Interesting. Shawn Dou Xiao, my Sunshine, hasn’t led enough dramas yet but he’s reuniting with Tang Yan; they starred in modern drama See You Again not long ago. The Legend of Xiao Chuo is based on a novel written by Jiang Sheng Nan, on real historical figures of the Liao Dynasty. Tang Yan will play Xiao Chuo (Chinese Name), who later became a capable Khitan empress after marrying Emperor Jingzong of Liao, and subsequently a regent for her son Emperor Shengzong. She was known for her knowledge of the government and its administration, and a strategic military leader, commanding her own army of 10,000 cavalry. Wow. A very impressive woman! As for Shawn Dou, he will not be playing the emperor….he’s playing Xiao Chuo’s childhood sweetheart, Han De Rang, later a trusted Chinese minister under her rule. This is where I think the novel embellishes on a few things, such as a love affair between our leads, a questionable royal birth, and the eventual burial of the two in the imperial tomb.
Nothing against Tang Yan, but I would prefer my military leader with a little bit more meat on, so she isn’t picked up easily by the wind. It’s also hard for me to picture Sunshine as a minister. Lolol.
I know, I know. I should have talked about the biggest shock of last week but I was away in the mountains, away from technology. So you can pretty much imagine my face when I got home and saw the news of Li Ying’s marriage with Feng Shao Feng that took weibo by storm. I was shocked for days… and by that time I didn’t think it was necessary to write about it anymore. However, one needs closure and this is it. Honestly, I wasn’t ready to let her go…..off the market but she deserves happiness, just like everyone else.
And today, the sweet couple Luo Jin and Tang Yan also tied the knot with a wedding.
Is it the real life couple’s 5th collaboration? Tang Yan and Luo Jin are back at it in the new modern drama, The Way We Were. The story follows four students studying abroad, searching for intellect and love. Our female lead is a smart girl, pursuing a degree in law, unique in that she rises to the top based on her own efforts. The two leads meet and fall in love but a crisis comes their way. The hero is involved in exposing their dads’ criminal activity and our heroine is caught in between as a witness. Ultimately, the culprit is revealed and there’s a heavy price to pay. Everyone grows up in the process, understanding humanity and the value of life, returning to the path of justice.
Adapted from a sci-fi novel Heaven’s Will, webdrama Hero’s Dream (天意之秦天宝鉴) is written by Qian Li Fang. Not much about the novel is talked about but the vague synopsis describes the journey of a young talented lad (Ou Hao) after he’s offered an opportunity by a mysterious man to change his life. His character becomes the god of war – the Great General Han Xin, who served under Liu Bang (Zhang Dan Feng) and contributed to the founding of the Han dynasty. The promises of intriguing power plays, manipulations, and mysterious unknown forces all come together for (hopefully) an excellent re-imagining of history.