The drama about an unlikely friendship between five women who share a floor in a Shanghai apartment complex is back for a third season. Ode to Joy 3 will star Jiang Shuying as biologist Ye Zhenzhen and Yang Caiyu as the mysterious and elegant HR manager Zhi Heng, who each have their own apartments. The third apartment will be shared by hotel manager Zhu Ji (Zhang Jianing) and young white-collars He Minhong (Zhang Huiwen) and Yu Chuhui (Sun Qian).
I enjoyed Season 1 and raised eyebrows at Season 2, so here’s to hoping Season 3 brings something new to the table. Directed by Jian Chuanhe (Ode to Joy 2) and written by original author A’nai, the series is yet to begin filming.
Marie Claire has become the first magazine to host a fashion event exclusively for women, and has invited actresses, models and influential female executives. The dress code for the night was black and white suits – who do you ship? (Hint: the correct answer is everyone X everyone)
Legend of Fei depicts the growth of a female warrior (Zhao Liying) in a time when the influence and power of the pugilist world (wulin) is on decline. Wang Yibo costars as her love interest and the Prince of Duan. [Extended]
Zhao Liying made her disappointment with the script very obvious on Weibo during filming, and now I’m really curious about the final product. Members can stream the first 8 episodes at 9am tomorrow (CN time) and then watch 2 episodes every Mon-Thurs.
Legend of Fei has released another teaser that gives us more of an insight into the relationship between the leads, played by Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo. Fingers crossed the drama is at least half as good as the original novel.
The Matriarch 当家主母 (lit.) focuses on the art of kesi (silk weaving) during the early Qing dynasty. Jiang Qinqin(Tribes and Empires) plays the decisive Shen Cuixi, a resilient woman who props up the Ren household after her husband, played by Xu Haiqiao, goes missing.
Love A Lifetime 暮白首 stars Ren Jialun(Under the Power) as the hero with a double identity. As Nalan Yue, he is the shrewd and rational young master of Lingxu Pavilion. As Lin Jing, he is a proud and witty leader of Longyin City. A master of swordplay, he only has eyes for Rong Hua (Zhang Huiwen), an intelligent and bubbly noble lady who is a jack of all trades.
The 40 episode drama is directed by Ren Haiyao (Demon Girl) and written by Han Peizhen (Destiny of White Snake), and is likely to be released within the month.
Wuxia drama Legend of Fei has released stills and a short preview of leads Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo in action. I loved the original novel, so am keeping an open mind about the adaption. See below for more character introductions (spoilers ahead) and here for extended synopsis.