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 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.
Two series of photoshoots and mini documentaries celebrating home for the Chinese New Year’s holiday season. Featured are Wang Junkai, Mei Ting, Ma Yili, Dong Zijian, Song Yi, Jikejunyi, and Zhou Bichang.
Wang Kai, Yang Shuo and Dong Zijian’s journeys continue in Season 2 of Like A Flowing River, which recently released its first stills. Yang Caiyu replaces Jin Chen as Song Yunhui’s second love interest Liang Sishen.
Brotherhood in Blades director Lu Yang released a trailer for his latest film, fantasy thrillerAssassin in Red刺杀小说家. The film stars Lei Jiayin, Dong Zijian, Yang Mi, Yu Hewei, Guo Jingfei, Tong Liya, and Dong Jie and is set for a Chinese New Year release in 2021.
Is the first modern Jin Yong alternate universe drama since The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries?
The characters of The Legend of Condor Heroes come back alive in modern times in medical procedural jianghu romance drama Small Doctor 小大夫. The series will star Dong Zijian (Like a Flowing River), Zhang Jiani (The Story of Yanxi Palace) , Liu Mintao (The Rise of the Phoenixes) , and Li-Chun Lee (TheFamily). Synopsis below:
Guo Jing (Dong Zijian) is an unassuming but studious doctor from the borders (I’m going to make a wild guess and say it’s Inner Mongolia) who falls for the prettiest and brightest young doctor, Huang Rong (Zhang Jiani). As the two support each other in their journies of self-fulfillment, they’re faced with the opposition of Guo Jing’s boss and Huang Rong’s older sister (Liu Mintao). Li-Chun Lee joins the cast (probably as Hong Qigong?).
I know that Kung-fu Hustle paid royalties to Jin Yong for using his characters, but I’m suspicious about the legitimacy of this one and the other modern AU drama, The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries.
The series is directed by Lu Lunchang (The Master of the House) and scriptwriter is Wang Xiaoqiang (The Mask ). Filming began last week.
Like A Flowing Riverstars Wang Kai as a smart lad from the countryside who is able to change the course of his life after taking the university entrance exams, Yang Shuo as his impulsive brother-in-law while and Dong Zijian as a budding entrepreneur. Part 1 begins airing tonight on Dragon TV / Beijing TV and will finish with 47 episodes.
English-subbed playlist of promo materials below. The drama will also be uploaded on the same channel.