Cdrama Updates: Youku’s 2021 Press Conference, Cang Lan Jue, The Flaming Heart, The Psychologist, The Story of Xing Fu

A lot of Youku dramas showcased their trailers at the annual press conference!

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Su Mo’s Agarwood Like Crumbs finally confirms female lead Yang Zi, weeks after Cheng Yi’s confirmation

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!

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Long Trailer for South Wind Knows My Mood with Cheng Yi and Zhang Yu Xi

A 9-minute trailer? Why? I will never understand the unnecessary long trailers that reveal everything about the plot. Lol.

Adapted from the novel written by Qi Wei, South Wind Knows My Mood (南风知我意) stars Cheng Yi and Zhang Yu Xi. He is a botanist and she’s a medic, and both join a humanitarian relief effort in search of a special medicinal plant. After many obstacles, they found the plant they needed to create a special medicine. Our male lead returns back home, just to find his half-brother’s plan for turning the medicinal plant into cosmetics for monetary gains. He opposes his brother but a mysterious accident happens at the lab which postpones the production of the medicine and also injures our male lead. Our female lead is in the dark about the whole thing and misunderstands him. Half a year later, after our love birds have experienced disappointment, confusion, and worry, they come back together. As the day of their wedding approaches, our girl discovers alarming clues about her parents’ deaths. Hatred from the previous generation once again challenges their foundation of trust and forgiveness. Our hero does not give up, he fights hard to protect her and uphold their feelings. Finally, the competition between the brothers comes to an end and our leads remain steadfast to each other.

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Cheng Yi and Zhang Yu Xi confirmed modern drama South Wind Knows My Mood

Adapted from the novel written by Qi Wei, South Wind Knows My Mood (南风知我意) stars Cheng Yi and Zhang Yu Xi. He is a botanist and she’s a medic, and both join a humanitarian relief effort in search of a special medicinal plant. After many obstacles, they found the plant they needed to create a special medicine. Our male lead returns back home, just to find his half-brother’s plan for turning the medicinal plant into cosmetics for monetary gains. He opposes his brother but a mysterious accident happens at the lab which postpones the production of the medicine and also injures our male lead. Our female lead is in the dark about the whole thing and misunderstands him. Half a year later, after our love birds have experienced disappointment, confusion, and worry, they come back together. As the day of their wedding approaches, our girl discovers alarming clues about her parents’ deaths. Hatred from the previous generation once again challenges their foundation of trust and forgiveness. Our hero does not give up, he fights hard to protect her and uphold their feelings. Finally, the competition between the brothers comes to an end and our leads remain steadfast to each other.

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The Promise of Chang An with Cheng Yi, Zhao Ying Zi, and Han Dong secures broadcast in September

The Promise of Chang An (长安诺) is a historical drama with a love triangle featuring Cheng Yi, Zhao Ying Zi, and Han Dong. Our leading lady is a bright young miss who meets and is childhood sweethearts with 9th prince (Cheng Yi). However, their love is not meant to be when news of his death reaches her and she’s forced to marry to his older brother Xiao Cheng Rui, who later becomes King. While she has a son with the king, the younger brother establishes military achievements one after another, helping his older brother stabilize the country. However, the two brothers aren’t meant to meet and clash it out as older brother dies and the throne is given to his son while younger bro becomes Prince Regent. Son distrusts his uncle, while uncle tries to rekindle a lost love with his mama.

Airing today 9/10!

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Drifters of the Night: A Podcast for Dreamers S01EP4 | Is this Worth the Electricity Bills?: Love and Redemption

If you haven’t jumped on the hype, what are you doing!! But jokes aside, wow, Love and Redemption has really been taking over the cdrama world. Want to know why everyone is saying poor Si Feng? Or why this drama gives off Ashes of Love vibes? Join Dan, Lin, and ProductiveProcrastinator as they give a first impression on Love and Redemption and attempt to convince Alison to give it a try~

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Love and Redemption with Yuan Bing Yan and Cheng Yi announces broadcast date in August

Based on the novel written by Shi Si Lang, Love and Redemption (琉璃美人煞) stars Yuan Bing Yan and Cheng Yi as the leading couple. Our heroine is the second daughter to Shaoyang Sect Leader, who is inept in martial arts and described as clueless and weak, in comparison to her capable older sister (Zhang Yu Xi). Therefore, during the annual Martial Arts Competition, while her older sister is sent to represent the sect, younger sister is sent to a cave to reflect and that’s where she meets Lize Palace‘s disciple, our hero, and the two forge a friendship. Elder Sister makes enemy with Wu Long during the competition and he in return, injures our heroine, which motivates her to improve her martial arts in the next four years. Wu Long then betrays the righteous sects and join the evil sects in hopes of taking over jianghu. Our leads now must work together to fight the evil forces. The novel is much more complicated with their past lives being immortal beings who fought the demon a thousands years ago and disappeared.

Airing 8/6!

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Zhang Yu Xi, Xuan Lu, and Cheng Yi in Meng Xing Chang An

Meng Xing Chang An (梦醒长安) is based on the novel written by Shi Si Que and follows the story of two sisters, played by Zhang Yu Xi and Xuan Lu, who were ripped apart by politics when they were younger, and reunited on opposing sides as adults. The story is set during the Tang Dynasty under Emperor Wenzong’s rule where powerful eunuchs run the court. He and other government officials plan to get rid of Eunuch Chou Shi Liang (Mickey He) but their plan failed, leading to the execution of prime minister Wang Ya’s family, leaving only two surviving granddaughters. They are separated and raised by different camps, meeting seven years later, when the new Emperor (Cheng Yi) launches the two camps against each other.

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