Promo Round-up: Court Lady

Court Lady 骊歌行 stars Xu Kai as a profligate youth who chooses to make a name for himself after falling in love with the heroine (Li Yitong). Costars include Tan Jianci, Wu Jiayi and some other Yu Zheng artistes. I’m liking the comedy, so am definitely in for the first quarter.

The 55 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Thursday – Sunday on iQiyi / Tencent.

Production BTS

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2021 bromance drama ships are already competing for fans

Next year has dozens of bromance dramas hoping to make the next big ship, and they’re already competing for fans. Three had pretty high-quality leaks today, including Fan Chengcheng and Wang Anyu’s Run Freely, Tan Jianci and Chen Zheyuan’s Winner is King, and Zhang Zhehan and Gong Jun’s A Tale of the Wanderers. All three are actually kind of cute, and I’m hoping at least one of the bromance dramas next year will be good.

Fan Chengcheng and Wang Anyu has a cute snowball fight for Run Freely:

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Bromance drama Winner is King releases stills

Tan Jianci as the “father” figure

Bromance drama Winner is King 杀破狼 has finally finished filming and it unfortunately looks like every other historical drama, with almost no signs the story is set in a silkpunk ancient world. The cast looks cute, though. The series is an adaption of Priest’s BL novel of the same name, and has cast Tan Jianci (The Advisors Alliance) and Chen Zheyuan (The Handsome Siblings) as the leads.

Chen Zheyuan as the “adopted son”
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Celebrity Schedules: August 2020

I screencapped this but forgot who this is … does anyone recognize her? She’s filming most of August.

What does August 2020 look like for your favorite Chinese actors and singers? Here’s a preview of what they’ll be up to based on the schedules put out by some of their workshops. Schedules are based mostly on how much I like their aesthetics.

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Tan Jianci, Chen Zheyuan cast in BL-adapted period drama Winner is King

Winner is King 杀破狼 is an adaption of Priest’s BL novel of the same name, and has cast Tan Jianci (The Advisors Alliance) and Chen Zheyuan (The Handsome Siblings) as the leads.

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Yu Zheng releases Court Lady stills of the Winter Begonia cast

Tang Zeng, the breakout supporting actor from Winter Begonia, rejoins Yu Zheng in Court Lady

As Winter Begonia came to an end, producer Yu Zheng released a set of new stills for upcoming Tang Dynasty panorama Court Lady featuring some of the cast members who are in both dramas, including Tang Zeng, Bai Bing, Tan Jianci, and people who I don’t recognize.

Bai Bing
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Mini Live Stages Round-Up

Zhou Shen covers vocaloids in this fun performance where he plays multiple characters on a quest to save the princess from a dragon.

I’m too braindead to write a proper intro to everything but here are a couple of fun, inspiring, and/or exciting performances from various music competitions last week, mostly from Youth With You, the latest girlband competition.

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Promo Round-Up: Winter Begonia

Not only is Winter Begonia a rare Yu Zheng drama to not use dubbing, but Yin Zheng and co. will do much of their own singing of the opera parts.

Starring Huang Xiaoming and Yin Zheng, bromance + peking opera drama Winter Begonia will begin releasing episodes on iQiyi tonight. Charmaine Sheh costars as Huang Xiaoming’s jealous wife.

An accompanying show will tell the story behind each of the Peking Opera pieces in the show. It’ll be hosted by Peking Opera artist Wang Peiyu, who is perfect for this. She did a podcast doing something similar and it was entertaining and informative even for the casual listener.

Teaser ; Peking Opera special ; Character Posters ; Stills; Stills 2

Theme song by Lu Hu, with opera parts by Yin Zheng and Huang Xiaoming
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Huang Xiaoming, Yin Zheng’s Winter Begonia releases beautiful teaser

“Others like my performance, he understands me as a person”

Everything is perfect in the trailer for the tragically beautiful drama Winter Begonia 鬓边不是海棠红.  Yin Zheng stars as a Peking Opera star in Republican Era China while Huang Xiaoming plays his soulmate in this bromance drama about their love for each other, for a dying art, and for the world around them.

Thanks to my love-hate-relationship with Zhang Yunlei, I finally understood the Republican era craze for Chinese opera stars, so even the fan-cam of this trailer released a while ago made me tear up. Plus, Zhang Yunlei and Yang Jiulang are like the definition of an irl bromance that’s as close you can get to romantic love without actually being one.

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