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“My Little Princess” flips the Cinderella story

A little eye-candy never hurts.

It’s hard to root for Cinderella and her Prince when their opponents are this cute.

You know that annoying rich girl who thinks she owns the world as she tries to steal her fiance back from the sweet, innocent, poor girl who got in the elite school only because her family is the epitome of goodness?  My Little Princess 亲爱的,公主病 tells her story.  On her way to become that supporting female lead we love to hate, she stumbles (often literally) on and befriends a bear-in-costume at her favorite yaoi manga store, who just happen to also be only other poor person at this school and is hired as her tutor.

Okay, let’s be honest, despite the clever set-up, most of the script works on just the two leads being adorable most of the time.  Once you get over the female lead’s dub, you can just ogle at how gorgeous Zhang Yuxi and Mike Angelo (and several of the supporting leads) are.   The series is produced by Qi Wei and imo much better than the one she produced starring herself.

Sorry for the gif overload but I’m taking a break from not-really-vacation to share this cuteness and I don’t have good-enough screen-caps.

SNH48’s Ju Jingyi sings for The Bodyguards


Getting in formation for their Beyoncé cover.

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.

Li Qin, Lin Shen fight drugs again in Undercover

Not Li Shen and Li Qin.

Not Li Shen and Li Qin.

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.

Hero Dog 2 full of puppies, kittens, birds, even some humans

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.

Plus, a long-waited song from M.I.C. boyband!  The song isn’t their best, and I wish they could’ve used Summer Storm, but  this will  have to do while we wait for the rest of Steelo’s album drops.

Love 020 drama, film release trailers

Both the film (Jing Boran, Angelababy) and the TV (Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang) versions of Love 020 微微一笑很倾城 just dropped trailers. The story tells of two people meeting and falling in love through a role-playing video game.

She Was Pretty remake stars Dilraba, Sheng Yilun


Because Dilraba is sooo unattractive.

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.

Mythological creatures come alive in Big Fish

Rushou 蓐收 is the harvest god and has tiger paws. He rides two dragons to work and has a pet snake.

Rushou 蓐收 is the harvest god, which explains the giant fortune cookie costume. He rides two dragons to work and has a pet snake.

Learn about mythological creatures from The Classic of Mountains and Seas with this beautiful set of character posters from currently-screening animated feature Big Fish and Begonia 大鱼海棠.  Continue reading

So Young airs after 6 months, 8 cities filming marathon


The costumes are lovely, the actors are cute, and the on-location sets are beautiful for this youthful summer treat.

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 sings for Love is More Than a Word

Someone who's read the novel tell me they actually get married and this photo and the scenes aren't just clickbait.

Someone who’s read the novel tell me they actually get married and the wedding scenes in the trailer aren’t just clickbait.

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….