Formerly called Love and Lost, To Love (最初的相遇,最后的别离) is an upcoming suspenseful romance drama starring Lin Geng Xin, Gai Yue Xi, and Du Chun. Adapted from the novel written by Shu Yi. Our hero is now a businessman but he used to work as a anti-narcotics policeman. He decides to go undercover again to find the cause of death of a close friend. During his mission, he meets and becomes intimate with a sassy owner of a cafe, our female lead. Their close relationship triggers jealousy from a close female friend but she isn’t jealous for very long because she, too, is murdered. And the blame is pinned on him. Now we have two murder mysteries. Du Chun is the head in charge of investigating our lovely couple.
Unknown Number (时空来电) is the Chinese remake of Kdrama Signal starring Li Xiao Ran, Du Chun, and Wang Tian Chen. I haven’t watched the original but have heard of numerous praises for the plot and acting caliber of the original cast. Of the Chinese cast, Wang Tian Chen is the most green and you might remember him in General and I, The Way We Were and or Tang Dynasty Tour. Either way, he has a big shoes to follow Lee Jae Hoon’s performance. The original was inspired by a true incident and that involves a serial rapist and murderer. The story follows police lieutenant played by Wang as he tries to investigate the death of his childhood’s friend that was left unsolved for years. He’s aided when he discovers a walkie-talkie and the man talking to him through the phone is the detective from the past (literally) trying to solve the case. Now I want to watch the original. Sounds like a TVB drama too!
One of my favorite Chinese movies, The Wasted Times, is now on Viki so I had to review it. I watched this last year during a trip to China and was really drawn in to the story as well as the incredible cinematography so I was eager to watch it again. It’s a dark drama about a Chinese mob boss and a Japanese national, which starts just before the Japanese invasion of Shanghai through to the end of the Sino-Japanese War, and stars Ge You (To Live) and Tadanobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok).