Mao Zijun, Zhang Yao begin filming BL-novel adapted drama The Story of the Bat

Wuxia drama The Story of the Bat 夜燕白 is written by original author Fengnong, and stars Mao Zijun (Legend of Haolan) as Feng Long, the leader of the wulin. Zhang Yao (Love in Between) costars as Bai Shaoqing, a youth who re-enters wulin under a new identity and will stop at nothing to save his mother.

Directed by Shi Lei (S.C.I Mystery), the 36 episode drama began filming yesterday.

See the cast in costume below:

Promo Round-up: Love In Between

Love In Between 少年游之一寸相思 stars Zhang Yao (The Best of You in My Mind) and Zhang Yaqin (King of Land Battle) as the leads, and the teaser looks like it’ll have a good mix of romance, political intrigue and wulin conspiracy. [Extended Synopsis]

The 43 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Mon-Wed on Youku beginning tomorrow night.

Opening MV by Wang Xi and Xianzi, Ending MV by Huo Zun, Romance Teaser

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Promo Round-Up: The Best of You in My Mind

Song Yiren and Zhang Yao’s college-themed rom-com, The Best of You in My Mind ( aka The Best of You All Over The World 全世界最好的你), airs today . The original book was originally mostly just above a pair of childhood sweethearts who get together in college, but the adaptation added in an archery sideplot. I’m guessing it was aiming to stream during the Summer Olympics, but missed its mark after the Olympics got moved to next year.

The trailers look cute, but all the other Youku “sports rom-coms” out so far (Plop of Youth, Sweet Tai-Chi, and Skate Into Love ) have been various degrees of disappointing, and Song Yiren has been a hit-or-miss for me, so my hopes aren’t that high. The drama is available with English subs here.

Theme song by VAE and Liu Yuning and playlist of promos here:

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Song Yiren, Zhang Yao’s childhood sweethearts drama releases trailer

I’ve never watched anything with Zhang Yao before, but he’s super cute in the trailer.

If Skate into Love doesn’t satisfy your needs for childhood sweetheart dramas under the guise of competitive sports, you can look forward to The Best of You in My Mind 全世界最好的你. Like Skate into Love, this drama also features the seemingly competitive childhood “besties” that is arguably bullying but with the male being secretly in love with the female. The main difference is that it’s archery instead of ice skating, probably to go with the 2020 Summer Olympics (may it rest in peace).

The trailer was released yesterday, but there’s no news about a release date except for “soon”. Song Yiren and Zhang Yao star in this, and I’m sold on the trailer.

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Song Yiren, Zhang Yao shoot for love in school romance

Song Yiren and Zhang Yao play a best of childhood besties who realize their love for each other set against the backdrop of archery competitions in The Best of You in My Mind 全世界最好的你. The drama is based on web novel Cream Romance 奶油味暗恋 and should stream fairly soon. The drama is directed by Su Haoqi ( Breaking Dawn ) and co-stars Qu Jingjing, Ma Ximo, and Li Zonglin

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Youth wuxia romance drama An Inch of Lovesickness confirms cast

An Inch of Lovesickness 一寸相思 (lit.) is loosely based on Ziwei Liunian’s novel of the same name, and has cast relatively new actors Zhang Yao (When We Were Young), Zhang Yaqin (Legend of Fuyao) as leads. Xu Mengyuan (My Huckleberry Friends), Deng Yuli, Zou Tingwei (Ashes of Love) and Zheng Hao (Tribes and Empires) costar.

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