Final promos for big-budget fantasy film Assassin in Red

Assassin in Red (A Writer’s Odyssey in overseas markets)stars Lei Jiayin as the father who is out to save his daughter from a monster, and Dong Zijian as the novelist who created it. Yang Mi plays the antagonist’s henchwoman. Costars include Guo Jingfei, Yu Hewei, Dong Jie and Tong Liya.

Directed by Lu Yang (Brotherhood of Blades series), the film will premiere on Chinese New Year’s Day.

Dong Zijian BTS, Yang Mi BTS, Lei Jiayin BTS

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Promo Round-up: My Best Friend’s Story

My Best Friend’s Story stars Liu Shishi and Ni Ni as friends who support each other through thick and thin. I’m halfway through the other friendship drama Dear Missy, and I think it would be wise to view this as a drama that focuses on each of the female lead’s romances, with a touch of womance sprinkled on top.

The 38 episode drama airs 2 episodes daily on CCTV-8.

First trailer

Final trailer
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Promo Round-up: Like A Flowing River 2

Like A Flowing River 2 will continue to focus on Song Yunhui’s (Wang Kai) climb up the corporate ladder, Lei Dongbao’s (Yang Shuo) rural reforms and Yang Xun’s (Dong Zijian) entrepreneurial journey. Yang Caiyu costars as Liang Sishen, Song Yunhui’s colleague and second wife.

The 39 episode drama airs daily on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV beginning tonight (20th CN time).

Theme song by Zhou Shen

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Lei Jiayin, Yang Mi’s Assassin in Red teases parallel worlds in new trailer

Assassin in Red stars Lei Jiayin as the father who is tasked with killing a novelist (Dong Zijian) to save his daughter, yet ends up getting written into the novel himself. Yang Mi plays the alluring assassin Tuling.

Directed by Lu Yang (Brotherhood of Blades), the film is set for a 12 February 2021 release.

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Dramas promo round-up: A Love Never Lost, Who Is Murderer and more

Over the past week, Mango TV, Tencent and iQiyi have released teasers and promos for select dramas that will probably air next year (follow the links for more information). Which ones are you looking forward to most?

A Love Never Lost – Li Xian, Chun Xia

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Xiao Yang, Zhao Liying, Dong Zijian cast in upcoming crime thriller

Photo by Yin Chao

iQiyi crime thriller Who Is Murderer 谁是凶手 comes from director Sun Hao (Joy of Life, Bad Guys Must Die) and stars Xiao Yang and Dong Zijian as police officers and Zhao Liying as a doctor. Initial sources reported the drama as an adaption of the Baiyin Murders. The original synopsis is translated below:

In 2006, rookie police officer Leng Xiaobing (Xiao Yang) comes face to face with the serial killer responsible for the rape-murders of eight women. However, he is unable to fire, and the killer disappears from sight. Ten years later, police academy graduate Xia Mu (Dong Zijian) joins the local detective team. Unbeknowst to most, Xia Mu is the sole witness of the last murder, and suddenly, all the clues begin to converge.

Like A Flowing River 2 wraps up filming

Like A Flowing River 2 has recently finished filming, and released stills of the cast led by Wang Kai, Yang Shuo, Dong Zijian. Yang Caiyu, Li Guangjie, and Sun Yizhou join season 2. Director Li Xue (The Disguiser) replaces Kong Sheng (All Quiet in Peking) as the co-director to Huang Wei. The 50 episode drama is scheduled to air on Dragon TV / Beijing TV at the end of the year.

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