Promos Round-up: Legend of the Phoenix

Palace intrigue series Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 begins airing today. The series stars He Hongshan, Xu Zhengxi, and Cao Xiwen. Based on the plot summary, I’m really hoping we’ll see something close to a genuine friendship between He Hongshan and Cao Xiwen like the female leads of The Palace of Yanxi.

Watch the drama on Youtube here. Two episodes will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Plot,  stills, trailer 1, trailer 2; more trailers; theme song by Mimi Lee of Rocket Girls below:

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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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Power-driven protagonists? Yes, please.

Tired of power-climbing dramas where the lead is always forced in positions of power because everyone was just so mean to them?

Not The Legend of Dugu’s  Dugu Banruo (Ady An). She wants power because she knows she is smarter than them all and  deserves it as much as the next person. Sure, she loves her family and tries to do what’s best for them, but she also  spends time scheming and politicking because she wants to rule the world

Opposite her is love interest and foil Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), aka the more crazier version of her. He knows he’s more capable than everyone else, and he wants power, too. Unlike her, who also cares for her family and eventual husband,  he cares for no one minus a  possessive craving for her.

Together, they make a great, dysfunctional pair as they go from allies and lovers to fighting it out for the throne, sometimes helping each other and sometimes trying to ruin each other.  The two are easily one of the most interesting pair of leads in an ancient series in a long time, I highly recommend the drama for their parts.

Before you complain that technically,  Dugu Qieluo and Yang Jian are the leads,   let me remind you that Yang Jian’s most recent on-screen trip left him off-screen for eight whole episodes, and the one before that was five episodes.   The series airs six episodes per week on Wednesdays.

Pride and Prejudice in Republican China

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” – Pan Zhilin stars as Elizabeth Bennet opposite Xu Zhengxi’s Mr.Darcy.

After Wuthering Heights, another classic of English literature has been adapted into the Republican era. Starring Pan Zhilin as Elizabeth Bennet, Xu Zhengxi as Mr.Darcy, Li Xian as Charles Bingley, and Zhu Zixiao as George Wickham, Pride and Prejudice 翩翩冷少俏佳人 the drama follows the book pretty closely but adds a business line for several leads to stretch it into a 30-episode drama.  The only major change is that George Wickham’s true love is Elizabeth Bennet, although he still keeps romantic plots with both Lydia and Georgina. He still mostly loves himself, though. (more…)

Promo Round-up: The Legend of Dugu

The Legend of Dugu focuses 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.

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