The Legend of An Le (安乐传) is adapted from the novel written by Xing Ling. The story follows our heroine, the sole survivor of her family – the Di Clan. Her family was accused of treason and was beheaded, forcing our heroine on the path of vengeance to the very end. She changes her name and dons a mask and slithers her way into the palace, meeting the empathetic Crown Prince, our male lead. She falls for him and struggles between her oath of revenge and her familial duty to her deceased family. While he feels guilty about what happened to her family 10 years ago, he vows to protect her at all costs.
Lol. The cast for The Long Ballad is following each other to their next drama? 😛
Hope you didn’t miss Gong Jun too much cause he’s back on the small screen with new modern drama The Flaming Heart (你好，火焰蓝) with Zhang Hui Wen, Zhou Yan Chen, Wang Zi Wei, and Pang Han Chen. Its a romance between a disciplined fire fighter and kind, “sunshiny” doctor. Seems like this year’s theme in dramaland goes parallel with the global pandemic, highlighting the various critical jobs in time of disasters/hardships.
My last post on this drama was indeed in 2017. Lol.
Fantasy Westward Journey (指尖少年) is based on the game inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West starring Chen Yao and Gong Jun as the main leads. It follows a group of game experts as they encounter a bug and get embroiled in a crisis overlapping the virtual and reality world.
Word of Honor (山河令) is adapted from the novel written by Priest (Legend of Fei) called Faraway Wanderers/Tian Ya Ke (天涯客). It has confirmed the two male leads to be Zhang Zhe Han and Gong Jun, followed by Zhou Ye, Ma Wen Yuan, Guo Jia Hao and Zhao Qian. The story follows our two male leads. One of them is Zhou Zi Shu to be played by Zhang Zhe Han. He’s the leader of Tian Chuang, an intelligence gatherers and assassins who served only the Emperor. It’s hard to get in and harder to get out; through a punishment leaving you either disabled or dead, but our leader yearns for a different life and does successfully get out. Our other male lead is Wen Ke Xing, played by Gong Jun. Very similar life trajectory to his other half; he’s the Master of Ghost Pavilion, a hush-hush place known to jianghu as containing the most cruel and evil of humans. Our temperamental Master of the Ghost Pavillion is also tired of this life and wishes to get out. They get entangled in jianghu’s latest chaos when a teenage boy is out for revenge and attaches himself to the unwilling Zi Shu and calls him Shifu. Lol. And that’s when I stopped reading the novel. Knowing how adaptations usually turn out, the less I know, the less angry I’ll be down the road. 😛
Begin Again (从结婚开始恋爱) is an upcoming modern cdrama which sets up our domineering female CEO with a warm-hearted doctor. Our female lead has everything – wealth, looks, and talents but as she nears her thirties, she’s pressured to settle down by her family so the handsome and gentle doctor becomes her target. She begins scheming her way into marrying him. The trailers are quite steamyyyyy! Oh boi! Baidu says it’s adapted from a Thai novel which was made into a drama called Samee Ngern Phon in 2001 and a Thai remake again in 2016.