My Deepest Dream (乌云遇皎月) is an upcoming modern drama adapted from the sci-fi novel written by Ding Mo starring Li Yi Tong and Jin Han. The storyline is quite complicated so I’ll try to simplify it….I hope. XD Our leads first meet on a cruise and at the time; he was a mathematics graduate, described as wise, clean, and sharp, and she was a web writer. They speak briefly but the conversation is enough for them to feel the attraction. But due to a minor misunderstanding, she leaves the cruise feeling unhappy. A year later, they meet for the second time and now he’s transformed completely, he’s a broody repairman. Though she does not recognize him, he still manages to attract her. What has happened in a span of a year for a man to change that much? They thought leaving the cruise a year ago meant their path has ended, but it’s quite the opposite. Apparently, the cruise they were on had an accident and the people on the cruise went missing for a time period. They were later rescued and compensated by the travel agency but there’s one caveat – the passengers can’t remember what happened during their time on the cruise. (I don’t know what this means?)
So what happened to our male lead during the one year period? His sister was brutally murdered by a serial killer and his mother eventually passed away due to heartache. He leaves everything behind him, armed with a passion to find the killer. He settles down as a repairman as it’s the only place of peace for him. Ah, I think I kinda get the story now. He time-travels to the past to find the killer before he kills his sister. Along the way, he and female lead get involved with many cases. He’s the dark clouds and she’s the bright moon shining over him.
Ok, did I fail? Anyone who has read the novel and has a better understanding of the timeline, feel free to help/correct me. Lol.
Twisted Fate of Love (今夕何夕) is adapted (or some would say) loosely inspired by the novel written by Shi Jiu. Our female lead is a strong, badass female general who’s sent back in time to stop a war from happening. Through her time-travel, she meets a pair of best friends – minister male lead and Third Prince second lead. Lol. And she, of course, becomes the source of inspiration and heartache for both as their friendship is tested. The nation is crumbling so will these three rise above personal feelings to protect the people?
Our leads share the same set of small teeth. heheh.
Upcoming republican suspense webdrama Psych-Hunter (心宅猎人) is adapted from the novel Haunted House Handbook (凶宅笔记) written by Er Shi San. The story follows our male lead, an enthusiastic tradesman in the business of selling haunted houses, his psychologist bro-mate who is searching for his missing dad, and a policewoman who is the sassy daughter of a warlord. A year ago, our male lead was invited to a remote island with six other individuals in a game of death and the only one to survive but he suffers from amnesia. Our psychologist receives a letter with a six-finger seal that shows a count down to our male lead’s time of death (!!) and a group photo. He’s determined to track down his father together with male lead’s special talents. They slowly become a great duo of real estate agents. They take over the haunted houses, get rid of its supernatural beings, then resell the houses. This leads to clues of the true mastermind behind the scene and a big conspiracy surrounding them.
I’m slightly confused about the storyline but it sounds really interesting! Will be subbed by Qiyi!
Airing 11/23 ~
One Life, One Reincarnation – Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) is adapted from Mo Bao Fei Bao’s novel starring Ren Jia Lun and Bai Lu. Beautiful bones here refer to the person’s inner beauty as opposed to beauty that is outside – on the skin. The drama will have two parts, one sets in the ancient times, and another in the modern world as both of our leads reincarnated a thousand years later. In their previous lives, their love story ended tragically, and when given a second chance in a new world, what will happen to them? Our male lead doesn’t have memories of the past life, but our female lead does retain the feelings and memories. Oy! She recognizes him the moment they meet again and will chase after him despite the changes and challenges ahead.
Can’t wait to see them in their ancient costumes. Find the translated novel at hui3r’s website. Enjoy!
From the trailers and stills, this drama gives me vibes similar to Perfect and Casual. Be With You (好想和你在一起) is a romantic comedy featuring three different types of couples. Our leading couple is played by Ji Xiao Bing and Zhang Ya Qin. She’s a enthusiastic comic writer who needs inspiration for her book so she gets close to a cool and collected professor at school, believing he’s the perfect comic book hero. I don’t know why she needs to do that, just turn on the television and there’s inspiration, especially the cold but soft inside hero! Lol.
Began airing 11/19 ~
Did not expect to wake up to this news. Lol.
After three-ish years, The Wolf (狼殿下) has suddenly decided to air, VIP members get the full series! The story takes place at the end of the Tang Dynasty, when Zhu Wen usurps the throne and establishes the Later Liang Dynasty, and he’s known as Emperor Taizu. Our female lead is daughter of an official and as a child, she befriends a young boy who lives in the mountain. One day when he saves a wolf, he accidentally falls over the cliff and is rescued by Zhu Wen. The authoritative figure adopts him as a godson. 10 years later, he saves the female lead per chance and finds her courage and intelligence resonant, and she likes that while he’s in a position of power, he still has humility and kindness. She encourages him to fight for justice and he begins that journey by helping the people, stopping throne fights, etc. Even when they have conflicts, they will face those frankly. As they overcome obstacles and fight for justice, politics get darker and the path ahead becomes harder to trudge.
Airing 11/19 ~
Formerly called Love and Lost, To Love (最初的相遇,最后的别离) is an upcoming suspenseful romance drama starring Lin Geng Xin, Gai Yue Xi, and Du Chun. Adapted from the novel written by Shu Yi. Our hero is now a businessman but he used to work as a anti-narcotics policeman. He decides to go undercover again to find the cause of death of a close friend. During his mission, he meets and becomes intimate with a sassy owner of a cafe, our female lead. Their close relationship triggers jealousy from a close female friend but she isn’t jealous for very long because she, too, is murdered. And the blame is pinned on him. Now we have two murder mysteries. Du Chun is the head in charge of investigating our lovely couple.
As I noted in my First Impression post about this series, it’s been a while since I’d found a drama I was interested in watching. But given how much of a fan I am of both Bai Lu and Lai Yi, I had to watch Jiu Liu Overlord (九流霸主). The series packs in a lot, with the first half being a clash of upper class versus lower class with some political intrigue and the second half a murder mystery and palace intrigue. With a mix of drama and comedy, this series kind of has a little of everything.