Over the past week, Mango TV, Tencent and iQiyi have released teasers and promos for select dramas that will probably air next year (follow the links for more information). Which ones are you looking forward to most?
Yet another female ensemble drama, Astringent Girl, finished up filming and released its first set of stills. Of all the upcoming female ensemble dramas, this one and Nothing by Thirty have my favorite casts, so I’m really hoping it’ll be good. Can’t tell much so far other than the lighting and costumes look solid.
Tangren (Chinese Paladin + Chinese Paladin 3) has kind of been in a slump recently, but I still hope for the best for all their dramas. Their latest xianxia drama Linglong 玲珑 released its first trailers and I have mixed feelings. The CGI and sets look solid, but the lighting is horrible. Yuan Hong’s acting is a standout. I’ll have to see more to decide how I feel about the chemistry between the two young leads, Zhao Jinmai and Lin Yi.
Reborn 重生 is a spin-off of critically acclaimed crime drama Day and Night白夜追凶, and focuses on Qin Chi, the meticulous detective of the police department (Xiguan division). He is the sole survivor of the July 14 mass shooting, yet cannot recall anything that happened at the crime scene.
Astringent Girl 涩女郎 is the second adaption (the first being Pink Ladies 粉红女郎 back in 2003) of Zhu Deyong’s manhua of the same name, and stars Yin Tao(The Years You Were Late) as Wanrenmi, the most popular and attractive of the quartet.
Yuan Hong(Great Expectations), Zhao Jinmai (Growing Pains), Lin Yi (Put Your Head On My Shoulder) have been cast in Tangren’s upcoming ancient fantasy web drama Linglong 玲珑, which recently released a set of stills to test your vision.
Zhao Jinmai stars opposite Lai Guanlin in her first romance in A Little Thing Called First Love 初恋那件小事, an adaptation of the Thai film Crazy Little Thing Called Love. The series streams Mondays through Thursdays on Youtube here.
Nam is a bespectacled, swarthy girl who has a crush on P’Shone (also known as Shone), a popular student in her high school, but she feels that he is too handsome for her. Helped by her three friends, Nam follows the advice of the guidebook Nine Recipes of Love, which supposedly has the magical power to win affection from the boy of choice.