I can count on one hand how many dramas I watched from beginning to end, so I’ve decided to do things differently this year and shine the spotlight on the characters that I really liked. Feel free to submit your own reviews and posts here.
It’s here! The much anticipated The Long Night stars Bai Yu as an upright prosecutor who is found dead in a suitcase. Liao Fan and Tan Zhuo costar. [Character descriptions]
iQiyi’s mystery thrillers have all been messed up by censors to some degree (apparently Sisyphus went back and forth between the editing room and SARFT 8 times), so I’m trying to keep my expectations low for this one.
The 12 episode drama will be English-subbed on the iQiyi app.
The Bond乔家的儿女 is an upcoming family drama that will span 30 years and stars Bai Yu as the oldest son of the Qiao family. He becomes the sole guardian of his four younger siblings after their mother’s death, and the children of the Qiao family learn to stand by each other through thick and thin.
Vacation of Love 假日暖洋洋 revolves around the healing romance between top talent agent Xu Keyi (Yao Chen) and the owner of the seaside holiday resort Hou Hao (Bai Yu). Musical actor Zheng Yunlong(The Sound) makes his drama debut playing a top star.
Fairyland Lovers 蓬莱间 stars Bai Yu as a doctor who helps spirits let go of mortal desires and transforms them into proper human beings. Zheng Qiuhong plays the reincarnation of the hero’s lover from a thousand years ago. Ji Xiaobing costars as a general from Heaven, who I assume is responsible for keeping the main couple apart.
The Tencent web drama will release 2 episodes every Mon-Wed beginning tonight.
Medical drama Thank You Doctor 谢谢你医生 stars Yang Mi as Xiao Yan, an aloof and extremely talented surgeon who joins the ICU Department. She works together with Bai Shu (Bai Yu) to provide specialised treatment to patients, and the two eventually fall in love. I assume it’ll be a slow-burn romance though, because the synopsis states the heroine was still trying to cope with the loss of her fiancé.
Directed by Zhang Rui (Operation Moscow, Yu Zui) and written by Zhou Yong (Ten Miles of Spring Scenery Can’t Compare to You), the drama will begin filming in a couple of days.
Streaming giant iQiyi has bought the adaption rights to two more novels written by Zi Jinchen, the screenwriter and original author of critically acclaimed thriller Burning Ice无证之罪. Both web dramas have already started filming, and will have twelve 60 minute episodes.
The Hidden Corner / The Bad Kids 隐秘的角落 is already in production, and stars QinHao, Wang Jingchun and Zhang Songwen.
A long-suffering live-in son-in-law (Qin Hao) hatches up an elaborate murder plot to kill his cheating wife and her family after she demands a divorce. His actions are recorded by three children playing nearby, yet he soon discovers that he was actually set up by the three young children. Consequently, he begins to work out how and why a thirteen-year-old boy is able to twist the truth to his advantage.
I usually wouldn’t touch Deng Chao or Yu Baimei directed films (Devil & Angel, Master Healing) with a ten-foot pole, but the trailer for Looking Up 银河补习班 looks very promising. Deng Chao plays a father who deviates from the usual parenting style seen in Asian families, and instead encourages his son, played by Feng Ze’ang and later Bai Yu, to chase his dreams. The film is slated for a July 26th premiere in both China and North America.