Is this the year of wuxia drama remakes? There’s Hu Yitian’s Handsome Siblings, Zeng Shunxi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Sabre, Tong Mengshi’s The Return of the Condor Heroes and now a new version of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部.
The costumes and hair pieces fit their characters so much that this could be a Disney princess movie.
Period drama Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 , starring He Hongshan, Cao Xiwen, Xu Zhengxi, , Liu Min, and Cui Peng, has released its character posters. I know they’re super modern, but I actually kind of like the costumes and headpieces in the posters. The headpieces, the Medici collars, and the fabrics are all pretty whimsical and seem to be designed to define their characters. Since it’s set in a fictional time and place, they can get away with the European-Chinese hybrid outfits. Not sure how I feel about the resurgence of the popularity of wearing buildings on your head (based on real artifacts), but it seems to work here.
Set in the fictional Eastern Liang dynasty, circus performer Ye Ningzhi’s (He Hongshan) troupe enters the palace and stages a performance to celebrate the empress dowager’s birthday. The ambitious emperor’s sister, the Grand Princess (Liu Min), decides to cause mischief by framing her for treason, though the heroine is saved by strategist Wei Guang (Xu Zhengxi), and falls in love at first sight with him.
When Ye Ningzhi enters the palace two years later as the empress’ maid, she stands up for her fellow servants, and refuses to sacrifice her conscience in the face of power. Ye Ningzhi also works together with Wei Guang to crush the grand princess’ plan to usurp the throne, and catches the admiration of the Empress (Cao Xiwen) and the eye of the emperor (Cui Peng) in the process.
The unofficial remake of hit Taiwanese drama In Time With You, Evolution of Our Love stars Zhang Tianai (Legend of the Naga Pearls) as a white collar worker who’s had no luck in her love life, Zhang Ruoyun (Sky on Fire) as the best friend who’s afraid to take that extra step, and Xu Weizhou (Addiction) as a successful executive who falls in love with the heroine.
Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is a 90 episode epic that will chronicle the failed marriage of Ruyi (Zhou Xun) and the Qianlong Emperor (Wallace Huo), and has just released grand posters of its cast in formal court robes (chaofu / 朝服), which is worn strictly during state ceremonies and important festivals. The historical romance drama is tentatively scheduled for a New Year premiere.
Zhang Tian’ai (The Founding of an Army), Zhang Ruoyun (Sky on Fire) and Xu Weizhou (Addiction) have been announced as the leads of upcoming modern romance drama The Evolution of Our Love 爱情进化论. The producers aren’t promoting it as such, but the story line definitely sounds like a remake of the hit 2011 Taiwanese drama In Time With You.
Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传 has released more images of the wide cast of characters. Starring Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Janine Chang, Li Chun, Dong Jie, Tong Yao, Chen Haoyu, Xin Zhilei, Zeng Yixuan, Wu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen Xiaoyun, Huang Ming, Jing Chao, Li Qin, Yuan Wenkang, Hu Ke, Zhang Jiazhu, Cao Xiwen, Yu Yang, and He Hongshan, I am assuming these are simply costumes for more minor characters but that in itself is pretty mind-blowing.
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