Yumama’s upcoming Republican fantasy drama, Demon Girl (半妖倾城), releases some posters of its pretty cast members this past week. The genre reminds me of Wu Xin The Monster Killer. But this is Yumama, who is the producer and script writer, so what he lacks in originality and substance, he makes it up with a generous amount of pretty and which always manages to gather a big following – for better or for worse. You know you’re getting old when your favorite leading ladies start taking on mother roles. The lovely Ady An has a guest appearance, playing the mother of our female lead. She’s a butterfly demon and lives quietly during the Qing Dynasty with her two daughters and husband. With the collapse of the Qing dynasty, her family is separated and she’s forced to show her demon form to protect her child, which doesn’t lead to a happy ending. Fifteen years later, her daughter (Li Yi Tong) is all grown up and doesn’t know she’s half-human, half demon (amnesia aka emotional trauma blocking the memory of her mother.) She meets and falls in love with a suave wealthy man (Zhang Zhe Han).
First trailer is out and it’s cray cray all the way through. How many foot trips and slaps can one take in the showbiz before one explodes? Above the Clouds is Yumama‘s first venture into the glitz and glam of modern world. Lol. The story follows our heroine (Yuan Shan Shan) as she moves from the country to the big city to find her biological mother. Somehow, she ends up in the acting world and has to fight with fellow rising starlets for the chance in the spotlight (because you either rise or fall). She meets arrogant top star (Chen Xiao) and melts his heart with her pure beauty and passion for acting.
What a bubbly trailer for a palace drama. I am surprised at the cheery tone and feisty female lead. Ban Shu Legend supposedly follows Zhao Li Ying’s Female Prime Minister niece, detailing the abandonment of Ban Shu to her long travel to the forbidden palace. With a strong desire to be accepted by her royal family, she struggles and proves her ability by becoming the first female royal instructor.
Ban Shu Legend is said to be the sequel to Zhao Li Ying’s Female Prime Minister since the main character played by Jing Tian is supposedly her niece who was separated from her parents as a child and grew up in the grasslands. To be accepted by her noble family, she enters the Palace, hoping to prove her ability and become an instructor at the Royal Female Academy. I can see the potential in Jing Tian, but her OTP man Zhang Zhe Han needs to rise up to the challenge if he wants to shine next to her blazing self. Lol. Real life couple, Li Sheng and Li Jia Hang, are not playing lovers. Awww.
The good thing is it’s English-subtitled! Yu Zheng trying to get on the good side of international fans?
Yu Zheng’s first modern drama (he’s the producer), tentatively called Love Up In the Air (or Cloud in the Air) has a booting ceremony to begin filming on April 18th. I think he’s only interested in messing with the wuxia world; Modern world is enough of a chaotic place without his paws on them. Chen Xiao (Romance of the Condor Heroes) and Yuan Shan Shan (City of Angels) are the leads. I did not remember these two were paired up way back in Beauties of the Emperor! I hated her character so much in that drama…..she literally got every single man she wanted in there! Truth be told, I’m not a fan of this pairing. Yuan Shan Shan has yet to capture me with her performance. Might this be the one?
Also known as Love Against the Light, which sounds more logical and natural off the tongue. It’s a mini web drama adapted from an internet novel and produced by both Yang Mi studios and Yu Zheng studios. I know we all adore Yumama in the dark corner of our room, but it’s nice to see stars that he has helped launch into household names investing in his projects now and then. As they say, drink the water and remember its source! The cast consists of mostly newbies and it’s good exposure for them who has had a few projects under their belt to reach for a wider audience range.