Promo round-up: Upcoming iQiyi dramas

Luoyang – Huang Xuan, Wang Yibo, Song Qian, Song Yi

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.

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Li Yifeng, Song Yi cast in upcoming crime thriller Daybreaker

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.

Friday Photos

Bai Jingting, or Traveling in the Age of COVID-19

Photos, stills, posters that caught our eyes this week. What caught yours?

Word of Honor: A show that explores the topic of how to best raise a child for men. Look at Wen Kexing’s paternal instincts shown here!
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Wang Yaoqing spoofs GQ covers

Wang Yaoqing vs Li Xian, who did better?

This might be the most fun photoshoot of the year. As the host of the upcoming GQ Men of the Year event, Wang Yaoqing spoofed all the 2020 covers. Other than being funnier, there are two covers of his that I unironically like as fashion magazine covers more than the original.

Wang Yaoqing vs Li Yuchun
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Promo Round-up: Fearless Whispers

Republican drama Fearless Whispers stars Li Yifeng as an ordinary police officer who later joins the Communists. Costars include Jin Chen as his love interest, Wang Longzheng as his mentor and Niu Junfeng as his friend-turned-nemesis. [Extended]

The 51 episode drama releases 2 episodes daily beginning tonight. Tencent and Mango TV VIP members get a 6 episode headstart.

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30th Golden Eagle Awards

The Golden Eagle Awards has finally decided to untangle its messy awards categories, and created a Best Actor/Actress award where the nominations are mostly based on merit. You can tell they were trying really hard when it came to choosing winners, though it’ll take a few more rounds before the awards are going to regain its reputation.

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Li Yifeng, Chen Yuqi’s Mirror: Twin Cities wraps filming

Mirror: Twin Cities revolves around Su Mo’s (Li Yifeng) journey of revenge as he attempts to emancipate his people from slavery. Chen Yuqi plays the crown princess of the ruling kingdom, and Zheng Yecheng rounds out the love triangle as the prince. [Character Intros]

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Drama promos: Sword Snow Stride, Legend of Fei, The Golden Hairpin, The Long Ballad and more

Zhang Tian’ai in Sword Snow Stride

Sword Snow Stride – Zhang Ruoyun, Hu Jun, Li Gengxi, Zhang Tian’ai

My #1 to-watch drama of 2021 just based on the trailer alone
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