Qu Chuxiao (The Wandering Earth) and Chen Yuqi (Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre 19) have been cast in season three of Mystery of Antiques 古董局中局之掠宝清单. This time the series will focus on one man’s attempts to stop greedy warlords and Japanese officials from robbing all the treasures after the looting of the Eastern Mausoleum. Season 2 (古董局中局之鉴墨寻瓷) has already wrapped up filming with Xia Yu reprising his role as Xu Yuan and singer-actor Wei Chen taking on the role of Yao Buran.
It’s that time of year again, when I collect all my thoughts on the dramas I watched over the past year. I vowed to watch many of the shows in the discarded list because they starred my favourites, conveniently forgetting that good actors cannot always elevate the quality of a drama.
On the other hand, dramas that weren’t initially on my radar ended up becoming the shows I was most invested in, probably because I had zero expectations going in. What are your thoughts on this year’s drama offerings?
Collection of Cfensi’s past reviews can be found here.
**Spoilers ahead, do proceed with caution.
Mystery of Antiques stars Xia Yu as Xu Yuan, a pawnshop owner who can tell apart fake and authentic antiques with just one look. Qiao Zhenyu costars as his mysterious new buddy, and the two embark on a journey to find the Jade Buddha Head and unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths of Xu Yuan’s father and grandfather.
The 36 episode drama releases two episodes every Wednesday – Friday on Tencent.
The dramas with unconfirmed air dates will most likely air late December / early January.
That City, This Family 那座城这家人 – Dec 2
Starring: Ma Yuan, Tong Lei
Details: 44 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
Survivors from the Tangshan earthquake bond and form a new family.
Upcoming “adventure mystery” drama Mystery of Antiques is set in the 1990s, and stars Xia Yu (Wished) as the owner of an antiques store who embarks on several expeditions to find valuable treasures, Qiao Zhenyu (Song of Phoenix) as the heir of an antique appraisal firm, Cai Wenjing (My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend) as the heiress of the powerful Huang family and Chie Tanaka (52Hz, I Love You) as a good-natured Japanese lady who harbours a deep secret.
Mystery of Antiques 古董局中局 is based on Ma Boyong’s (Secret of the Three Kingdoms) novel of the same name, and stars Xia Yu (Wished) as Xu Yuan, the owner of an antiques store with a mysterious past.