Hear Her (听见她说) is an upcoming short monologue drama consisting of 8 15-minute episodes starring a line of solid actresses including Bai Bai He, Hao Lei, Qi Xi, Wang Zhi, Xi Mei Juan, Yang Zi, Yong Mei, and Yang Mi. I’m interested to see how Zhao Wei has grown as a director since her debut days and it’s great to see her join the shift of focus to women this year. Some of the struggles include midlife crisis, housewife life, domestic violence, older singles, and being the perfect girl.
Psychologist (女心理师) is a modern drama adapted from the novel written by Bi Shu Min (author is a psychiatrist). The story follows the ups and downs and growth of our female lead, who is a psychologist. After a suicide related to a charity event, her career suffers a great setback, rendering her feeling low. She meets our male lead through a mutual friend and he convinces her to join him as a co-host for a television show about psychology. The show revives her mental state and her clinic while our male lead develops deep feelings for her. Just when everything is going smoothly, a strings of events threaten her foundation once more. Her mentor gets involved in a scandal. She tries to find out the truth to help him, but inadvertently discovers a secret of his. Then her best friend gets entangled in a conflict at the same time that her mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer. Thirdly, male lead’s best friend is trying to take revenge on female lead’s mentor. All these events trigger our heroine’s emotional trauma in her youth and she begins to sleepwalk again. In the end, our heroine decides to close her clinic and travel the world with her mother. During their journey, they are able to resolve the knot of the past.
This is one long production! More than half a year to finish filming! Now let the post-production editing begins. Both leads wrote a lengthy appreciation post on their respective weibos to thank the director and staff. The newly released BTS video shows both of them having a blast together as well. I didn’t expect anything less from the mischievous Yang Zi!
The Golden Hairpin (青簪行) is based on the novel written by Ce Ce Qing Han. The story follows our female lead who made quite an impression at the tender age of 13 when she begins helping her dad solve murder cases. When she turns 17, her life takes a dive as she’s on the run, accused of murdering her own family to escape an arranged marriage. During her run, she meets Prince Li (4th son of the Emperor) and is involved in the conspiracies of the princes and her detective skills are put to test when Prince Li’s soon-to-be wife disappears/dies. In exchange for his help to clear her name, she becomes his eunuch, helping him on the side.