A short weekend updates to catch up. 🙂
A short weekend updates to catch up. 🙂
I don’t know about you guys but the wing flaps above really promote social distancing, atm. XD FYI.
Previously known as Held In the Lonely Castle, Serenade of Peaceful Joy (清平乐) is the new English title, and the historical drama stars Wang Kai and Jiang Shu Ying. It’s based on the novel written by Milan Lady and follows the life of Emperor Renzong of Song, played by Wang Kai, as he discovers an ultimate secret to his birth. He learns that his mother is the Empress Dowager’s maidservant. To repay his family out of filial piety, he marries his beloved daughter, played by Ren Min, to the Li’s descendant Li Wei. But the marriage is nothing picture-perfect and our outspoken princess falls in love with her eunuch. She eventually runs back to the palace with him and her action causes an uproar in the government, forcing her father, the Emperor into a catch 22 – does he want to fight for her happiness, or does he want to stabilize the government?
Begins airing on 4/6!
I’ve seen some people asking where to watch Chinese dramas so I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite sites to watch them on. These are all sites where content is being legally posted by the content owners and include subtitles to help non-Mandarin speaking fans.
Fortunately a lot of the production companies have started to include English subtitles for content more quickly for content so, despite the death of Dramafever, there are actually a lot more online options than there were two years ago. Some of these sites even have apps for your Roku, Apple TV, iPad or phone so you can watch from your TV or while traveling. And many of these are free as well. Check out the list below for the sites and examples of some of the titles they offer.
Hmmm, I don’t know what to say about this casting choice. It’s a beautiful group of people for sure but Wu Lei romancing Dilireba is a little odd. Lol. Well, filming has just begun for those interested. The original male lead is Qu Chu Xiao who had to bow out due to management issue. Chang Ge Xing aka Song of the Long March (長歌行) is adapted from the manhua of the same name written by Xia Da. It follows our heroine, who’s a princess on the run. Her father is Crown Prince Li but after the new Emperor ascended the throne, he ordered his brothers and families put to death. She escapes, fakes her own death, disguises herself as a male and plots her revenge against the new Emperor, becoming a fierce military leader in the process. The manhua is highly rated among fans and has solid rating of 9 on douban. Readers also poured their hearts out for the arts as well.
I’m reading reviews and our heroine sounds awesome – merciless and highly intelligent. Since she was young, she was trained in martial arts and battle strategies, so she holds her own in a fight. I always have hopes in the novel description and the drama adaptation hasn’t been accurate …..at all in recent years. Lol. I really do hope she kicks A$$!! Our male protagonist is no less of a worthy character – he’s the adopted son of Jieli Khan, a leader of his own army, who is known for his ruthlessness and doing things his ways in the beginning. He slowly melts that attitude and begins to realize how his actions could affect those around him after meeting our leading lady. But he doesn’t know SHE is a SHE for a little bit. HEH.
Gosh, gosh. Baby Wu Lei needs a few years to really execute that general look. xD
Just another round-up! Happy Weekend!
Holy smokes! This is one hot tamales train! I didn’t watch the original Japanese drama Mother but have heard of numerous praises about it, spawning countless remakes from different countries. The latest one from China is Imperfect Love (不完美的她) with a line of acting powerhouses in Zhou Xun, Kara Hui, and Angie Chiu. The original story follows a substitute teacher in first grade who doesn’t really like kids. A particular little girl clings to the new teacher, awakening her maternal instincts, as she realizes the child is subjected to abuse at home. Taking matters into her own hand, our teacher decides to take the poor girl away and start a new life together.
Have you watched the original or remakes from other countries?
Set to air 3/27.
Oy, this is tough! The Prince Who Turns Into A Frog is one of Taiwanese classic idol dramas back in the days and shot its leading couple – Ming Dao and Joe Chen into stardom. I liked it a lot when I first watched it as an impressionable teenager. I even bought the freakin ring believing in its holy magic of finding true love. LOL. The ring now symbolizes my youth and is the only drama merchandise I bought. In the new remake, the main couple is played by Xing Fei, who has been solid in all her projects, and Jin Ze, who is a new face to me. Not sure whether I will be tuning in or not, so let me know of your impressions!
Premieres today 3/23.
Following Ashes of Love, Skate Into Love, producer Liu Ning is calling Love When The Stars Fall his third part of the Honey Trilogy, just because the titles of the three separate novels contain sugar and or honey in it. So yes, it’s three separate novels, all with different stories. Love When The Stars Fall is written by Yi Du Jun Hua and follows dual female leads! They are princesses from the royal family Li. Older sister is deemed as a lucky charm for the family. She’s kind-hearted, beautiful, and is of hope to the whole country. She’s betrothed to the heavenly first prince. As a favor in return, they are protected by the heavens. Younger sister was born unlucky, deemed as a shame to the family, making her cold-hearted and cruel. She’s betrothed to the demon prince. However, a twist of fate sends the sisters to the wrong families on their wedding day. DUN DUN DUN. Sounds interesting. Even though they advertise it as dual female leads, from reviews, the cunning younger sister and her romance with the Godly Prince is the central piece. I don’t know, if done right, both romances could be very damn cute. The novel is relatively new, only published last year. I might read into it more.
Fans are excited because it is said that the main cast will be picked from the previous two productions and the producer did say he will reunite with the leads from Ashes of Love. What do you think?