Dou Luo Continent is an adaptation of the Chinese web novel of the same title written by Tang Jia San Shao. As I read the synopsis, it sounds like beginning of The Untamed as our male lead also goes through a rebirth. Our hero is Tang San, considered a prodigy in the Tang Sect, a sect specializing in poisons and weapons. He commits suicide after entering the forbidden place for inner sect disciples and gaining the knowledge of the Sect. He feels guilty and kills himself, but is reborn in Soul Land (title of the novel), with his memories intact (dun, dun, dun). In the new land, he is raised by an alcoholic father and remains tenacious in mastering new skills. In Soul Land, each individual possesses an innate spirit, which one can cultivate and strengthen, becoming a Spirit Master, a well-regarded profession. Our hero has two. There’s an anime version of novel, which I’m interested to check out. The spirit master element reminds me of Jiro Wang’s Rakshasa Street, which also has an anime.
The drama was filmed a while ago so I was surprised there’s no news of it until the Untamed stirred the pot of popularity for Xiao Zhan. HA!
Another Shawn Dou’s drama! Even if it’s not the one many were anticipating… Lol.
Modern drama See You Again (时间都知道), adapted from Sui Hou Zhu’s novel, stars Tang Yan, Shawn Dou, and Yang Shuo. The story is still confusing the hell out of me. Our 31-year-old heroine encounters an accident during a plane ride and is transported seemingly in a dream where she’s traveled back 10 years and is in college, where she meets her fiancé (Shawn) and begins courting him knowing their future together. In the long-running dream, she also tries to cure her ailing mother, guide her best friend on a better road, and finally find happiness with Shawn. However, he dies during an accident saving someone. Heart-broken, she decides to go forward in time by taking the same flight that causes the original plane accident. She wakes up and sees her husband safely by her side….
This confusing plot begins playing before your eyes on 7/16.
Go Go Squid or Stewed Squid With Honey (蜜汁炖鱿鱼) is a sweet novel written by Mo Bao Fei Bao. On the other hand, the story doesn’t seem up to their acting caliber, described as a gentle and an easy read, some comments even go as far as saying it’s forgettable after a hearty laugh, but likable characters and setups. The heroine is described as a genius 19-year old student with high IQ and low EQ, who is also a famous anime cosplay person and sings well. She’s struck by love at first sight with the male lead, who is a game genius in the e-sports world and never pays attention to the girls.
Based loosely on the Boy-love novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (魔道祖师) written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, The Untamed in the drama adaptation features Xiao Zhan and Wang Yi Bo in a budding bromance instead. Go here to read more about the characters from the novel. Reading the synopsis of the story, reminds me a little bit of The Legends. Our main protagonist goes his own way to achieve immortality and creates his own demonic sect, which makes him hated by millions in the world for the chaos he created. The other sects/clans come together to kill him. The synopsis of the drama looks quite different from that of the novel. A lot of details are changed so tread carefully!
Some of our members are following this drama and were talking about the ending, so I figured I could take a look…then I stumbled on the hilarious edits made by fans of the Qin Jun Jie and Co. spitting blood. I couldn’t stop laughing. It made my day. The last time we spoke about the arts of blood-spitting was when Wallace Huo donated blood on the set of The Journey of Flower. Do you guys remember that post? It was in 2014!!
For the fun of it, let’s create a list of actor/actresses who can spit blood beautifully for the year-end awards. Heh.