The Imperial Coroner (御赐小仵作) is an upcoming detective drama based on the novel written by Qing Xian Ya Tou. The story follows our heroine as she makes her way from the countryside to make her dream come true as a female coroner. On her journey, she meets our hero, a Prince, who then recruits her to solve a case that lasted 18 years. Her abilities begin to shine and she’s approved by the emperor to become an imperial coroner!
I recognize our female lead from Young Blood (I still need to finish that series!)
The Wind Blows From Longxi (风起陇西) is an upcoming historical drama based on the novel written by Ma Bo Yong (Longest Day in Chang’an). Written by Jin Hai Shu (The Identity of Father, and yet-to-air The Golden Hairpin) and Jin Yu, and directed by Lu Yang (movie Brotherhood of Blades), the cast has been revealed to be Chen Kun, Bai Yu, Angelababy, Sun Yi, Nie Yuan, Yin Zhu Sheng, Yu Hao Ming, Zhang Xiao Chen, and more, boasting some guest roles from Dong Zi Jian, Lei Jia Yin, and Guo Jing Fei. Reading the synopsis, I’m left quite confused by the double and triple agents status of the cast. It is set during the Three Kingdoms period when the Shu defeated the Wei using their powerful crossbows. Chen Kun plays Chen Gong, a spy/double agent hiding in the Wei State; when the Shu receives some false reports from Chen Gong, they send another spy to investigate him, and he’s Xun Xu (played by Bai Yu). Turns out, there’s another spy named Zhu Long in the Shu kingdom who has been secretly swapping out Chen Gong’s reports. Chen Gong and Xun Xu work together to expose his identity and secure peace in their homeland.
Court Lady (骊歌行) is an upcoming period drama based on the unfinished novel written by Feng Nong (General and I), who then proceeded to finish the story through this drama script. Interesting. That means there won’t be novel fans cursing at the differences? Lol. The story takes place during the Tang Dynasty and follows the romance between a good-for-nothing spoiled hero and our talented heroine who pushes him out of his lazy chair. Our hero is famous for having no dreams and no ambitions, satisfied with wasting away his father’s money until a chance encounter with the heroine. She likes a man of direction and talents and that shall be his motivation to grow and mature but soon he begins to realize the instability of the Tang Empire, motivating him further. He spurs into action, becoming a military commander to protect the borders and stop illegal smuggling. In the meantime, our heroine works her way up in the palace as a weaver, facing dangers that threaten her and her family.
Wu Dang Yi Jian or First Sword of Wudang (武当一剑) with Chai Bi Yun and Yu Le Yi. This one has been waiting to air since 2017. It’s adapted from the novel written by Liang Yu Sheng, who also wrote The Bride with White Hair, The Patriotic Knights, and Seven Swordsmen, among many other. The production team needs some incredible credits for filming at most of the locations in the novel, including the Wudang Mountains and Shennongjia (in Hubei), and A’ershan Forest National Park (in Inner Mongolia). The story takes place during the Ming Dynasty and follows our hero’s journey in learning martial arts, finding the truth behind his parents’ deaths, and becoming a true master in Wudang practices while upholding justice.
My gut feeling was true after all – something was wrong! When it was announced that Cheng Yi was the male lead weeks ago, I found it odd that we only get confirmation of our male lead and only bad quality unconfirmed pictures of the female lead at the time – Jing Tian. She was rumored for months with Cheng Yi but backed out and those initial photos were costume fitting of another ancient drama. Then just a week ago, Yang Zi‘s name became involved in the drama, with Yang Zi’s fans denying the leaked photos of her costume fitting as photoshop materials and calling out Huan Rui’s bad treatment of Yang Zi, forcing her to pick up this drama. And today, it has been confirmed by Yang Zi’s studio, Huan Rui, and Youku that Yang Zi was the actress they approached first, but she backed out due to scheduling conflict, and now is offered the role again and has accepted the deal.
What a mess huh? In any case, now that the seed has been planted, let’s support the actors and their project. I almost forgot, they were in Legend of Chusen too!
No boundary (Yu Zhao Ling, 玉昭令) is based on the novel written by Wei Yu. The story follows our heroine who descends into the human realm and sets up her own sect to fight off evil and keep peace. She’s joined by a handsome guard, our hero. Or if you prefer the Qiyi’s summary:
In the Shang Dynasty, King Zhou, the cruel ruler, was replaced by Ji Wu. During the investiture of the Gods, Jiang Ziya gave up on his divine throne. He was willing to be the marquis in the human realm to ensure that his goddaughter, Duanmu Cui (Zhang Yi Shang), could become the immortal. Thousands of years later, in the Song Dynasty, he became Bao Qingtian. At the same time, Duanmu Cui descended to the mortal world and established the Xihualiu Sect. Under Bao Qingtian’s order, fourth-grade-military officer, Zhan Zhao (Darren Chen), was ordered to help Duanmu Cui. After sticking together through thick and thin for several times, love secretly grows between them.
Yu Gu Yao (玉骨遥) is an upcoming fantasy drama based loosely on the novel Zhu Yan (prequel to the Li Yi Feng’s Mirror drama) written by Cang Yue (Listening Snow Tower). Ren Min plays a kind and headstrong princess of the Chi Clan who escapes an arranged marriage (her name is the name of the novel; looks like we can expect a lot of changes to make this Male Lead-centered drama), and Xiao Zhan plays a cold and aloof royal prince who is sent to the mountains to cultivate (due to the Grand Priest’s premonition of him falling in love with a girl). He is nine years older than her and she becomes his disciple… their destiny and romance tied to the future of Kong Sang Kingdom. At one point, she draws his blood. Dun Dun Dun!
Sigh. You guys know me, I don’t do well with Shifu-disciple story.