Yi Yangqianxi, Show Luo, Han Geng and Huang Zitao’s Street Dance of China 这就是街舞 will have a few weeks’ head start, as the first episode is scheduled to premiere on Youku tonight.
The Legend of Dugu focuses on the Dugu sisters, who each marry into royalty. Our female protagonist is the innocent Dugu Qieluo (Hu Bingqing), who falls in love with and marries the founder of the short-lived Sui Dynasty Yang Jian (Zhang Danfeng).
Her ambitious older sister Dugu Banruo (Ady An) marries the emperor of Northern Zhou (Zou Tingwei), yet has complicated feelings for Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), the powerful regent of Zhou. Third sister Dugu Mantuo (Li Yixiao) and her husband end up being the biggest winners, as their son Li Yuan would later establish the Tang Dynasty and unify all of China.
I’m looking forward to the Dugu Banruo/Yuwen Hu pairing – both of them value power above all else, and that’s going to make for the best type of angsty melodrama.
The first trailer for modern romance drama Never Gone has been released, and stars Yang Zishan (Red Rose) and Han Dongjun (Wuxin: The Monster Killer 2) as a young couple whose sweet romance through high school and university crumbles after getting hit by the harsh realities of life outside the school yard. Talented young actors Li Landi (of cult hit My Huckleberry Friends) and Hu Xianxu (Nirvana in Fire II) play the younger counterparts.
When films list Jingle Ma (The Butterfly Lovers, Mulan, Speed Angels) as director, it’s usually a sign for me to stay right away from the very beginning, because his movies always turn out to be so very boring. I’ve heard some good things about the other two Raiders movies though, so let’s hope he doesn’t turn an action flick into a snooze fest.
Go Go Squid! 蜜汁炖鱿鱼 stars Yang Zi (Ode to Joy 2) as Tong Nian, a cover singer of Japanese songs and a genius IT programming student. Li Xian (Tientsin Mystic) plays Han Shangyan, a legendary professional gamer with a high IQ and EQ who doesn’t take an interest to girls.
Here’s our first look at City of Desire (I’m glad they changed the name, because Desire and the City just gives the wrong impression), the upcoming modern drama starring Wu Xiubo and Angelababy as two lonely individuals who come together to heal each other, and eventually fall in love. Extended synopsis here.
The latest teaser for fantasy romance drama Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost features Yang Zi as Jin Mi, an innocent deity who is about to injure the phoenix deity Xu Feng (Deng Lun) to retrieve his magical internal pill and increase her own powers (thankfully he wakes up just in time to prevent the act).
The female protagonist is a bundle of cuteness at the beginning of the novel, though the story takes a sharp turn into melodrama territory after Jin Mi believes Xu Feng killed her father. (Extended Synopsis)
Wallace Chung plays Lu Fei, an up-and-coming director who returns from the US to film a movie based on the story of his first love Xin Chen (Jiang Shuying), as well as rekindle their relationship after discovering that a small misunderstanding has kept them apart for a decade. Aaron Yan costars as a university friend who has a secret crush on Xin Chen.
Blooming Flowers Shall Send Us On Our Way / Memories of Love will run for 30 episodes (hooray for a drama with <50 episodes) beginning tonight.