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 can be found here.
Instead of clogging up my end of year review (coming soon!), I’ve decided to create a separate post for my favourite OSTs of the year.
When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.
I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?
Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)
Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost / Ashes of Love stars Yang Zi (The Destiny of White Snake) as a deity who initially doesn’t understand the concept of love, and Deng Lun (Sweet Dreams) as a prince of the Heavens who later becomes the demon lord. Luo Yunxi(Paediatrician) rounds out the love triangle as the Night Deity. [Extended Synopsis]
The 60 episode fantasy drama airs daily on Jiangsu TV beginning tomorrow night. On Youtube under Ashes of Love.
Update: a couple more period dramas (Ruyi, The Wolf) may be on the way later this month!
Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 – Aug 2 Featuring: Yang Zi, Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi Details: 60 episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
Tells of the romance between the daughter of the Flower Deity and the Prince of the Heavens.
The latest teaser for fantasy romance drama Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost features Yang Zi as Jin Mi, an innocent deity who is about to injure the fire deity Xufeng (Deng Lun) to retrieve his magical internal pill and increase her own powers (thankfully he wakes up just in time to prevent the act).
The female protagonist is a bundle of cuteness at the beginning of the novel, though the story takes a sharp turn into melodrama territory after Jin Mi believes Xufeng killed her father. (Extended Synopsis)
Two teasers have been released for Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost, the upcoming fantasy drama that revolves around the romance between two deities, played by Yang Zi(Legend of the Dragon Pearl) and Deng Lun (Ode to Joy 2).
Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost is an upcoming fantasy drama starring Yang Zi (Legend of the Dragon Pearl), Deng Lun(Ode to Joy 2) and Luo Yunxi(A Life Time Love) as celestial beings who get involved in a love triangle.
Yang Zi will be reuniting with the producers of Great Yangko in new period fantasy Heavy Sweetness, Ash-Like Frost 香蜜沉沉烬如霜, based on the novel of the same name by Dian Xian. Deng Lun (Ode to Joy 2) and Luo Yunxi (Paediatrician) costar as her love interests.