Personally I feel 2016 has been a rather lackluster year for dramas, and there wasn’t a single show that had me completely invested. My standards have risen exponentially after a slew of good dramas in late 2015, and I’m hoping some of the shows from the 2017 lineup will make up for the disappointment this year. That being said, I probably have missed out on a couple of gems this year, so feel free to suggest your favourites below.
This is my first time reviewing anything, so do bear with my ramblings as I try and figure everything out. I also owe a huge thanks to the team at CFensi, especially 0kuo0 and idarklight, for patiently answering all my questions and making sure I settled in with minimal hiccups. All productions are listed in the order they aired, and I’ve also included some short commentary on dramas I dropped.
I still refuse this English title. Also, there’s no way they can outrun those cars.
Dilraba and Ma Ke‘s first lead TV series has finally released a trailer months after it was suppose to air. The Bodyguards 麻辣变形计 is now looking at a fall release from Hunan TV along with Hero Dog 2 神犬小七 from the same company and almost the same cast minus the leads and plus Zhang Yunlong
Zhou Xun and Bai Baihe share the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, snacking on some deliciously dainty sweets. Don’t be fooled by the pastel pink here, though – they’re dressed mostly in sharp blacks and whites for the rest of the photoshoot. Look under the cut for more pictures. Continue reading →
This is probably one of my favorite men’s photo shoots yet. Harper’s Bazaar has taken to a snowy field to remind us that we were pretty lucky Chinese Paladin 3 put Hu Ge and Wallace Huo onto the same screen. I can’t decide who’s prettier. Look below the cut for more pictures. (P.S. They should have brought their furcoats). Continue reading →
I know this comes a bit late but I wanted to at least finish or try to finish some stuff before I give suggestions. I have avoided doing this in the past since I don’t really like ranking dramas. I find that my opinion of them changes depending on what I am feeling like but I also realize that people try to read these posts as reference for what to watch. Therefore, these are relatively “ranked” by my personal level of enjoyment… which may be inaccurate sometimes since I do click through dramas if I get impatient and may miss something good or critical…
Murder Mystery/Of Monks and Masters (侠僧探案传奇)
The top three would have to be one of the three major successes of the year for me.
Actress Dilraba designs her own sunglasses as a part of a charity campaign for Harper’s Bazaar. She is currently filming a romantic comedy with Guo Jingfei called 21 karats 21克拉, just finished another one (Proud and Prejudice 傲娇与偏见), and will be playing a fox spirit opposite Gao Weiguang (finally!) in the upcoming drama version of Three Lifetimes, Ten Thousand Kilometers of Peach Blossoms三生三世十里桃花. Continue reading →
Finally, a teaser that isn’t just a smash-up of spoilers.
Based on the book of the same name, Revive: SuperStar 重生之名流巨星 tells of a struggling actor’s reincarnation as an younger artist (Ma Ke) and his path to stardom. On the way he is helped by his agent and lover (Xu Haiqiao), a seasoned actor (Pong Nawat), a female actress who fakes a relationship with him ( Zhang Xinyu), and one who fakes a marriage with him (Han Chae-young).
I love that they actually put effort into the teaser, and the cinematography is a huge step-up from most idol dramas. Unfortunately, I’m going to guess this is going to be the second drama after Nirvana in Fire to break up the canon couple and force the male lead to have a heterosexual one. Neither is it the latest one, since that honor goes to Ma Ke, Qiao Zhenyu, and Zhang Xinyu’s Song of Phoenix.
As the woman with probably the most outfits in drama history, Wu Zetian’s stylist also does a great job of making Fan Bingbing look gorgeous in all outfits and ages, many of the stylings being based on history.
Jing Boran and Luhan versus Li Yifeng and Yang Yang, how can I ever pick between them!
Soon-to-be costars Jing Boran, Luhan pose for the cover of GQ. The two will star in The film version of The Lost Tomb, with Jing Boran playing Li Yifeng’s role in the net series and Luhan Yang Yang’s role. So far all the films and dramas in the two major tomb-raiding series have flopped, but this cast is so pretty I can’t help but still look forward to it.