Music Monday: 2018 drama theme song edition

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)

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Li Yitong, Puff Kuo star in adaptation of erotica Bloody Romance

Puffy flowers on dress : fairy-like or five-year-old’s holiday dress?

Based on the erotic novel of the same name, Bloody Romance 媚者无疆 focuses on a group of courtesans who uses their job to double as assassins. I imagine they would have to change it significantly to get it approved for general viewership since China has no ratings system, but the trailer seems to be pretty blunt on what it’ll be about it without any graphics.

The series stars Li Yitong, Puff Kuo, and Liu Mengmeng as the courtesan-assassins and  Wang Duo, Qu Chuxiao, and Li Zifeng as male leads. Teaser below.

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