Promo Round-up: Linglong

Tangren’s xianxia drama Linglong stars Lin Yi as the young emperor who is out to save the world, Zhao Jinmai as a young girl with the power of the gods and Yuan Hong as her father.

The drama releases 2 eps every Fri-Sat on Tencent and Mango TV (as always, VIP members get a head start).

Insert song by Zhang Zining

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Dramas promo round-up: A Love Never Lost, Who Is Murderer and more

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?

A Love Never Lost – Li Xian, Chun Xia

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Government-endorsed COVID-19 drama series releases trailer

Standing Together 在一起 revolves around China’s pandemic response, and will be split into 10 X 2 episode stories:

  • The Turning Point: Zhou Yiwei, Tan Zhuo, Zhang Tian’ai, Mei Ting
  • Ferryman: Lei Jiayin, Ni Ni, Zhang Jingchu, Jiang Xin
  • Rescuer: Zhu Yawen, Xu Lu
  • Together: Yang Yang, Zhao Jinmai, Zhang Yunlong, Ren Zhong
  • 24 Hour Search: Huang Jingyu, Li Xiaoran
  • Wuhan People: Liu Mintao, Jia Nailiang, Ni Dahong
  • Fangcang Hospital: Jin Dong, Sun Jiayu, Mao Xiaohui
  • I Am Dalian: Deng Lun, Li Qin, Dong Jie, Liu Lin
  • Face Mask: Hai Qing, Feng Shaofeng, Dong Xuan
  • Construction of Huoshenshan: Chen Shu

The drama is slated to premiere on all major television networks in October.

Song Yi, Yin Tao, Zhao Jinmai’s Astringent Girls releases stills

Song Yi as marriage-crazy Dai Xixi

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.

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Tangren’s latest xianxia drama releases trailer

Humans vs. Magikarp, who’ll.win?

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.

Day and Night spin-off releases first stills

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.

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Yin Tao, Song Yi, Zhao Jinmai cast in remake of Astringent Girl

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.

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Zhao Jinmai, Lai Guanlin adapt Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Why do Chinese dramas borrow this curly hair = ugly troupe when 99 % of Chinese people do not have curly hair so it’s seen as more fashion-forward than messy.

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.