XDRAMAsX’s 2016 Drama Review

Personally I feel 2016 has been a rather lackluster year for dramas, and there wasn’t a single show that had me completely invested. My standards have risen exponentially after a slew of good dramas in late 2015, and I’m hoping some of the shows from the 2017 lineup will make up for the disappointment this year. That being said, I probably have missed out on a couple of gems this year, so feel free to suggest your favourites below.

This is my first time reviewing anything, so do bear with my ramblings as I try and figure everything out. I also owe a huge thanks to the team at CFensi, especially 0kuo0 and idarklight, for patiently answering all my questions and making sure I settled in with minimal hiccups. All productions are listed in the order they aired, and I’ve also included some short commentary on dramas I dropped

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Much anticipated sequel to Nirvana in Fire enters pre-production

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Exciting news for all Nirvana in Fire fans: the sequel is coming!

Casting director Wei Wei – whom many may remember as the messenger Tong Lu -recently confirmed on Weibo that The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之凤起长林, the sequel to acclaimed drama Nirvana in Fire has finally entered pre-production, and is slated to start filming in November. It is unknown whether the script is still in the works, though with this announcement I am assuming the team already has a final draft.
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Leading ladies confirmed for Jin Dong and Wallace Chung’s respective dramas

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A drama led by two acting powerhouses.

First off, production has begun for Daylight Entertainment’s new medical drama The Surgeon 外科风云. Jin Dong (The Disguiser) was confirmed last year as the cold and secretive cardiothoracic surgeon Zhuang Shu, while Bai Baihe (Chongqing Hot Pot) will be playing his love interest Lu Chenxi, a former cardio surgeon who has been “demoted” to the emergency department.

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Seven Snail Shots that Surpass Silver Screen Standards

Number 10. This wallpaper worthy crime scene.
Number 7: This wallpaper worthy crime scene.

Creative angles and moving shots give  the When a Snail Falls in Love  trailer a film feel that I love. Here are my favorite shots and/or scenes from the trailer.

The  series is only 15 episodes and director Zhang Kaizhou promised a faster pace, better crime-solving, more combat, more soul, and less romance compared to the original. Let’s hope he delivers.  There is also a big train fight scene in Myanmar that should be a hoot.

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Number 6: moving shots that are too cool for TV.

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