iQiyi recently released trailers and posters for a slew of upcoming shows that will either air exclusively on the site as web dramas and/or on television networks next year. Which shows are you looking forward to most?
The Heart of Genius 天才基本法 is the drama that every Asian parent stereotype wishes that their kids would watch. Lin Zhaoxi (Zhang Zifeng) is a college student who has always regretted not pursuing her mathematical dreams like her father always wanted. After writing down a physics equation, she finds herself in a parallel universe where she is her past self, but this time she’s an orphan. Using her years of experience in mathematical competitions, she again joins the math team with the help of her “father” who no longer knows her. She befriends her idol, the genius Pei Zhi, who pushes her to discover her own inner genius.
Directed by Shen Yan (My Best Friend’s Story) and based on the popular novel of the same name, the series just announced it will star Zhang Zifeng and Zhang Xincheng alongside Lei Jiayin.
Home Sweet Home秘密访客 comes from Leste Chen and Qiao Shu, the director-writer pair behind last year’s cult hit A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower. Duan Yihong plays the driver responsible for a school bus crash that killed all students on board except one (Rong Zishan). Knowing full well his son may have been involved, the father (Aaron Kwok) invites the driver to live in their basement for three years. Tiffany Hsu costars as the mother, and Zhang Zifeng plays the daughter.
There have already been several young actresses under 20 who have shown their talent extends beyond acting, and Zhang Zifeng is definitely one of them. While she may not fit all conventional beauty standards, her photos are as filled with life as her acting. Which one of her recent photoshoots do you like better?
Begin, Again 亲爱的新年好 stars Bai Baihe(Go Away, Mr. Tumor!, A City Called Macau) as the heroine who begins to find herself and start a new life with the help of young room-mate (Zhang Zifeng) and colleague-turned-love interest (Wei Daxun).
Directed by Peng Youlun (PhantaCity) and based off screenwriter Dingding Zhang’s novel Lonely in the City, the film is set for a Dec. 31st release.
Abominable , a collaboration between Dreamworks and Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, is the first animated film available with Chinese dubs across all 4000+ U.S. theater locations through the app Theater Ears. The film is also the first animated film with wide releases worldwide featuring a modern Chinese setting as well as the first major animated film directed, produced, and written by women.
The dubbing for the film in Chinese is done by Zhang Zifeng, Arthur Chen Feiyu, Wan Qian and Cai Ming. The film includes music by Angela Chang (below) and Wang Sulong. Coldplay’s Fix U is the only song that plays in both languages. If you are fairly well-versed in Chinese pop culture, I highly recommend the Chinese dubs as I think it has more jokes and a stronger emotional message. The only main thing you might be missing out is that the English dubs by Chloe Bennet and Tenzing Norgay Trainor had ridiculous romantic chemistry, while the Chinese dubs felt more like brother-sister.