Mystery of Antiques 3 (古董局中局之掠宝清单) is the third part following 2018’s Mystery of Antiques, 2020’s Antique Bureau Midgame, all based on Ma Bo Yong’s novel series, The Game of Antiques.
WeTV provides the synopsis: “In 1928, an evil wind swept Beijing City. In the name of birthday celebration, the director of the police department imprisoned the big shots in the antique industry. When the Five Houses were in crisis, Xu Yi Cheng (male lead) went to great lengths and settled it. What’s worse, Chen Weili, Xu’s old friend, was murdered in the street. Before his death, Chen sent a note to Xu, on which “Wind” and “Earth” were faintly marked. Xu investigated it and surprisingly found Chen’s death concerned with the Japanese. Yu Fang, a prince of the former dynasty, confessed that Concubine Shu Shen’s tomb in Dongling was robbed, and asked Xu to help resolve the Dongling crisis. Xu sensitively realized that the Dongling crisis was related to the death of his friend Chen. For the country, to avoid China’s national treasures stolen by the enemy; in private, to uncover the truth about his friend’s death, Xu Yi Cheng, with the help of the royal descendant, Hai Lan Zhu (female lead), Liu Yi Ming from the Five House, Huang Kewu, and his friend Fu Gui, braved the Ping’an City and prevented the outflow of the treasures.”
In short, our couple is trying to protect their cultural treasures from greedy hands. xD
The Legend of An Le (安乐传) is adapted from the novel written by Xing Ling. The story follows our heroine, the sole survivor of her family – the Di Clan. Her family was accused of treason and was beheaded, forcing our heroine on the path of vengeance to the very end. She changes her name and dons a mask and slithers her way into the palace, meeting the empathetic Crown Prince, our male lead. She falls for him and struggles between her oath of revenge and her familial duty to her deceased family. While he feels guilty about what happened to her family 10 years ago, he vows to protect her at all costs.
Lol. The cast for The Long Ballad is following each other to their next drama? 😛
Night Wanderer (夜旅人) is adapted from the novel written by Zhao Xi Zhi and has confirmed the leading couple in Ni Ni and Deng Lun with their released posters. The novel follows two individuals – our heroine is from the year 2015 and she’s famous female forensic doctor, returning home from a murder scene and witnessing the corridor lights flicker. On the same night but in 1937, our hero – a lawyer in Shanghai also returns home when the lights go out. The time and space of these two people are connected by a lamp. He’s described as gentle, old-fashioned, and righteous, while she’s described as cool, calm, and courageous. The first time they meet, he’s in no hurry as he helps her to the hospital with a black umbrella. The second time they meet, he has become her tenant, holding a tenant contract from 1937. Lol. Their love transcends time and space, and once it explodes, it’s eternal.
That is the novel excerpt, but when I checked the drama synopsis on baidu, it sounds different. This may be another case where some plots/descriptions are changed to accommodate drama making.
The Legendary Life of Queen Lau (皇后刘黑胖) is adapted from the novel written by Ge Yang. It’s a comedy historical drama and follows the story of our heroine, a Prime Minister’s illegitimate daughter, who is abandoned by him. But the day the Empress Dowager wants to link the two families through marriage, villainy dad is too eager to find his not-so-pretty daughter back. Due to her dark skin and chubby figure, our heroine isn’t favorably looked upon. The funny thing here is this: the Empress Dowager actually wants the Crown Prince to marry Prime Minister’s distant relative – his niece, who’s pretty and well-educated. So our plucky heroine marries into the palace and becomes the Crown Princess at age 9/10 in the novel. The two kids of course start off on the wrong foot but the years they spend together cement their friendship, which sets up the foundation for many laughs and eventual romance.
Sounds like a sweet story and how can anyone not love La Mu Yang Zi? Her smile is adorable!
Lover or Stranger (陌生的恋人) is described as a “romantic thriller that tells a suspenseful story about a violinist named Luo Qian Yi. Luo lost her memory in an accident right before marrying her fiancé Huo You Ze. In the attempt to restore her memory, Luo uncovers many secrets of hers and falls in love with Huo You Ze once again.”
Summer Again (薄荷之夏) is an youth romance that just dropped yesterday 7/10.
Based on Qiyi‘s description, the story follows “Tong Xi, a ballet dancer, is forced to return from the big city to her hometown due to her mother’s job transfer. She wants to hide her tough girl character by transferring to another school, but is seen through by her childhood friend, Lin Nan Yi, who knows her roots and can’t get along with her. Tong Xi is acting while Li Nan Yi is trying to blow her cover. From frequent misunderstandings to mutual help, the couples gradually develop a tacit understanding and reliance on each other in their daily life with a group of small-town students. However, Tong Xi learns that Lin Nan Yi is the comic god she has admired for a long time. When the confusion in the process of finding the dreams hits the young and ignorant girl’s feelings, this destined fate will lead off a sweet and joyful growing-up-in-the-campus story. And there are many more separations and reunions belonging to them…”
Unforgettable Love (贺先生的恋恋不忘) is an upcoming romcom featuring a romance between a CEO male lead who operates on indifference and rationale and our sweet, loving child psychologist female lead. Sounds like a regular romance, yea? Except, our CEO has a son!