After two years of zero promotion, the new adaptation of Jin Yong’s novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils suddenly gets an airing date. I guess we are used to the quick announcement of premieres by now? If you have never watched any of the previous adaptations, the story has a lot of characters and relationships, please check out Wiki! My personal favorite is TVB’s 1997.
Emperor’s Conquest/Monarch Industry (上阳赋) is adapted from the novel written by Mei Yu Zhe and stars Zhang Zi Yi in her television debut! I know it’s a shocker that she never did a drama in her whole career until three years ago when this was filmed. The production remains so quiet and secretive until now. Then Boom. Airing. Lol. The story follows two intelligent people bound together by a political marriage that slowly morphs into an epic relationship of love, loyalty, and trust in their conquest of the world. Female cast is not to be joked around either – Kara Hui, Angie Chiu!
You can read the translated novel here (still in progress).
My Best Friend’s Story (流金岁月) officially announced casting in Chen Dao Ming, Dong Zi Jian, Liu Shi Shi, Ni Ni, Tian Yu, Tony Yang and Yang Le. Based on a novel by Yi Shu, the screenplay is written by Qin Wen and directed by Shen Yan (The Rise of Phoenixes).
The Message (风声) is adapted from wartime novel, Sound of the Wind, written by Mai Jia. There was a film adaptation in 2009 with Zhou Xun and Li Bing Bing. The story takes place in 1941 after a series assassination attempts happened to high-ranking officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government in Nanking. Five suspects were brought to a villa for further interrogation by the Chief officer of the Japanese Imperial Army who believed the assassinations were carried out by an Anti-Japan group who has a mole named “Old Ghost” from within.
My Best Friend’s Story (流金岁月) officially announced casting in Chen Dao Ming, Dong Zi Jian, Liu Shi Shi, Ni Ni, Tian Yu, Tony Yang and Yang Le. Based on a novel by Yi Shu, the screenplay is written by Qin Wen and directed by Shen Yan (The Rise of Phoenixes). The director and scriptwriter last collaborated for the drama The First Half of My Life, which was also based on a novel by the same author. This is Ni Ni’s second time working with the director. Filming began 4/28.