I can count on one hand how many dramas I watched from beginning to end, so I’ve decided to do things differently this year and shine the spotlight on the characters that I really liked. Feel free to submit your own reviews and posts here.
Snow Sword Stride promos have this traditional wuxia feel, and I am absolutely loving it. Starring Zhang Ruoyun, Hu Jun, Li Gengxi, Gao Weiguang and Zhang Tian’ai, the drama is in the final stages of filming.
Often lauded as director Zhang Jizhong’s best Jin Yong drama, his adaptation of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils has all of his fortes without any of his weaknesses. A perfect combination of solid hand-to-hand combat and artistic license in the action choreography, a stunning cast in equally stunning on-location scenery, a focus on the grandeur of the stories but finally with nuanced relationships and chemistry between the characters. Hu Jun is truly one of the few actors who pulls off the rugged-at-large-soft-in-the-heart Xiao Feng, while Jimmy Lin’s idol-drama-take on Duan Yu makes him much more likable than the original character. Liu Tao’s Ah-Zhu was the first TV character who made me cry, while Jiang Xin’s Mu Wuantong remains her most gorgeous role to date. Chen Hao and Shu Chang also gave amazing performances as two complex female antagonists.
The impeccably cast series stars Hu Jun, Jimmy Lin, Gao Hu, Liu Tao, Chen Hao, Jiang Xin, Shu Chang, Liu Yifei, Yang Rui, Xiu Qing, Tong Chun-Chung, Christy Chung, Diana Pang, etc.
The Lost Tomb Rebootstars Zhu Yilong as Wu Xie, and will focus on his tomb raiding adventures ten years after the events of the last novel. Costars include Mao Xiaotong, Hu Jun, Baron Chen, Huang Junjie, Chen Minghao, Tse Kwanhoand Huang Mengying.
Based loosely on the real operation of the same name, Hunting 猎狐 features Wang Kai,Wang Ou, and Hu Jun working on a new financial crime operation to repatriate economic fugitives who have fled abroad. The series is written by Zhao Dongling (Once Upon a Time in Tsingtao) and directed by Liu Xin (The King’s Woman). Liu Yijun, Deng Jiajia, Fu Jing, and Wang Tonghui co-stars, while Zhao Ziqi and Liu Jun guest stars.
The series will be airing two episodes on weekdays and one episode on weekends. It should be available on this Youtube channel.
Hunting stars Wang Kai as an economic crimes detective who is responsible for uprooting a corrupt business empire led by Wang Bolin (Liu Yijun). From the trailer, the main antagonist may be involved in the death of the heroine’s (Wang Ou) mother and recruitment of the hero’s first love (Deng Jiajia).
Hunting 猎狐 has unveiled an impressive supporting cast with the release of new stills. Deng Jiajia (Burning Ice) costars as Xia Yuan’s (Wang Kai) childhood sweetheart while Fu Jing(Undercover) plays Hu Jun’s sister. [Extended Synopsis]