Female ensemble drama Nothing But Thirty finished filming this week and released its first set of stills. The drama, one of many upcoming female ensemble dramas, tells the story of three thirty-year-old women, played by Jiang Shuying, Tong Yao and Mao Xiaotong, who break free from stereotypes and begin to live life the way they want – because they’re only thirty after all.(more…)
It might have started in early 2018, when a tweet proposing a Chinese drama featuring female friends whose lives aren’t revolving around romance and kids got millions of retweets as women across China (and overseas) shared their wishes to see more female characters with diverse aspirations and female friendships not tied together by their common rivalry for a man.
In the year since then, companies seem to have picked up the hint as one after another modern female ensemble dramas began production this year. The dramas range from women fighting their place in college (Unfazed at Twenty ) to women dealing with mid-life crises to women seeking to find a new meaning in life in old age (Good Times).
Here’s a look at some of the announced upcoming female ensemble dramas, which one are you looking forward to the most?
Update: Tong Liya has quit the project.
Starring Tong Liya, Jiang Shuying and Mao Xiaotong, Nothing But Thirty 三十而已 revolves around three vastly different women who are all on the cusp of turning 30, and decide to break the stereotype and take matters into their own hands.