The Confidence (阳光之下), which used to be called The Controllers, has undergone a name change and began airing yesterday 12/26! I thought it was just another modern drama sets in a corporation backdrop but the novel is very, very dark. Maybe pitch black? I’m quite horrified at the quick reviews I read from novel readers. Let’s call the dark character played by Peng Guan Ying as the main character and not male lead because he’s not one in my book. His love (??) for the female lead is possessive, obsessive, and just down right bat-crap crazy. Our female lead chances upon three criminals on her way to see her boyfriend and they want to “have fun” with her. She luckily escapes and kills one of them, but the main one gets away and he’s our main character, son of a mafia organization.
He plots his revenge against her, threatening her with her husband’s life if she doesn’t follow his needs. He proceeds to torture and rape her multiple times. O_O In the middle of this horrendous nightmare, our heroine discovers that his right hand man at the company is an undercover cop. She works together with him to gather evidence to take down the psychopath.
I’m sure the drama version will cut/change out a lot of the details. I hope. Lol.
Shawn Dou Xiao‘s latest modern drama From Survivor to Healer (爱上你治愈我) might be the first to air (bought by YouKu)! Survivor reunites him with several friends; Miao Miao, who played Xiao Qi in Princess Agents, Tribes and Empire: Storms of Prophecy’s costar Peng Guan Ying who plays the third leg, and director Cao Dun from Tribes too. The story doesn’t seem anything extraordinary; he falls in love with the heroine in medical school but their families encounter unfortunate events, forcing our hero to avoid the love of his life and she decides to study abroad in Germany. Five years later, their teacher refers both of them to work at a hospital, allowing our hero to slowly win back his lady love, but she only softens as her mother undergoes medical treatments and he remains at her side. Peng Guan Ying develops feelings for the heroine but she rejects him cleanly. Then one day our hero discovers that his mom died eight years ago because of a car accident and is thrown into self-blame, doubting his career achievements, only recovering with the help of his love. The two later decide to pursue more education in Germany, forgoing marriage.
I know the plot is typical but the new trailer suggests some gripping dramatic performances from the leads and supporting cast.
To be honest, I just miss his brighter-than-my-future smile onscreen. xD