A round-up of dramas that have just started filming, mostly rom-coms and xianxia romances, without their own posts yet. Which ones are you looking forward to the most?
Brotherhood of Blades: Shadow of the Lands 绣春刀·山河之影 (lit.) Cast: Zhang Yunlong, Sun Yi, Chen Ruoxuan Executive producer: Lu Yang Directors: Li Yi, Cao Hua Screenwriters: Li Yi, Xu Yiliang (Princess Jieyou) The first drama from Lu Yang’s Brotherhood of Blades universe, it’ll cover the founding of the Ming dynasty and the formation of the jinyiwei.
Legend of Fei depicts the growth of a female warrior (Zhao Liying) in a time when the influence and power of the pugilist world (wulin) is on decline. Wang Yibo costars as her love interest and the Prince of Duan. [Extended]
Zhao Liying made her disappointment with the script very obvious on Weibo during filming, and now I’m really curious about the final product. Members can stream the first 8 episodes at 9am tomorrow (CN time) and then watch 2 episodes every Mon-Thurs.
Legend of Fei has released another teaser that gives us more of an insight into the relationship between the leads, played by Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo. Fingers crossed the drama is at least half as good as the original novel.
Wuxia drama Legend of Fei has released stills and a short preview of leads Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo in action. I loved the original novel, so am keeping an open mind about the adaption. See below for more character introductions (spoilers ahead) and here for extended synopsis.
From classics like Daming Palace/Palace of Desire and Chinese Paladin to recent films like The Legend of Demon Cat and Cry Me a Sad River, Tencent’s new acting competition Attention, Actors 演员倾就位 combines the best of I am an actor and Phantastic by capturing the actors for a TV performance rather than on stage while still maintaining an one-take rule. Featuring directors Chen Kaige, Li Shaohong, Vicki Zhao Wei, and Guo Jingming, the resulting segments are on average far more watchable than the other two.
Plus, they have some great stills and posters that are better than many dramas and film posters that are wallpaper-worthy. You can watch episode two English subbed here. Zhang Yunlong and Chen Xiaoyun act out Romance in the Rain:
Novoland: Eagle Flag is a show that attempts to chronicle the journey of three young heroes who go from naïve youngsters to rulers in their own right. I say attempt only because at the time of writing this review, the one character that seems to be getting a proper and logical growth arc is Ji Ye (Chen Ruoxuan), and even his arc is written in such a way that the character takes one step forward and two steps backward. Lv Guichen (Liu Haoran) is still the just and benevolent savior, though his resurrection should help drive the character forward. That being said, I still find the show riveting enough to watch every single episode, which doesn’t happen very often these days.
The long-awaited fantasy drama Novoland: Eagle Flag began airing today. As with all last minute announcements, there is a lack of promos, so here’s the last round-up post I did before they pulled the show off air in early June.
The 56 episode drama will release 2 episodes from Tuesday to Thursday this week, and then release 2 episodes every Monday to Thursday beginning next week. Watch the show on Youku and Tencent (both region-blocked) and on a two-day delay on Youtube on this channel.