- Republican era romance
- Episodes: 44
- Broadcast period: 2012-Dec-07 to 2012-Dec-21
In a nutshell: Cut through the plotting, corruption, gunfights, and our heroine’s three men, you really have a strong girl’s determination and will to change her destiny and her subsequent rise up the ranks in Shanghai’s upper society. Actress Tang Yan’s strongest performance by far. The story was intriguing enough, but I don’t think I could stomach it again.
You’re not the only one. True, live-action adaptions of manga has been around for at least a decade in Asian pop culture. And we can argue that if a newer industry adapts a previously popular story to boost their drama viewership, that’s understandable. However, a growing, devastating trend for the Asian drama industry has begun to take hold. Asian countries are beginning to cross-copy each other’s stories. Nearly half of the dramas we see this year will be adaptations of existing shows. Now that’s bad. Even worse, some shows are replicating themselves just to experiment their popularity with fresh faces. Ahem *Hana Kimi 2011*
But before we get ahead of ourselves, what are some of the NOT remakes, but original stories we can anticipate in 2012?
Some Adaptations/Remakes That Are Slightly Hopeful