I know this comes a bit late but I wanted to at least finish or try to finish some stuff before I give suggestions. I have avoided doing this in the past since I don’t really like ranking dramas. I find that my opinion of them changes depending on what I am feeling like but I also realize that people try to read these posts as reference for what to watch. Therefore, these are relatively “ranked” by my personal level of enjoyment… which may be inaccurate sometimes since I do click through dramas if I get impatient and may miss something good or critical…
Murder Mystery/Of Monks and Masters (侠僧探案传奇)
The top three would have to be one of the three major successes of the year for me.
Shouldn’t have chosen the image with him holding the sword. Now he looks like he’s giving somebody a lobotomy.
Bath Salts LegendBan Shu Legend is released via the Internet today (October 16). Starring Jing Tian, ZhangZhehan, Li Sheng, Li Jiahang, Fu Xinbo, Li Xin’ai, and Deng Sha, China’s really going on a period roll in terms of drama releases… although by the looks of it, this one is way too far up K land for my tastes…
Today we will learn about why this drama is supposed to be empowering to women while we are all dressed in such a miserable shade of pink.
Ban Shu Legend has released a trailer. In other news, Yu Zheng is really getting into his game again. Starring Jing Tian, ZhangZhehan, Li Sheng, Li Jiahang, Fu Xinbo, Li Xin’ai, and Deng Sha, the trailer gives us a chance to see the costumes in action… with English subtitles… oh why…
Although we all hate on him, we have to appreciate the things that Yu Zheng does get right like having a bit more historically reflective costumes and props in his latest productions and keeping things from getting too flamboyant.
Ban Shu Legend has released more character stills, so that means Yu Zheng has deemed it safe to come out of his shell. Starring Jing Tian, ZhangZhehan, Li Sheng, Li Jiahang, Fu Xinbo, Li Xin’ai, and Deng Sha, the one thing that is for sure is that people will be watching the next drama he puts out very closely.
The gig is up, Yu Zheng. Time to give other dramas a chance.
Ban Shu Legend has released more stills. Watch as Jing Tian, ZhangZhehan, Li Sheng, Li Jiahang, Fu Xinbo, Li Xin’ai, and Deng Sha take on foreign diplomacy, court politics, and the struggles of young love during the Eastern Han dynasty. I guess we can only watch and see if Yu Zheng learns.
Jing Tian and Zhang Hanzhe both make their first drama lead appearances.
Despite getting into a dispute with both Tong Hua and Qiong Yao, Yu Zheng is never one to miss out on advertising, especially when everybody else is releasing pretty stills. Character stills have been released for Ban Shu Legend, starring Jing Tian, Zhang Zhehan as her love interest, real-life couple Li Sheng and Li Jiahang as siblings, Fu Xinbo,Li Xin’ai, and Deng Sha.
Perhaps drawing on his own experiences of rejection at the hands of the public and industry personalities, Ban Shu Legend will follow as the titular Ban Shu (niece of Ban Zhao)become a teacher of the royal female academy set by the Empress Deng Sui (Li Sheng), becomes embroiled in court politics, and eventually becomes maligned, choosing in the end to leave the Han dynasty and spread Han dynasty teachings throughout the world.
Either way, rainbow color-coded costumes below the cut.