Promos Round-up: Legend of the Phoenix

Palace intrigue series Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 begins airing today. The series stars He Hongshan, Xu Zhengxi, and Cao Xiwen. Based on the plot summary, I’m really hoping we’ll see something close to a genuine friendship between He Hongshan and Cao Xiwen like the female leads of The Palace of Yanxi.

Watch the drama on Youtube here. Two episodes will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Plot,  stills, trailer 1, trailer 2; more trailers; theme song by Mimi Lee of Rocket Girls below:

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Choose-your-own-adventure in interactive drama The Invisible Guardian

With a douban score of 9.7/10, Invisible Guardian rates way above even the highest rated drama of last year (The River Flows East at 8.8)

China’s most expensive choose-your-own-adventure yet, interactive drama The Invisible Guardian 隐形守护者 is the latest espionage drama hit.  With about ten hours of gameplay, complex characters, and multiple brilliant endings, the game allows the user to take on the identity of Xiao Tu, a student who has decided to go undercover in Shanghai during the Republican era. There, you must navigate a world where everyone is out for themselves, all the while making difficult decisions that often have no right answers. Pay attention, for there are hints in episode one that won’t show up until the very last episode.

The interactive drama doesn’t gloss over the complexity of human nature and the harshness of reality. In one plotline, you have the option of manipulating the masses Culture Revolution-style to smear the name of a former colleague. In another, you can join the Japanese army to save yourself. There are bad and good people in each party, and you can also end up in any of them by the end of the series.  Can you maintain your original dreams when everyone around you seems to have betrayed them and you?  Even if you’ve kept alive, are the sacrifices along the way worth it? Will you still be you? 

By having the option of death, the series also gets rid of the “dumb decisions” issues that many dramas have. After all, one mistake and you’re dead. The series allows you to experience over a hundred endings in five main plotlines, including some that seem cruel but logical to you, but also some that are “losses” but might make your life so much happier.  Sometimes even when you lose you might be winning.

Liu Xijun sings the theme for the Red Blossom plotline of the drama game, which is part stills and part video:

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BL drama adaption The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty casts Guan Hong, Fu Mengbo

The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty 成化十四年 stars Guan Hong (New Meteor Garden) as local officer Tang Fan, who must work together with secret police agent Sui Zhou (Fu Mengbo) to solve a series of murder cases that are all connected within a bigger conspiracy. Liu Yaoyuan costars as Wang Zhi, leader of the Eastern Depot.

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Lin Gengxin, Gai Yuexi begin filming modern suspense drama Love and Lost

Love and Lost 最初的相遇,最后的别离 is an upcoming suspense romance drama starring Lin Gengxin as Yan Jin, a former anti-narcotics officer turned businessman. He joins a drug cartel as an undercover operative after clues related to a past drug trafficking case, which also took the life of his good friend, resurfaces.

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Sun Yi, Zhang Haowei lead Chinese remake of Prosecutor Princess

Titled Hello Prosecutor 你好检察官, the upcoming modern romance drama is a remake of Korean TV series Prosecutor Princess, and stars Sun Yi (All Out of Love) as Jiang Wenjing, the daughter of a wealthy family who gets herself appointed as a prosecutor behind her family’s back.

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Promo Round-up: Princess Silver

Princess Silver stars Zhang Xueying (Summer’s Desire) as Rong Le, a princess who wants to take control of her own destiny. Her suitors are played by Aarif Lee (Swords of Legends II), Jing Chao (Ruyi’s Royal Love) and Luo Yunxi (Ashes of Love). [Extended Synopsis]

The 60 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Wednesday to Saturday on Tencent.

First trailer, Second trailer

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