A Dream of Splendor (汴京梦华图) brings 2006’s Little Dragon Girl and 2014’s Yang Guo together. 🙂
Synopsis from Wetv: Zhao Pan Er, who opened a tea shop in Hangzhou, finally received the good news that her fiance Ouyang Xu was in Beijing High School, but was abandoned. Unwilling to accept her fate, she vowed to go to Beijing to seek justice. On the way to Beijing, she had to rush to rescue her good sister, Song Yin Zhang, who was cheated on marriage and was abused. At the same time, she also saved Sun San Niang, who had unfortunately tried to commit suicide because of her married life. When Ouyang Xu learned that Zhao Pan Er had come to the capital and came to the door, he managed to drive her out of Bianjing. Zhao Pan Er, Song Yin Zhang, and Sun San Niang decided to stay in Bianjing, relying on their own ability to make a fortune. After experiencing difficulties and various tribulations, the three sisters finally managed the small teahouse into the largest restaurant in Bianjing. After an arduous struggle, Zhao Pan Er saw more scenery, and also solved the obsession with hating Ouyang Xu, and at the same time opened a door of equal salvation for the humble women in ancient times.
Back For You (漫影寻踪) with Angelababy and Wang An Yu. Not much is known about the story but it’s another murder-mystery-waiting-to-be-solved-by-leads set in the republican period. From the picture, cutie boy Wang An Yu is playing a cop! It’s boasting a line of pretty faces as special guests as well! Cheng Xiao, Zhang Yu Jian, Sheng Ying Hao, Yu Xiao Tong, and more!
Meng Hua Lu (汴京梦华图) has quietly begun filming on 2/17. The story follows our heroine as she works her way to make a career for herself during the Song Dynasty. Our heroine is a tea house owner waiting for her fiancé to pass the imperial examination. When he does pass it, he breaks the engagement (what a jerk!) Unwilling to accept such fate, she travels to the capitol to seek justice. Along her journey, she saves and makes friends with two women. Both have miserable life and marriages – one is tricked into marriage and is being treated unkindly, the other is stuck in an unhappy marriage and wants to commit suicide to end it all. When her ex-fiancé learns that she’s coming, he uses various methods to kick her out. But the three friends are not going anywhere despite the obstacles and challenges they face as women during the time. From a small tea house, their business grows into the most well-known restaurant of Biàn Jīng (Today’s Kai Feng). Hmmm, where does Chen Xiao fit in here? At least, he gets to romance another Little Dragon Girl. 😉
Other cast members include Lin Yun, Liu Yan, and Wang Yan Lin. I’m sure Wang Yan Lin is gonna play the jerk fiancé already. LOL.
Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya and has been adapted as live-action television dramas by Japan (with Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno) and Korea (with Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung). The new English title is Symphony’s Romance with leads in Zhang Xin Cheng of My Huckleberry Friends and Lin Yun of Battle Through The Heaven. I personally haven’t finished either version but have heard of numerous praises for the Japanese version, for capturing and meshing the quirkiness of its characters and classical music seamlessly.
From the author An Ni Bao Bei who gave you the movie, Qi Yue and An Sheng aka SoulMate with Sandra Ma and Zhou Dong Yu, Beautiful Reborn Flower is another novel of hers getting adapted for television and Song Wei Long and Lin Yun are the main leads. This time Lin Yun is challenging herself with two roles, one is an introverted writer and the other is a free-spirited woman (pre and post amnesia personalities), while Wei Long finds himself in yet another rebellious role. I don’t think I have to write up the storyline, the english-subbed trailer reveals everything already. Lol.
Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya and has been adapted as live-action television dramas by Japan (with Hiroshi Tamaki and Juri Ueno) and Korea (with Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung) and now it’s China’s turn. Used to be called Cantabile Youth (让全世界都听见), the new drama title is now Symphony’s Romance with the leads in Zhang Xin Cheng of My Huckleberry Friends and Lin Yun of Battle Through The Heaven. I personally haven’t finished either version but have heard of numerous praises for the Japanese version, for capturing and meshing the quirkiness of its characters and classical music seamlessly.
Filming has wrapped last year but no air date as of now.