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).
Tired of power-climbing dramas where the lead is always forced in positions of power because everyone was just so mean to them?
Not The Legend of Dugu’s Dugu Banruo (Ady An). She wants power because she knows she is smarter than them all and deserves it as much as the next person. Sure, she loves her family and tries to do what’s best for them, but she also spends time scheming and politicking because she wants to rule the world
Opposite her is love interest and foil Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), aka the more crazier version of her. He knows he’s more capable than everyone else, and he wants power, too. Unlike her, who also cares for her family and eventual husband, he cares for no one minus a possessive craving for her.
Together, they make a great, dysfunctional pair as they go from allies and lovers to fighting it out for the throne, sometimes helping each other and sometimes trying to ruin each other. The two are easily one of the most interesting pair of leads in an ancient series in a long time, I highly recommend the drama for their parts.
Before you complain that technically, Dugu Qieluo and Yang Jian are the leads, let me remind you that Yang Jian’s most recent on-screen trip left him off-screen for eight whole episodes, and the one before that was five episodes. The series airs six episodes per week on Wednesdays.
After Wuthering Heights, another classic of English literature has been adapted into the Republican era. Starring Pan Zhilin as Elizabeth Bennet, Xu Zhengxi as Mr.Darcy, Li Xian as Charles Bingley, and Zhu Zixiao as George Wickham, Mr.Pride and Ms.Prejudice 翩翩冷少俏佳人 follows the book pretty closely but adds a lot of scenes.
Most plot points in the book are covered in the series, but there’s an added business line for several leads to stretch it into a 30-episode drama. The only major change is that George Wickham’s true love is Elizabeth Bennet, although he still keeps romantic plots with both Lydia and Georgina.
I haven’t found a good YouTube version so your best bet is watching it here on iQiyi since it’s not area-blocked.
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.
Promotional tagline: “Time is limited, so please don’t hide.”
Shawn Dou (Tribes and Empires) is reuniting with the director of See You Again in upcoming romance drama Ten Years Late 十年三月三十日, a loose adaption of Fumi Saimon’s manga series Asunaro Hakusho. Nazha (Fighter of the Destiny) has joined the cast as the female lead.
Happiness of an Angel 天使的幸福 stars Liu Shishi (The Battle at the Dawn) as a single mother, Ming Dao (The Missing) as a haughty surgeon and Xu Zhengxi (The Virtuous Queen of Han) as Liu Shishi’s ex-boyfriend.