XDRAMAsX’s 2018 Drama Review

I didn’t actually watch Secret of the Three Kingdoms, but Wan Qian‘s Fu Shou is so pretty I just had to include her in my post.

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: Dramas | Movies

**Spoilers ahead, do proceed with caution.

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Promo Round-up: Only Side By Side With You

Only Side By Side With You tells of the love story between a fuerdai who spends her time designing drones (Bai Baihe) and an ex-soldier turned bar owner (William Chan) who is determined to find out the truth behind his expulsion from the army. The extended synopsis can be found here.

I only had eyes for the OTP while reading the original novel, but Qin Hailu’s (White Deer Plain) main antagonist An Ning has had my undivided attention since the release of the first trailer. Can’t blame me when she’s so charismatic. Li Xian (Tientsin Mystic) costars as the meddling second male lead, while Bai Bing (The Legend of Heavenly Tear) plays the heroine’s business partner.

The drama will be subbed on Viki.

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Air date update, March 2018

[Last updated: March 6th]

Liehuo Ruge / The Flame’s Daughter 烈火如歌 – Mar 1
Featuring: Dilraba, Vic Chou, Zhang Binbin, Liu Ruilin, Lai Yi
Details: 52 episodes, daily drama on Youku
A love triangle between a high-spirited young lady, a devoted yet mysterious man and the heroine’s first love.

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Dangerous liaisons in first trailer for William Chan, Bai Baihe’s upcoming modern drama

Only Side By Side With You stars Bai Baihe (Surgeons) as Nan Qiao, a cold fuerdai who has a passion for designing drones, and William Chan (Founding of An Army) as Shi Yue, an ex-soldier turned gigolo and bar owner who wants to exact revenge on Nan Qiao, believing she was the reason he got expelled from the army.

Li Xian (Tientsin Mystic) plays Shi Yue’s former colleague and friend who has a one-sided love for Nan Qiao, while the gorgeous Qin Hailu (White Deer Plain) plays An Ning, a mysterious woman whom Shi Yue owes his life to.

Bai Baihe, William Chan confirmed for modern romance drama

Only Side By Side With You 南方有乔木 is based on Xiaohu Ruwei’s novel of the same name and stars Bai Baihe (I Belonged To You) as Nan Qiao, a talented and aloof fuerdai (second generation nouveau riche) who designs drones. William Chan (L.O.R.D) will play Shi Yue, the man who befriends her with ulterior motives but falls in love with her instead.

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