Promotional tagline: Heals toothaches, as well as heartaches.
Jin Dong’sThe First Half of My Lifewas rushed into broadcast without any fanfare, but was surprisingly very well-received by the general audience. Mr. Right has found itself in a similar situation – here’s to hoping this drama finds the same nationwide success.
Jiang Shuying plays a hotel lobby manager and Jin Dong’s true love, while Li Naiwen costars as Jin Dong’s business partner. Xin Zhilei plays Jin Dong’s dream girl / first crush and Li Zonghan rounds out the main cast as her ex-husband who is infatuated with the heroine.
Here’s the first trailer for Mr. Right, a 2018 drama starringJin Dong (The First Half of My Life) as a dentist who also dabbles in relationship advice and counselling.
Female lead Jiang Shuying (To Be A Better Man) has a 5 second screen time, but we know from earlier descriptions that she’ll have quite a temper, and will begin a bickering relationship with the dentist-turned-love guru.
As Ode to Joy II 欢乐颂 2 is geared up for release, here’s a review of season 1 of the hit series from 2016.
Witty dialogue and a cast of memorable characters make Ode to Joy one of the most fun sit-coms in a while. Unfortunately, the series is often dogged down by attempts to shift to a melodrama that makes the ff button a necessary friend.
The series focuses around the unlikely friendship between five women who share a floor in an apartment complex in Shanghai. There’s Andi (An Di?), the business professional with a fear of human touch, Qu Xiaoxiao, the heiress fighting for the family inheritance, Fan Shengmei, the gold-digger with an entitled family, Qiu Yingying, the happy-go-lucky college grad, and Guan Ju’er, the ordinary white-collared girl who has never said no in her life.
Coming from a misogynistic rural family, Fan Shengmei (Jiang Xin) is vain, self-centered, but also righteous and protective. She would lie to help out a friend, but also to save face. The first lets her befriend the women in the apartment complex, but the second gets her in trouble as she falls for men who use her vanity to play her. When she falls in love with a man faked his own wealth to date her, she is caught between love and vanity. Imperfect, complex, and sharp-tongued, Fan’s characterization is perfect.
恋爱先生 Mr. Right comes from the writers behind last year’s To Be A Better Man, and stars Jin Dong (Surgeons) and Jiang Shuying(variety showDivas Hit the Road) as a bickering couple. Like all rom-coms, they’ll progress from enemies to friends and then lovers.
Powerhouse actor Chen Daoming will be joining Jin Dong (Ode to Joy), Ma Yili (Chinese Style Relationship), Yuan Quan (Call of Heroes) and Lei Jiayin (Red Star Over China) in The First Half of My Life 我的前半生, a drama adaption of Yi Shu’s novel of the same name.
First off, production has begun for Daylight Entertainment’s new medical drama The Surgeon 外科风云. Jin Dong(The Disguiser) was confirmed last year as the cold and secretive cardiothoracic surgeon Zhuang Shu, while Bai Baihe(Chongqing Hot Pot) will be playing his love interest Lu Chenxi, a former cardio surgeon who has been “demoted” to the emergency department.
Rule #76 of drama-verse: Although check your surroundings for paparazzis, because this hug could incriminate you for life.
This is a series of posts of me over-analyzing The Disguiser. Last time I looked at a painting, this time it’ll be a conversation, next time it will be exactly one line. Can you guess which one?
When a sample of Nirvana in Fire 2’s script was put up by producer Hou Hongliang last week, he got so many complaints about the awkward dialogue and requests to have a co-writer to work with author Hai Yan that he deleted the post. With so many book adaptations, one of the worst aspect of many recent dramas is their inability to translate descriptive writing into scripts. Luckily, The Disguiserdid not fall into that trap.
Here is a closer look into one of my favorite dialogues in The Disguiser, the reunion of Ming Lou (Jin Dong) and Wang Manchun (Wang Ou) here in episode 1. See how natural the dialogue flows while setting up the story and revealing character at the same time, and how much better it is than the lazy method of using a random bystander conversation to introduce the characters.
This is part of a series of posts that still overly obsessed yours truly is going to write on the Disguiser, aka my favorite Chinese drama in the past five years.
In Chinese, a common word for country is literally translated as nation-home. It’s only fitting then that the painting by Ming Cheng and Ming Lou is named Home, for it captures the two major themes of The Disguiser– family and country. It’s one of many examples of how the series by scriptwriter Zhang Yong and director Li Xue is a rare Asian drama that actually tries to uses dramatic principles like symbolism and foreshadowing and Chekhov’s gun.
The scene of the painting of Home seemed like just another day of Lou-Cheng cuteness at the time, but it actually set the stage for two major plot points and became a reoccurring symbol.
“If Mr. Ming knew, he would skin me.” Oh, he knows.