And you thought you could handle any amount of prettiness?! Take this! 29 rookies from Huace in one drama but you might have seen them scattered throughout dramaland. They must have had a blast filming together. A lot will film, only a few will stand out. Pick your favorites!
Period drama, Please Give Me A Pair of Wings (请赐我一双翅膀), with Aaron Yan and Ju Jing Yi has new promotional materials in a long trailer and a bunch of stills. The story follows our heroine as the chief police’s daughter, whose father was killed and she becomes the top suspect and gets sent to prison. Aaron plays a detective who eventually finds out that all the evidence against the heroine was a big fat lie, he heads out to clear her name.
Ohh, I’m very easy and these pretty stills are luring me into yet another drama adaptation of Fei Wo Si Cun‘s novel! I like that even though I have seen these two actors before, the costumes and hairstyles make them look very different and in a good way.
Is it the real life couple’s 5th collaboration? Tang Yan and Luo Jin are back at it in the new modern drama, The Way We Were. The story follows four students studying abroad, searching for intellect and love. Our female lead is a smart girl, pursuing a degree in law, unique in that she rises to the top based on her own efforts. The two leads meet and fall in love but a crisis comes their way. The hero is involved in exposing their dads’ criminal activity and our heroine is caught in between as a witness. Ultimately, the culprit is revealed and there’s a heavy price to pay. Everyone grows up in the process, understanding humanity and the value of life, returning to the path of justice.
So what dramas and movies are you guys currently binging? I haven’t settled for a drama yet but I did somehow end up watching a Swedish film called A Man Called Ove. Now I know nothing about the movie, just randomly searching through my Amazon Prime Videos, read the synopsis, found it interesting and started to watch. I love the feeling of being stripped of expectations and pleasantly surprised by something at random and this movie was it. It’s based on a novel so you book readers might want to check it out. The story follows a widower who is depressed after his wife’s passing. He loves her to death and wants to follow her. But his attempts to commit suicide throughout the movie are interrupted by a well-meaning immigrant family next door. I love that it is not overly sappy but hits the points nevertheless. But the best part for me is not the story of his now current state, but every time that he’s in the state between life and death, we get to flash back to his younger days, how he was as a kid, his parents, and how he met his lovely wife. Their first date melts my heart; he has no money and didn’t order what he wanted so that she could order what she wanted. In that moment, she didn’t turn him away (major girl crush on his lady!) And I couldn’t turn my heart around. ❤ ❤ ❤
I visit the China Film Insider website ever so often to read about the latest movies and last month had read an article about how currently the most popular movies in China are those with “buddy love” storylines. I’d been noticing lately that a lot of the movies and series I have started to prefer as well have had a strong bromance and could see why they would do well.
Good examples of the bromance element can be found in Legend of the Demon Cat and Detective Chinatown 2. Because both movies are basically buddy cop murder mysteries and had a lot of common elements, despite taking place in different time periods and being different genres (historical drama versus modern comedy), I decided to review them together.