Xiao Yao (逍遥) is an upcoming fantasy romance drama that is not based on a novel! So rare. XD. In the ancient times, humans and demons have lusted after a sacred spring of jade wine. Tan Song Yun will be playing two roles, the titular role Xiao Yao is a normal, carefree girl who finds herself entangled in the valley of demons. Her other role with opposite personality is a ruthless princess. Neo is quite the busy bee lately, he just finished Fangs of Fortune, and now he’s in all black once again to play the King of Demons. Lol! The two cross path as our heroine turns the demon valley upside down while our hero is the protector of the very same place.
Kill Me Love Me (春花厌) is adapted from the novel written by Hei Yan. I took a look at the novel and it’s one twisted downhill ride. They would have to change quite a bit for the drama cause male lead is not likable/pretty toxic and doesn’t treat the female lead nice at all cause he’s in love with another girl for over a decade, who’s also the cause of female lead’s misery. There’s a clear distinction in class (owner/servant/rich/poor) and that’s how he will treat you. From young, our heroine was raised to become an assassin in a secret organization. She has no name and is assigned the number 43. She swallows her pride, her dignity, and everything else just to survive. As it turns out, male lead runs the cruel organization…
I thought I could root for the FL but she’s so passive and accepting of every misery thrown at her that it is hard to read. LXY looks so intensely good in here since he’s a Prince who also hops on a horse and goes to war that I might take a peak. Lol. I’m not that into toxic male leads but I know they are the rage nowadays.
White Cat Legend (大理寺少卿游) takes place in the divine capital under the rule of the Empress. During a banquet at the Tang Palace, Li Bing (played by Ding Yuxi), who is highly regarded by the empress, is appointed as the Assistant Minister of Dali Temple. Within Dali Temple, Chen Shi (played by Zhou Qi), Wang Qi (played by Feng Man), Alibaba (played by Waer), Cui Bei (played by Ding Jiawen), and Sun Bao (played by Zhang Yicong) work together under the guidance of the newly appointed Assistant Minister, Li Bing, to unravel the layers of mist in the imperial capital. They support each other and defy their fate while upholding their inner sense of justice. [Synopsis by Qiyi]
It’s adapted from the Manhua of the same name written by R.C. There’s also a donghua you can watch here (Season 1). Check out this tumblr for useful info including links to the translated manhua and Season 2 English-Hardsubbed.
Previously known as The Story of Mystics, Fangs of Fortune (大梦归离) is adapted from the tales and myths in Classic of Mountains and Seas. Neo will be playing a demon lord Ying Long, which I’m gonna guess is modeled after the mythical dragon in control of rain and floods. He wants to die but doesn’t want to accept fate so is led down the path of rebirth.
The visual in this drama is pretty-pretty but it’s their BTS chemistry that is worth mentioning; dancing, singing, and playing around with Guo Jing Ming (one of the directors) too. They had a blast when it first snowed at Hengdian.
I’m excited for this! The last Li Ying’s drama I watched and finished was the questionable-production-but-I-love-the-cast Legend of Fei. Then Wild Bloom I have only managed to watch half of that drama. Lol. I’m not really a modern drama kinda person ya know. I have my reservations about Shen Li too; with Lin Geng Xin looking exactly like his not-my-favorite character in Princess Agents gave me multiple whiplashes. But I decided to be an adult (heh) and give this couple one more chance to woo me. XD
Zhang Bi Chen once again lends her voice for Li Ying’s drama! This is the 5th one so far. They have become very good friends throughout the years. 😀
The Legend of Heroes (金庸武侠世界) is a 5-part drama series focusing on the Five Greats (methinks) of the Condor triolgy from Jin Yong’s novels with a total of 60 episodes and directed by 5 directors. It was called New Jin Yong Wuxia Universe for a while until the new trailer dropped last night with a new name.
Happy Lunar New Year! 🧧🧧🧧
Judge Dee’s Mystery (大唐狄公案) is adapted from Robert Van Gulik (Chinese name Gao Luo Pei)’s novels. He had translated the original story by an unknown author and later borrowed the name Judge Dee as a hero in his later works. It follows the legends and experiences of magistrate Dee Ren Jie who solved criminal cases and protected people from harms. From the trailers, there will be a total of 9 cases with a total of 32 episodes.
Such a star-studded cast. 😍 😍 😍
The Immortal Ascension (凡人修仙传) is adapted from the novel written by Wang Yu. It follows the story of an ordinary boy who goes on a dangerous road of cultivation to become an immortal. After seeing the trailers, I had this familiar feeling in terms of directing and checked out the director. Sure enough, it’s Yang Yang, the female director in charge of Ever Night, and was also in charge of some beautifully done dramas; Imperfect Victim, A Dream of Splendor, etc.
Filming wrapped up in December of last year.