XDRAMAsX’s 2017 Drama Review

2017 was a much better year for dramas in general (I’m actually more excited for 2018-2019, as all the movie actors are returning to the small screen), with several shows hitting it out of the park in terms of ratings and/or online popularity.

Web dramas really started to gain traction this year – in fact, I’m marathoning two right now, and each one stands out for various reasons, whether it be high production values or tight storytelling. These online shows have become an outlet for creativity due to the strict censorship rules applied to television dramas, though SARPPFT has decided to nip it in the bud by making web dramas undergo the same rigorous process before premiering online. Hopefully the streaming sites continue to come up with quality fare in the future despite the roadblocks that are being put in place.

WARNING: Long post ahead.

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Promo Round-up: Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin

Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin occurs nearly half a century after the events of Nirvana in Fire, and the safety of the Liang Dynasty is still being threatened by neighbouring kingdoms and corrupt politicians.

My expectations are pretty low given the fact that sequels never work, though with directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue at the helm, it’s bound to look gorgeous.The 50 episode drama will air two episodes every Monday to Wednesday on Dragon and Beijing TV beginning tonight. English subs will be available on Dramafever and Viki.

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Long trailer and new stills for The Wind Blows in Changlin

Screenwriter and novelist Hai Yan has teamed up with Daylight Entertainment again to produce The Wind Blows in Changlin, a sequel to 2015 hit drama Nirvana in Fire.

 

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Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin releases first teaser

Here’s the 40 second teaser for Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin, starring Huang Xiaoming (A Life Time Love), Liu Haoran (variety show Give Me Five), Tong Liya (variety show Takes a Real Man 2) and Zhang Huiwen (Crying Out in Love).

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The Wind Blows in Changlin wishes you a Happy New Year

The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林 wishes everybody a Happy New Year!  Starring Huang XiaomingLiu HaoranTong LiyaZhang HuiwenSun ChunWu HaochenMei TingZhang BoGuo Jingfei, and Qiao Xin, get a glimpse of the costumes and sets while you can!

The cast of Wind Blows in Changlin get into character

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Here’s a comment I wholly agree with: “Please bring back your acting skills from Emperor of Han Dynasty!”

Official character posters have been released for The Wind Blows in Changlin, spin-off to hit 2015 drama Nirvana in Fire.

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The Wind Blows in Changlin rounds out its supporting cast

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The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林 has released posters for its supporting cast. No official synopsis has been released, but the one translated below does seem to align with the latest batch of character posters.

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Official cast posters for Nirvana in Fire sequel

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I love how Daylight Entertainment just reveals the leads in one go.

Nirvana in Fire: The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林 has released posters for all its main actors, which include Huang Xiaoming (Mission Milano), Liu Haoran (Detective Chinatown) and Tong Liya (Run for Love) among others. The drama will be split into two seasons, and each one will have 15 episodes.

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Much anticipated sequel to Nirvana in Fire enters pre-production

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Exciting news for all Nirvana in Fire fans: the sequel is coming!

Casting director Wei Wei – whom many may remember as the messenger Tong Lu -recently confirmed on Weibo that The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之凤起长林, the sequel to acclaimed drama Nirvana in Fire has finally entered pre-production, and is slated to start filming in November. It is unknown whether the script is still in the works, though with this announcement I am assuming the team already has a final draft.
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