Fights Break Sphere 斗破苍穹 has started filming based on the novel of the same name by Tiancang Tudou 天蚕土豆. Starring Wu Lei (Nirvana in Fire), Lin Yun, and Li Qin, those looking for an action wuxia with some revenge can give this a go.
Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace后宫·如懿传 has released a New Year Greeting. Starring Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Janine Chang, Li Chun, Dong Jie, Tong Yao, Chen Haoyu, Xin Zhilei, Zeng Yixuan, Wu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen Xiaoyun, Huang Ming, Jing Chao, Li Qin, Yuan Wenkang, Hu Ke, Zhang Jiazhu, Cao Xiwen, Yu Yang, and He Hongshan, unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much to look at in terms of sets or costumes.
Princess Agents 特工皇妃楚乔传 has released this production video that has been out for a while. Starring Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin, Dou Xiao, Deng Lun, Li Qin, Kan Qingzi, and Niu Junfeng, thought I would make a post.
Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace后宫·如懿传 has released a production teaser. Starring Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Janine Chang, Li Chun, Dong Jie, Tong Yao, Chen Haoyu, Xin Zhilei, Zeng Yixuan, Wu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen Xiaoyun, Huang Ming, Jing Chao, Li Qin, Yuan Wenkang, Hu Ke, Zhang Jiazhu, Cao Xiwen, Yu Yang, and He Hongshan, a quick look for those interested.
For Zhou Xun’s sake, I hope this drama will live up to expectations.
Historical romance drama Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传, also known as the sequel to Empresses in the Palace / Legend of Zhenhuan 后宫·甄嬛传, has finally released the full supporting cast list.
I have translated the plot, character descriptions and ranks below. All the information I have gathered is based on the original novel. A word of warning that some of the characters’ endings are also included, so do proceed with caution.
I’m just here for the pretty production… not for the name that still makes me shudder…
Princess Agents 特工皇妃楚乔传 has released even more stills. Starring Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin, Dou Xiao, Deng Lun, Li Qin, Kan Qingzi, and Niu Junfeng, not exactly an expert on the costuming of this time period but at least some of the costumes seem to mimic some of the images I have seen in the past for this era with more modern styling as opposed to a “generic hanfu” look (1, 2, 3, 4).
Last seen battling the illegal drug trade in Hua Kai Ban Xia 花开半夏 together, Li Qin and Lin Shen team up again in Undercover 卧底归来. Lin Shen plays an undercover cop set to infiltrate a drug cartel. He gains the cartel’s trust and becomes the bodyguard of its leader’s daughter (Li Qin). They are joined by Zhang Jiayi, Liu Yijun, Fu Jing (the very model of perfection in her role in Educated Youth), and Zhai Tianlin.
I was hoping the stylists would give Lin Gengxin a traditional topknot, because he just looks like Zhao Zilong lite here…
Princess Agents has released first stills of the leads just a month and a half into filming, and features Zhao Liying as Chu Qiao, Lin Gengxin as Yuwen Yue, Shawn Dou as Yan Xun and Li Qin as Yuan Chun. I recall being swept up in the high-stakes and torturous story of the original novel, though after a string of disappointing adaptions, I’ve learned to go into these types of dramas with zero expectations.