Promo Round-up: The Long Ballad

The Long Ballad stars Dilraba as a Tang dynasty princess on the run, and Wu Lei as an enemy general and her love interest. [Extended Synopsis]

The 50 episode drama will premiere tonight at 10:30pm (CN time), continue releasing 2 episodes on Thursday and Friday at 8pm and then revert to a Monday-Wednesday release schedule from next week onwards.

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Drama poster round-up: Happy Chinese New Year!

Word of Honor 山河令, previously A Tale of the Wanderers 天涯客. Starring Zhang Zhehan and Gong Jun, the drama is slated to air within the next two weeks.

Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you all a safe and sound Year of the Ox. May all the dramas you anticipate air as scheduled! (I know I’m waiting on quite a few).

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Drama promos: Sword Snow Stride, Legend of Fei, The Golden Hairpin, The Long Ballad and more

Zhang Tian’ai in Sword Snow Stride

Sword Snow Stride – Zhang Ruoyun, Hu Jun, Li Gengxi, Zhang Tian’ai

My #1 to-watch drama of 2021 just based on the trailer alone
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Dilraba, Wu Lei confirmed for The Long Ballad

I’m having a hard time imagining Wu Lei as the powerful general, because he is still a kid to me. It’s unfortunate Qu Chuxiao was pulled from the role at the last minute due to a contractual dispute with his agency, because I really think he could’ve made the role his own.

Period drama The Long Ballad 长歌行 stars Dilraba as Tang-dynasty princess Li Changge, daughter of crown prince Li Jiancheng. Her father was assassinated at Xuanwu Gate in a palace coup by Li Shimin, and she has sworn to get revenge by overthrowing her uncle.

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Cross-dressing military dramas up for production

Mulan Renewal is one of several upcoming projects involving female soldiers or generals.

I’ve half given up on the Disney remake of Mulan, so here are a couple of similar stories featuring cross-dressing female generals/soldiers that are in pre-production to look-forward to.

Disney really should’ve just remade one of those instead of trying too hard to make Mulan appeal to what they think Chinese people like without hiring anyone Chinese in their production team and end up with a weird mix of stereotypes and attempts at appeasement. It’ll be easier for them anyway since most of the leads in these are either half Turkic or ambiguously white.

Mulan Has No Older Brothers / Mulan Renewal 木兰无长兄
After Mulan returns home, she is ostracized due to both racism and sexism. How will she start life anew and find her self worth in times of peace? This story is unique in that it has a very weak romance line that isn’t central to the plot. The drama is co-produced by  CKF Pictures, the team behind last year’s well-received Tientsin Mystic 河神. Continue reading