Collection of new teasers for upcoming 2018/2019 dramas

Streaming site Youku recently held a press conference to promote a slew of upcoming dramas, most of which will air on the platform and TV stations this year. Links to new teasers and extended synopses (if any) are included.

Which shows are you looking forward to watching?

Historical dramas

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Xu Zhengxi, He Hongshan cast in Legend of the Phoenix

Xu Zhengxi, who is currently experiencing a significant rise in popularity after playing Yuwen Hu in Legend of Dugu, is taking on the leading role in upcoming historical romance drama Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 opposite He Hongshan (Above the Clouds).

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Concept teaser for Season 2 of Medical Examiner Dr. Qin

Based on the fourth book Scavenger 清道夫popular Sohu-produced web drama Dr. Qin Medical Examiner 法医秦明2: 清道夫 is returning for a second season, and stars Liu Dongqin (I’m Not A Monster) as Qin Ming, Liu Chang (Women in Beijing) as cop-buddy Lin Tao and Yu Shasha (The Imperial Doctress) as Qin Ming’s quirky new assistant Chen Shiyu.

I’m a bit disappointed the original cast couldn’t return, but this teaser looks pretty good.

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Cyberpunk film Dream Breaker trailer

“With hot young actors in a story about adventure, love and digital culture, this is the perfect film for China’s post-1990s generation” – Ivy Zhong, the head of the studio making this who clearly should get a PR person to sell it better.

 According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cyberpunk film by Han Yan, Dream Breaker 破梦游戏, “stars actress Chen Duling as a young woman who must fight her way through a mysterious, holographic game world designed by her late father to avenge his death. ” It co-stars Song Weilong, Tong Dawei, Cao Xiwen, and Archie Gao.

Xu Zheng, Wang Likun’s suspense thriller A or B gears up for release

Xu Zheng (Lost in Hong Kong) plays high-profile corrupt billionaire Zhong Xiaonian, who is kidnapped and held captive in a secret building after attempting to lock in another dirty deal. Zhong Xiaonian finds himself in living hell as the kidnapper begins to publish one dark secret about him a day.

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Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ win Singer 2018 with Bang Bang, Dragon Fist, and pipa

Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ Tangingan won Singer 2018 this weekend with the help of an awesome pipa arrangement of Bang Bang and Dragon Fist.  I thought this season was lackluster in general, with even Jessie J having boring song choices and arrangements, but this was easily one of the best performances of the show.

Chloé Zhao working on a sci-fi set in Northwest China

Rising director Chloé Zhao, whose award-winning The Rider (98% RT, 92% Metacritic, 4/4 Roger Ebert) is being released in theaters  beginning this weekend in North America (release schedule), told Vogue that she’s currently working on a sci-fi set in Northwest China. Based on her Jezebel interview, it sounds like it’ll be set 3000 years in the future.  

Given her experience working with  cinematographer Joshua James Richards on the plains of South Dakota, the Northwest seems to be a perfect first Chinese project for the talented director-cinematographer couple. We may have to wait, though, since she is  also working on another film set in the Indian Reservation and has a contract for a film with Frances McDormand.

Fun fact: Chloé Zhao is the step-daughter of actress/producer Song Dandan.

Wu Lei, Qin Hao, Yang Rong stars in The Lost Tomb spinoff

Glad to see more series taking advantage of China’s diverse geography for on-location shoots.

Visually the most expensive-looking The Lost Tomb series so far, Sea of Sand 沙海 released its first trailer.  The series stars Wu Lei as the protagonist, a high school’er who  becomes entangled in a suspenseful adventure after meeting Wu Xie  from The Lost Tomb series (Qin Hao). They’re joined by Yang Rong and Zhang Meng.