Tong Liya is beautiful as Xi Shi in trailer for Huan Xisha

Huan Xisha (Silk-washing Stream) has released its first trailer and I think Xi Shi (Tong Liya) and the supporting characters are really well cast – Wang Longzheng‘s Goujian is a real stand-out. The trailer feels like an old-school melodrama but I’ll be giving it the benefit of the doubt based on the cast. [Synopsis]

Promo Round-up: Fearless Whispers

Republican drama Fearless Whispers stars Li Yifeng as an ordinary police officer who later joins the Communists. Costars include Jin Chen as his love interest, Wang Longzheng as his mentor and Niu Junfeng as his friend-turned-nemesis. [Extended]

The 51 episode drama releases 2 episodes daily beginning tonight. Tencent and Mango TV VIP members get a 6 episode headstart.

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Song Jia, Anita Yuen ready for battle in Pride and Price teaser

I like how the concept teaser for Pride and Price likens signing a contract to an imminent battle where everyone has their own schemes and ideas. Starring Anita Yuen, Song Jia, Chen He, Wang Yaoqing, Wang Longzheng and Song Zu’er, the drama will probably be released this year. [Character Intros]

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Character posters for Pride and Price

Song Jia as assistant editor Chen Kaiyi

Pride and Price 盛装 is a glimpse into the lives of the people responsible for a top fashion magazine as they navigate the challenges that come with the digital age. Song Jia and Anita Yuen play editors who hold opposing views regarding the magazine’s future direction.

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Promo Round-up: Awakening of Insects

In Awakening of Insects, Zhang Ruoyun plays Chen Shan, an ordinary citizen who is hired by the Japanese to impersonate one of their top spies and infiltrate the Kuomintang (of course, the hero ultimately defects to the Communist side). Wang Ou and Kan Qingzi play his love interests.

The 45 episode drama airs daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight.

Teasers: Training to be a spy

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First set of stills for Zhang Ruoyun, Wang Ou’s upcoming Republican drama

Stills have been released for Awakening of Insects, an upcoming Republican espionage drama from the writer of Sparrow 麻雀. The 45 episode drama stars Zhang Ruoyun, Wang Ou, Sun Yizhou, Kan Qingzi and Wang Longzheng. [Extended Synopsis]

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Republican murder mystery drama Evil Nights airs tonight

Another Republican mystery drama, another trio banding together to solve murder cases. In Evil Nights 罪夜无间, Wang Longzheng (Day & Night) plays a private investigator who may be somehow involved in the killings. Gan Lu (Darker series) costars as a mysterious student who recently returned from overseas, while Ji Ning plays the son of a police officer.

Written by Zhang Yuan’ang (one of the writers of Ashes of Love), the web drama releases episodes at noon every Wednesday on Youku.

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Character posters for Zhang Ruoyun, Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects

Awakening of Insects 麻雀2之惊蛰 comes from the author-writer of 2016 spy drama Sparrow, and stars Zhang Ruoyun as Chen Shan, a police informer who is forced by the Japanese to infiltrate the Kuomintang as Xiao Zhengguo, whom he bears a close resemblance to. Wang Ou plays the righteous Communist agent and Chen Shan’s love interest Zhang Li.

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