Mid-series review: The Longest Day in Chang’an

The first half of The Longest Day in Chang’an is mesmerising, and has a very meaty setup – Zhang Xiaojing (Lei Jiayin), former police detective (buliangren) and currently a prisoner on death row, is given the near impossible mission of uprooting a terrorist group within twenty four hours. He sacrifices close friends and subordinates and willingly puts himself in mortal danger in order to save the people of Chang’an, yet is easily thrown under the bus by those in power when things get out of control.

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The Longest Day in Chang’an is now available for streaming

There are so many new dramas I don’t even know which one to start with.

Within minutes of  The Untamed airing, historical suspense drama  长安十二时辰 released twelve episodes without any warning. You can watch it here (update: now region-blocked;  update 2: it will be up on Amazon, Youtube and Viki sometimes in July). Only the first four episodes are available for non-VIP members. I’m not sure when/if the rest will be available for non-VIP members.

Like The Untamed, there’s no new promotional materials other than the previous poster and synopsis here and trailer and stills here.

Trailer below, BTS here and here

 

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Friday Photos

Wang Ziwen breaks out of the pink. Her new urban fantasy series Bureau of Transformers is currently airing.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Yuehua Entertainment Group photo. How many people can you recognize?

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Friday Photos

Yu Menglong, Chen Yuqi in Happiness Over Two Lifetimes.

This week it’s mostly posters for yet another one of many Chinese homophone holidays celebrating love. Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Luo Yunxi in Princess Silver

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A new still of Liu Yifei for The Love of Hypnosis to celebrate Daxue

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week. This week is all mostly rising actors with a few drama stills

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Friday Photos

Poster for upcoming fantasy series Mirror: Twin Cities, the first fantasy series set in Yunhuang, a more female-oriented version of Novoland where multiple authors created a fantasy world together.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

New character poster for Liu Tao’s Poetry of the Song Dynasty

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Trailer and stills for Lei Jiayin, Yi Yangqianxi’s upcoming period drama

I already love the trailer for The Longest Day in Chang’an, and despite director Cao Dun’s terrible track record in controlling the pacing of a show, I’m still hoping this will turn out to be a solid mystery drama. Lei Jiayin plays a former officer turned prisoner on death row who is hired by Yi Yangqianxi to find the culprit behind a terror plot within 24 hours. [Extended Synopsis]

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Zhou Dongyu, Yi Yangqianxi confirmed for Soul Mate director’s new film

Loosely based on Jiu Yuexi’s In His Youth, In Her Beauty, the new film from Derek Tsang (Soul Mate) is titled In His Youth 少年的你, and focuses on the issue of schoolyard bully and its consequences. Zhou Dongyu (Us and Them) plays model student Chen Nian, and Yi Yangqianxi (currently seen in variety show Phantacity 2018) costars as phys ed student Bei Ye, an outcast at school who becomes a good friend of the heroine.

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