Another boy-love novel from Priest (the money bag is getting heavy, yes? :D)! Sha Po Lang (杀破狼) is set during the Great Liang Dynasty where steam-powered machines make lives better and worse for many people. In a small countryside village, our hero (Chen Zhe Yuan) has lived since he was a child. He’s Chang Geng and he’s close to two young kids, his teacher, and his adoptive father – our other male lead (Tan Jian Ci). Their age difference is only 6/7 years. His somewhat peaceful life is turned upside down when the barbaric tribe Man invaded and his real identity is revealed – he’s the Emperor’s son with the Man’s high priestess (Don’t know what her position is called, but scandalous nonetheless!). And his beloved adoptive father with impaired hearing and vision turns out to be a respected General. After the invasion, our Fourth Prince is escorted back to the capital and this is where his story begins. Other cast members right now include Li Hong Yi (as Shen Yi) and Sun An Ke (as Chen Qing Xu).
Steampunk technologies! Interesting. Who has read the novel and can give me some spoilers? Lol.
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.
Okay, here it is! You guys can freely discuss spoilers of Love In Betwen (少年游之一寸相思) here. There will be a Finale Discussion up as well in later weeks. Lol. Included previews of the upcoming episodes as well.
The Legend of Xiao Chuo is based on a novel written by Jiang Sheng Nan, on real historical figures of the Liao Dynasty. Tang Yan will play Xiao Chuo (Chinese Name), who later became a capable Khitan empress after marrying Emperor Jingzong of Liao, and subsequently a regent for her son Emperor Shengzong. She was known for her knowledge of the government and its administration, and a strategic military leader, commanding her own army of 10,000 cavalry. As for Shawn Dou, he will not be playing the emperor….he’s playing Xiao Chuo’s childhood sweetheart, Han De Rang, later a trusted Chinese minister under her rule. This is where I think the novel embellishes on a few things, such as a love affair between our leads, a questionable royal birth, and the eventual burial of the two in the imperial tomb.
I was initially excited about this…..but now that I see a longer trailer, I’m not sure how I feel about Mr. SunShine pining after a married woman and being her side piece all drama long.
Previously knowns as The Way of Favours, The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion (如意芳霏) sees the reunion of Zhang Zhe Han and Ju Jing Yi, both collaborated in 2018’s Legend of Yun Xi. It is based on the novel written by Xiao Jia Ren. Our heroine is from a family of goldsmith and after seeing her sister’s unhappy marriage, she vows to take her fate in her own hands. She escapes her arranged marriage and meets our arrogant male lead and they both get entangled in solving a murder case involving royal folks and weaponry.
I’m gonna call this Zhang Zhe Han and the SNH48 Girls drama. Lol.
Love In Flames of War (良辰好景知几何) is a republican drama based on the novel of the same name written by Ling Xi.
GAH. I’m so torn. Mr. SunShine is back but I’m not fond of republican dramas at all. I feel like they start to look and feel the same after a few episodes. The novel sounds coo-coo for coo-coo birds too! The male lead is described as a young marshal who is possessive and cruel, and even forcibly “takes” her, so she hates his guts. Now I’m eyeing that word in quotes questioningly because if it’s the R, then I’m out. She’s a fallen miss and meets our male lead when she was 15, and when she was 19, he shot her first love and killed him…. Ahum, I believe they will change a lot of things to make the drama less disturbing for public viewing and more melodramatic for their tagline of “heart-wrenching romance.” As for Chen Du Ling….she hasn’t impressed me as an actress and the stills do not lift that skepticism – she has the exact same expression in all her pictures. XD
I’m Just That Type of Girl (我就是这般女子) is a comedy period drama based on the novel written by Yue Xia Die Ying starring Guan Xiao Tong and Hou Ming Hao as leads and has recently wrapped up filming. The story follows our outgoing and straightforward heroine who has been unlucky in three proposed marriages. In her latest rejection, she has seen it before in a dream. And when the dream becomes true, she begins to question her other dreams, one of which puts her ill at ease because it involves her father losing his noble title and the family falling to difficult times. What cracks me up is her family’s reaction to her dream….. they want to hide their gold in the mountains. LOL. Her family and their dynamics seem to be the highlight and I’m here for it! So nice to see a supportive family in an ancient drama but they are dramatic though. xD Our male lead is handsome and talented, described as someone who is always scheming, you’re either useful or useless in his eyes. Except for the female lead and her family. Gosh. So sweet. Looks like we have another greasy male lead, the things he says to her!! LOL. He’s out on a mission to find the culprit behind his family’s demise.