Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

I’m trying to make the annual Cdrama awards post and I’m genuinely stuck because I have only two unfinished dramas (Our Glamorous Time and Ever Night) under my belt. Lol.

Time to pimp your dramas!

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  1. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    Dramas:
    !!!Nirvana in Fire II for sure if it counts as 2018, The Dark Lord, Guardian, ET2, Eagles and Youngsters, Bloody Romance, (didn’t watch it but I heard Suddenly Summer was REALY good)

    Actors/Actresses:
    Song Zu’er, Zhu YiLong, Bai Yu, Li YiTong, Cai WenQi (is that her name?), Leo Luo (Luo YunXi)

    (Prob think of more later, but these stick out to me right now)

    • 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

      Sh*t how could I forget! Especially my bae Liu Hao Ran too, with his underrated drama the 10(?) ep short spinoff from Great Expectations.

      To me mvp’s this year for me we’re definitely Liu Hao Ran and Zhu YiLong who I totally started obsessing over this year. Also LiYiTong – while I’m not a HUGE fan of her, her acting in Bloody Romance was freaking…amazing imo, especially when she hit all the point of emotional turmoil and the betrayal.

      • 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

        Yesss! Li Yitong is AMAZING in Bloody Romance. The transformation of her character throughout the whole drama and the raw emotions… my favorite parts are her dialogues with Chang An on episode 16 and 25 — I still rewatch those parts from time to time, until now.

  2. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    The dramas I like tend to be ones that aren’t super popular so I feel like most of the shows I like were underrated. Was glad to see Bai Yu get more attention this year after Guardian. And I’m hoping Lai Yi will get cast in some better roles after watching him on Fu Yao. I’m also hoping Yang Rong can get some meatier roles after her turn on Tomb of the Sea and I Am an Actor.

  3. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    Yanxi’s palace is my favorite. Of course, bloody romance is one of those great dramas but i literally need season 2.

    I didnt manage to finish many dramas this year. I had high expectations over Glamorous Time but… It didnt get even half of my expectations. Kinda different from the novel.. I like the novel version more.

    Ah, no siege in fog? I know, for some people, it’s a bad one. But… I fall in love so hard with elvis haha. Despite the sad ending, i still finished watching it.

    No chinese odyssey? I’ve finished that one too. It started well but… I dont like the 10 last episodes.

  4. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    I’m slightly better than you, Kap. So far I’ve managed to finish 2 dramas (Bloody Romance and Age of Legends), will be finishing Ever Night next week, and watched Oriental Odyssey until ep 32 before deciding to quit while I still liked the characters.

    Despite my current obsession with Ever Night, my best drama this year remains Bloody Romance. It certainly is flawed, particularly the editing. But I want to give additional points for it being low budget but still very stylish with great cinematography (the creativity!), and successfully adapting an unfinished erotica into a dark and emotionally engaging drama.

    The Bloody Romance’s three leads are my favorite performances this year, but for the underrated I’ll nominate Yuan Wenkang. He’s been in a lot of dramas and even a movie this year, only leading in City of Chaos (if I remember correctly), but his comedic role as crazy monk Chen Tian Shu in Oriental Odyssey is memorable and stole the show!

  5. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    An Yuexi was a blast in “Let’s Shake IT!” and its sequel. I enjoyed her performance as the brick-wielding enthusiastic alien, Abu Chacha, particularly since I’m familiar with her more docile roles.

  6. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    Bloody Romance certainly wins the hidden gem of 2018. Low budget but fantastic cast, script and cinematography. Li Yitong’s performance in it was amazing and she nailed those emotional scenes. I really hope they do a season 2 because the story is not finished – although the author probably hasn’t actually thought of it yet (the book is still unfinished after so many years). BR also wins best OST of the year.

    Guardian was also the surprise of the year – mainly because it introduced Zhu Yilong to the wider audience. I’m glad he got his breakthrough this year with that drama.

    I didn’t end up watching most of the big budget productions so can’t really comment on any of them. Started Glamorous Times but it was unfortunately rather disappointing so I couldn’t finish. They changed the novel too much.

    Currently still watching Ever Night which has been great so far!

  7. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    I didn’t finish most of the dramas that I picked up this year.

    Drama Gems:
    -Bloody Romance. I am actually only 5-6 episodes away from the ending and intend to finish it as soon as time allows.
    -The Dark Lord. I’m not even halfway finished with this but I enjoy Joe Xu’s character so much. Actually, I love his entourage in general and the fact that the main character is just your average, shameless rascal.
    – Age of Legends. Another one that I haven’t finished but intend to. Like Joe Xu in The Dark Lord, I love that William’s character isn’t a millionaire or a CEO. He actually has to fight his way to what he wants.
    -Let’s Shake It ET 2. Not as hilarious as the first season but still entertaining to watch.
    -Ashes of Love. Not underrated but this was a gem for me because it was the first drama I managed to finish this year.

    Actor Gems:
    -Song Zu’er. I first watched her in Gossip High (did not finish) and she was very natural there. Love her in The Dark Lord, totally opposite of her GH character but still natural.
    – Bloody Romance main leads. I’m equally impressed by Li Yitong, Qu Chuxiao and Wang Duo.

  8. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    Where the Lost Ones Go was my surprise underrated drama of the year. I was not expecting anything much when I started watching but was very pleasantly surprised. Wonderful, acting, directing, music, lighting – even the costumes were great.

  9. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    大约是爱 Probably Love is pretty good. Am enjoying it a lot for some reason haha. I love Xiao Fei and the main female character is admirably perseverant. Male MC was pretty horrible, but I like how he’s redeeming himself slowly. The acting is pretty natural for the most part.

  10. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    The only Cdrama I was truly invested and was Ever Night and Legend if Fuyao. I started Bloody Romance but never finished it . It was a really good drama.
    Li Yitong playing as Wan Mei was outstanding. Qu Chu Xiao was also outstanding in his performance in this drama. I watched Li Yitong last drama and she was outstanding there to because she is a believable heroine who is in pain and torment. She should be nominated. She is also a good singer. Bloody Romance soundtrack was awesome.

  11. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    Dramas this year for me are The Taoism Grandmaster, Bloody Romance, Tang Dynasty Tour, Nirvana in Fire 2, and Princess at Large.

    As for actors, I’d pick Leo Luo Yun Xi (Ashes of Love), Liu Hao Ran (Nirvana in Fire 2), and Zhang Bin Bin (The Flame’s Daughter).

    For actresses I’d pick Karlina Zhang Jia Ning (Tang Dynasty Tour), Li Yi Tong (Bloody Romance), Yukee Chen Yu Qi (Ashes of Love), and Zhu Xu Dan (Sweet Dreams).

  12. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    I’ll cast a vote for Legend of Yun Xi! Loved the OTP and 1st half was great.

  13. 15 thoughts on “Discussion Post: Hidden Gems and Underrated CDramas And Actors of 2018?

    Hu Xianxu really stands out amongst all the 小鲜肉 we’ve had recently. I watched Never Gone and Oldboy and he was fantastic in those two dramas.

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