In A Class Of Her Own 云上学堂 is an adaption of Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and stars Ju Jingyi(New Madam White Snake) as a girl from a poor family who earns money by writing essays for students. She impresses Feng Chengjun (Song Weilong), son of the kingdom’s chancellor, and is tricked into attending a boys-only academy. While there, she also befriends Lei Zexin (Wang Ruichang) and Han Shengzhi (Chen Yilong).
Another remake of the classic folk tale, New Legend of Madam White Snake stars Ju Jingyi (Legend of Yun Xi) as the titular white snake, Yu Menglong (All Out of Love) as Xu Xian, Xiao Yan (The Legends) as Xiaoqing and Pei Zitian(Legend of Haolan) as Fa Hai.
Happy White Valentine’s Day! Hopefully your romance is more smooth than theirs.
New The Legend of White Snake 新白娘子传奇 released its theme song MV. Starring Ju Jingyi and Yu Menglong in the timeless tale of a forbidden romance between humans and demons, the series is one of at least four retellings of the story made within the past two years, but I”m not going to complain since The Destiny of White Snakeand the White Snake animated featurehave both been good.
The CGI background when they first meet on the bridge is gorgeous and has a Chinese watercolor touch to it. Also, where do these fictional girls find all these boyfriends who can perfectly do their eyebrows without practice? I need one.
Instead of clogging up my end of year review (coming soon!), I’ve decided to create a separate post for my favourite OSTs of the year.
When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.
I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?
Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)
“Honey” Hanikezi / Hankhiz is the breakout star of episode 1, if mostly for her beauty and the equally gorgeous music+ costume + set + lighting
With a mix of dance, traditional music, folk music, opera, xiangsheng, and martial arts, idol competition Chinese Youth 国风美少年 looks for idols who can combine modern performances with traditional Chinese elements. I no longer have any idea how Chinese competitions work, but the three judges are singer Huo Zun, xiangsheng performer Zhang Yunlei, and singer-actress Ju Jingyi.
The show also has its fair share of idol group members as contestants, such as 7Sense’s Li Muzi, Awaken-F‘s Qin Zimo, and SNH48’s Song Xinran. So far, though, the breakout star so far is actress Hankhiz, whose performance you can watch below:
Here’s a dripping wet set of character posters for upcoming series Mr. Swimmer, which airs today. The series stars Mike Angelo, Ju Jingyi, Hu Bing, Yan Yuhao, Zhang Shasha, Tan Chunyi in a tale of a group of college swimmers and their friends and family.
Their posters department is really missing out on the memo of the appeal of a show about a men’s swimming team.
Mr. Swimmer 游泳先生 features Mike Angelo, Ju Jingyi, Hu Bing, Yan Yuhao, Zhang Shasha, Tan Chunyi as a group of swimmers and their love interests. The series will stream on September 5th IMGO TV and hopefully Youtube. I
Prison break action flick or inspirational female educational-attainment film? Either way, it’ll probably end up being mostly a romance.
In what looks like Prison Break meets Orange is the New Black, Ju Jingyi, Aaron Yan, Zhang Yuxi, Han Dong, and Merxat star in Republican-era Please Give Me a Pair of Wings 请赐我一双翅膀. There are two versions of the plot, both from very official sources, so I’m not sure which one is real, but one that the Baidu Baike and the trailer seem to suggest the series features the female lead hanging out and eventually teaming up with other prisoners to break out of jail after being accused of murder while her friends try to clear her name from the outside.