Adapted from the novel written by Ba Yue Chang An, Unrequited Love (暗恋橘生淮南) stars Hu Bing Qing and Hu Yi Tian. The story follows our heroine’s one-sided romance for her childhood friend for fifteen long years. They are childhood playmates and attend the same school for many years. Beginning in high school, their friendship takes a dim turn as she focuses more on her studies. When they meet again in college, she still carries a burning torch for him. Girllllllll! An excursion to Red Canyon Valley rekindles their friendship and sparks begin to fly ~
From what I know, there’s another drama adaptation of the same novel which aired in 2019 with Zhao Shun Ran and Zhu Yan Man Zi. You can stream it on netflix.
Hohoho, the veteran cast here is on point. If you get to work with them, be a sponge and absorb! 😀 Crime Crackdown (扫黑风暴) follows Sun Hong Lei’s ups and downs in the police force, from being oppressed, framed, and imprisoned, he vows to take down the deep-rooted evil that has been corrupting the Zhongjiang City for a decade. Liu Yi Jun and Zhang Yi Xing join him on that journey.
The Day of Becoming You (变成你的那一天) is an upcoming romantic comedy with Zhang Xin Cheng and Liang Jie. The story follows leader of a popular boyband swapping soul/body with a reporter on the same birthday. Suddenly and unprepared, they begin to navigate their different lives and roles in life, by guiding and covering up for each other. And of course, they gradually become closer. The body-swapping shenanigans remind me of Korean drama Secret Garden except she’s not a stunt-woman who uses her fist but a reporter who uses her pen (words)!
Taiwanese drama We Best Love: No. 1 For You (永遠的第一名) is written by Lin Pei Yu (Obsessed, Crossing The Line, Right Or Wrong) and stars Sam Lin and Yu in the two leading male roles. Yu plays a top student of his class and is used to the fact that he’s number one until one day another name tops his name! Yes, the other class topper is played by Sam Lin. Yu’s character is pleased when they graduated from high school, so sure he wouldn’t see his enemy again. Lo and behold, the over achiever boy follows him into the same college. The torch of love burns deep for this one ~
Began airing 1/8, every Friday on WeTV for a total of 6 episodes. Second season to follow in March.
This year is all about BL isn’t it? But if any country is gonna get it right, it’s Taiwan.
Oy! The nostalgia! Witness to a Prosecution is a TVB series released back in 2000 with two Seasons. The story is a re-imagination of Song Ci’s life, a physician and forensic medical scientist who wrote the book Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified, considered as the earliest documentation of forensic science; a handbook for coroners. It’s been 20 years and Bobby is now at the age of 60! He’s been a beloved actor in my family for his roles in TVB comedies for years and it’s nice to see him in a drama again. This is produced by China and filming began a few days ago.
Emperor’s Conquest/Monarch Industry (上阳赋) is adapted from the novel written by Mei Yu Zhe and stars Zhang Zi Yi in her television debut! I know it’s a shocker that she never did a drama in her whole career until three years ago when this was filmed. The production remains so quiet and secretive until now. Then Boom. Airing. Lol. The story follows two intelligent people bound together by a political marriage that slowly morphs into an epic relationship of love, loyalty, and trust in their conquest of the world. Female cast is not to be joked around either – Kara Hui, Angie Chiu!
You can read the translated novel here (still in progress).
Adapted from the novel written by Zhan An, Novoland: The Princess From Plateau (九州·朱颜记) looks like another twisted love story. The story follows eighth princess (Cheng Xiao Meng) of the Ye Bei clan and her close friend (our female lead) who is shunned because she is considered an outsider. In order to attack Ye Bei, Emperor Gao of Chao Kingdom (male lead) devises a plan to give him a good excuse; he proposes a marriage to eighth princess knowing that she would reject, thus giving him a reason to attack. To save her relatives and the kingdom, eighth princess jumps to her death over a cliff. The Ye Bei clan suffers greatly, leading to their destruction. Our female lead swears to take revenge for her best friend and Ye Bei clan, thus she creates a new identity and enters the palace to assassinate the king. Her failing attempts stir interests in the King and he slowly falls in love with her. Our heroine is moved but her loyalty to her friend didn’t allow betrayal. SPOILER: She continues to plot and eventually the Chao Kingdom falls and the King dies. Not sure how…but if this synopsis remains true in the drama, fans are doomed for tears!
*1/8: Added new stills they released a few hours after the posters