iQiyi has released a handful of trailers and posters for its upcoming dramas. The successful Light On programme is back for a second round, and the streaming platform has also lumped its romance dramas into a Sweet On schedule, which is set to begin this month. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?
First up is Luoyang, and the trailer is giving me huge The Longest Day in Chang’an vibes. Huang Xuan‘s character seems pretty similar to Lei Jiayin’s, in that they’re both former government officials who are tasked with solving intriguing mysteries.
Daybreaker 暗夜行者 stars Li Yifeng as Chen Mo, a former undercover agent who fakes his death after finding out someone was trying to kill him. He takes on a brand new identity, and returns to the drug cartel to find out the truth. Costars include Song Yi and Stephen Fung.
Most of iQiyi’s Light On series have been pretty solid, so I’m hoping the trend continues this year. The 24 episode drama is directed by Cheng Hao (Ping Pong) and began filming today.
It’s here! The much anticipated The Long Night stars Bai Yu as an upright prosecutor who is found dead in a suitcase. Liao Fan and Tan Zhuo costar. [Character descriptions]
iQiyi’s mystery thrillers have all been messed up by censors to some degree (apparently Sisyphus went back and forth between the editing room and SARFT 8 times), so I’m trying to keep my expectations low for this one.
The 12 episode drama will be English-subbed on the iQiyi app.
iQiyi crime thriller Who Is Murderer 谁是凶手 comes from director Sun Hao (Joy of Life, Bad Guys Must Die) and stars Xiao Yang and Dong Zijian as police officers and Zhao Liying as a doctor. Initial sources reported the drama as an adaption of the Baiyin Murders. The original synopsis is translated below:
In 2006, rookie police officer Leng Xiaobing (Xiao Yang) comes face to face with the serial killer responsible for the rape-murders of eight women. However, he is unable to fire, and the killer disappears from sight. Ten years later, police academy graduate Xia Mu (Dong Zijian) joins the local detective team. Unbeknowst to most, Xia Mu is the sole witness of the last murder, and suddenly, all the clues begin to converge.
Time-loop mystery Sisyphus stars Wang Qianyuan as a police officer who is sent back to the past every time he gets shot by the man (Lu Han) responsible for his family’s murders. The 12 episode Lights On miniseries will be English-subbed on the iQiyi app.
It’s not even halfway through 2020 but I’m 95% certain I’ve already found my favourite drama of the year. The Bad Kids is directed by Xin Shuang, and revolves around three kids who blackmail a murderer (Qin Hao).
Previously translated as The Hidden Corner / Cat’s Cradle,The Bad Kids takes over the mystery thriller baton from Kidnapping Game, and stars Qin Hao as a long-suffering son-in-law whose crimes are caught on camera by three kids.
The 12 episode miniseries will be available with Eng subs on the iQiyi app.
The trailer for Sisyphus looks great, and I’m loving the show’s tag line: “The past is the future, and the future is the present.” Starring Wang Qianyuan, Lu Han, Qi Xi, Qiao Xin, Wu Yue and Zhang Haoran, the second drama in iQiyi’s Lights On series will probably be released after Kidnapping Game ends on the 17th. [Extended Synopsis]
In Kidnapping Game 十日游戏, Zhu Yawen plays a game developer who holds a grudge against Shen Hui (Liu Yijun) after the latter suddenly stops investing money. He meets Shen Hui’s illegitimate daughter Lu Jie (Jin Chen), and the two begin to design an elaborate revenge plot. Geng Le costars as the detective.
The 12 episode iQiyi web drama just announced it will begin streaming in 2 hours (8pm CN time).