Is the first modern Jin Yong alternate universe drama since The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries?
The characters of The Legend of Condor Heroes come back alive in modern times in medical procedural jianghu romance drama Small Doctor 小大夫. The series will star Dong Zijian (Like a Flowing River), Zhang Jiani (The Story of Yanxi Palace) , Liu Mintao (The Rise of the Phoenixes) , and Li-Chun Lee (TheFamily). Synopsis below:
Guo Jing (Dong Zijian) is an unassuming but studious doctor from the borders (I’m going to make a wild guess and say it’s Inner Mongolia) who falls for the prettiest and brightest young doctor, Huang Rong (Zhang Jiani). As the two support each other in their journies of self-fulfillment, they’re faced with the opposition of Guo Jing’s boss and Huang Rong’s older sister (Liu Mintao). Li-Chun Lee joins the cast (probably as Hong Qigong?).
I know that Kung-fu Hustle paid royalties to Jin Yong for using his characters, but I’m suspicious about the legitimacy of this one and the other modern AU drama, The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries.
The series is directed by Lu Lunchang (The Master of the House) and scriptwriter is Wang Xiaoqiang (The Mask ). Filming began last week.
A round of applause for The SoundSeason 2, guys. The variety show has invited four of my favourite actresses – Wan Qian (Tribes and Empires, Lost in 1949), Liu Mintao(The Disguiser, upcoming The Love of Hypnosis), Qin Hailu(Red Sorghum, White Deer Plain) and LiQin(White Deer Plain, Princess Agents)– to participate in the fourth episode, which airs on the 15th.
Standardized Life 标化人生 is an upcoming workplace drama starring Wu Jinyan (Hear the Bells Ring on Shanghai Bund) as Zhang Xiaoyu, the plucky new assistant to Yin Tao’s (The Years You Were Late) Lin Rui, SW company’s smart and capable sales director and the most likely candidate to take over the position of leader from Shu Wanting (Liu Mintao).
Upcoming family drama Over the Sea I Come To You 带着爸爸去留学 stars Sun Honglei as a father who saves up every little penny to fund his son’s studies abroad, and is forced to join his son (Zeng Shunxi) on his exchange to the US after his wife’s visa is rejected.
The trailer for supernatural Republican romance drama The Love of Hypnosis(previously Records of Nanyan Studio) features Liu Yifei as a mysterious perfume shop owner with a split personality. There’s the normal Lu Mansheng, and then there’s the second persona Ye Moluo, who seems to gain the upper hand in the latter half of the series, and has a love-hate relationship with male lead Ye Shen (Jing Boran).
The Rise of Phoenixesstreams with English subtitles on Netflix beginning today here. The series is the first ancient drama brought in as a “Netflix original” and stars Chen Kun, Ni Ni, Ni Dahong, Liu Mintao, Zhang Xiaochen, and Bai Jingting.
Horror thriller series Madhouse 疯人院 is getting mad reviews, but I still have no idea what it’s about or if it’s good or not because I heard it’s scary and I’m a scaredy cat. It stars Liu Chang, Lu Shan, Mei Ting, and Liu Mintao.
The posters and episode titles sounds great though, my favorites are Spontaneous Human Combustion and Walking Specimens. The later sounds like a blockbuster horror film title. Watch it on Youtube here.
The Rise of Phoenixes tells of the heart-wrenching romance between the descendants of two royal families who are destined to become enemies, and the political machinations that are bound to push them further apart.
Starring Chen Kun, Ni Ni, Zhao Lixin, Ni Dahong, Yuan Hong, Wang Ou and Bai Jingting, the 70 episode drama airs daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight. Raw episodes will be uploaded by Croton, and it may also appear on Netflix US.
Chen Kun and Ni Ni’sThe Rise of Phoenixeshas released two TV spots, a bunch of new stills, and also gotten itself a new native title of 天盛长歌 (lit. The Golden Age of Tiansheng). The 70 episode drama is confirmed to air as a daily drama from August 14th.
I am 95% confident the drama has a sad ending in store for us just based on the last line: “I swear upon my father’s grave that regardless of the circumstance I am in, I shall never marry Ning Yi.”