Chinese Paladin 4 begins filming with Ju Jing Yi and Chen Zhe Yuan

Chinese Paladin 4 (仙剑奇侠传4) has commenced filming with their leads in Ju Jing Yi and Chen Zhe Yuan and some supporting faces that I recognize in Mao Xiao Hui and Sun Ying Hao. As many might know/remember, the Chinese Paladin franchise is adapted from a series of video games also known as The Legend of Sword and Fairy, and the most famous drama adaptation being 2005’s Chinese Paladin with Hu Ge and Liu Yi Fei. In CP4 (considered the 5th installment, prequel to the CP3), the video game synopsis is described below:

Yun Tian He, a young man who had been living alone on a mountain peak, was on a regular boar hunting trip when he came across the young woman Han Ling Sha, from a clan of short-lived tomb raiders, attempting to break into his parents’ tomb, culminating in the destruction of the tomb, and setting him on a journey alongside Ling Sha to the outside world to uncover his parents’ past. On the journey, they encountered and befriended the adopted daughter of the magistrate of Shou Yang, Liu Meng Li, who seemed to have connections to Tian He’s father, and a skilled and kind swordmaster who trained at Mt. Kunlun’s Qionghua School since a young age, Murong Zi Ying.

What do you think of the cast? Would you prefer lesser known faces?

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Youth drama Our Secrets (Secrets in the Lattice) with Chen Zhe Yuan and Xu Meng Jie to air

At this rate, you will never miss youth dramas. They are abundant every season! Our Secrets (暗格里的秘密) is adapted from the novel written by Er Dong Tu Zi and stars Chen Zhe Yuan and Xu Meng Jie as the main leads. He’s the talented and genius boy on campus and she’s the stubborn and bubbly Cinderella. They will accompany each other on the road of youth.

Airing 8/10 ~

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New Dramas Begin Filming: Ju Jing Yi’s Hua Rong, Angelababy’s Love The Way You Are, Song Yi Ren’s Different Princess, Chen Yu Qi’s Fu Tu Tower, and more!

A lot of dramas began filming this week, here are some with good, decent booting ceremony pictures.

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Sha Po Lang (Winner is King) with Chen Zhe Yuan and Tan Jian Ci releases First Stills

Adapted from the novel written by Priest, Sha Po Lang (杀破狼) is set during the Great Liang Dynasty where steam-powered machines make lives better and worse for many people. In a small countryside village, our hero (Chen Zhe Yuan) has lived since he was a child. He’s Chang Geng and he’s close to two young kids, his teacher, and his adoptive father – our other male lead (Tan Jian Ci). Their age difference is only 6/7 years. His somewhat peaceful life is turned upside down when the barbaric tribe Man invaded and his real identity is revealed – he’s the Emperor’s son (4th Prince) with the Man’s high priestess. And his beloved adoptive father with impaired hearing and vision turns out to be a respected General. After the invasion, our Fourth Prince is escorted back to the capital and this is where his story begins. Other cast members right now include Li Hong Yi (as Shen Yi) and Sun An Ke (as Chen Qing Xu).

Expect changes to the drama, as always. Filming began in July and has ended.

You can read the novel here.

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Li Mo Zhi capture the hearts of Chen Zhe Yuan, Zhang Jun Ning and more in Renascence

Renascence (凤唳九天) is adapted from the novel The Cry of the Phoenix Which Reached the Ninth Heaven written by Xiao Yun. I don’t know much about names but THIS name would make me want to check the series out. Lol. It is a revenge journey of our female lead; her soul is transferred to her sister in the same timeline. Whut?? (What happened to her sister’s soul then? Hanging out with ET?)

This is the description of Qiyi: Empress of Chu, Yao Mo Xin, falls prey to traitors in the imperial court. After a thunderstorm, her soul transfers itself into the body of her younger sister, Yao Mo Wan, who happens to be running from the enemies. Yao Mo Wan tumbles down a cliff and loses her memory. Through a series of events, Yao Mo Wan and Prince Su of Chu, Ye Jun Qing, fall in love. Yao Mo Wan finally settles the painful score of the past after much hardship and helps Ye Jun Qing reclaim his kingdom.

Began airing yesterday 9/22!

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The Golden Hairpin with Yang Zi and Kris Wu wrapped up filming after 230 days!

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.

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Priest’s Sha Po Lang drama confirms male leads Chen Zhe Yuan and Tan Jian Ci

Another boy-love novel from Priest (the money bag is getting heavy, yes? :D)! Sha Po Lang (杀破狼) is set during the Great Liang Dynasty where steam-powered machines make lives better and worse for many people. In a small countryside village, our hero (Chen Zhe Yuan) has lived since he was a child. He’s Chang Geng and he’s close to two young kids, his teacher, and his adoptive father – our other male lead (Tan Jian Ci). Their age difference is only 6/7 years. His somewhat peaceful life is turned upside down when the barbaric tribe Man invaded and his real identity is revealed – he’s the Emperor’s son with the Man’s high priestess (Don’t know what her position is called, but scandalous nonetheless!). And his beloved adoptive father with impaired hearing and vision turns out to be a respected General. After the invasion, our Fourth Prince is escorted back to the capital and this is where his story begins. Other cast members right now include Li Hong Yi (as Shen Yi) and Sun An Ke (as Chen Qing Xu).

Steampunk technologies! Interesting. Who has read the novel and can give me some spoilers? Lol.

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First Impression: What do you think of the Handsome Siblings with Hu Yi Tian and Chen Zhe Yuan?

My first version of this story by Gu Long was the Taiwanese version with Jimmy Lin and Alec Su, followed by the TVB version with Tony Leung and Hugo Ng, then HK version with Dicky Cheung and Nicholas Tse. In all the versions, the mischievous brother (to be played by Chen Zhe Yuan) who was raised up by a group of villains is almost always the reason to continue watching. He’s unconventional, a prankster, and has tricks up his butt-hole. Lol. The newer version seems to favor the other twin more (played by Hu Yi Tian, he’s the more popular actor of the two), who was raised in a female-only palace, by a cold lady conspiring to see the brothers at each other’s throats. Why? Because their father rejected her and eloped with one of her slave girls! And this is her revenge plan.

The drama will air on CCTV, Qiyi, and Netflix, starting 1/16.

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