Stills and trailer round-up: Chinese Valentine’s Day edition

Dramas usually release a plethora of goodies on Chinese Valentine’s Day, and this year is no exception. Which shows are you looking forward to most?

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace – Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo

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Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace to air online beginning August 20th

Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo’s Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace has confirmed a premiere date of August 20th!

Despite all the controversies surrounding this drama, I’m still pretty excited to see the final product. The ~88 episode drama will air 2 episodes on Tencent every Monday-Thursday and VIP members will get a 6 episode head start. No plans have been made for its broadcast on television.

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Promo Round-up: The Rise of Phoenixes

The Rise of Phoenixes tells of the heart-wrenching romance between the descendants of two royal families who are destined to become enemies, and the political machinations that are bound to push them further apart.

Starring Chen Kun, Ni Ni, Zhao Lixin, Ni Dahong, Yuan Hong, Wang Ou and Bai Jingting, the 70 episode drama airs daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight. Raw episodes will be uploaded by Croton, and it may also appear on Netflix US.

Updated Character Introductions and Extended Synopsis

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Zhang Ruoyun, Chen Daoming’s political intrigue drama releases first trailer

Thankful for the Remaining Years (Qing Yu Nian Season 1) has released a trailer after wrapping up filming for the first season, and stars Zhang Ruoyun as a young lad who is groomed into a righteous politician by Chen Pingping (Wu Gang).

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Tingxue Tower trailer is a tribute to last decade’s wuxia masterpieces

In an age filled with xianxia (fantasy wuxia) adaptations and re-adaptations of  wuxia classics, Tingxue Tower is a rare adaptation of a contemporary wuxia novel.

The rare contemporary wuxia adaptation Tingxue Tower 听雪楼 shows with its new trailer that it’s not just an attempt to revive the dying wuxia genre with a new story, but also seems to be a tribute to last decade’s highly-stylized wuxia films. The trailer has scenes reminiscent of the rain fight in Hero and the bamboo forest fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and definitely perks my interest.

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Promo Round-up: Accidentally in Love

Poster and logo:  10/10

When heiress Chen Qingqing is out of funds after leaving home, she becomes accidentally involved in the life of her classmate and pop idol Situ Feng  in  Accidentally in Love 惹上冷殿下. The series stars Guo Junchen (Go Princess Go) and Sun Yining (The Eternal Love). I haven’t seen neither in leading roles, but the posters and trailers look super cute. The series airs two eps per day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays on Tencent here. It’s not region-blocked for me (US).

Trailer 1 below; Trailer 2; trailer 3 ; MV; OP

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The Rise of Phoenixes confirms air date, releases new previews and stills

Chen Kun and Ni Ni’s The Rise of Phoenixes has released two TV spots, a bunch of new stills, and also gotten itself a new native title of 天盛长歌 (lit. The Golden Age of Tiansheng). The 70 episode drama is confirmed to air as a daily drama from August 14th.

I am 95% confident the drama has a sad ending in store for us just based on the last line: “I swear upon my father’s grave that regardless of the circumstance I am in, I shall never marry Ning Yi.”

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