Review: Butterfly Lovers is the perfect ensemble coming-of-age drama

“Whether one be male or female, rich or poor, royal or commoner, they should all be able to fly freely.” – The Butterfly Lovers

With a diverse set of characters that grow with each other as they try to find their way in a hierarchical feudal world that is rapidly in decline, the Peter Ho and Dong Jie version of The Butterfly Lovers 梁山伯与祝英台  is one of my to-go feel-good dramas (I stop at some point for obvious reasons). It’s refreshing to see a series where every person is full of wide-eyed wonder at the world they’re learning about and will soon be facing. Foils at every major decision point for the lead couple shows the complexity of the decisions they are forced to make and truly show why Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai are soulmates. 
Alternatively, if you like the possessive male lead who is mean to everyone but the female lead and has a troubled childhood that you can pity him for, then supporting male lead Ma Wencai (Chen Guanlin) has you covered. I’m 100% convinced the canon couple are soulmates in this drama, but I can see why this version’s Ma Wencai has a huge following.

This dance that Dong Jie choreographed on the day of shooting is one of my favorite TV dances. It’s simple but it’s so beautifully shot.

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Yin Tao plays Wu Jinyan’s boss in upcoming drama Standardized Life

Standardized Life 标化人生 is an upcoming workplace drama starring Wu Jinyan (Hear the Bells Ring on Shanghai Bund) as Zhang Xiaoyu, the plucky new assistant to Yin Tao’s (The Years You Were Late) Lin Rui, SW company’s smart and capable sales director and the most likely candidate to take over the position of leader from Shu Wanting (Liu Mintao).

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Colourful new trailer for Peter Ho, Zhu Yilong’s upcoming fantasy idol drama

Flowers Withering Flowers Flying Covering the Sky is an upcoming drama produced by the company behind Border Town Prodigal and Yan Kuan’s The Shaw Eleven Lang. The HQ version of the 6 minute trailer can be found here.

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Flowers Withering Flowers Flying Covering the Sky images

Not the best I’ve seen at this point but not bad…

Flowers Withering Flowers Flying Covering the Sky 花谢花飞花满天 images again this week.  Starring Peter HoZhang XinyuZhu YilongLi XinaiZhu ZixiaoYu XiaotongYu Qingbin, and Yang Jingru, a couple images of the backgrounds today.

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