A new fantasy drama called The Magnificent Five 墨客行 has started filming. Starring Xu Lu, Zhang Rui, Gao Yang, and Xu Haiqiao, not sure how well this fantasy drama will fare in the light of all the other Chinese fantasy dramas as competition.
We’re used to the serious, dark, cunning, and evil side of period dramas but every now and again, something different is nice. Enter My Amazing Bride. My Amazing Bride is set in the Ming dynasty and stars Li Qin, Jin Shijia, Gao Yang, Maggie Shiu, Howie Huang, Kingdom Yuen, Vence Soong, Zheng Peipei, Xiong Naijin, and Chen Zihan in this comedic take on the typical story arcs every period drama requires.
The drama describes the “tofu Xi Shi” Tang Doudou (Li Qin), who is on the way to becoming a spinster. This is because she refuses to marry unless she meets a first-class gentlemen, who understands her and who she loves (therefore worthy of her true affections). After a misstep with the officials, the Tang clan faces its demise, but fortunately, the Zhuang family* reaches out to help. Madame Zhuang wants Doudou to marry her oldest son, who has long been both good-looking, well-principled, and cultured genius – yet on the day of the wedding, he turns into an idiot with the intelligence level of an eight year old! Doudou is furious, and runs home, but without money to pay for her father’s illness, she must meet up with Madame Zhuang again. Her oldest son is still lovesick for Doudou, and his mother works out a one-year agreement with Doudou. But wait, Dou Dou discovers something very unusual about her husband’s illness, something a little out of place in the family, and seeks to find the truth – yet her mother-in-law is strangely unperturbed…?
*Pun: The “Village” of the Zhuangs is Zhuang Zhuang. More trailers and stills below the cut.
After playing a quarreling duo in Legend of the Ancient Sword 古剑奇谭, Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu meet again for Gourmet Beauty 美人私房菜, a romantic comedy of food and beauty. More here.
While we haven’t seen Hu Ge in a while, he’s been kept busy with dramas. He recently begun filming a lead role in the List of Langya 琅琊榜. Nicknamed the Chinese “The Count of Monte Cristo” and based on the book of the same name, the List of Langya is yet another epic directed by Kong Sheng of Chuang GuanDong. The series costars Liu Tao, Wang Kai, Jin Dong and Chen Long. Character drawings here. I’m so excited for this!!! (more…)