Interesting! Korean cable drama Misaeng was a huge success three years ago and here we are with a Chinese remake which started filming recently with Mark Zhao, Bai Jing Ting, and Qiao Xin. I did not watch the original but heard good things about it. And heck, I might marathon it if Sunday allows. Hee!
Meng Fei Jia Dao (萌妃駕到) is a comedic palace drama based on the novel written by Mu Yu starring Gina Jin Chen and Jiro Wang as the leads. The romance is between a king who finds himself drawn to the quirky and unique daughter of a doctor, who pretends to be ill when she first entered the palace to avoid palace catfights. Ha! Smart girl.
This is the duo’s third collaboration together, after drama Chinese Paladin 3 and movie Reset. This news came out so suddenly because they have started filming today, everything done secretly until the release of official posters a few hours ago. Lol. Trying to keep a secret aren’t we? The story takes places during 1920s Shanghai and the theme is on the building blocks of architecture well into the modern world. Our hero has a tough life and the family is torn apart when his dad dies as a result of a smuggling ordeal and he’s separated from his siblings. Years later, he works hard, hoping to build better living conditions for the poor with low-costing housing in war-torn down areas. Our heroine is an outstanding architect, combining the essence of Chinese architecture and orienting her works around humans, she’s a fast-rising talent in Shanghai.
How do I feel about this trailer… how do I feel. They used the same song (“Cant Help Falling In Love With You“) from the previous adaptation for nostalgic reasons but the feel is definitely different. More youthful, more animated, more vibrant. What jumps out at me is that the trailer tells things from our male lead’s POV, which is a toss up; because what I loved about the previous version is being able to hear Shan Cai’s thoughts throughout the whole drama. Her thoughts were genuine, sincere, and honest, which made disliking her impossible (for me). Let’s see what the new adaptation will bring to the table ~