Fox Spirit Matchmaker: Yue Hong (狐妖小红娘月红篇) is adapted from the manhua written by Tuo Xiao Xin. It follows the epic romance between the fox tribe and the human race. Yang Mi plays eldest sister, Tu Shan Hong Hong, considered the most powerful fox spirit; her romance begins when she saves Dong Fang Yue Chu (Gong Jun), a talented Daoist from a special (human) bloodline when he was pursued by bad people.
She and Her Perfect Husband (爱的二八定律) is a modern drama with Xu Kai and Yang Mi. Our female lead is a career-driven lawyer who is often pressured by her family to get married. One of the requirements at the top law firm specializing in family affairs where she applied for a job is to be married, which leads her brother, a headhunter, to changing her marriage status behind her back. Once she learns of the ridiculous lie, she tries to right the wrong but is greeted by her new supposed husband – our male lead, who is also forced by his mother to get married. He seeks out her help to ward off their parents. Things get complicated when our heroine’s ex also joins the same law firm.
Storm Eye (暴风眼) is a modern drama with the theme on national security. Our male lead is a national security agent tasked to track and follow an overseas spy but he slowly recognizes that the spy is only a small pawn in a bigger scheme: to steal top-secret research material from Dinghua Group. He’s sent to collaborate with agents in Shuangqing City. Come to find out, the team leader (our heroine) of the other group is his old classmate from high school who disappeared 10 years ago without a word, leaving him with a hole of regret. As they work together to crack the case, years-long corruption surfaces within Dinghua Group.
Hear Her (听见她说) is an upcoming short monologue drama consisting of 8 15-minute episodes starring a line of solid actresses including Bai Bai He, Hao Lei, Qi Xi, Wang Zhi, Xi Mei Juan, Yang Zi, Yong Mei, and Yang Mi. I’m interested to see how Zhao Wei has grown as a director since her debut days and it’s great to see her join the shift of focus to women this year. Some of the struggles include midlife crisis, housewife life, domestic violence, older singles, and being the perfect girl.
Here’s a long compilation of teasers and trailers released at various events this past week such as the iQiYi iJoy and Tencent video conference. Sorry, I can’t physically make 20+ separate posts for each of them. I think I have written about the majority before so it’s nothing new. Just a peek from different online platforms for what’s coming up next for them.
Another drama wrap-up! Novoland: Pearl Eclipse (九州·斛珠夫人) is adapted from the novel written by Xiao Ru Qin and stars Yang Mi and William Chan. Yang Mi plays daughter of the merfolks and her entire village and people are slaughtered due to the people’s obsession with pearls and pearls were created from merfolk’s tears. During this uncertain period, our heroine is taken in by the hero who is a powerful official of the imperial court, and she disguises as a male disciple by his side. After they return to the capital, the job of guarding the King is given to her. And he’s the third leg of this love triangle. The King has long given up on his court, exhausted by the internal and external turmoils, therefore he sits back and watches our male lead’s struggle to save the country. When he finds out his pretty guard is a girl, his feelings complicate everything.