Boss & Me features a lot of eating

Boss & Me, aka How the Boss Fed Me to Eat Me.

How the Boss Fed Me to Eat Me, aka Witch & Gretel Boss & Me

True to its original name Shanshan Come and Eat, Boss & Me released  stills consisting entirely of the leads Zhang Han and Zhao Liying eating.   Zhao Liying said she gained 4 kg during the filming of the series because her character is constantly eating.  The series begins airing today.  Are you hungry yet?

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Zhang Han gone viral


Striking resemblance?

If you’re on Weibo, your Weibo feed might be flooded by memes of Zhang Han.  First, his line in Boss & Me went viral as a meme (ex. Lu Yi-Huang Lei, World Cup, and Sherlock versions,  then someone pointed out he looked like Trollface,  now he’s even got merged with Doge, the last Chinese Internet meme hit.  Popular Chinese rage comic video company BaoZouManHua even released a rage comic just for him.

The memes, although often vitriolic in nature, was nevertheless a boost to his new drama Paranormal Adonis,  the first Weibo hashtag I’ve seen that used 100 million as an unit of counting views.  Btw, that drama is a definite recommend.  It has the best production qualities of all the idol dramas currently airing, got recordbreaking views for its slot, and by the end of episode 2, most people going in to poke fun at Zhang Han wanted to know what happens next.

“The Boss & Me” hopes to be comfort food for the mind

Zhang Han is not pleased. I wonder why.

Here in the U.S., Chinese food is often great comfort food, but until recently, most famous Chinese dramas have been anything but comforting, filled instead with intrigue and plotting.  Luckily, a number of major “comfort dramas”, filled with laughs and fluffy happiness, are hoping to change that.   Next in line is The Boss & Me 杉杉来吃 (Shanshan, Come and Eat) , adapted from the short novel by Gu Man about a girl who must face the difficult task of eating too much delicious food from her boss. The book is one of the most popular “ice cream” literature, a genre that’s pure cuteness and romance begun by Xijuan, whose books Zhao Liying’s adorable Lovebirds 戏/错点鸳鸯 series is based on.  Gu Man’s two other books, including 何以笙箫默 starring Tang Yan, Wallace Chung, are also in the works.

More stills of the leads Zhao Liying, Zhang Han, Huang Ming, Zhang Yang’guo’er, and Bai Keli below the cut.

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