Chen Peng may be a young director, but he is certainly bold in his approach of promoting gay dramas. Graduated from Capital Normal University, he’s the chairman of his own production company. Recall that he was the director for two webdramas, featuring the same leads in the first ancient gay drama (Love is More Than A Word) to a republican series (Till Death Tear Us Apart). And here he goes again, remaking one of the four Chinese classic folktales, The Butterfly Lovers (梁山伯与祝英台) into a boy-boy love story.
Meet the Cast of Chen Peng’s Remake:
The Butterfly Lovers is a sad love story. It begins with a rich daughter (Zhu Ying Tai) disguised as a man to pursue her intellectual needs at an academy. There she befriends Liang Shan Bo. They study day and night together but because Shan Bo is a gentlemanly nerd, he fails to recognize her feminine characteristics. When they see their love for each other, it’s too late as Ying Tai is forced to marry another man. Shan Bo falls critically ill and eventually dies after hearing the news. On the day of their wedding, Ying Tai sneaks off to visit his grave and begs for it to open up. Once it does, Ying Tai throws herself into the hole. The two dead love birds (Lol, sorry) become a pair of butterflies, never to be separated again. [Wiki]
Lu Zhuo as Zhu Ying Tai. So is he… potentially a male character altogether? Or a male playing a female disguised as a male? Am I confusing you or me? Regardless, he makes a beautiful female. OMGosh!
Yang Jing Cheng as Liang Shan Bo. Born in 1996! Bahhh.
Lin Feng Song (Heroin) as Ma Wen Cai, second male lead. Handsome lad.
Booting ceremony will take place on November 25th.
Past Television Remakes of The Butterfly Lovers:
=======> ♦ 1999 Taiwanese series starring Zhao Jing and Alyssa Chia. I remember watching this one.
=======> ♦ 2000 Taiwanese series starring Show Luo and Noel Leung. I remember watching this version more. Show and Noel were beautiful together. Noel’s real life husband, Gary Chan, played the second male lead. Lol.
=======> ♦ 2007 Chinese series starring Peter Ho and Dong Jie. Nope. Did not watch this one.