Happy New Year! There’s plenty of dramas premiering over the next few days, so I thought I’d cover them all in the same post. Which ones are you looking forward to watching the most?
On a side note, I just started watching time-loop drama Reset, and it’s pretty good so far. It’s not the thriller I was expecting, though I do like how it spends time developing the backstories of the other bus passengers as well. Plus, it’s only 15 episodes long – what can go wrong? Try the first episode here.
Mirror: A Tale of Twin Cities 镜:双城 – 2 episodes every Sunday to Wednesday beginning Jan 16th on Youku, Tencent (WeTV)
The fantasy angsty romance drama stars Li Yifeng as King of the Seas who wants to lead his enslaved people to freedom. Chen Yuqi plays the queen of the noble Bai clan, and Zheng Yecheng costars as the crown prince of the ruling kingdom (and the third wheel).
The latest drama adaption of Unrequited Love wrapped up filming in March 2019, and will finally be premiering tonight. Hu Bingqing plays the heroine whose love for high school classmate (Hu Yitian) is finally returned. [Extended]
The 40 episode drama releases 2 eps every Tues-Thurs on Mango TV / Tencent.
Yanshifan: New Youth / Forward Forever 热血同行 (艳势番之新青年) stars Huang Zitao as a forward-thinking noble and Ah-yi as an ordinary commoner who band together to save their people. Hu Bingqing plays a princess of the declining Qing dynasty. [Extended Synopsis]
The 58 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Mon-Wed on Youku.
The Best of Times 最好的时代 focuses on the rapid growth of China’s metro networks from the late 90s to early 2000s, and stars Chen Xingxu (Goodbye My Princess) and Hu Bingqing (Queen Dugu) as young engineers. Yu Haoming, Wang Xueqi costar.
70-year-old granny (Hu Bingqing) and still-young Han Dongjun play an odd pair of dream chasers in this tv series adaptation of the popular film.
The TV adaptation of Miss Granny/20 Once Again 重返20岁, the story of a 70-year-old granny who becomes her 20-year-old self again to find her passion, streams today and stars Hu Bingqing, Han Dongjun, Zhang Yaqin, Gui Leiya, and Qin Han.
The Legend of Dugufocuses on the Dugu sisters, who each marry into royalty. Our female protagonist is the innocent Dugu Qieluo (Hu Bingqing), who falls in love with and marries the founder of the short-lived Sui Dynasty Yang Jian (Zhang Danfeng).
Her ambitious older sister Dugu Banruo (Ady An) marries the emperor of Northern Zhou (Zou Tingwei), yet has complicated feelings for Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), the powerful regent of Zhou. Third sister Dugu Mantuo (Li Yixiao) and her husband end up being the biggest winners, as their son Li Yuan would later establish the Tang Dynasty and unify all of China.
I’m looking forward to the Dugu Banruo/Yuwen Hu pairing – both of them value power above all else, and that’s going to make for the best type of angsty melodrama.