Flashback: Endless Love

“From the moment I met you, I knew I would love you for a lifetime. Not for all of your life, but all of mine.”                     – Endless Love

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

Chen Xiao, Wang Ziwen are Healers of Children in upcoming medical drama

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

Stills for Victoria Song, Song Weilong, Wang Yaoqing’s Love Actually

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.

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Air date update, January 2019

Behind the Scenes 幕后之王 – Jan 5
Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Luo Jin
Details: 46 episodes, daily drama on Dragon TV / Beijing TV
A behind the scenes look at the daily lives television producers (but mostly their complicated love lives).

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XDRAMAsX’s 2018 Drama Review

I didn’t actually watch Secret of the Three Kingdoms, but Wan Qian‘s Fu Shou is so pretty I just had to include her in my post.

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?

Collection of Cfensi’s past reviews: Dramas | Movies

**Spoilers ahead, do proceed with caution.

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Ariel Lin romances Zhang Binbin in upcoming period wuxia drama

The show has kept a very low profile since news of the casting was first announced in February. The production team hasn’t opened an official drama account on Weibo either, hence the lack of official stills.

Ariel Lin (Old Boy) is returning to period dramas after 5 years with wuxia romance drama I Will Never Let You Go 小女花不弃, a very loose adaption of Zhuangzhuang’s novel of the same name.

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Promo Round-up: Mystery of Antiques

Mystery of Antiques stars Xia Yu as Xu Yuan, a pawnshop owner who can tell apart fake and authentic antiques with just one look. Qiao Zhenyu costars as his mysterious new buddy, and the two embark on a journey to find the Jade Buddha Head and unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths of Xu Yuan’s father and grandfather.

The 36 episode drama releases two episodes every Wednesday – Friday on Tencent.

Trailer 2, Theme song by Wakin Chau

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Zhai Tianlin, Yin Zheng’s Original Sin streams today

Yin Zheng is 100 % going for the bl market.

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng’s crime thriller Original Sin 原生之罪 got a surprise release date today.  The two play a pair of lawyer-detective archenemies turned allies in a super shippy drama. The 24-episode series airs two episodes every Thursday through Saturday on iQiyi here.

MV by the two below:

 

Huang Xiaoming, Yin Zheng star in boy love Peking Opera adaptation

Yin Zheng and Huang Xiaoming play a pair of starcrossed lovers (?) in the latest drama by Yu Zheng.

Producer Yu Zheng makes his foray in adapating boylove novels with Winter Begonia 鬓边不是海棠红, a Peking opera romance period piece no doubt inspired by Goodbye, My Concubine. Although the series will be written by  the author of the original novel, it’s uncertain how shippy the drama will actually be.  The series stars Huang Xiaoming, Yin Zheng, Charmaine Sheh , Merxat,  and Liu Min.

Set in the 1930’s, the series follows displaced Peking Opera performer Shang Xirui (Yin Zheng) as he moves to Beijing to remake his name.    In his quest to   make a name for himself and reinvent Peking Opera, he captures the eyes of Cheng Fengtai (Huang Xiaoming), a businessman who becomes enthralled by the world of opera.  With the help of Cheng Fengtai,  Shang Xirui is able to rebuild his old opera troupe and train a group of new talents.  When the Japanese army takes of Beijing in 1937, the two must struggle between preserving the art that they love and the city that they love.

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Original Sin releases final trailer and new stills

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng looking to hop on that lucrative and popular BL ship train of late.

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng’s detective series Original Sin 原生之罪 released its final trailer recently, with plans to come out maybe this month but maybe not. The two play archenemies turned allies in a super shippy drama.

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