Ashes of Love wraps up as the most viewed drama of the summer

I pretty much decided to do another photo post for this photo alone.

As the summer’s most viewed (via cable, Yanxi wins for online) series Ashes of Love香蜜沉沉烬如霜 wraps up, here’s some more stills released since it began airing.

The fantasy series stars Yang Zi, Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi, and Chen Yuqi in a love mess sprawling over the heavenly, flower, and demon worlds.  Watch it English subbed on Youtube here.

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Promo Round-up: Ashes of Love

Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost / Ashes of Love stars Yang Zi (The Destiny of White Snake) as a deity who initially doesn’t understand the concept of love, and Deng Lun (Sweet Dreams) as a prince of the Heavens who later becomes the demon lord. Luo Yunxi (Paediatrician) rounds out the love triangle as the Night Deity. [Extended Synopsis]

The 60 episode fantasy drama airs daily on Jiangsu TV beginning tomorrow night. On Youtube under Ashes of Love.

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Promo Round-up: The Destiny of White Snake

This is such a pretty and unique poster color scheme!

Fantasy romance series The Destiny of White Snake comes out today. Yang Zi  play a cute white snake spirit practicing to reach enlightenment, but falls in love with deity Ren Jialun before she could.

The series airs two episodes a day on Mondays to Thursdays on iQiyi here and on Youtube here.

Videos:  Long trailer ;  Stills;  Opening theme by Richie Jen ; Ending theme by He Jie ; Insert song by Jin Zhiwen and Jikejunyi below.

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Yang Zi, Deng Lun have an awkward meet-cute in new trailer for Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost

The latest teaser for fantasy romance drama Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost features Yang Zi as Jin Mi, an innocent deity who is about to injure the phoenix deity Xu Feng (Deng Lun) to retrieve his magical internal pill and increase her own powers (thankfully he wakes up just in time to prevent the act).

The female protagonist is a bundle of cuteness at the beginning of the novel, though the story takes a sharp turn into melodrama territory after Jin Mi believes Xu Feng killed her father. (Extended Synopsis)

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2017 Weibo Awards Ceremony

The four most bankable actresses (四小花旦) of the post-85 generation: Yang Mi, Angelababy, Ni Ni and Liu Shishi, as chosen by netizens and industry insiders.

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The Destiny of White Snake releases long trailer

Here’s the first trailer for The Destiny of White Snake, a re-imagination of the popular Chinese legend about a thousand-year old snake demon who falls in love with a human. Yang Zi (Legend of the Dragon Pearl) and Ren Jialun (Glory of Tang Dynasty) play a white snake spirit (what’s with the cartoon CGI?) and a deity respectively, who fall in love and are subsequently banished to the mortal world.

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Review: Ode to Joy Season I

As Ode to Joy II  欢乐颂 2 is geared up for release, here’s a review of season 1 of the hit series from 2016.

Witty dialogue and a cast of memorable characters make Ode to Joy one of the most fun sit-coms in a while.  Unfortunately, the  series is often dogged down by attempts to shift to a melodrama that makes the ff button a necessary friend.

The series focuses around the unlikely friendship between five women who share a floor in an apartment complex in Shanghai. There’s Andi (An Di?), the business professional with a fear of human touch, Qu Xiaoxiao, the heiress fighting  for the family inheritance,  Fan Shengmei, the gold-digger with an entitled family, Qiu Yingying, the happy-go-lucky college grad,  and Guan Ju’er, the ordinary white-collared girl who has never said no in her life.

Coming from a misogynistic rural  family, Fan Shengmei (Jiang Xin) is vain, self-centered, but also righteous and protective. She would lie to help out a friend, but also to save face. The first lets her befriend the women in the apartment complex, but the second gets her in trouble  as she falls for men who use her vanity to play her.  When she falls in love with a  man faked his own wealth to date her, she is caught between love and vanity.  Imperfect, complex, and sharp-tongued, Fan’s characterization is perfect.

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