Of Mountains and Rivers (山河表里) now known in English as Guardians of the Lands is the next Priest’s novel to be adapted. I think we need a new category just for Priest’s projects. Lol. It’s another BL novel following Chu Huan, to be played by Chen Xing Xu, and Nan Shan, to be played by new face, Chen Mu Chi. Chu Huan is a former secret agent who is hired to follow and kill a mafia boss but he falls over a cliff and ends up stranded in a mountain full of secrets and forces beyond scientific explanations, led by a pure and loyal tribe leader, Nan Shan. The two overcome their language barrier and begin many adventures together.
My gut feeling was true after all – something was wrong! When it was announced that Cheng Yi was the male lead weeks ago, I found it odd that we only get confirmation of our male lead and only bad quality unconfirmed pictures of the female lead at the time – Jing Tian. She was rumored for months with Cheng Yi but backed out and those initial photos were costume fitting of another ancient drama. Then just a week ago, Yang Zi‘s name became involved in the drama, with Yang Zi’s fans denying the leaked photos of her costume fitting as photoshop materials and calling out Huan Rui’s bad treatment of Yang Zi, forcing her to pick up this drama. And today, it has been confirmed by Yang Zi’s studio, Huan Rui, and Youku that Yang Zi was the actress they approached first, but she backed out due to scheduling conflict, and now is offered the role again and has accepted the deal.
What a mess huh? In any case, now that the seed has been planted, let’s support the actors and their project. I almost forgot, they were in Legend of Chusen too!
The Rational Life (理智派生活) is an upcoming drama following the work and love life of our heroine. At a male-dominated work environment, she works hard and yearns for a promotion but it is out of reach time and time again. Her boss is also her boyfriend and he secretly makes life difficult for her, hoping she would quit working and get married. In comes a younger pursuer – her assistant; who sticks by her through thick and thin. He opens up her heart to new feelings and adventures.
The Long Ballad aka Chang Ge Xing aka (長歌行) is adapted from the manhua of the same name written by Xia Da. It follows our heroine, who’s a princess on the run. Her father is Crown Prince Li but after the new Emperor ascended the throne, he ordered his brothers and families put to death. She escapes, fakes her own death, disguises herself as a male and plots her revenge against the new Emperor, becoming a fierce military leader in the process. The manhua is highly rated among fans and has solid rating (9~) on douban. Readers also poured their hearts out for the arts as well.
Reviews are promising, our heroine is described as merciless and highly intelligent. Since she was young, she was trained in martial arts and battle strategies, so she holds her own in a fight. Our male protagonist is no less of a worthy character – he’s the adopted son of Jieli Khan, a leader of his own army, who is known for his ruthlessness and doing things his ways in the beginning. He slowly melts that attitude and begins to realize how his actions could affect those around him after meeting our leading lady. But he doesn’t know SHE is a SHE for a little bit.
No boundary (Yu Zhao Ling, 玉昭令) is based on the novel written by Wei Yu. The story follows our heroine who descends into the human realm and sets up her own sect to fight off evil and keep peace. She’s joined by a handsome guard, our hero. Or if you prefer the Qiyi’s summary:
In the Shang Dynasty, King Zhou, the cruel ruler, was replaced by Ji Wu. During the investiture of the Gods, Jiang Ziya gave up on his divine throne. He was willing to be the marquis in the human realm to ensure that his goddaughter, Duanmu Cui (Zhang Yi Shang), could become the immortal. Thousands of years later, in the Song Dynasty, he became Bao Qingtian. At the same time, Duanmu Cui descended to the mortal world and established the Xihualiu Sect. Under Bao Qingtian’s order, fourth-grade-military officer, Zhan Zhao (Darren Chen), was ordered to help Duanmu Cui. After sticking together through thick and thin for several times, love secretly grows between them.
Yu Gu Yao (玉骨遥) is an upcoming fantasy drama based loosely on the novel Zhu Yan (prequel to the Li Yi Feng’s Mirror drama) written by Cang Yue (Listening Snow Tower). Ren Min plays a kind and headstrong princess of the Chi Clan who escapes an arranged marriage (her name is the name of the novel; looks like we can expect a lot of changes to make this Male Lead-centered drama), and Xiao Zhan plays a cold and aloof royal prince who is sent to the mountains to cultivate (due to the Grand Priest’s premonition of him falling in love with a girl). He is nine years older than her and she becomes his disciple… their destiny and romance tied to the future of Kong Sang Kingdom. At one point, she draws his blood. Dun Dun Dun!
Sigh. You guys know me, I don’t do well with Shifu-disciple story.
Unusual Idol Love (新人类男友会漏电) is an upcoming scifi modern drama based on the manhua written by Guo Si Te, following a famous male idol who discovers that he’s an AI and is now being hunted by the company that created him. He escapes and runs into our heroine and the two somehow begin living together under the same roof, creating all sorts of hijinks. If you recall, Ao Rui Peng and Lu Xiao Yu were co-stars in 2020’s Beautiful Time With You.
Twelve Legends(十二谭) is a fantasy republican drama adapted from a novel written by Ni Luo (Wu Xin The Monster Killer), following a love story that spans 2 thousand years starring Guli Nazha and Jasper Liu. Our hero is originally a rock with characteristics of a demon and a god. He dons a cold face but has a soft heart, and is described as someone who’s resolute in all situations and is determined to survive. He endures the vicissitudes of life, countless trials of life and death, and is only waiting for one person. That person is of course our beautiful heroine, who is formed after cultivation from a pearl (how’s that for beauty?) She’s a playful person, who loves life and freedom. Unfortunately, she was imprisoned by him for years, and he’s also the reason behind her friend’s death. She resents him, but when the truth is revealed, she’s stunned. The freedom she desperately pursues is just a sinister trap. Thus begins a love story that is humorous and touching, passionate and sweet.
Gosh, this drama looks so pretty! I still have Rattan that I need to watch. T___T