I have so much to say about the new Chinese drama Joy of Life 庆余年. As a fan of the original fiction as well as the author Maoni, I am satisfied with its skillful adaptation of the novel and the tight plot. The casting seems fantastic because this drama features a lot of big names such as Chen Daoming, Li Xiaoran, and Wu Gang. I would rate a 9 out of 10 based on the first ten episodes.
Thankful for the Remaining Years / Joy of Life stars Zhang Ruoyun as a modern time-traveler who believes in equality for all and is determined to change the feudal system of Qing. Costars include Chen Daoming, Wu Gang, Li Qin, Xin Zhilei, Song Yi and Li Chun.
Season 1 runs for 46 episodes and releases 2 eps every Mon-Wed on Tencent/iQiyi.(more…)
Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian comes from Wang Juan, the writer of cult hits Turbulence of the Mu Clan, Legend of Southwest Dance and Music and Young Blood. Zhang Ruoyun is a forward-thinking noble intent on pushing through political reforms, most of which are opposed by the tyrannical ruler of Qing (Chen Daoming).
It’s rumoured Season 1 of 3 will premiere in less than a week. [Character Intros](more…)
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
After over ten years of being in love, Tang Yixin and Zhang Ruoyun finally held their fairytale wedding this weekend at the Adare Manor in Ireland. Joining them were bridesmaids Li Qin, Shen Mengchen, and Victoria Song Qian, groomsmen Liu Haoran, Jing Boran, and Guo Qilin, and emcee Ma Sichun. Jing Boran caught the bouquet but gave it to Ma Sichun. Not sure what’s the proper superstition here, so we’ll have to wait and see which one of them gets married first.(more…)
Rom-com couple Zhang Ruoyun and Tang Yixin will finally tie the know on June 27th. The two met ten years ago when Zhang Ruoyun was driving and stopped at a traffic light. Tang Yixin was crossing the street and Zhang Ruoyun immediately fell in love. The two have been together ever since. Tang Yixin’s stage name is even a couple name with Zhang Ruoyun (艺昕 and 若昀 both have 艹 and 日). Congrats!
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.