I don’t usually do these kinds of posts, for the most part, because well there’s a lot to be potentially covered, and two…eh well I am just that lazy. However, since I have some time due to my ‘sick day’, I thought, oh well here’s a chance to talk about upcoming dramas, that I wish were airing right now, but aren’t and probably won’t air until another year…or two because of various reasons *cough* SARFT that wretched bitch.
So I guess I’ll start with what I’m dying to watch and then wither away into the lesser, this could be awesome, but I’m not too sure territory.
- At the top of my list, is a drama that looks brilliant from the stills, that have been released thus far, and have one of my favourite C-dramaland pairings-Da Mo Yao《大漠谣》 . I think this drama has had plenty of coverage on the blogosphere, along with being one of my main headers, so I won’t ramble on too much, but if you haven’t read the book, then do so! It’s based off one of the books in Tong Hua‘s trilogy. Jin Yu a former wolf girl moves to Chang’ An and becomes acquainted with her two loves Meng Jiu (owner of the Shi estates) and general Huo Qu Bing. (My brief does not do it justice.)
Despite my grudges with Tangren, I really do hope they use some lying, underhanded, in other words, their natural methods and get a hold of the sequel 《Yun Zhong Ge 雲中歌》, or at least do a re-make…Can you feel the hate I have for Yu Zheng? Good.
The company has had its set of crappy dramas, I won’t mention any, but I think they have a tendency to do things right even if it takes forever for it to be released and send their fans on a few mile fender benders. As for the treatment of some of their actors, well that’s a story for another time. The stills alone speak for themselves, and despite Hu Ge playing second lead, I’m glad he’s completed a role that he actually wanted to do (so the rumours say) as opposed to a simple pandering to audiences. I do love my ShiGe pairing, but I think it’s fair to say, this has turned out looking mighty fine~.
Title: Da Mo Yao《大漠谣》/ Ballad Desert
Cast: Eddie Peng (Huo Qu Bing) , Liu Shi Shi (Yu Jin), Hu Ge (Meng Jiu), Han Dong.
Airing: Some time this summer. No really, it better be.
- The City of Devastating Love 《Hua Xu Yin 华胥引》
Cast: Kevin Cheng (Mu Yen (Su Yu), Lin Yuan (Ye Zhen/Jun Fu), Jiang Xin (Song Ning), Yuan Hong (Shen An), Luo Jin (Jun Wei), Cui Po (Liu Qi Qi), Bao Jian Feng (Rong Heng), Guo Zhen Ni (Ying Ge/13th Moon)
Airing: 2014 (possibly)
Another novel adaptation of Tang Qi Gong Zi‘s (her other novel 《三生三世十里桃花 Three Lives, Three Worlds, 10 Acres of Cherry Blossoms》is being made into a movie. The is another epic romance, as it tells the story of how a princess of a fallen kingdom is resurrected through the Aqua pearl. You can read the synopsis here in more detail.
I’m huge sucker for romance, and this has been talked about on a large enough scale too, that and the fact that I quite like the cast. Not just for the reunion of two of the most unlikely princes, but in general.
- The Battle of Changsha 《戰長沙》
Cast: Wallace Huo (Gu Qing Ming), Yang Zi (Hu Xiang Xiang),
Airing: Sept 2014
Wallace Huo is the biggest reason, I’m looking forward to this. Yes he was in Yu Zheng‘s ‘Swordsman‘ this year, but that’s as good as null for me. Set during the late 1930’s it tells the story through the lens of Hu Xiang Xiang, a 16 year old girl during the fight between the Japanese Imperial army and the Chinese Nationalist army. There’s a heavier synopsis already written here, so feel free to check it out.
Other than the casting, I enjoy dramas from this period, it’s a nice change up from the usual, and as much as I am looking forward to this OTP (I’m already forming a girl-crush on Yang Zi purely based on the stills) I can honestly say I have little historical knowledge of this period, so as happily as I will ship this pair, I might actually get something a little more lasting out of it too.
- Tiny Times 1.0 《小时代)》
Cast: Peter Ho (Gong Ming), Ivy Chen (Lin Xiao), Li Yi Feng (Jian Xi)
Airing: Sometime this year.
Based off the novel by Guo Jing Ming, it’s pretty much about the lives of university students, and how they deal with friendships, life etc. It’s essentially your average idol drama, I figured I needed some modern fluff amongst all the period stuff, so amidst the widely known cast, and the fact that I adore Ivy Chen and Amber Kuo (who is starring in the movie adaptation-yes there’s even a movie version. Y’know dramaland, they’ll milk the last cent out of anything that’s remotely popular), I think I’m just about ready to watch some heavy angst filled drama, and I’m not the only one, seeing how it’s doing on the poll.
- King of Lan Ling 《蘭陵王》
Cast: Feng Shao Feng (Lan Ling Wang), Ariel Lin (Yang Xue Wu), George Hu (An De Wang)
Airing: Again, hopefully sometime this year.
Another historical romance, and Ariel! Yes I am shallow. Deal with it.
- Agent X 《X女特工》
Cast: Tang Yan (Zhong Li), Luo Jin (He Jun Feng)
Who doesn’t like an ass kicking woman? Or a few ass kicking women? Well at least I hope there will be something left of her after she falls in love and decides she wants to be whisked away to safety. My hopes aren’t particularly high for this, but I can hope, can’t I?
From the stills alone, it doesn’t look half as bad, at 42 episodes, however, things have the potential to go south. Eh what the hell, so long as it promises to air this year, I’ll watch it whatever the length :p