Would you believe me if I tell you this post was written in Feb (when filming wrapped) of this year but has it been sitting in the draft section? Why? Mainly because the production is so stingy with promo stills! And even now as they are gearing up to premiere…no trailer… >.>
Song of the Moon (月歌行) is adapted from the novel written by Shu Ke and stars Zhang Bin Bin and Xu Lu as the leads. This is what I have gathered from the novel: It is a tragic story. This is not a story about a good girl, this is a story about a lonely girl (a lot of readers say she’s pretty unlikable). The loneliness in her life breeds her stubborn, selfish, and bitter personality, and she acknowledges those traits. Our heroine comes from a wealthy family, her parents let her do whatever she wants and it’s the downfall of her life. She sees that they only care for her younger brother, who’s deemed as the one to carry on the family line (quite typical). She meets our male lead when she’s about 10/11 and he appears surprised to learn that the person said to help him save his people is a girl. He’s the Demon Lord, if you’re curious, always wearing a black robe. Like a genie, he tells her he’s the person to guide her destiny, to give her powers, to do a lot of big things. To compensate her for the future, he gives her two options, 1) He can do any 3 things for her or 2) She can have him for 3 days and he’ll do anything for her in those 3 days. Of course, to a little kid, the second option sounds much better and so she picks #2. After 3 days of fun and excitement, he disappears. A big fire takes away her family’s wealth and her parents don’t think twice about selling her to buy medicines for their beloved son. She’s sold to a manor and trained to become a killer. Our male lead also has another identity ~
I feel bad for our female lead – she gets abandoned quite a lot by the people who claim to love her, including our male lead. But a lot of people also die for her….. Some readers said that the love story wasn’t satisfying to them, some questioned whether he did indeed love her or not. Is it love or is it pity? Is it both?
I didn’t see a translation for the novel yet. If you’re aware of one, please let me know!
As a saying goes, one must achieve something when young because he cannot stay young forever. Liang Chen and Lu Jing made it. Liang Chen is devoted to bringing good music works to the listeners, expressing the idea of being kind, real and perfect. Lu Jing loves computer and big data research. He is highly recognized by academic field through studying complicated human behavior and psychology, thus influencing the classmates around by his solid specialty literacy. They are strangers first but then brought together by big data and they become closer in the journey of pursuing dreams.
Sunshine of My Life (若你安好便是晴天) is an upcoming modern drama with the focus on fashion and embroidery. Zhang Han plays a career-focused man who doesn’t allow any distraction in his life until our heroine walks in and imprints him. ( 😛 ) But she’s also focused on her work and chooses to study abroad in Europe, parting ways with him. But the hearts will find their way back to each other regardless of miles and distance in between.
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.
I did not expect that in my lifetime there would be a global pandemic happening. It is – still is, very tough. Working in a major hospital, I was very fortunate to have a job through Covid but there were definitely some selfish moments where I just wanted to stay home and stay away from the hospital, where protocols and procedures keep changing every single day as we learned more things about the virus. Colleagues falling sick and hospital dispatching some of us to different areas, sometimes unrelated to our job; some smaller hospitals were sending my co-workers to work at the morgue. >.<”
I don’t know what to expect from these dramas but maybe all we need is a little thing called hope to keep us moving forward. Having this blog and some of you guys to chat with has always been the anchor of my sanity. So thank-you for that! Stay healthy, stay informed, stay connected, and stay calm! We are in this together.