Zhao Lu Si is unstoppable! Her new drama just started airing and here she is filming a new one. Lol. A Female Student Arrives at the Imperial College (国子监来了个女弟子) is adapted from the novel written by Hua Qian Ci and follows our female lead – daughter of a high-ranking official as she accepts a bet to make the most popular young master (our male lead – Xu Kai Cheng) in town to accept her invitation to the the lantern festival. If she loses, she’s to become a performer during the festival. What she thinks is an easy task turns out to be much more challenging. She is turned away each time she tries to visit the Yan’s manor. With her father’s insistence, the Emperor grants her permission to become the first female disciple of the Imperial College, where our male lead is currently attending. She, along with her childhood best friend (played by Ren Hao), set out to turn the prestigious academy upside down.
Based on the novel Finally I Get You (终于等到你) written by Lan Bai Se, Dating In The Kitchen (我喜欢你) is the drama adaptation featuring Zhao Lu Si and Lin Yu Shen. There was a film adaptation back in 2017 with Zhou Dong Yu and Takeshi Kaneshiro called This Is Not What I Expected (喜欢你). The synopsis of the movie follows our food connoisseur billionaire who happens to meet our young, talented sous chef while she’s scraping graffiti off of his car, mistakenly thinking it’s her best friend’s cheating boyfriend’s car. He’s planning to acquire the hotel where she works, and is charmed by the food a specific chef spins out, without knowing the person behind the dishes is the same person wreaking havoc in his life.
First Romance (初恋了那么多年) is adapted from the novel written by Wei Mian Jun and stars Wang Yi Lun and Wan Peng. In their younger days, our male lead harbors a crush on our heroine but never speaks about it. Years later, both are in college – he’s the popular male student who plays the pianist, and now it’s her turn to be smitten at first sight upon seeing him again. Boy, how much did you change for that effect? Lol.
Airing today 9/14! Novel is currently being translated over at Illanovels.
Hi Drifters! Back with another convince me/mini first impressions podcast, this time, about a lesser-known drama called Qing Qing Zi Jin! Adapted from Wu Yu’s novel “Gong Xue Has Bandits” this historical romantic-comedy has intrigued two of our AVV staff members, Lin and Wuxiarocks, and they try and convince Amy to watch. Will they be successful? Listen to find out :))
Blossoms Shanghai (繁花) marks Hu Ge’s return to dramaland! It’s based on Jin Yu Cheng’s popular novel, Blossoms.
Amazon describes the novel: ‘Blossoms‘ won the 9th Mao Dun Literary Prize in 2015, and was selected as the 2013 Chinese Good Book by CCTV, honored as a distinguished long-length novel about Shanghai. Written as a regional novel, where the characters’ exploration throughout the city provide a literal map of adventure. This is also a novel of reflection, where the young people in the 1960s lived out their dreams, creating colorful memories of loving friendships. A novel of exploring various places, and experiencing the sensual pleasures as the 1990s came and went one after another. The Blossom story alternates between these two time periods, bringing the memories of Shanghai from both time periods, to life. As complicated life stories intertwine, this book becomes a scrupulous satire of aggressive exploits hidden within Shanghai’s society. What is left behind for the reader, might be tomorrow’s enlightenment! It is inevitable that all flowers will eventually fade, death will finally befall, a song will come to completion, and a party will ultimately end. Blossoms leaves its readers with the understanding that past events, although finished, live on to encourage us.
A coming of age story following three men, alternating between their youth in the 1960s and adulthood in the 1990s, depicting the turbulent era. Hu Ge is portraying a self-made millionaire, from a young opportunist with a troubled past, he eventually garners immense wealth and is entangled with four women; casting remains unconfirmed. I read that Wong is producing the series and directing the pilot episode, working alongside cinematographer, Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and Shanghainese screenwriter, Qin Wen. Sounds like an exciting project for Hu Ge!
One Life, One Reincarnation – Beautiful Bones (一生一世美人骨) is the next Mo Bao Fei Bao’s novel to be adapted! Confirmed leads who attended the booting ceremony just a few hours ago were Ren Jia Lun and Bai Lu. Beautiful bones here refer to the person’s inner beauty as opposed to beauty that is outside – on the skin. The drama will have two parts, one sets in the ancient times, and another in the modern world as both of our leads reincarnated a thousand years later. In their previous lives, their love story ended tragically, and when given a second chance in a new world, what will happen to them? Our male lead doesn’t have memories of the past life, but our female lead does retain the feelings and memories. Oy! She recognizes him the moment they meet again and will chase after him despite the changes and challenges ahead.
The novel can be read here. Feel free to give me more backgrounds on our leads novel readers!
Bai Lu to romance Luo Yun Xi in the novel-to-drama adaptation called Love Is Sweet (半是蜜糖半是伤). She plays a young, idealistic woman who holds a master’s degree in both economics and psychology and is a little sensitive to tears. After her father’s death, she enters an investment banking company to follow his wishes and that is where she’s reunited with her childhood-friend-now-Deputy-general-manager played by Luo Yuo Xi. While she’s happy to see him, she finds him a changed person, now opposing her at every corner, and known for his poisonous tongue. I’m reading some comments from novel readers and it looks like HE is in love with HER, but she likes someone else, so he conspires to break them apart. Will she forgive him? The English title of the drama is misleading too, as the literal translation is Half is Honey, Half Hurt/Pain. They forgot the other half. Lol.
The two female leads from The Legends reunited once more!