Poor drama, the team is pretty self-aware on weibo, even listing the number of days Tears In Heaven has been shelved (1086 days). The drama is adapted from stepmother Fei Wo Si Cun‘s novel Variety Flowers At Seaside (剧海上繁花). The synopsis I wrote in 2017… Lol: Reporter Du Xiao Su (Li Qin) meets and falls in love with doctor Shao Zhen Rong (Zhang Yun Long), but his mother is passionately against their love. During his medical trip to the mountains, our doctor dies in a mudslide. To forget the pain of his death, our heroine works and works until exhaustion sends her to the hospital. All her suffering is witnessed by Lei Yu Zheng (Shawn Dou) and he silently helps her from the side, which provokes the wrath of our resident second female lead (Wang Rui Zi), who makes our heroine’s life at work harder. More scheming happens to make Yu Zheng’s company fall and with the support of Xiao Su, he makes a comeback and their misunderstanding is eventually cleared up.
Love Like The Galaxy (星汉灿烂) is adapted from the novel written by Guan Xin Ze Luan (the same author for The Story of Ming Lan) and at the recent Tencent Annual Drama Line Up, they have confirmed Zhao Lu Si and Wu Lei. There’s a time-traveling element in this drama. Our heroine in the modern world grew up in a divorced family; she lives with her grandma, making her quite wild and unruly, she does what she wants. On chance, she time-travels to the past and becomes the youngest daughter of a General’s family. Due to war, her parents are constantly in battle, bringing along her three older brothers for years, leaving her behind with her grandma. When they finally return, years of estrangement creeps in but her father and brothers dote on her. Except for her mother, who is extremely strict with her and our girl fans the fire by fighting right back. Despite mom being a tough lady, going to war, etc, she expects the opposite of her daughter – to be gentle, to be well-read (actually, she just can’t read ancient Chinese because she’s from the modern world), to be graceful. Since she’s of marriage age when they return, they become concerned that their daughter’s personality doesn’t fit in with the rich, high-ranking sons of officials, so they think it’s safer to settle for a low-ranking family. However, their troublesome daughter repeatedly meets with several high-ranking men, getting engaged and breaking the engagement several times.
Cue harem story. Lol.
The first man she picks is not a man she loves, but a man she has reins over. He’s basically a puppy who does as requested by the heroine because he likes her. The second man she meets is our male lead – the emperor’s adopted son. He comes to believe that she really likes him but at the time she’s engaged to Guy #1, and so he waits for the engagement to break to swoop in. She is the most drawn to him because of his complicated background and righteousness. Guy #3 is the type that spars and criticizes her constantly whenever he opens his mouth but deep down he is nursing a big crush.
Ancient Love Poetry is adapted from the novel Shang Gu (上古) written by Xing Ling starring Zhou Dong Yu and Xu Kai. The story follows one of the four Immortals named Shang Gu who falls into a deep slumber after sacrificing herself in a trial 60,000 years ago. She wakes up with no memories of the past. But someone else hasn’t forgotten about their love, another immortal who waited for her, our male lead played by Xu Kai. Their epic love story undergoes several rounds of life and death (you don’t say).
Head-scratching Synopsis From Wetv: When commoners encounter difficulties, they will pray for Gods, but what if Gods meet obstacles? It tells the deep love and hardship between two of the four true Gods Bai Jue and Shang Gu. With Shang Gu’s growth as basic thread, this magnificent God thrives from humble newbie to the decisive immortal which still couldn’t break the shackle of fate. God lives long and has deep-rooted love. Man would destroy everything for the life of hers, while someone would wait silently for 60 thousand years and finally present her all lives of three realms with his own. Under the broad realm, will she be able to bear this everlasting love that transcends three lives?
Love Never Fails (落花时节又逢君) is adapted from the novel When Spring Ends, I’ll See You Again by Shu Ke. It’s nice to see second male lead reunited with female lead in a new drama as the male lead. 😉 The story follows the journey of our female, a red camellia sprite who falls in love at first sight with the male lead at a Flower Festival. He is not a nobody! He’s one of the greatest gods in heaven. She wants to become his empress and to that request, he tells her to cultivate until she can reach the heavenly/immortal realm. To do that, she enters the human realm to go through a trial. There in the mortal realm, she meets the second male lead, a handsome nobleman who is looking for true love himself. His land oversees the flower field where she’s planted as a Camellia. He wants to renovate the garden and in order to stop him, she turns to her human self at night and begs him not to take away her home. Our second male lead begins to like this strong and independent flower fairy and promises not to ruin her field as long as she comes and hangs with him every night. Even though she confesses to liking someone else, second male lead reaffirms her that it’s okay. His human life doesn’t last long and if he could spend his short years with her, he’s contented, and she can easily go back to the immortal man she’s cultivating for after his death.
Why is that so damn tragically sweet.
Something happens and our second male lead sacrifices himself to save our heroine. She, moved and touched by him, requests the male lead to remove her cultivation thus far and makes her a mortal being, so she can repay second male lead. This begins her ten lifetimes of reincarnation, each one she makes big and small decisions, and bears the results bravely.
Quite like the sound of this female lead from the reviews so far!
Republican spy drama The Rebel (叛逆者) with Zhu Yi Long and Tong Yao is based on the novel of the same name written by Bi Yu, following our hero’s journey from a young student into a man who makes many contributions to the Communist Party. I don’t get excited for republican dramas these days….. I just wish ZYL and team the best because they did poured hard work into this project and while this drama may not be my cup of tea, it will be up many others’ alley!
Adapted from the novel written by Yi Du Jun Hua, Lost Promise (胭脂债) is an upcoming fantasy webdrama with Yang Ye Ming, Yu Wen Wen, and Yao Wang. The story follows Demon Lord who escapes from the Jiang’s mansion after 30 years and returns later imprisoned in a crate as a “female.” The current master of Wulin is Jiang Qing Liu and he’s shocked to find a pretty girl inside the box but he also knows she’s the demon lord. In order to conceal her identity as the Demon Lord, he pretends to be enamored with her to keep her close by. However, she has an ulterior motive – she wants to investigate a massacre that happened 30 years ago.
Adapted from the novel written by Zhe Zhi Ma Yi, so it’s not a remake of hit Korean TV series, Descendants of the Sun.
Qiyi describes the story:
A romantic army story that tells about how Liang Mu Ze, the most promising major in the G Zone Special Forces, and a foreign medical corps doctor, Xia Chu, met in the line of duty, developed an understanding for each other, fell in love, overcame a terrorist kidnapping, thwarted a criminal syndicate bent on stealing military secrets, and finally wiping out the criminal forces, thus fulfilling their duty as soldiers and protecting their loved ones.