Lie To Love (良言写意) is an upcoming modern drama adapted from the novel written by Mu Fu Sheng. Our heroine is a young lawyer who begins working at corporation when she gets involved with the aloof CEO, our hero. Their strange behavior and and a series of events prove that they knew each other before hand, but why do they both pretend like they don’t know each other? As it turns out, they were childhood sweethearts. But life for our heroine takes a turn as she’s convinced that his dad was behind the demise of her father’s company, leading his death, and her mother’s, shortly after. She lives life planning meticulously her revenge, using our hero’s feelings to her advantage. A car accident happens – he breaks his leg, while she loses some of her memories. Dun dun dun!! When they meet again, she’s a lawyer at his company. She doesn’t remember him and doesn’t understand why he treats her differently, while his broken heart still yearns for her. And she has no idea why he only has one functional leg….
If you miss Yi Bo now that his Street Dance show is over, he’s back on the small screen!
Synopsis according to Qiyi: Chinese drama “Luo Yang” (2021) is adapted from Ma Boyong’s novel with the same name, which tells a series of stories that happened during the Wu Zhou period where a group of people from different classes investigated the unsettled case in Luoyang. Gao Bingzhu (played by Huang Xuan), a vice Sleuth-hound captain bottom of Luoyang, was involved in a case by mistake and became a suspect. When he tried to prove his innocence, he met Baili Hongyi (played by Wang Yibo) who found out the truth about his father being poisoned. The two cooperate and investigate. Si Yue (played by Song Qian), who is from a prestigious family, investigates and approaches Gao Bingzhu, who is excellent in martial arts and has wisdom to find information related to the case. These two people of completely different classes are not pleasing to each other’s eyes. But they had to be tied together. As they continued to dig into the case and search for the truth, they discovered a shocking conspiracy capable of destroying the God city and staining Luoshui with blood.
Would you believe me if I tell you this post was written in Feb (when filming wrapped) of this year but has it been sitting in the draft section? Why? Mainly because the production is so stingy with promo stills! And even now as they are gearing up to premiere…no trailer… >.>
Song of the Moon (月歌行) is adapted from the novel written by Shu Ke and stars Zhang Bin Bin and Xu Lu as the leads. This is what I have gathered from the novel: It is a tragic story. This is not a story about a good girl, this is a story about a lonely girl (a lot of readers say she’s pretty unlikable). The loneliness in her life breeds her stubborn, selfish, and bitter personality, and she acknowledges those traits. Our heroine comes from a wealthy family, her parents let her do whatever she wants and it’s the downfall of her life. She sees that they only care for her younger brother, who’s deemed as the one to carry on the family line (quite typical). She meets our male lead when she’s about 10/11 and he appears surprised to learn that the person said to help him save his people is a girl. He’s the Demon Lord, if you’re curious, always wearing a black robe. Like a genie, he tells her he’s the person to guide her destiny, to give her powers, to do a lot of big things. To compensate her for the future, he gives her two options, 1) He can do any 3 things for her or 2) She can have him for 3 days and he’ll do anything for her in those 3 days. Of course, to a little kid, the second option sounds much better and so she picks #2. After 3 days of fun and excitement, he disappears. A big fire takes away her family’s wealth and her parents don’t think twice about selling her to buy medicines for their beloved son. She’s sold to a manor and trained to become a killer. Our male lead also has another identity ~
I feel bad for our female lead – she gets abandoned quite a lot by the people who claim to love her, including our male lead. But a lot of people also die for her….. Some readers said that the love story wasn’t satisfying to them, some questioned whether he did indeed love her or not. Is it love or is it pity? Is it both?
I didn’t see a translation for the novel yet. If you’re aware of one, please let me know!
Republican Time-Travel drama Night Wanderer (夜旅人) has officially wrapped up filming a few days ago and dropped some new stills and a new trailer! It is adapted from the novel written by Zhao Xi Zhi and follows two individuals: our heroine is from the year 2015 and she’s famous female forensic doctor, returning home from a murder scene and witnessing the corridor lights flicker. On the same night but in 1937, our hero – a lawyer in Shanghai also returns home when the lights go out. The time and space of these two people are connected by a lamp. He’s described as gentle, old-fashioned, and righteous, while she’s described as cool, calm, and courageous. The first time they meet, he’s in no hurry as he helps her to the hospital with a black umbrella. The second time they meet, he has become her tenant, holding a tenant contract from 1937. Lol. Their love transcends time and space, and once it explodes, it’s eternal.
The Times Spent in Pretense (造作时光) is adapted from the novel written by Yue Xia Die Ying. The novel sounds lighthearted and zippy, with an adorable focus on family dynamics. Male lead is our Crown Prince – highly skilled in many areas, but he is lazy with an unpleasant personality. His moves/actions are often misconstrued by the Emperor and the subjects (they over-analyze, LOL). Female lead is from the House of Hua, a family known for their military accomplishments. She fights really well, is capable, unruly, and armed with a sharp tongue. However, she has a very odd dream. She wants to become known as the beautiful…..and sickly beauty, like…. Xi Shi. LOL. So she works hard towards creating an image of a delicate flower to the outsiders. The Emperor wants the two to get married and from that, a lot of hilarious moments arise.
Sorry for the lack of updates last week, I was on vacation for 9 days and just got back 2 hours ago!
Till The End of The Moon (长月无烬) is adapted from the novel Black Moonlight Holds the BE Script written by Teng Luo Wei Zhi. The novel opens up with our female lead, Li Su Su (Bai Lu) tumbling through time – 500 years into the past, a time where demons haven’t controlled the Earth/realms yet. She makes an agreement with the soul of her new body, Ye Xi Wu, to save the her family from the evil thing. Ye Xi Wu is the third daughter of General Ye who is recently married to the future demon lord, Tan Tai Jin (Luo Yun Xi). For now, Tan Tai Jin is a mere hostage prince, taken to the Great Xia Empire at the tender age of six and is hated/mistreated by everyone. HOHOHO, is this not my favorite trope or what. Lol. xD Our female lead is from the future, daughter of No. 1 Immortal Sect. The demon lord wrecks havoc and rules over the realm in the present, killing and annihilating every sect, burying them in the infamous Thousand Immortals Tomb. In the present time, Su Su had one encounter with Demon Lord and he spared her life, and she’s then chosen to travel back in time and prevent all the misery from happening by removing the evil bone in his body and only then can he be killed. Who would have thought, spending time with the young him would draw out forbidden feelings, complicating her mission and compromising her heart.
DUN DUN DUN, I like the sound of this one! Woot Woot! =D
Xue Ying Ling Zhu aka Snow Eagle Lord aka Lord Xue Ying (雪鹰领主) is adapted from the novel written by I Eat Tomatoes (Wo Chi Xi Hong Shi). Our hero’s name is Xue Ying which means Snow Eagle, and he’s raised in a small city peacefully with his parents and younger brother up until he was eight years old. His dad is a commoner who bought a baron title and his mother was a noble lady who escaped her clan to live with his dad. But when their family is torn apart, our hero must take care of his younger brother while trying to save his parents. He’s then lured into the battle for power.
There’s an animation (donghua) available too! Incomplete novel translation @ Cosmic Translation.
The Blue Whisper aka Yu Jiao Ji (驭鲛记 –> 与君初相识) is adapted from the novel by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang. The drama follows after our hero – the unlucky merman, saved a princess and is then captured to be her pet. She wants to tame the merman and it is said that only those who are born with the power to tame demonic creatures can manage that and they are called demon masters (sorry not technical here). Demon masters are forced to live separately from their families per the imperial decree (to control and enslave them) and they are only allowed to live in four designated areas (north/south/east/west). The Princess’ eunuch transports the merman to the most renowned demon master in the south, where our heroine is currently residing and training. The princess wants the demon master to do three things in 3 months. 1) Make the merman speak 2) Turn his tail into legs 3) Make him eternally loyal to her.
And as such, the merman is subjected to daily torture and punishments for not doing what the demon masters want. At night, our heroine would sneak into his prison cell and tend to his wounds (T_T) There’s a scene where our heroine doesn’t want to force the merman to do things against his will and so she’s tortured (whipped) per the Princess’ order! Our heroine’s backstory is quite sad. On the outside, she’s the most beloved student of the Current Demon Master of the South, but demon valley has been nothing but a prison for her since she was sent there to train at a very young age under some not-so-pleasant “monthly” treatment that she can’t reveal to the outside world. Which is why she feels empathy for the imprisoned merman and wishes to help him escape, landing her into a lot of bloody messes.
You can read the translated novel here @ Way East.