A round-up of dramas that have just started filming, mostly rom-coms and xianxia romances, without their own posts yet. Which ones are you looking forward to the most?
Brotherhood of Blades: Shadow of the Lands 绣春刀·山河之影 (lit.) Cast: Zhang Yunlong, Sun Yi, Chen Ruoxuan Executive producer: Lu Yang Directors: Li Yi, Cao Hua Screenwriters: Li Yi, Xu Yiliang (Princess Jieyou) The first drama from Lu Yang’s Brotherhood of Blades universe, it’ll cover the founding of the Ming dynasty and the formation of the jinyiwei.
Based on Feiwosicun’s torturous romance novel of the same name, Tears in Heaven is finally going to air after 4 years. The melodrama stars Li Qin as an entertainment reporter, Shawn Dou as a stoic CEO and Zhang Yunlong as a kind-hearted doctor and the heroine’s boyfriend. [Extended synopsis]
The 41 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Wed-Fri on all five platforms (yup, LeTV is making a comeback) beginning tonight at 8pm (CN time).
My Roommate is a Detective is one of the most hilarious offerings in drama land right now that’s more enjoyable as a sit-com than a detective mystery. Hu Yitian plays consulting detective Lu Yao, a goofier version of Sherlock Holmes who loves to snack on baked plant seeds. He’s definitely more expressive here than in The Handsome Siblings, and provides much of the comedy in the show.
From classics like Daming Palace/Palace of Desire and Chinese Paladin to recent films like The Legend of Demon Cat and Cry Me a Sad River, Tencent’s new acting competition Attention, Actors 演员倾就位 combines the best of I am an actor and Phantastic by capturing the actors for a TV performance rather than on stage while still maintaining an one-take rule. Featuring directors Chen Kaige, Li Shaohong, Vicki Zhao Wei, and Guo Jingming, the resulting segments are on average far more watchable than the other two.
Plus, they have some great stills and posters that are better than many dramas and film posters that are wallpaper-worthy. You can watch episode two English subbed here. Zhang Yunlong and Chen Xiaoyun act out Romance in the Rain: