Fairyland Lovers 蓬莱间 stars Bai Yu as a doctor who helps spirits let go of mortal desires and transforms them into proper human beings. Zheng Qiuhong plays the reincarnation of the hero’s lover from a thousand years ago. Ji Xiaobing costars as a general from Heaven, who I assume is responsible for keeping the main couple apart.
The Tencent web drama will release 2 episodes every Mon-Wed beginning tonight.
Not only does Dramahoic combine Peking opera animation with live-action humor, it turns out that it is also a Peking opera and rap musical and has a cyber dimension.
When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world. The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character, must now enter our world to bring him back. They take a “dimension increase” pill and enter our world. In our world, they must avoid cameras since they turn into animation whenever they’re photographed. Once a day, they can also go into stage mode to fight. Based on the trailer, at some point they also all enter the Internet.
When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world to find himself behind all the masks he wears day after day. The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character, must now enter our world to bring him back.
Dramaholic戏隐江湖 is a comedy series that mixes 3D animated and live-action characters from the team behind Never Ever Expected (万万没想到). The animation style is gorgeous and unique, so I really hope the script holds up.
The head artist and director, Zou Siwei, is a self-trained artist whose daytime job is an Peking Opera actor for the China National Peking Opera Company, so he’ll no doubt bring a lot of authenticity to the opera parts. Dramaholic stars Chen Xinzhe, Zheng Qiuhong, Zhang Benyu, and Liu Xunzimo. You might recognize the later two as regulars from Never Ever Expected .