dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
For some reason, I am more excited by upcoming cdramas than twdramas, kdramas, and jdramas combined. So, behind the cut is a list. The only order is alphabetical.

I am sure you have figured out that out of all dramas, period cdramas are my favorite, so it's not surprising that this list contains so many. But a few modern dramas did sneak in.

List with summaries, vids and pics, behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
For some reason, I am more excited by upcoming cdramas than twdramas, kdramas, and jdramas combined. So, behind the cut is a list. The only order is alphabetical.

I am sure you have figured out that out of all dramas, period cdramas are my favorite, so it's not surprising that this list contains so many. But a few modern dramas did sneak in.

List with summaries, vids and pics, behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Hu Ge by kycoo)
For some reason, I am more excited by upcoming cdramas than twdramas, kdramas, and jdramas combined. So, behind the cut is a list. The only order is alphabetical.

I am sure you have figured out that out of all dramas, period cdramas are my favorite, so it's not surprising that this list contains so many. But a few modern dramas did sneak in.

List with summaries, vids and pics, behind the cut )
dangermousie: (Chuno - Alive)
1. I have no idea if this poster for Emperor's Beauties is official or fanmade (my money is on the latter), but I love it:



Larger version and another poster here )

I always prefer more abstract posters to the typical "let's stick leads' discombobulated heads on the poster" thing a lot of dramas adore.

And speaking of EB - what on earth is with the title. I know YZ is trying to reference Schemes of a Beauty (why not call it 'Beauties of Emperor's Jade Palace' then and do a two-fer with his recent hits :P) but the title makes no sense. I severely doubt he's referring to Xiang Yu and Liu Bang as anyone's beauties :P and Xiang Yu was never an emperor so anyone associated with him would not be an emperor's beauty of any sort. Sure, Lu Zhi was Mrs. Emperor but (a) that's beauty in singular and (b) even if some other wife of Liu Bang appears, the drama's focus isn't on various wives of Liu Bang but the whole Xiang Yu-Liu Bang alliance and then civil war, presumably. Even if Yu Zheng will make Xiang Yu have a torch for Lu Zhi *shudder*, that still doesn't change the fact.

So yeah, the title makes zip sense to me.

ETA: according to kind anon, focus will be on the ladies. Which still doesn't explain the title bu, more importantly, bzuh? Not surprising, seeing what YZ's interests are in storytelling but still - it's like doing a story n Charlemagne and focusing on family in-fighting, or similar. I don't really care who Lu Zhi's true love is or about palace backstabbing. I want battles and more battles and then topped off with more battles. Give it to whoever made Three Kingdoms.

Also, I finally figured out why I am so pre-obsessed with EB. It's because Xiang Yu/Concubine Yu is the closest I am going to get to Bajirao Mastani on screen. It was going to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus but eventually got shelved for whatever reasons. I followed it for years until its untimely demise and was devastated when it was cancelled. (For non-Bollywood aficionados, Bajirao was a warrior king of the Marathis, I believe, and Mastani was his dancer gf who rode with him into battle and killed herself when he died). So yeah, I am projecting. Though perhaps this version of XY will only have eyes for Lu Zhi (???!!!!), so it might no matter.

2. I looked up future projects, and he has a movie and at least 3 dramas lined up. How on earth is he going to cram them all in? I know script-writing goes faster when you liberally borrow from others but even copy/pasting dialogue takes time :P

3. Speaking of YZ dramas, has anyone seen 1000 Teardrops? I am tempted to get my hands on it because I have yet to see a YZ drama I didn't like (between Romantic Red Rouge, Jade Palace Lock Heart, Schemes of a Beauty and Four Women Conflict) but I am not familiar with Hawick Lau or Athena Chu, i.e. the leads (yes, I admit I am also tempted because Feng Shao Feng is in it, but I know he has a secondary role. Which leads me to a question of whether he gets his own OTP, btw) and also it's a modern drama and all of YZ's stuff that I liked have been period dramas.

4. OK, to end on a non-Yu Zheng note. Drive of Life - yay or nay?
dangermousie: (Chuno - Alive)
1. I have no idea if this poster for Emperor's Beauties is official or fanmade (my money is on the latter), but I love it:



Larger version and another poster here )

I always prefer more abstract posters to the typical "let's stick leads' discombobulated heads on the poster" thing a lot of dramas adore.

And speaking of EB - what on earth is with the title. I know YZ is trying to reference Schemes of a Beauty (why not call it 'Beauties of Emperor's Jade Palace' then and do a two-fer with his recent hits :P) but the title makes no sense. I severely doubt he's referring to Xiang Yu and Liu Bang as anyone's beauties :P and Xiang Yu was never an emperor so anyone associated with him would not be an emperor's beauty of any sort. Sure, Lu Zhi was Mrs. Emperor but (a) that's beauty in singular and (b) even if some other wife of Liu Bang appears, the drama's focus isn't on various wives of Liu Bang but the whole Xiang Yu-Liu Bang alliance and then civil war, presumably. Even if Yu Zheng will make Xiang Yu have a torch for Lu Zhi *shudder*, that still doesn't change the fact.

So yeah, the title makes zip sense to me.

ETA: according to kind anon, focus will be on the ladies. Which still doesn't explain the title bu, more importantly, bzuh? Not surprising, seeing what YZ's interests are in storytelling but still - it's like doing a story n Charlemagne and focusing on family in-fighting, or similar. I don't really care who Lu Zhi's true love is or about palace backstabbing. I want battles and more battles and then topped off with more battles. Give it to whoever made Three Kingdoms.

Also, I finally figured out why I am so pre-obsessed with EB. It's because Xiang Yu/Concubine Yu is the closest I am going to get to Bajirao Mastani on screen. It was going to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus but eventually got shelved for whatever reasons. I followed it for years until its untimely demise and was devastated when it was cancelled. (For non-Bollywood aficionados, Bajirao was a warrior king of the Marathis, I believe, and Mastani was his dancer gf who rode with him into battle and killed herself when he died). So yeah, I am projecting. Though perhaps this version of XY will only have eyes for Lu Zhi (???!!!!), so it might no matter.

2. I looked up future projects, and he has a movie and at least 3 dramas lined up. How on earth is he going to cram them all in? I know script-writing goes faster when you liberally borrow from others but even copy/pasting dialogue takes time :P

3. Speaking of YZ dramas, has anyone seen 1000 Teardrops? I am tempted to get my hands on it because I have yet to see a YZ drama I didn't like (between Romantic Red Rouge, Jade Palace Lock Heart, Schemes of a Beauty and Four Women Conflict) but I am not familiar with Hawick Lau or Athena Chu, i.e. the leads (yes, I admit I am also tempted because Feng Shao Feng is in it, but I know he has a secondary role. Which leads me to a question of whether he gets his own OTP, btw) and also it's a modern drama and all of YZ's stuff that I liked have been period dramas.

4. OK, to end on a non-Yu Zheng note. Drive of Life - yay or nay?
dangermousie: (Chuno - Alive)
1. I have no idea if this poster for Emperor's Beauties is official or fanmade (my money is on the latter), but I love it:



Larger version and another poster here )

I always prefer more abstract posters to the typical "let's stick leads' discombobulated heads on the poster" thing a lot of dramas adore.

And speaking of EB - what on earth is with the title. I know YZ is trying to reference Schemes of a Beauty (why not call it 'Beauties of Emperor's Jade Palace' then and do a two-fer with his recent hits :P) but the title makes no sense. I severely doubt he's referring to Xiang Yu and Liu Bang as anyone's beauties :P and Xiang Yu was never an emperor so anyone associated with him would not be an emperor's beauty of any sort. Sure, Lu Zhi was Mrs. Emperor but (a) that's beauty in singular and (b) even if some other wife of Liu Bang appears, the drama's focus isn't on various wives of Liu Bang but the whole Xiang Yu-Liu Bang alliance and then civil war, presumably. Even if Yu Zheng will make Xiang Yu have a torch for Lu Zhi *shudder*, that still doesn't change the fact.

So yeah, the title makes zip sense to me.

ETA: according to kind anon, focus will be on the ladies. Which still doesn't explain the title bu, more importantly, bzuh? Not surprising, seeing what YZ's interests are in storytelling but still - it's like doing a story n Charlemagne and focusing on family in-fighting, or similar. I don't really care who Lu Zhi's true love is or about palace backstabbing. I want battles and more battles and then topped off with more battles. Give it to whoever made Three Kingdoms.

Also, I finally figured out why I am so pre-obsessed with EB. It's because Xiang Yu/Concubine Yu is the closest I am going to get to Bajirao Mastani on screen. It was going to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus but eventually got shelved for whatever reasons. I followed it for years until its untimely demise and was devastated when it was cancelled. (For non-Bollywood aficionados, Bajirao was a warrior king of the Marathis, I believe, and Mastani was his dancer gf who rode with him into battle and killed herself when he died). So yeah, I am projecting. Though perhaps this version of XY will only have eyes for Lu Zhi (???!!!!), so it might no matter.

2. I looked up future projects, and he has a movie and at least 3 dramas lined up. How on earth is he going to cram them all in? I know script-writing goes faster when you liberally borrow from others but even copy/pasting dialogue takes time :P

3. Speaking of YZ dramas, has anyone seen 1000 Teardrops? I am tempted to get my hands on it because I have yet to see a YZ drama I didn't like (between Romantic Red Rouge, Jade Palace Lock Heart, Schemes of a Beauty and Four Women Conflict) but I am not familiar with Hawick Lau or Athena Chu, i.e. the leads (yes, I admit I am also tempted because Feng Shao Feng is in it, but I know he has a secondary role. Which leads me to a question of whether he gets his own OTP, btw) and also it's a modern drama and all of YZ's stuff that I liked have been period dramas.

4. OK, to end on a non-Yu Zheng note. Drive of Life - yay or nay?
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
You remember my post a couple of days back about Yu Zheng's newest announced drama, Emperor's Beauties, about Xiang Yu, Lu Zhi, Liu Bang, Consort Yu etc etc. And I am sure you remember my horrified reaction at the fact that he cast Ming Dao as Xiang Yu because not only do I not care for MD's acting, I find him absolutely fugly to look at. Much tearing out of hair was had by me because except for the cast thing, it sounded like my dream drama.

Ummm.

Ummmmmm.

Ummmmmmmmmm.

I am not sure how to put this, so here goes: [livejournal.com profile] hanjae found a pic of Ming Dao all got up as Xiang Yu and ummmm...not bad at all he looks freaking hot!!!!

Pic here behind the cut )

Ummm. I can't believe I am thinking that about Ming Dao, of all people. Seriously. I never even found him remotely tolerable-looking in anything. And all of a sudden I am going hormonal. Is this a parallel universe or something? Did I fall through a hole in time-space continuum? Is this opposite day?

I do not know, all I know is that if a beard can change a guy so much, Ming Dao should never be allowed to shave on pain of death.

Seriously.

On the plus side, shallow me is now looking forward to EB very very much. I still don't think Ming Dao's acting is much to write home about unless the beard also endowed him with magic acting prowess, but hey - I don't demand my actors to be both talented and hot. Just one of the two will do. Witness the entirety of Mike He's career.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
You remember my post a couple of days back about Yu Zheng's newest announced drama, Emperor's Beauties, about Xiang Yu, Lu Zhi, Liu Bang, Consort Yu etc etc. And I am sure you remember my horrified reaction at the fact that he cast Ming Dao as Xiang Yu because not only do I not care for MD's acting, I find him absolutely fugly to look at. Much tearing out of hair was had by me because except for the cast thing, it sounded like my dream drama.

Ummm.

Ummmmmm.

Ummmmmmmmmm.

I am not sure how to put this, so here goes: [livejournal.com profile] hanjae found a pic of Ming Dao all got up as Xiang Yu and ummmm...not bad at all he looks freaking hot!!!!

Pic here behind the cut )

Ummm. I can't believe I am thinking that about Ming Dao, of all people. Seriously. I never even found him remotely tolerable-looking in anything. And all of a sudden I am going hormonal. Is this a parallel universe or something? Did I fall through a hole in time-space continuum? Is this opposite day?

I do not know, all I know is that if a beard can change a guy so much, Ming Dao should never be allowed to shave on pain of death.

Seriously.

On the plus side, shallow me is now looking forward to EB very very much. I still don't think Ming Dao's acting is much to write home about unless the beard also endowed him with magic acting prowess, but hey - I don't demand my actors to be both talented and hot. Just one of the two will do. Witness the entirety of Mike He's career.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
You remember my post a couple of days back about Yu Zheng's newest announced drama, Emperor's Beauties, about Xiang Yu, Lu Zhi, Liu Bang, Consort Yu etc etc. And I am sure you remember my horrified reaction at the fact that he cast Ming Dao as Xiang Yu because not only do I not care for MD's acting, I find him absolutely fugly to look at. Much tearing out of hair was had by me because except for the cast thing, it sounded like my dream drama.

Ummm.

Ummmmmm.

Ummmmmmmmmm.

I am not sure how to put this, so here goes: [livejournal.com profile] hanjae found a pic of Ming Dao all got up as Xiang Yu and ummmm...not bad at all he looks freaking hot!!!!

Pic here behind the cut )

Ummm. I can't believe I am thinking that about Ming Dao, of all people. Seriously. I never even found him remotely tolerable-looking in anything. And all of a sudden I am going hormonal. Is this a parallel universe or something? Did I fall through a hole in time-space continuum? Is this opposite day?

I do not know, all I know is that if a beard can change a guy so much, Ming Dao should never be allowed to shave on pain of death.

Seriously.

On the plus side, shallow me is now looking forward to EB very very much. I still don't think Ming Dao's acting is much to write home about unless the beard also endowed him with magic acting prowess, but hey - I don't demand my actors to be both talented and hot. Just one of the two will do. Witness the entirety of Mike He's career.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up)!

Yu Zheng apparently recently announced a new drama, called The Emperor's Beauties and this has caused a perfect storm of conflict within yours truly.

On one hand, Yu Zheng's dramas, whatever you may think of his 'borrowing' tendencies, are (1) incredibly lavish and lush and gorgeous-looking, and (2) completely addictive and, if Jade Palace Lock Heart, Four Women Conflict, and Schemes of Beauty, made completely to my specs.

Plus, this particular drama will center around Xiang Yu, the warlord who overthrew the Qin Empire but eventually lost to Liu Bang, who founded the Han Empire. With the two female leads being Empress Lu, Liu Bang's smart and ruthless wife, and Consort Yu, Xiang Yu's legendary star-crossed OTP. Xiang Yu and his OTP are my favorite ever drama secondary OTP (in The Myth) so a whole drama centered around them is heaven. And the time period is complex and interesting.

So why am I not jumping around in glee and screaming my joy?

The cast.

Oh, God, the cast. It's like my perfect drama wrapped in my perfect nightmare cast.

Apparently, casting Ming Dao as the lead in a JPLH-but-not-really movie wasn't a fluke. It seems Yu Zheng has glommed onto his next leading man and that man is Ming Dao. Why? Why????? The man is ugly, can't act, has no on-screen charisma, and projects a vibe that makes me want to smack him. I've tried dramas with him repeatedly and in every single one I ended up wanting to put my fist through the screen. He's one of only two male actors who are on my automatic "will not watch, no matter what else is in play" list (the other one being Ryu Shiwon). Oh, and he has insane fangirls who think if his character attempts to rape another character it's OK because he's hot.

I also really dislike Chen Qiao En, who's been cast as Empress Lu (bzuh? How a life of playing a shrill idiot in OTT romcoms prepare you for the role I have no idea), but this bugs me less because Empress Lu has traditionally been portrayed as blood-thirsty, cruel and pretty evil. So at least my feelings of dislike for the actress might actually help me enjoy the performance. But Ming Dao is playing the freaking hero!

Consort Yu is still not cast, but by this point they could cast Yang Mi or Fan Bing Bing or even Crystal Liu, and I still won't care because it would be hard to overcome the above combination.

Why why why, Yu Zheng?

If this is the drama Feng Shao Feng turned down, pissing off YZ in the process, I am going to tear out my hair.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up)!

Yu Zheng apparently recently announced a new drama, called The Emperor's Beauties and this has caused a perfect storm of conflict within yours truly.

On one hand, Yu Zheng's dramas, whatever you may think of his 'borrowing' tendencies, are (1) incredibly lavish and lush and gorgeous-looking, and (2) completely addictive and, if Jade Palace Lock Heart, Four Women Conflict, and Schemes of Beauty, made completely to my specs.

Plus, this particular drama will center around Xiang Yu, the warlord who overthrew the Qin Empire but eventually lost to Liu Bang, who founded the Han Empire. With the two female leads being Empress Lu, Liu Bang's smart and ruthless wife, and Consort Yu, Xiang Yu's legendary star-crossed OTP. Xiang Yu and his OTP are my favorite ever drama secondary OTP (in The Myth) so a whole drama centered around them is heaven. And the time period is complex and interesting.

So why am I not jumping around in glee and screaming my joy?

The cast.

Oh, God, the cast. It's like my perfect drama wrapped in my perfect nightmare cast.

Apparently, casting Ming Dao as the lead in a JPLH-but-not-really movie wasn't a fluke. It seems Yu Zheng has glommed onto his next leading man and that man is Ming Dao. Why? Why????? The man is ugly, can't act, has no on-screen charisma, and projects a vibe that makes me want to smack him. I've tried dramas with him repeatedly and in every single one I ended up wanting to put my fist through the screen. He's one of only two male actors who are on my automatic "will not watch, no matter what else is in play" list (the other one being Ryu Shiwon). Oh, and he has insane fangirls who think if his character attempts to rape another character it's OK because he's hot.

I also really dislike Chen Qiao En, who's been cast as Empress Lu (bzuh? How a life of playing a shrill idiot in OTT romcoms prepare you for the role I have no idea), but this bugs me less because Empress Lu has traditionally been portrayed as blood-thirsty, cruel and pretty evil. So at least my feelings of dislike for the actress might actually help me enjoy the performance. But Ming Dao is playing the freaking hero!

Consort Yu is still not cast, but by this point they could cast Yang Mi or Fan Bing Bing or even Crystal Liu, and I still won't care because it would be hard to overcome the above combination.

Why why why, Yu Zheng?

If this is the drama Feng Shao Feng turned down, pissing off YZ in the process, I am going to tear out my hair.
dangermousie: (Pick the Stars: facepalm by meganbmoore)
(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ockoala for the heads-up)!

Yu Zheng apparently recently announced a new drama, called The Emperor's Beauties and this has caused a perfect storm of conflict within yours truly.

On one hand, Yu Zheng's dramas, whatever you may think of his 'borrowing' tendencies, are (1) incredibly lavish and lush and gorgeous-looking, and (2) completely addictive and, if Jade Palace Lock Heart, Four Women Conflict, and Schemes of Beauty, made completely to my specs.

Plus, this particular drama will center around Xiang Yu, the warlord who overthrew the Qin Empire but eventually lost to Liu Bang, who founded the Han Empire. With the two female leads being Empress Lu, Liu Bang's smart and ruthless wife, and Consort Yu, Xiang Yu's legendary star-crossed OTP. Xiang Yu and his OTP are my favorite ever drama secondary OTP (in The Myth) so a whole drama centered around them is heaven. And the time period is complex and interesting.

So why am I not jumping around in glee and screaming my joy?

The cast.

Oh, God, the cast. It's like my perfect drama wrapped in my perfect nightmare cast.

Apparently, casting Ming Dao as the lead in a JPLH-but-not-really movie wasn't a fluke. It seems Yu Zheng has glommed onto his next leading man and that man is Ming Dao. Why? Why????? The man is ugly, can't act, has no on-screen charisma, and projects a vibe that makes me want to smack him. I've tried dramas with him repeatedly and in every single one I ended up wanting to put my fist through the screen. He's one of only two male actors who are on my automatic "will not watch, no matter what else is in play" list (the other one being Ryu Shiwon). Oh, and he has insane fangirls who think if his character attempts to rape another character it's OK because he's hot.

I also really dislike Chen Qiao En, who's been cast as Empress Lu (bzuh? How a life of playing a shrill idiot in OTT romcoms prepare you for the role I have no idea), but this bugs me less because Empress Lu has traditionally been portrayed as blood-thirsty, cruel and pretty evil. So at least my feelings of dislike for the actress might actually help me enjoy the performance. But Ming Dao is playing the freaking hero!

Consort Yu is still not cast, but by this point they could cast Yang Mi or Fan Bing Bing or even Crystal Liu, and I still won't care because it would be hard to overcome the above combination.

Why why why, Yu Zheng?

If this is the drama Feng Shao Feng turned down, pissing off YZ in the process, I am going to tear out my hair.

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