Must be booting week because a bunch of dramas started to film! Just a quick rundown, I’ll write more in details when they have their separate introduction post ~
So many news! Just doing a mini batch of news here since there were a lot and putting all in the bulletin board is too overwhelming (for all of us!).
I can’t believe it’s been two years since I last talked about this remake of Jin Yong’s novel, Ode to Gallantry, and it’s still sitting on the shelf! With the recently released trailer, I hope it’s a positive light for the production. It stars relatively new faces in Cai Yi Da and Jenny Zhang. I did watch the 1989’s adaptation with Tony Leung and Sheren Tang shortly after and found it entertaining. The story is about mistaken identity between two long-lost twins. One is a sly womanizer with a humble background, Shi Zhong Yu, while the other one is a quiet, upright leader of the Changle Sect, Shi Po Tian. One is often mistaken for the other, which allows for amusing dialogues and awkward situations for their friends, foes, and lady loves.
Zhang Ji Zhong
I know what you’re gonna say: “Again?!!” Yep. Because Jin Yong is the only author in China. *snarks*
But Zhang Ji Zhong, one of the famed producers (and directors) in China, isn’t new to Jin Yong. Some of you might even remember his name in various productions’ credits. Popular works under his name include Romance of the Three Kingdoms, The Water Margin, Return of the Condor Heroes 2006, and Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003, to name a few. And of course, you can’t say he didn’t play a part in propelling the careers of Huang Xiao Ming & Liu Yi Fei. So newbies must be auditioning desperately to snatch a role in the upcoming series.
Which is basically today on Hunan Tv. It’s another novel-to-tv adaptation of the same name. If Zhao Li Ying was the breakout star of 2012-2013, then Li Qin is the latest contender to take the spotlight cause this girl has several dramas under her wings, to film and to air. The newest one, Flowers Pinellia, depicts Xia Ru Hua (Li Qin)’s life with a brotherly figure, Wei Ru Feng (Lin Shen) as the two struggle to cope after Ru Hua’s grandma’s death. Their loss is further exacerbated when Ru Hua is raped by a hooligan (Spoilers!) To seek revenge, Ru Feng dwindles down the path of temptations and emotional turmoils.