Prison break drama Please Give Me a Pair of Wings 请赐我一双翅膀 airs on Tencent today. Starring Ju Jingyi, Aaron Yan, Zhang Yuxi, Han Dong, Merxat, and Wang Yitong, the series airs every Tuesday-Saturdays on Tencent here today (so far not region blocked) . More stills, trailer, and a weird official plot that seems to have nothing to do with the drama here.
For a borderline boylove drama, I can’t believe we don’t even have a photo of the two male leads together yet. Huang Xiaoming looks at the top of his game , though.
Peking opera-themed Republican drama Winter Begonia鬓边不是海棠红 released its first full set of still today while announcing the full cast. The Yu Zheng-produced series stars Huang Xiaoming, Yin Zheng, Charmaine Sheh , Tan Jianci, Merxat, Ma Su, Bai Bing, Du Chun, Huang Shengyi, Liu Min. Gao Yu’er, Chi Shuai, and Tang Zeng.
Yin Zheng continues his obsession with beiing Leslie Cheung 2.0
Yin Zheng and Huang Xiaoming play a pair of starcrossed lovers (?) in the latest drama by Yu Zheng.
Producer Yu Zheng makes his foray in adapating boylove novels withWinter Begonia 鬓边不是海棠红, a Peking opera romance period piece no doubt inspired by Goodbye, My Concubine. Although the series will be written by the author of the original novel, it’s uncertain how shippy the drama will actually be. The series stars Huang Xiaoming, Yin Zheng, Charmaine Sheh , Merxat, and Liu Min.
Set in the 1930’s, the series follows displaced Peking Opera performer Shang Xirui (Yin Zheng) as he moves to Beijing to remake his name. In his quest to make a name for himself and reinvent Peking Opera, he captures the eyes of Cheng Fengtai (Huang Xiaoming), a businessman who becomes enthralled by the world of opera. With the help of Cheng Fengtai, Shang Xirui is able to rebuild his old opera troupe and train a group of new talents. When the Japanese army takes of Beijing in 1937, the two must struggle between preserving the art that they love and the city that they love.
The Shang dynasty epic stars Wu Jinyan, Zhang Zhehan, Bao Jianfeng, Gillian Chung, Merxat, Xu Kai, Li Yitong, Puff Kuo, Jiang Yiyi, Hai Lu , Bai Yu, Bai Lu, Chen Shu, Liu Min, Lian Lian, Deng Sha, Zhang Jianing, He Hongshan, and Liu Zhiyang.
Given their successes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zhaoge airing soon.
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.
Character posters have been released for Legend of Yun Xi 芸汐传, the upcoming ‘light historical drama’ (nicer way of saying youth idol drama in ancient clothing) starringJu Jingyi (Xuanyuan Sword Legend: Clouds of Han) as Han Yunxi, a noble lady who likes to dabble with medicine and poison.
Dragged down by typical Yu Zheng formula of being framed once per episode, Above the Clouds nevertheless shows promise for Chen Xiao and the scriptwriter.
How nice is it to actually have a female lead not fixed on romances? Despite a love triangle and the inability to learn, the female lead of Above the Clouds 云巅之上 was surprisingly unwavering in her acting dreams, something rare in recent dramas that makes even the most powerful women motivated solely by love. The series tells of a romance between accidental actress by day and maid by night Jian Xi (Yuan Shanshan), her boss and the least-paparazzi-conscious actor Tang Fei ( Chen Xiao), his rumored girlfriend and her acting rival Ji Qing (Jiang Menjie), and a pop star with terrible hair ( Zhang Zhehan). Continue reading →
A Tale of Two Phoenixes 凤囚凰 is preparing to start filming. Based on the novel of the same name by Tianyi Youfeng 天衣有风 and produced by Yu Zheng. He has stated that Yang Rong and new actor Merxat will be playing the leads Chuyu and Rongzhi respectively, though knowing Yu Zheng, anything can change.
More character designs below the cut and (WARNING!) spoilers at the bottom of the post.
Love or hate him, Yu Zheng does have the ability to make things look right in terms of production and costuming…
Demon Girl半妖倾城 period stills while we anticipate a June 30th release date. Starring Liu Yitong, Zhang Zhehan,and Merxat, those who have missed Yu Zheng’s costuming will be happy to know he doesn’t seem to have lost his touch in these regards. Theme songs below.
I am starting to question the accuracy of some of the costumes and furniture but… meh…
A teaser for Demon Girl半妖倾城 have been released. StarringLiu Yitong, Zhang Zhehan, Merxat, Hong Xiao, and Dai Xiangyu, those who liked the styling can probably check this drama out with the current June 30th air date.