Year in Review 2020: Most Memorable Drama Characters

“He learnt his lesson well.” Illustration of a scene from The Bad Kids by 电子鲫鱼

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.

Standalone reviews 2020: A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower, We Are All Alone, The Romance of Tiger and Rose

Which dramas did you follow this year, and which characters made a lasting impression on you?

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Stars enter jianghu for Cosmo Glam Night 2020

All aboard the Ni Ni and Liu Shishi ship!

Cosmo Glam Night‘s photos took on the Fearless Jianghu theme, and they look pretty good. I just wish more actors had time to take these. Which looks are your favourite?

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Friday Photos

Liu Yifei photoshoot and interview by Awkwafina here

Posters, stills, and photoshoots that caught our eyes this week. Feel free to share your own finds in the comments!

Ju Jingyi
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Promo Round-up: Detective Chinatown web drama

Writer-director Chen Sicheng has grand plans to create his own Detective Chinatown Universe, and the web drama is his first attempt at bringing the series out of cinema and onto the small screen.

The 12 episode web drama comes from Sam Quah, the director of well-received crime thriller Sheep Without a Shepherd and releases 1 episode a day every Wed-Sat beginning today.

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Web drama adaption of Detective Chinatown releases first trailer

Supervised and written by the Detective Chinatown film series’ director Chen Sicheng, the web drama version stars Roy Qiu as a private investigator. Janine Chang, Chen Zheyuan, Cheng Xiao and Deng Enxi costar. The 12 episode series will revolve around four cases, all set in different locations and directed by different up-and-coming directors.

Wang Baoqiang and Xiao Yang reprise their roles from the film series.
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Friday Photos

This poster for Buried City To Shut All Lights 等到烟暖雨收 that I’ve never had time to put up because the drama is too boring to make another post for.

Random posters, stills, and photos that caught my eye lately. Any that caught yours?

A poster for currently filming idol drama 与其微醺何不醉. I really want to translate this as Why not drunk, but I’m willing to consider other names. It stars Song Yiren and newbies.

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Cast of Ruyi recreates vintage Qing dynasty photos

False history: The concubines scheming to overthrow the emperor together.

Photographer Yin Chao used  wet plate processing and large format cameras to recreate vintage Qing-dynasty looks for currently streaming series Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace.   (FYI The camera was invented after Qianlong’s death, but there are definitely photos of later Qing dynasty harems) . Watch the series starring Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo on Youtube here. Continue reading

Promo Round-up: Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

Not much material has been released for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace because the air date was announced on such short notice, but having this post up gives me some sense of closure (I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about this drama more than 20 times over the past two years).

A record of the failed marriage between the Step-Empress and the Qianlong Emperor.

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