There’s nothing like summer on the TV, someone in a rush replaces someone looking pretty. After a series of surprising upsets in the battle for the Hunan TV summer slot, The Bodyguards 麻辣变形计 (official title: Hot Girls) is now advertising itself to overtake the next spot. We’ll see who comes out to the up soon, but meanwhile, here’s the opening theme from SNH48’s Ju Jingyi.
Last seen battling the illegal drug trade in Hua Kai Ban Xia 花开半夏 together, Li Qin and Lin Shen team up again in Undercover 卧底归来. Lin Shen plays an undercover cop set to infiltrate a drug cartel. He gains the cartel’s trust and becomes the bodyguard of its leader’s daughter (Li Qin). They are joined by Zhang Jiayi, Liu Yijun, Fu Jing (the very model of perfection in her role in Educated Youth), and Zhai Tianlin.
Watch Queen Lee in her glorious 360 degrees MV for her equally awesome song. Best viewed with a phone on the YouTube app. Here’s the normal MV if you don’t feel like moving your mouse/phone around.
There’s nothing like summer Hunan TV, someone in a rush replaces someone looking pretty. After a series of surprising upsets in the battle for the coveted summer slot, Hero Dog 2 神犬小七2 finally clinched it with its beach setting and cute puppies.
Set to air on the July 17th, the series again tells the story of hero dog Xiaoqi, but now as a rescue dog who befriends a lifeguard (Zhang Yunlong), a hospitality worker (the spunky Wang Yang), and the owner (Wang Yu) at a beach resort. In addition to love triangles between both the humans and the pets, they must also team together to stop a group of smugglers trying to steal artifacts from under the sea.
In yet another Korean collaboration, She Was Pretty will be remade starring Dilraba, Sheng Yilun, Li Xirui, and UNIQ’s Kim Sungjoo. Korean companies co-producing remakes of their own dramas in China have tended to dump their second-tier production teams on those productions, but at least all the leads speak Chinese(ish) this time? Plus, who can say no to more Dilraba?
Plot from wiki, with names sino-fied:
Li Huizhen (Dilraba) was a very pretty girl from a rich family. After her family’s publishing company went bankrupt, she experienced hardships then lost her beauty too. Bai Haoyu (Sheng Yilun) was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem, but grows up as a handsome and successful editor.
The two decided to meet again as adults, but Haoyu was unable to recognize Huizhen . Ashamed to meet her first love and ruin his perception of her, Huizhen asks her attractive best friend, Xia Qiao (Li Xirui), to appear in her place. Things, however, soon get complicated as Haoyu was assigned to work at The Most magazine publishing office where Haoyu is the deputy chief editor. He openly mistreats and belittles her for her clumsy nature, not knowing that she was his real childhood friend. Xiao Qiao also continues to meet Haoyu, and soon develops feelings for him. On the other hand, Huizhen finds a good friend in her workplace, Lin Yimu (Kim Jongsoon), who slowly falls in love with her.
The longest-filmed modern idol drama I’ve heard of, So Young 致青春 shot in three locations in Italy (Milan, Florence, and Lucca) and five in China (Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Wuyuan) over a period of six months. The adaptation also features on-site recording, another bonus. Starring Chen Yao, Yang Le, Zhang Danfeng, Ma Ke, and Cai Jingwen, So Young is set to air July 11th, and I’m definitely looking forward to it!
Han Lei lends his soulful voice to the theme song for Love is More Than a Word 识汝不识丁, which I kind of gave up on after the trailer but might watch given their good taste in theme songs. Meanwhile, may I recommend Han Lei’s other famous BL song, Who will remember you (link is not fanvideo but actual snippet of drama).
While there’s still no news of a streaming date yet, the production team and leads have already started filming a “sequel”, ‘Till Death Tears Us Apart, a Republican-era drama based on the novel of the same name. The team’s also planning on a fantasy bl drama….
If you’re already paranoid by Brexit, just wait until you see the slew of psychopaths that the second half of 2016 will feature, starting with The Ten Deadly Sins 十宗罪. Starring Zhang han, Yu Xiaotong, Eric Tsang, and newcomer Zhang Yamei, the series will air on July 20th on Youku.
Other upcoming detective series mostly focused on psychopaths include Wang Kai and Wang Ziwen’s When a Snail Falls in Love, Yang Rong’s Memories Lost 美人为陷, Zhang Ruoyun and Jiao Junyan’s Medical Examiner Qin Ming 法医秦明 . Upcoming films include Zhang Hanyun and Eddie Peng’s Operation Mekong, Liao Fan and Li Yifeng’s Evil Minds 心理罪, and the Alec Su-directed adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X.
The styling and cinematography is reminiscent of the classic Hong Kong cop films, with a nice blend of artistry and realism. The editing is creative, if not that suspenseful. But you can see for yourself: