Begin Again (从结婚开始恋爱) is an upcoming modern cdrama which sets up our domineering female CEO with a warm-hearted doctor. Our female lead has everything – wealth, looks, and talents but as she nears her thirties, she’s pressured to settle down by her family so the handsome and gentle doctor becomes her target. She begins scheming her way into marrying him. The trailers are quite steamyyyyy! Oh boi! Baidu says it’s adapted from a Thai novel which was made into a drama called Samee Ngern Phon in 2001 and a Thai remake again in 2016.
Here’s a long compilation of teasers and trailers released at various events this past week such as the iQiYi iJoy and Tencent video conference. Sorry, I can’t physically make 20+ separate posts for each of them. I think I have written about the majority before so it’s nothing new. Just a peek from different online platforms for what’s coming up next for them.
After years of rumours and changes, Qie Shi Tian Xia (且试天下) finally held a booting ceremony on 20 October. This drama is the highly anticipated adaption of novel of the same name by Qing Ling Yue and will be directed by Yin Tao (Love and Redemption, Under the Power, Listening Snow Tower). However, there was an absence of leads and no official confirmation at the ceremony. It has finally been confirmed today at the Tencent event that Zhao Lu Si will headline this drama. Her rumoured male lead is Yang Yang, but he is not yet officially confirmed.
Hikaru no Go (棋魂) is an upcoming modern Cdrama adapted from a Japanese manga series based on the board game Go and written by Yumi Hotta. There’s also an anime version that aired in 2001 -2003. The original story per Wiki: While exploring his grandfather’s shed, Hikaru Shindo stumbles across a Go board haunted by the spirit of Fujiwara-no-Sai, a Go player from the Heian era. Sai wishes to play Go again, having not been able to since the late Edo period, when his ghost appeared to Honinbo Shusaku, a top Go player of that period. Sai’s greatest desire is to attain the Kami no Itte (神の一手, “Divine Move”) – a perfect move. Because Hikaru is apparently the only person who can perceive him, Sai inhabits a part of Hikaru’s mind as a separate personality, coexisting, although not always comfortably, with the young boy.
Urged by Sai, Hikaru begins playing Go despite an initial lack of interest in the game. He begins by simply executing the moves Sai dictates to him, but Sai tells him to try to understand each move. In a Go salon, Hikaru twice defeats Akira Toya, a boy his age who plays Go at professional level, by following Sai’s instruction. Akira subsequently begins a quest to discover the source of Hikaru’s strength, an obsession which will come to dominate his life.
Interesting plot! Let’s see where we go with this!
Rebirth For You (慕南枝) is adapted from the novel written by Zhi Zhi. In the novel, our female lead gets a rebirth and retains all the memories from her previous life; she was an Empress. Our hero was an official/general who admired her from far away. After rebirth, he’s determined to fight and win her to his side. After she was reborn, she relies on her own strengths and intelligence to balance the different parties in the palace. She’s also determined to help her husband/male lead rise to power as a capable Emperor in a prosperous era.
Well, not sure how much of the rebirth storyline they are gonna keep but being reborn definitely has its perks!
Gosh, time is going by too fast! The second male lead who stole my heart in A Love So Beautiful is now a lead in his own right! He’s a policeman with split personality in the upcoming republican suspense drama Detective (侦探语录). We watch as he unravels the mystery behind a series of homicides in the rural area Fuyuan County.
Feng Qi Luo Yang or The Wind Rises Luo Yang (风起洛阳) is adapted from the novel written by Ma Bo Yong, who was also the author behind The Longest Day in Chang’an and Mystery of Antiques. It’s a period detective drama set in the Tang Dynasty during Wu Ze Tian’s reign, in the ancient capital Luo Yang. After restoring the sky palace in Luo Yang is done, Empress Wu prepares for the annual ceremony of wishing for a good harvest season. She is then informed that an informant who had important information to give her, was assassinated during his journey. Angry about the sudden death, she orders the murder mystery solved and the case is picked up by Deputy Marshal (Huang Xuan) and palace guard (Song Qian). Later, Minister’s second son (Wang Yi Bo) joins the duo as he tries to find out the truth behind his father’s poisoning/death. Following the trail of hints, the dangers in Luo Yang have been planted for quite a while…