Who knew? Female bff’s who don’t cat-fight over some guy exists in Chinese dramas.
But you know who aren’t besties in this show? Jin Dong and Wang Kai. Having the two of them being in a show and not having a single scene together is almost as cruel as having Idina Menzel be in a musical and not have a song (I know, it’s been 8 years).
Known for producing dozens of amazing male leads in every show, Shandong TV and co. (The Disguiser, Nirvana in Fire, All Quiet in Peking) is unfortunately one of the worst in their ability to write good female roles. Usually if you’re a female character in one of their dramas, you’ll be lucky if your IQ is above 80 or if your life revolves around anything other than a male. If you’re both, then you are probably an antagonist. Ode To Joy 欢乐颂 is hoping to change that as their first drama with a predominantly female leading cast. Introducing the sisterhood that is Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Yang Zi, Wang Ziwen, and Qiao Xin. Opposite them are Zu Feng, Jin Dong, Wang Kai, Zhang Lu, Zhang Xiaoqian and a mysterious male lead (rumored to be Luo Jin) who better be really amazing for anyone to pick him over Zu Feng and Jin Dong.
Going against the common trend of one strong woman, one girl-next-door, and one boyish friend, Ode to Joy features at least three independent women who all have their own love interests (that do not intersect).
There are no photos of Jin Dong, so Wang Kai is subbing in for him.
Dr. Zhao (Wang Kai) cures people with his smile. Line up for your daily dose.
（￣ヘ￣）Why would they cast Zu Feng as a guy who’s suppose to be old and ugly?
There are too many animal parts in this outfit that I don’t know where to begin.
Yang Zi still looks 12 and she’s not even the youngest cast member.
Jiang Xin’s outfits for this drama might be one of my favorites this year.
Central Drama Academy graduate Qiao Xin stars opposite Zhang Ruoyun in a segment of upcoming Tangren production Foxes of Azure Hills
Remember the adorable Liang Zhongchun (Yue Yang) from The Disguiser? He put this photo up on Weibo, saying he’s current guest starring in it, too! This is his fourth drama with Wang Kai and fourth drama with Jin Dong. Lucky man.