Promo Round-up: Royal Nirvana

Political intrigue-romance drama Royal Nirvana revolves around an unfavoured prince’s (Luo Jin) struggles against a corrupt government and a heartless father. Li Yitong costars as a former noble lady intent on avenging her family who ends up falling in love with the prince instead. [Extended Synopsis]

Youku has forgone an official announcement and premiered the first two episodes with little fanfare. The 60 episode drama releases 1 ep a day from Mon-Fri. Watch it on Youtube here.

Theme song by Jin Zhiwen

Theme song by Zhou Shen
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Mid-series review: Novoland: Eagle Flag

Novoland: Eagle Flag is a show that attempts to chronicle the journey of three young heroes who go from naïve youngsters to rulers in their own right. I say attempt only because at the time of writing this review, the one character that seems to be getting a proper and logical growth arc is Ji Ye (Chen Ruoxuan), and even his arc is written in such a way that the character takes one step forward and two steps backward. Lv Guichen (Liu Haoran) is still the just and benevolent savior, though his resurrection should help drive the character forward. That being said, I still find the show riveting enough to watch every single episode, which doesn’t happen very often these days.

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Promo Round-up: Novoland: Eagle Flag

Novoland: Eagle Flag stars Liu Haoran, Song Zu’er and Chen Ruoxuan as the new generation of young heroes who rise up against the tyrannical warlord Ying Wuyi (Zhang Fengyi). [Extended Synopsis]

The 68 episode drama releases two episodes every Monday to Thursday on Zhejiang TV, while Youku/Tencent members get a 6 episode head start.

Episode 1 preview, Theme song by Ayanga, Liu Haoran BTS, Props & Etiquette, Costumes

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Novoland: Eagleflag releases new promos, sets airing date

Eagle Flag  on top of the carcasses of the previous dramas set in Novoland.

Probably the biggest fantasy drama since ,,  Novoland: Eagle Flag九州缥缈录 has finally announced a release date.   The star-studded series stars Liu Haoran, Song Zu’er, Chen Ruoxuan, Jiang Shuying, Xu Qing, Zhang Fengyi, Wang Ou, Li Guangjie, and Chen Haoyu.

The series will air on June 3rd unless Novoland also starts a trade war with China.

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Espionage series The Message sends out stylized trailer

Gu Xiaomeng X Li Ningyu is a ship for all ages

Espionage thriller  The Message  风声 drama has released a second and much better trailer, with stylized shots and interwoven scenes to build up suspense.  Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, the drama tells the story of five suspected locked in a mansion trying to find out who among them is the murder of a Japanese official.     The series stars Xu Lu (Be With You)Janice Man (Love Weaves Through A Millennium 2)Zhao Lixin (The Rise of Phoenixes)Zhang Zhijian (In the Name of the People) and Tony Yang (Divas Hit the Road 2) as the leads.

Trailer below:

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Huang Xuan, Zhao Liying collaborate with director Lu Yang for Sina’s Best Performance series

Lu Yang is fast becoming one of my favourite up-and-coming directors thanks to the Brotherhood of Blades film series, and his short videos for Sina’s Best Performance 最美表演 series are the best of the lot.

Huang Xuan’s character loses his wife (Zhao Liying) to illness, though she returns to their home one last time in spirit:

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