Time flies – 5 years ago, I handpicked 5 must-watch Chinese modern TV series based on the hundreds of titles that I’ve seen. Why recommend Chinese “modern” drama? Here’s a quick refresher on the western world’s awareness of asian tv shows: korean drama > all other asian drama > chinese historical drama > chinese modern drama.
Well seeing as the purpose of my blog is discovering the best Chinese dramas, of course I had an obligation to update this after five long years! The good news is, Chinese dramas are getting way better than before, in both production quality, acting, and storylines. The wait is over… so what are they? Read More…
Wow, if someone told me from the start that Chinese TV series get this long nowadays (I swear the norm used to be 30-40 episodes)… I may have been too intimidated to watch it. Glad I ended up “trying it out” as the show started airing. From the trailer, I was captivated by the interesting dynamic between the Sun Li and Chen Xiao duo, but more on that later. Without further ado, “Nothing Gold Can Stay” has been on my mind since the moment I completed the 74th episode (??). It was, CAPITALIZED LETTERS, AMAZING. Chinese audiences seem to agree with me.
Reasons you should be watching “Nothing Gold Can Stay”:
- Storyline is about a #girlboss (named Zhou Ying). In the freaking Qing dynasty era. Can someone say, badass? It’s not easy starting your own business in modern times, never mind being a woman battling the traditional Chinese patriarchal society and changing up entire industries! At this point, you’ll realize you Read More…
Don’t be scared. Somehow TV show premises where a bunch of beautiful strangers get stuck in a broken elevator (like that scene in tamaki hiroshi’s Love Shuffle)… just works. Ode to Joy is a clink of champagne glasses to sisterhood, to the many ways different personalities deal with confusing relationships, and explores the Chinese social standing and modern worklife.
Key takeaway for me:
- it’s relatable and personal
- but not soo deep that you can see Adele rolling in it
- the girls made the mistakes in their love life so that you don’t have to?
I highly recommend it if, like me, you haven’t touched a modern Chinese drama in a while because of the dreaded “mid-show hump” that seems to plague every show out of the mainland, ever. And even though I promise you will end up hating all the female leads at least once in the show, you’ll grow fond of them all over again.
With that said, who is excited for season 2?!
PSA: This is not a love story.
At first, I was like pssh this show looks boring. The trailer made it look like it was 10% warfare, 10% angst, and 80% of Hu Ge pondering. That said, I am SO GLAD I ended up watching it. Actually, this is one of the few genuinely high quality and well-thought out stories I have seen in a long long time. It appears to be ‘slow’, but every scene has its purpose. On top of that, a very entertaining watch (funny too!) and the eye candy doesn’t hurt either.
Lang Ya Bang is currently the top watched TV drama in China, with over 14,628,775 views on Sohu.
This guy looks so PEACEFUL for most of the first 20 episodes, but Read More…
Hello guys, it’s been a WHILE. Honestly, I was trying to get away from the vicious cycle of drama-watching for a while now. But i couldnt get away from Return of the Condor Heroes, because Chen Xiao is my favorite… And also I accidentally came across a few episodes of it, having realised that it is finally airing. Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen’s new adaptation of ROCH is a wonderfully addictive show (up to ep16)! ROCH is like an upgraded romance because if you get tired of the ruvruvruv, there’s lots of cool wuxia fighting. If you get tired of the melo, there’s lots of hilarious moments to balance it out. More on my impressions of the new ROCH: Read More…
Ok, so Jing Boran and Ni Ni look awesome in their new movie “Up in the Wind“, which looks to be a growing-up slash romance type of story. Boran looks particularly dashing and charismatic.
And the theme song is sung by none other than Hua Cheng Yu (champion of last summer’s Super Boy competition, which I recapped). Here it is! I urge you to watch it – it has Hua Cheng Yu’s recording + scenes from the film + bts with Boran and Ni Ni. If you know Chinese, you’ll also find the lyrics are really meaningful as well.
Now – let’s talk “Personal Tailor“! Apparently it has broken box office records in China since it premiered.
The movie called for a well-known ensemble cast – Lu Xiaolu, Ge You, Bai Baihe, and Zheng Kai (he’s from Zhao Wei’s “So Young”!). I checked, and it’s already in the top 10 highest grossing films in China. WHAT. It has to be good. The trailer is really funny too, so this is definitely going on my watch list. The story reminds me a lot of Cyrano Dating Agency and Inception – because here is a company who makes it possible for their clients to get their dream, on one condition, only if their dream can make themselves a better person. Funky but cool idea right? Also, the actors are top-notch.
“Personal Tailor (Chinese: 私人订制) is a 2013 Chinese comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang. Personal Tailor opened to a new record of US$13.2 million including midnight screenings beating Tiny Times record of $12 million set in July 2013.” – Wikipedia gives a good gist