Adapted from the novel written by Ba Yue Chang An, Unrequited Love (暗恋橘生淮南) stars Hu Bing Qing and Hu Yi Tian. The story follows our heroine’s one-sided romance for her childhood friend for fifteen long years. They are childhood playmates and attend the same school for many years. Beginning in high school, their friendship takes a dim turn as she focuses more on her studies. When they meet again in college, she still carries a burning torch for him. Girllllllll! An excursion to Red Canyon Valley rekindles their friendship and sparks begin to fly ~
From what I know, there’s another drama adaptation of the same novel which aired in 2019 with Zhao Shun Ran and Zhu Yan Man Zi. You can stream it on netflix.
Hohoho, the veteran cast here is on point. If you get to work with them, be a sponge and absorb! 😀 Crime Crackdown (扫黑风暴) follows Sun Hong Lei’s ups and downs in the police force, from being oppressed, framed, and imprisoned, he vows to take down the deep-rooted evil that has been corrupting the Zhongjiang City for a decade. Liu Yi Jun and Zhang Yi Xing join him on that journey.
The Day of Becoming You (变成你的那一天) is an upcoming romantic comedy with Zhang Xin Cheng and Liang Jie. The story follows leader of a popular boyband swapping soul/body with a reporter on the same birthday. Suddenly and unprepared, they begin to navigate their different lives and roles in life, by guiding and covering up for each other. And of course, they gradually become closer. The body-swapping shenanigans remind me of Korean drama Secret Garden except she’s not a stunt-woman who uses her fist but a reporter who uses her pen (words)!
Emperor’s Conquest/Monarch Industry (上阳赋) is adapted from the novel written by Mei Yu Zhe and stars Zhang Zi Yi in her television debut! I know it’s a shocker that she never did a drama in her whole career until three years ago when this was filmed. The production remains so quiet and secretive until now. Then Boom. Airing. Lol. The story follows two intelligent people bound together by a political marriage that slowly morphs into an epic relationship of love, loyalty, and trust in their conquest of the world. Female cast is not to be joked around either – Kara Hui, Angie Chiu!
You can read the translated novel here (still in progress).
Adapted from the novel written by Zhan An, Novoland: The Princess From Plateau (九州·朱颜记) looks like another twisted love story. The story follows eighth princess (Cheng Xiao Meng) of the Ye Bei clan and her close friend (our female lead) who is shunned because she is considered an outsider. In order to attack Ye Bei, Emperor Gao of Chao Kingdom (male lead) devises a plan to give him a good excuse; he proposes a marriage to eighth princess knowing that she would reject, thus giving him a reason to attack. To save her relatives and the kingdom, eighth princess jumps to her death over a cliff. The Ye Bei clan suffers greatly, leading to their destruction. Our female lead swears to take revenge for her best friend and Ye Bei clan, thus she creates a new identity and enters the palace to assassinate the king. Her failing attempts stir interests in the King and he slowly falls in love with her. Our heroine is moved but her loyalty to her friend didn’t allow betrayal. SPOILER: She continues to plot and eventually the Chao Kingdom falls and the King dies. Not sure how…but if this synopsis remains true in the drama, fans are doomed for tears!
*1/8: Added new stills they released a few hours after the posters
My Little Happiness (我的小确幸) is adapted from the novel written by Dong Ben Xi Gu and stars Xing Fei and Tang Xiao Tian as childhood friends who are reunited as adults. Our heroine was sent to study abroad by her mother, hoping she would settle in the states. But she sneaks back home and becomes a legal intern. She meets old friend who is now a successful surgeon but doesn’t recognize him at first. They become neighbors (him being the landlord to boot) and the battle of wits continue between the two. Maybe she’s a legal consult for the hospital so that’s why they work together a lot? Lol.
The World of Fantasy, previously known as Spirit Realm (灵域) stars Fan Cheng Cheng and Cheng Xiao. It’s based on an popular novel written by Ni Cang Tian, which also has a game and an animation version. The story follows our male lead who is said to have the Heaven Fighting Race’s bloodline in him. It is said that 30,000 years ago, the Heavenly Fighting Race invaded the Spirit Realm and wreaked havoc in many races and multiple dimensions, until they were stopped by the combined efforts of the Hundred Races and disappeared. 30,000 years later, our male lead lives quietly in a household, appearing like a dummy to others but in actuality, he is in deep cultivation. Cheng Xiao will play his childhood sweetheart.
I don’t know either of the leads; but FCC is Fan Bing Bing’s brother and Cheng Xiao looks like the IT girl for this year.