Infernal Affairs无间 is set during the Wang Jingwei regime (aka around the same time period as The Disguiser) and stars Jin Dong as a Nationalist spy who successfully infiltrates Department 76. As with all Republican espionage dramas, the hero becomes disillusioned with the reigning government and switches allegiances to the Communists. Wang Likun costars as his love interest.
The 40 episode drama is actor Qi Dao’s directorial and screenwriting debut, and wrapped up filming earlier this month.
Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, The Message tells the story of five suspects who are locked in a mansion as the Japanese try to find out who among them is the spy.
Starring Xu Lu, Janice Man, Zhou Yiwei (face photoshopped onto Zhao Lixin after the actor was blacklisted), Zhang Zhijian and Tony Yang, the drama announced its premiere 2 hours before premiering on Beijing TV last night. The drama should be available on an official Youtube channel soon.
Republican drama The Justice光芒 stars Zhang Xincheng(Go Ahead) as a young man from an ordinary background who has worked extremely hard to stabilise himself in the finance industry. Somehow he ends up marrying a banker’s daughter Lizi (Cai Wenjing), and the two eventually fall in love and even found a bank together.
Part bromance and part anti-narcotics drama, Being A Hero stars Chen Xiao as a detective turned undercover agent, while Wang Yibo plays an upright police officer and his best friend. [Extended Synopsis]
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.
Upcoming historical drama Royal Nirvana 鹤唳华亭 stars Luo Jin(The Way We Were) as an unfavoured prince of Southern Qi and Li Yitong (Bloody Romance) as his love interest. The ~60 episode drama will be premiering on Youku soon.
Period romance drama Twisted Fate of Love stars Sun Yi as the heroine Dongyue. She falls in love with Feng Xi (Jin Han), a high-ranking official who plans to exact revenge on the Emperor. Pang Yu (Tan Jianci), the kind-hearted third prince and good friend of the hero develops unrequited affections for Dongyue, and is eventually consumed by jealousy.
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.
Eagle Flag on top of the carcasses of the previous dramas set in Novoland.
Probably the biggest fantasy drama since Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy,, 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.