Zhang Ziyi’s debut drama Monarch Industry premieres today

Ode to Shangyang / Monarch Industry revolves around the life of Wang Xuan (Zhang Ziyi), a noble lady who joins rebel general Xiao Qi (Zhou Yiwei) in unifying the kingdom.

The 68 episode drama will premiere on Youku in 12 hours (Jan 9th 10am CN time). The drama releases 10 episodes this weekend, and 2 episodes every Mon-Wed beginning next week.

Zhang Ziyi BTS, Themesong by Zhou Shen & Hu Xia

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Promo Round-up: My Best Friend’s Story

My Best Friend’s Story stars Liu Shishi and Ni Ni as friends who support each other through thick and thin. I’m halfway through the other friendship drama Dear Missy, and I think it would be wise to view this as a drama that focuses on each of the female lead’s romances, with a touch of womance sprinkled on top.

The 38 episode drama airs 2 episodes daily on CCTV-8.

First trailer

Final trailer
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Republican spy thriller The Message begins airing

Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, The Message tells the story of five suspects who are locked in a mansion as the Japanese try to find out who among them is the spy.

Starring Xu Lu, Janice Man, Zhou Yiwei (face photoshopped onto Zhao Lixin after the actor was blacklisted), Zhang Zhijian and Tony Yang, the drama announced its premiere 2 hours before premiering on Beijing TV last night. The drama should be available on an official Youtube channel soon.

Promo Round-up: Love Yourself (Love in Shanghai)

Love Yourself (Love in Shanghai) stars Song Qian, Celina Jade, Zhang Jianing and Li Chun as best friends who each have their own struggles when it comes to love.

The 36 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Tues-Thurs and will be English-subbed on the iQiyi app.

Trailer 1, Trailer 2

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Qi Wei, Tony Yang’s medical drama releases stills

Breath of Destiny 一起深呼吸 stars Tony Yang and Qi Wei as medics deployed to a desolate island in the South Pacific as part of China’s foreign aid program. They’re met with a huge storm and extreme weather as soon as they arrive, and must race against time to save the locals as well as uncover a the truth behind a conspiracy.

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Female ensemble drama Love in Shanghai releases teaser

One of the many female ensemble dramas scheduled to air in 2020, the latest teaser for Love in Shanghai introduces the show as a story that revolves around four women and eight men, with an overall theme of loving yourself. The series is currently filming, and stars Song Qian, Celina Jade, Zhang Jianing and Li Chun as leads.