Inside Man 局中人 fits the typical spy drama mold of brothers who find themselves on opposing sides – younger brother Shen Fang (ZhangYishan) returns a war hero, though older brother Shen Lin (PanYueming), a top-ranking Kuomintang official, suspects that his true loyalties lie elsewhere.Continue reading →
Candle in the Tomb: The Wrath of Timeis a mystery drama based on Tianxia Bachang’s novel series of the same name, and focuses on the generation of robbers before Hu Bayi (played by Jin Dong, Chen Kun, Mark Chao etc. in various adaptions).
The team is led by grave robber Chen Yulou (Pan Yueming) and includes his right-hand-woman Miss Hong (Xin Zhilei) and Zhe Gushao (Gao Weiguang), the last descendant of the Banshan Clan who wants to find a magical pearl that can free his clan from a deadly curse.
Mystery of Antiquesstars 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.
Based on the seventh book in Tianxia Bachang’s Ghost Blows out the Light novel series, The Wrath of Time 鬼吹灯之怒晴湘西 stars Pan Yueming(Day & Night) as Chen Yulou, a grave robber who decides to explore the Yuan Dynasty tombs in Xiangxi.
Lu Yang is fast becoming one of my favourite up-and-coming directors thanks to the Brotherhood of Blades film series, and his short videos for Sina’s Best Performance 最美表演 series are the best of the lot.
Huang Xuan’s character loses his wife (Zhao Liying) to illness, though she returns to their home one last time in spirit:
Good news for international fans who like a dark and gritty crime thriller – director Wang Wei’s (Buliangren) critically acclaimed Day and Night 白夜追凶 will become the first Mainland Chinese web drama to air on Netflix.
Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty) is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng. The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles. The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.
The eternally cute actress Dong Jie, who most recently played the female half of the famous Lian Zhu couple in the series Butterfly Lovers has been announced as planning on marrying actor Pan Yueming, who’s also made a name for himself through series such as Moment in Peking. This is surprising since nobody knew they were even in a relationship.
Not that anyway is listening to me, but I thoroughly approve of Dong Jie’s choice. Pan Yueming is not only cute, but has a rich deep voice that will carry him through their golden years when their movie star looks begin to fade.