Zhang Ziyi’s debut drama Monarch Industry premieres today

Ode to Shangyang / Monarch Industry revolves around the life of Wang Xuan (Zhang Ziyi), a noble lady who joins rebel general Xiao Qi (Zhou Yiwei) in unifying the kingdom.

The 68 episode drama will premiere on Youku in 12 hours (Jan 9th 10am CN time). The drama releases 10 episodes this weekend, and 2 episodes every Mon-Wed beginning next week.

Zhang Ziyi BTS, Themesong by Zhou Shen & Hu Xia

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Republican spy thriller The Message begins airing

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.

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.

Tang Dynasty counter-terrorism thriller The Longest Day in Chang’an now available on Amazon, Viki

The Longest Day in Chang’an

Tang Dynasty counter-terrorism thriller The Longest Day in Chang’an 长安十二时辰, the other drama that aired without warning, is now available for members on Amazon, Viki , and will soon be on Youtube with English subs.

Starring Lei Jiayin, Yi Yangqianxi, Reyizha, Zhou Yiwei, and Lu Fangsheng, the series tells of the attempt of a young secret service leader who teams up with a retired cop to try and stop an imminent terrorist attack on Tang-dynasty Chang’an before time runs out.

Rocket Girls’ Zhang Zining sings the promo song with lyrics by poet Li Bai

The Longest Day in Chang’an is now available for streaming

There are so many new dramas I don’t even know which one to start with.

Within minutes of  The Untamed airing, historical suspense drama  长安十二时辰 released twelve episodes without any warning. You can watch it here (update: now region-blocked;  update 2: it will be up on Amazon, Youtube and Viki sometimes in July). Only the first four episodes are available for non-VIP members. I’m not sure when/if the rest will be available for non-VIP members.

Like The Untamed, there’s no new promotional materials other than the previous poster and synopsis here and trailer and stills here.

Trailer below, BTS here and here

 

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Promo Round-up: From Survivor to Healer

Healing romance drama From Survivor to Healer stars Shawn Dou (Tribes and Empires) and Miao Miao (Youth) as mental health professionals who must try and overcome their own traumatic experiences before treating others.

The 42 episode drama releases an episode a day on all major Chinese streaming sites as well as Youtube and Viki. VIP members get an 8 episode head start.

Playlist of trailers and behind-the-scenes:

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Zhang Ziyi makes drama debut opposite Zhou Yiwei

Finally an official confirmation – this post has been in the drafts section since 2016…

A-lister Zhang Ziyi (Forever Young), who has worked exclusively in the film industry since her debut in 1999, is starring in upcoming historical romance drama Monarch Industry 江山故人 (one of the worst English titles I’ve ever seen). Zhou Yiwei (Entrepreneurial Age), her ‘mentee’ from variety show Birth of a Performer/Actor plays the male lead.

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Zhao Liying’s Our Glamorous Time has an official trailer, to air Nov 11th

Our Glamorous Time revolves around the romance between an aspiring fashion designer (Zhao Liying) and a soldier turned CEO (Jin Han). Throw in some revenge plots and conspiracies set up by business competitors, and you’ve got yourself a 50 episode idol romance drama (I wouldn’t have guessed from the poster alone).

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Trailer and stills for Lei Jiayin, Yi Yangqianxi’s upcoming period drama

I already love the trailer for The Longest Day in Chang’an, and despite director Cao Dun’s terrible track record in controlling the pacing of a show, I’m still hoping this will turn out to be a solid mystery drama. Lei Jiayin plays a former officer turned prisoner on death row who is hired by Yi Yangqianxi to find the culprit behind a terror plot within 24 hours. [Extended Synopsis]

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Promo Round-up: Entrepreneurial Age

Entrepreneurial Age focuses on the entrepreneurial journey of software developer Guo Xinnian (Huang Xuan), and his romance with colleague Na Lan (Angelababy), an analyst in the IT industry. The 54 episode drama airs daily on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV beginning tonight.

[Extended Synopsis]

 

This trailer focuses on Huang Xuan and Zhou Yiwei, as they go from friends to competitors:

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