Story of Kunning Palace (宁安如梦) is adapted from the novel written by Shi Jing.
Synopsis from Qiyi: It is directed by Zhu Ruibin (Ashes of Love), starring Bai Lu (Ordinary Greatness), Zhang Linghe (Love Between Fairy and Devil), and Wang Xingyue (Delicacies Destiny). Jiang Xue Ning (played by Bai Lu) had gone to great lengths to become empress, but was forced to commit suicide during a palace mutiny. Now, Jiang Xue Ning’s dream is to get away from power and have control over her own life. However, by mistake, she has joined the palace as a tutor and becomes a student of the imperial master Xie Gui (played by Zhang Linghe). While receiving Xie Gui’s teachings, Jiang Xue Ning secretly plans to stop Yan Lin’s (played by Zhou Junwei) upcoming “Blood Crown Ceremony.” With Jiang Xue Ning and Xie Gui’s plan, the Yan family’s lives were saved. After the “Blood Crown Ceremony,” Jiang Xue Ning is inadvertently involved in the imperial court’s plan to eliminate those rebels against Pingnan King, and infiltrates into the enemy camp with Zhang Jie (played by Wang Xingyue). When the enemy country Yue comes to invade, the Princess Shen Zhi Yi (played by Liu Juning) resolutely embarks on the road to peace. In order to save her friend Shen Zhi Yi, Jiang Xue Ning goes north with Xie Gu to invade Yue. In the midst of many crises, Xie Gu protects Jiang Xue Ning even at the risk of hurting himself, and the two of them grow to love each other. However, a bigger conspiracy gradually surfaced, which pointed to the truth of the Pingnan King incident twenty years ago. In the end, Jiang Xue Ning and Xie Gui teamed up to uncover the truth of that year, Jiang Xue Ning also used love to convert Xie Gui, and the two finally became a couple.
A very good year to be a Cheng Yi’s fan. He suffers in both ancient and modern dramas. Lol.
Adapted from the novel written by Qi Wei, South Wind Knows (南风知我意) stars Cheng Yi and Zhang Yu Xi. He is a botanist and she’s a medic, and both join a humanitarian relief effort in search of a special medicinal plant. After many obstacles, they found the plant they needed to create a special medicine. Our male lead returns back home, just to find his half-brother’s plan for turning the medicinal plant into cosmetics for monetary gains. He opposes his brother but a mysterious accident happens at the lab which postpones the production of the medicine and also injures our male lead. Our female lead is in the dark about the whole thing and misunderstands him. Half a year later, after our love birds have experienced disappointment, confusion, and worry, they come back together. As the day of their wedding approaches, our girl discovers alarming clues about her parents’ deaths. Hatred from the previous generation once again challenges their foundation of trust and forgiveness. Our hero does not give up, he fights hard to protect her and uphold their feelings. Finally, the competition between the brothers comes to an end and our leads remain steadfast to each other.
A very generous production, dropping 20 stills at their first release! Guardians of the Dafeng(大奉打更人) is adapted from the novel The Nightwatchers of Feng written by Mai Bao Xiao Lang Jun. Dylan plays a modern day policeman who transmigrated back in time and into the body of a constable of Dafeng city, who at the time is in prison, waiting to be exiled, thanks to his uncle’s huge loss of silver. Using his deduction and reasoning skills, he manages to solve the case and find the culprit. And thus begins his journey of investigating and solving mysterious crimes in the vast city. In the novel, our male lead has plenty of attention from the ladies but the drama adaptation seems to have changed that slightly by pinpointing Tian Xi Wei as his main love interest. She plays a proud and rebellious princess Lin An.
Synopsis By Qiyi: Xiang Yun was originally a cloud, but was turned into a fairy by Yue Lao, and started working in Yue Lao Pavilion. Chu Kong is a disciple of the Uri Xingjun constellation. He strayed into Yue Lao Pavilion and was treated as a villain. Chu Kong accidentally broke Xiang Yun’s fan, so the two quarreled and accidentally messed up the red string, which led to the marriage of the three worlds. The Jade Emperor knew about the chaos, and his punishment to them was that they could not go back to heaven until after the seven lives of love, and so their story began.
You can read the completed translated novel at Volarenovels.
Lost You Forever (Eternally Yearning For You, 长相思) is a novel written by the well-loved Tong Hua, and is the sequel to Once Promised (drama version is called A Life Time Love with Huang Xiao Ming and Song Qian in 2017).
It is a world of gods, demons, and mythical beings and they all live alongside humans, divided into three different kingdoms. I want to preface this by saying that most of the characters have multiple identities (very confusing to me as I only wanted spoilers!). Our heroine, Xiao Yao (Yang Zi), is a small-town doctor and spends the majority of the first part (multiple volumes) of the novel as a man. She has no memories of her past in the beginning of the novel. In her life, three important men will sweep in and only one shall remain by her side. The first man that we meet in according to the novel is Tu Shan Jing (Deng Wei). He’s beaten to a pulp and in no condition to survive, left to die on the streets. But our heroine picks him up and heals him. And in return, he promises to be her servant, to listen to only her. He’s actually the 2nd young master of a powerful family. The second man we meet shortly after is part of the past that she doesn’t remember. He’s Zhuan Xu (Zhang Wan Yi), a long-lost cousin she spent time with during her childhood. His side of the story isn’t told until the third volume, which makes for an interesting WAH moment (hidden for so long?!). Lol. The third male lead is a general with white hair; he is Xiang Liu (Tan Jian Ci), a nine-headed demon and wildly considered as her soulmate.
Koala has translated the novel, read chapter one here. Please go to her index to find the rest of the chapters.
Airing 7/24 ~
To watch or not to watch…. YZ looks very pretty in here but her dramas are mostly tragedies… Lol…
Mysterious Lotus Casebook (莲花楼) is adapted from the novel written by Teng Ping. It follows the story of a popular doctor in the pugilistic world, Li Lian Hua (Cheng Yi), who in reality has no medical skills. Lol. What initially happened was he stumbled upon two people buried alive (still alive) and news spread that he was able to raise them from the dead. So who is Li Lian Hua really? Ten years ago, he was Li Xiang Yi, the famous Sect Leader of a righteous sect, who disappeared and assumed dead after a fierce battle with his arch enemy from the evil sects, Di Fei Sheng (Xiao Shun Yao). Xiang Yi was poisoned by his own people and fell into the ocean, disappearing on the face of earth. Now he travels around jianghu with a new name/persona, being pulled in by every murder possible and trying to solve them. Zeng Shun Xi plays a young aspiring hero, Lian Hua’s best friend, who is also the biggest fanboy of Li Xiang Yi but he of course doesn’t know Lian Hua is Xiang Yi. Di Fei Sheng eventually comes out of his hiatus as well and is the first person to recognize that the stingy and money-loving fake doc is actually the high and almighty Li Xiang Yi!
The three boys forge a friendship unlike any other. Cute, cute, cute!
Sorry for the lack of updates these past two weeks. Was sick like a dog. =/
Back From the Brink (护心) is adapted from the novel Heart Protection written by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang. The story follows our female lead, who was supposed to die long ago but was saved thanks to the “heart protection” scales (I don’t know how to translate that, Lol) and energy pearl from an ancient dragon demon. She’s then luckily accepted as a disciple at Chen Xing Mountain under her shifu – Daoist Priest, Ling Xiao, to cultivate. However, she stirs up some troubles and is then expelled from the sect (the beginning of the novel). Looks like there’s some feelings between disciple and shifu too. Now without a home, our female wanders jianghu and is kidnapped to be someone’s bride. That someone is the ancient dragon demon whose body was dismembered by his previous lover (oucchhh!). He immediately recognizes his important jewels in her body. He pleads for her help and she reluctantly gives in, and together, they travel around to look for his body parts, hoping to make it whole again before the big day comes – a war between the immortals and demons (and a revenge!). What will happen if the return of his whole body means taking away the things keeping her alive?