Happy New Year! There’s plenty of dramas premiering over the next few days, so I thought I’d cover them all in the same post. Which ones are you looking forward to watching the most?
On a side note, I just started watching time-loop drama Reset, and it’s pretty good so far. It’s not the thriller I was expecting, though I do like how it spends time developing the backstories of the other bus passengers as well. Plus, it’s only 15 episodes long – what can go wrong? Try the first episode here.
Mirror: A Tale of Twin Cities 镜:双城 – 2 episodes every Sunday to Wednesday beginning Jan 16th on Youku, Tencent (WeTV)
The fantasy angsty romance drama stars Li Yifeng as King of the Seas who wants to lead his enslaved people to freedom. Chen Yuqi plays the queen of the noble Bai clan, and Zheng Yecheng costars as the crown prince of the ruling kingdom (and the third wheel).
Acclaimed melodrama Too Late To Say I Love You costars Wallace Chung and Li Xiaoran will be playing reunited lovers in A Chance Meeting 往后余生 (今生有你), an adaption of Feiwo Sicun’s novel of the same name.
The remake is titled Unknown Number and stars Du Chun as the detective from 1998 who is able to communicate with a modern day profiler (Wang Tianchen) through a magical cellphone. Li Xiaoran rounds out the trio as the current-day police detective who was once the hero’s colleague.
The Tencent web drama will release 2 eps every Wed-Fri.
(From the trailer, it seems like the remake hasn’t changed anything – even the music is the same.)
Unknown Number 时空来电 is an adaption of the acclaimed Korean crime thriller of the same name, and has cast Du Chun as Cao Zheng, the earnest cop from the past timeline who would give his life to find out the truth.
Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, also known as Joy of Life, has released stills of the leading cast members. Fan Xian’s (Zhang Ruoyun) growth arc will stretch across the entire show, as he learns valuable skills from Chen Pingping (Wu Gang), head of the kingdom’s investigative agency.
Fan Xian gets embroiled in murder mysteries and strange cases in the pugilist world (jianghu), and ultimately makes his way into the political scene, where he decides to challenge the Emperor (Chen Daoming) and the feudal system he represents.
Those trees and flowers in the background must be really resilient to the cold.
I can’t tell if Sparrow is actually epic or if it’s just the BGM (last heard breaking my heart here). Still do not see a sliver of life in Li Yifeng’s eyes (he’s also the only one being dubbed), but everyone else is beautiful even while crying, and I’m impressed by a couple of the shots. Also, I can’t wait for Kan Qingzi to get lead roles.
Even built-in English subs can’t make-up for a dubbed Zhang Luyi.
Set in the same time and place as last year’s hit The Disguiser, espionage series Sparrow 麻雀 released its first trailer today. This is both Li Yifeng and ZhouDongyu’s first foray into the genre, and I have to say that Zhou Dongyu impresses a lot more than her co-star. Despite her babyface, she’s able to smile like an angel but cry with the pains of experience. And of course, veterans Wang Jinsong, Zhang Luyi and Li Xiaoran always bring their A-game. The series co-stars Zhang Ruoyun, Kan Qingzi, and Yin Zheng.
Disclaimer: These shoots weren’t made with the intention of a Mother’s day celebration, but they may be a reminder for you to prepare some flowers for that special day. Li Xiaoran has a few simple floral accents against a white background (love the color of that raspberry dress!), while Deng Jiajia envelopes herself in a giant flower while going for a pink sheen in her hair. Zhang Xinyu‘s shoot doesn’t actually have flowers, but her pink treat theme is something you might want to adopt for your mommy’s sweet tooth. Angela Wang from Dad, Where are you Going plays amidst an abundance of flowers (I’d be unable to stop sneezing…), while someone who shares the same name as her potential mother-in-law, Kelly Chen (Kimi’s mother is also called Kelly Chen) appears as the last guest in this round up. Continue reading →