If you’ve been watching The Story of Minglan 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦, you might have been a fan of the watercolor opening. Here are some of the original paintings released by artist Zhang Yu. Can you tell who is who?
The Lost Tomb Reboot 盗墓笔记重启之极海听雷 announced that Zhu Yilong (The Story of Minglan) would be playing Wu Xie back in August, and has now confirmed new actor Huang Junjie (Unexpected, Fox in the Screen) as Zhang Qiling.
The Story of Minglan stars Zhao Liying (Our Glamorous Time) as Minglan, the seemingly naive sixth daughter of the Sheng family, Feng Shaofeng (Detective Dee) as her husband-to-be and Zhu Yilong (Guardian) as the heroine’s first love. [Extended Synopsis / Main Characters]
The 73 episode drama airs 2 episodes every Sunday to Thursday and 1 episode on Fridays and Saturdays on Hunan TV / Netdrama.
Opening theme (artist: Zhang Yu)
My True Friend 我的真朋友 is a modern drama focusing on the relationship between real estate agents and customers wanting to find the perfect home in a growing property market. Angelababy plays the heroine Cheng Zhenzhen, an enthusiastic and earnest rookie real estate agent.
The series so far is kind of similar to Zhu Yilong’s Love for Three Lifetimes – basically the female lead and the supporting male lead are totally in love, but Zhu Yilong’s playboy character also likes her and continues to harass her. Except this time he’s not married to the female lead and he is best friends with her lover. I hear that the supporting male lead will turn out to be a horrible person later, so that may redeem Zhu Yilong’s character eventually, but so far I’m not buying it. An Yuexi and Zhu Yilong, along with supporting leads Zhu Jianran and Madina Yalqun are all really cute in this, though.
Potentially thanks to the newly-found stardom of Zhu Yilong, Promising you a fleeting and dreamlike life 许你浮生若梦 (literal trans.) , a romance of three lifetimes with An Yuexi, is finally airing! The series streams on Youku on the 7th and on Youtube on the 12th.
Here’s the two’s duet / theme song:
I’m so happy Zhu Yilong and Bai Yu are finally getting widespread recognition thanks to Guardian, even though the show itself is of subpar quality. Zhu Yilong is currently filming modern drama My True Friend 我的真朋友 with Deng Lun and Angelababy, while Bai Yu is filming Republican mystery drama Detective L 绅探.
The photos for Bazaar (online edition) were taken by Liang Hengyi.
The most popular drama not on Youtube of late, borderline-supernatural borderline-boy love drama Guardian is finally on Youtube here. The drama’s cases are a bit too lacking for me, but the leads are very shippable and I’m just happy that it means wide recognition for Zhu Yilong.
“The first time I saw him, it’s as if I had known him forever.”
Wow this has to be shortest announcement ever. Supernatural mystery borderline-boy love drama Guardian 镇魂 announced on the 12th it was streaming on the 13th aka today. Except for the first day, three episodes will be out every Wednesday and Thursday for members. For non-members, watch one episode per day Mon-Sat on Youku here.
Guardian is an upcoming supernatural mystery web drama starring Bai Yu (Memory Lost) as the leader of the special investigations unit and Zhu Yilong (Border Town Prodigal) as a coldly logical professor who is later revealed to be the black robe messenger.
A shippy theme song by the male leads who are no longer overtly gay: