Anti-narcotics web drama The Thunder releases stills and trailer

The Thunder stars Huang Jingyu as a police officer who commences an investigation into a powerful drug cartel with the help of his adopted father and biological father, played by Wu Gang and Simon Yam respectively. Veterans Wang Jinsong and Zhang Xilin costar as the main antagonists. [Extended Synopsis]

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Zhang Ruoyun, Chen Daoming’s political intrigue drama releases first trailer

Thankful for the Remaining Years (Qing Yu Nian Season 1) has released a trailer after wrapping up filming for the first season, and stars Zhang Ruoyun as a young lad who is groomed into a righteous politician by Chen Pingping (Wu Gang).

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Huang Jingyu takes on leading role in upcoming crime drama

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Based on true events, The ThunderOperation Ice Breaker 破冰行动 stars Huang Jingyu (His Excellency’s First Love) as an anti-narcotics police officer, and veteran actors Wu Gang (In the Name of the People), Wang Jinsong (The Advisors Alliance), Simon Yam (Operation Red Sea), and Zhang Xilin (Game of Hunting) round out the main cast.
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First stills released for Zhang Ruoyun, Li Qin’s Thankful for the Remaining Years

Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, also known as Joy of Life, has released stills of the leading cast members. Fan Xian’s (Zhang Ruoyun) growth arc will stretch across the entire show, as he learns valuable skills from Chen Pingping (Wu Gang), head of the kingdom’s investigative agency.

Fan Xian gets embroiled in murder mysteries and strange cases in the pugilist world (jianghu), and ultimately makes his way into the political scene, where he decides to challenge the Emperor (Chen Daoming) and the feudal system he represents.

Character introductions | Extended synopsis

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Brief introduction to the characters in Thankful for the Remaining Years

Yes! Chen Daoming is back in drama land, and as a main character no less. In Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, he’ll be playing the tyrannical Emperor of the fictional country of Qing (he may be known as Liu Yu in the drama), a martial arts grand master and biological father of our protagonist Fan Xian (Zhang Ruoyun). Extended synopsis can be found here. Continue reading

23rd Magnolia Awards

The turnout rate for the actors was pretty embarrassing this year – Zhang Yi was the only Best Actor nominee who attended the event, and ended up winning the award as well. His costar Yin Tao also took home Best Actress, though I’ve read great reviews about their performances in Feather Flies to the Sky, so there was no controversy surrounding the wins.

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More anti-corruption dramas in the pipeline

In the Name of the People 人民的名义 acquired a mass following when it aired, and has turned out to be THE national drama of the year, breaking 6% ratings during the latter half of its run (these days, dramas that surpass 1% are considered hits). Its success has led to the production of several more propaganda dramas that focus on corruption in government agencies.

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