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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Power-driven protagonists? Yes, please.

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.

Pride and Prejudice in Republican China

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” – Pan Zhilin stars as Elizabeth Bennet opposite Xu Zhengxi’s Mr.Darcy.

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.

Promo Round-up: The Legend of Dugu

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.

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Shawn Dou, Nazha in character for romance drama Ten Years Late

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.

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Hu Bingqing’s Legend of Dugu releases long trailer

Legend of Dugu has released an 8 minute trailer that gives us some more insight into the Dugu sisters and their relationships. Hu Bingqing (Midnight Diner) plays Dugu Qieluo and Zhang Danfeng (Little Lucky) plays her husband Yang Jian, the future emperor of the Sui Dynasty.

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Last of The Legend of Dugu stills flood

Last look for now.

The last bit of The Legend of Dugu 独孤天下 stills today.  Starring Hu BingqingZhang DanfengAn YixuanLi YixiaoXu Zhengxi, and Ying Haoming, more for those who like the costuming.

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The Legend of Dugu slows stills release

More side-characters

The Legend of Dugu 独孤天下 has slowed its release of stills.  Starring Hu BingqingZhang DanfengAn YixuanLi YixiaoXu Zhengxi, and Ying Haoming, maybe a couple more posts of these and hopefully we will have a release date.

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The Legend of Dugu stills again

At least the side-characters have nice costumes as well

The Legend of Dugu 独孤天下 stills again today.  Starring Hu BingqingZhang DanfengAn YixuanLi YixiaoXu Zhengxi, and Ying Haoming, more of the different side-characters in the production this week.

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