Dragon Inn (新龙门客栈) is the drama remake of an older wuxia movie, now starring Ma Ke, Qi Wei, and Shen Meng Chen as the main leads. The story is very similar; the rise to power of powerful eunuch Cao Shao Qin (Actor Bao Jian Feng), leader of Dong Chang (Eastern Depot), a Ming dynasty spy/secret police agency, as he aims to eliminate all those who oppose him, one of them being defense minister Yang, who is killed, and his only son (Actor Liu Yao Yuan) exiled. Ma Ke plays the righteous general out to protect the youngin and Shen Meng Chen work together with him to escort Yang Minister’s son to an inn, which is operated by a seductive boss, played by actress Qi Wei. Friends and foes engage in long battles at the same inn.
Strong pairing! Han Dong Jun and Yang Zi Shan begin filming for Never Gone (So You’re Still Here) drama version of the novel written by Xin Yi Wu. You might recall the movie version with Kris Wu and Liu Yi Fei last year, about a pair of deeply in love young adults who were torn apart by social status and financial differences, yet their hearts remain with other for years and the heroine finally decides to pursue back the man she chased away. It’s not a deep subject and has been repeated many times, but what will sell this story is the acting, which I believe won’t be a problem.
If you have been following AVV for a while, you know I’ve been watching these child actors (from the program Star of Tomorrow) since last year and they continue to impress one project after another. The latest one which aired a month ago is their kiddie version of The Three Kingdoms period. I think the topic is a too heavy for child actors but they look so in characters, it’s mind-blowing. Maybe because they’re still kids so trying to look pretty on cameras isn’t on their agenda yet, hence the 100% immersion. Adult actors, be careful!
As you might already know from past posts, Ming Xiao Xi’s twisted melo romance, Summer’s Desire (泡沫之夏) gets a rehash edition in 2017 with Qin Jun Jie (as Ou Chen) and Zhang Xue Ying (as Yin Xia Mo). Third leg of the triangle went through a switcheroo and now actor Huang Sheng Chi from My Mr. Mermaid will play Luo Xi. Looking at the first batch of character stills, I feel like everyone’s personality got watered down 3 tanks of purity. Lol.
One of my least favorite tropes in dramas…female lead getting tortured. Have you noticed, it’s always the girls getting tortured by the men they love! Can’t you hide her in a secluded pretty prison cell and have cotton candy together?
Mystery of Antiques (古董局中局) is based on the novel written by Ma Bo Yong and has cast Xia Yu, Qiao Zhen Yu, and Cai Wen Jing in a suspenseful quest on obtaining antiques and solving mysteries around them. There is a current obsession with this kind of topic, right? Tombs, antiques, curses, etc…