughter ). Most of the crew seems new, but the costumes and make-up so far look cute. Continue reading →
Is the first modern Jin Yong alternate universe drama since The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries?
The characters of The Legend of Condor Heroes come back alive in modern times in medical procedural jianghu romance drama Small Doctor 小大夫. The series will star Dong Zijian (Like a Flowing River), Zhang Jiani (The Story of Yanxi Palace) , Liu Mintao (The Rise of the Phoenixes) , and Li-Chun Lee (TheFamily). Synopsis below:
Guo Jing (Dong Zijian) is an unassuming but studious doctor from the borders (I’m going to make a wild guess and say it’s Inner Mongolia) who falls for the prettiest and brightest young doctor, Huang Rong (Zhang Jiani). As the two support each other in their journies of self-fulfillment, they’re faced with the opposition of Guo Jing’s boss and Huang Rong’s older sister (Liu Mintao). Li-Chun Lee joins the cast (probably as Hong Qigong?).
I know that Kung-fu Hustle paid royalties to Jin Yong for using his characters, but I’m suspicious about the legitimacy of this one and the other modern AU drama, The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries.
The series is directed by Lu Lunchang (The Master of the House) and scriptwriter is Wang Xiaoqiang (The Mask ). Filming began last week.
This has to be the homiest poster ever for a crime-thriller. Pun was not intended.
In a world where most mafia leaders and cops are handsome young men, what undercover cop Zhang Chen (Cai Zhichen) thought was his last day as a mole in the local drug syndicate turned out to only be the beginning of a dangerous new endeaver. He teams up and rooms with former special forces agent and grumpy hunk Guo Yang (Yang Shize ) to take down both the local crime boss (Feng Jianyu aka the OG bromance lead) as well as the mysterious new drug lord from country T.
Based on the bl novel of the same name, bromance crime-thriller Breaking Dawn 晨阳 ( the title takes one character from each of their names, not from the Twilight Saga ) began streaming April 9th on iQiyi here. Two episodes will be released every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with six extra episodes for VIP members. The series co-stars Nine Percent’s Wang Linkai aka Xiaogui , Mr.Bio’s Zhou Yanchen, Zhu Xingjie from Idol Producer, Ren Youlun, Fan Yize, Li Ya’nan, Lv Xingchen, and Liu Ruoyan.
English-subbed trailer below and theme song by Xiaogui here.