iQiyi recently released trailers and posters for a slew of upcoming shows that will either air exclusively on the site as web dramas and/or on television networks next year. Which shows are you looking forward to most?
The Pavilion – Duan Yihong, Hao Lei, Zu Feng, Wu Yue, Bai Yufan. Nineteen years ago, the Xuan family’s youngest sister is murdered, and the family is splintered. Almost two decades later, the broken family reunites after the oldest brother becomes the suspect of a fresh murder.
Last year’s Light On program gave us two critically successful dramas in The Bad Kids and The Long Night – any guesses as to which dramas will stand out from the pack this year? (My pick is The Pavilion, based on cast performance alone)
Life Is A Long Quiet River 心居 stars Hai Qing as Feng Xiaoqin, a strong-willed countryside woman who married into the well-off Gu family a decade ago. She persuades her husband Gu Lei to borrow money from his twin sister Gu Qingyu (Tong Yao) to buy a house, yet is politely rejected by the latter.
Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng have announced that they have recently divorced due to their busy schedules, but will remain as friends and continue to raise their child together. The pair married in October 2018 and gave birth to a son in March 2019.
Novoland: The Princess from Plateau has released posters of its main cast. Peng Xiaoran(Goodbye My Princess) plays a maiden from the grasslands who vows to avenge her princess’ death, yet falls in love with the enemy (Feng Shaofeng) instead. [Extended Synopsis]
Novoland: The Princess from Plateau 九州·朱颜记 stars Peng Xiaoran(Goodbye My Princess) as Ye Lingshuang, an ordinary maiden who grows up with the beloved youngest princess of the grasslands Qi Hairui / Zhuyan. The girls become best friends, and Ye Lingshuang swears allegiance to the princess.
Wisher 致命愿望 stars Feng Shaofeng (Story of Minglan) as Na Duo, a reporter who decides to take on an evil association that seeks to control the minds of humankind. Wenqi(Eagles and Youngster) plays a creative arts uni student who is bewitched by ‘Wisher’.
Fan Chengcheng, Guo Zifan, Shao Bing and Yang Rong costar. Based on the novel of the same name by Na Duo, the 12 episode Lights On miniseries is directed by Yang Miao (Unforgiven).
The Imperial Age 山河月明 (prev. 江山纪) is an upcoming historical drama that chronicles the life of Zhu Di (Feng Shaofeng / Cheng Yi), fourth son of the founding emperor (Chen Baoguo) of the Ming Dynasty who later rebels against his nephew Zhu Yunwen (Chen Yuemo) and takes the throne for himself.
Millions of years ago, aliens, now known as yaoguai or demons, landed on Earth. To blend in, they hide their animal forms by shapeshifting into humans. To make sure their secrets are hidden from the humans, the Bureau of Transformers was formed to monitor yaoguai actions in our world. When young arctic fox demon Bai Qianchu (Liu Yifei) comes to the human world to repay an act of kindness and accidentally exposes her true form, she’s being chased after by the bureau’s agents.
Her object of interest is zookeeper and swindler Yuan Shuai (Feng Shaofeng), who saved her when he was a child. When Bai Qianchu falls for Yuan Shuai, the two become caught at the center of a power struggle in the demon world between those who want to live apart from humans and those who want to cohabit the world with humans.
Urban fantasy film Hanson and the Beast takes the exciting concept of an alien registration agency and made a rom-com whose main feature is Liu Yifei being charming and beautiful. Luckily, it does that well enough if you like Liu Yifei. Plus, unlike her last blockbuster, the rest of the cast can actually act and the set-up is refreshing enough that you sit through it and enjoy Liu Yifei. A drama spinoff of the series starring Wang Ziwen and Chen He was released last week.