Set in the same time and place as last year’s hit The Disguiser, espionage series Sparrow 麻雀 released its first trailer today. This is both Li Yifeng and Zhou Dongyu’s first foray into the genre, and I have to say that Zhou Dongyu impresses a lot more than her co-star. Despite her babyface, she’s able to smile like an angel but cry with the pains of experience. And of course, veterans Wang Jinsong, Zhang Luyi and Li Xiaoran always bring their A-game. The series co-stars Zhang Ruoyun, Kan Qingzi, and Yin Zheng.
As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas. Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou Dongyu, Zhang Ruoyun, Chen Xuedong, Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu, and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.
Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser. While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful. Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics, espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.
A round-up of some upcoming espionage dramas, in historical chronological order. Which ones are you looking forward to the most? (more…)