The drama about an unlikely friendship between five women who share a floor in a Shanghai apartment complex is back for a third season. Ode to Joy 3 will star Jiang Shuying as biologist Ye Zhenzhen and Yang Caiyu as the mysterious and elegant HR manager Zhi Heng, who each have their own apartments. The third apartment will be shared by hotel manager Zhu Ji (Zhang Jianing) and young white-collars He Minhong (Zhang Huiwen) and Yu Chuhui (Sun Qian).
I enjoyed Season 1 and raised eyebrows at Season 2, so here’s to hoping Season 3 brings something new to the table. Directed by Jian Chuanhe (Ode to Joy 2) and written by original author A’nai, the series is yet to begin filming.
A belated round-up for the drama I’ve surprisingly watched the most episodes of so far this year. Dr. Cutie 甜医宠妻 stars Sun Qian as the cross-dressing doctor Tian Qi sent to the Ji household. When her master, the new fiancee of general Ji Heng dies of poison, she must prove her innocence to keep her job and her head. Her method? Suck up to the household head Ji Heng, of course. The unintended consequences is that both Ji Heng and his cousin fall for the cute doctor in this love triangle.
You can watch Dr. Cutie with English subtitles on Youtube here (12 EPs released so far) and with other subtitles on Viki here. Trailers below:
Modern wuxia rom-com Sweet Tai Chi 淑女飘飘拳. set to be released soon on Youku, released its first trailer. Based on the book of the same name, the series stars Bi Wenjun (In a Class of Her Own) and Sun Qian (Meteor Garden) and is set to be released soon on Youku. Extended synopsis here.
Set in an alternate universe where dragon princes compete in the Olympics and manhua fans become entangled in jianghu clan fights, Sweet Tai Chi 淑女飘飘拳 is the first modern wuxia rom-com since I believe The Legend of Brown Sugar Chivalries. Based on the book of the same name, the series stars Bii (In a Class of Her Own) and Sun Qian (Meteor Garden) and is set to be released soon on Youku. Synopsis and stills below:
Feng Piaopiao seems ladylike enough to the rest of the world – artistic, well-read, musically-inclined, and always carrying a book with her. But between the tomes are hidden manhua, and all her paintings and calligraphy are actually by her grandfather. When she accidentally saves a classmate Wei Chu with Tai chi learned from her grandfather, she realizes that her skills are far more advanced than she had thought. From then on, her life becomes entangled with that of Wei Chu and Tai chi. Yet because her grandfather once betrayed his Tai-chi clan, she must constantly chose whether to use her skills to save lives at the risk of their identity be revealed. Soon, she learns that Wei Chu has a secret of his own – he is the heir to the same Tai chi clan that her grandfather once betrayed. Will he find out her secret first before she figures out how to clear her grandfather’s name?