Another day, another marriage drama. Chinese drama Truth or Dare (2020) is a historical costume drama based on a novel about a couple of girls who step into the wrong carriage. It stars Teresa Li (My Classmate from Far Far Away), and Huang Jun Jie (Dr. Cutie) and should have 34 episodes. They released a trailer some months ago, but no news of a firm airing date of now, but I’ve waited to talk about this drama and didn’t want to wait longer.
Synopsis: A story that follows two couples who mistakenly find themselves in a marriage they never expected and gradually grow in love and trust over time. The cheerful and clever Xiao Wanzi grew up as a street performer with her dad selling their special skill of breaking a big stone on the chest. An unexpected encounter utterly changes Xiao Wangzi’s life. Xiao Wanzi who neither knew how to read nor write suddenly finds herself becoming a princess. Opposed to marrying the princess, Mei Sanshao pushes Xiao Wanzi away in hopes that she’d willingly retreat. Meanwhile, the king has arranged a marriage for Lu Yingyao, the daughter of the 9th prince. However, bandit Xiao Baoye mistakenly takes her as his wife.
Truth or Dare (2020) is the remake of 2001 Chinese drama Wrong Carriage, Right Groom (2001), which I’ve heard praised by a number of people, but unfortunately it’s not English subbed (there are a couple of subbed episodes on Youtube, but that’s it). This is a Mango TV drama and since they have a lot of their dramas English subbed on Youtube, hopefully this will be one of them, so check it out!
Based off a popular novel, and starring well known leads, costume Chinese drama, The Sword and The Brocade (2021) also features an arranged marriage story with the couple falling in love and growing to depend on each other after their marriage. Awww. 😍
Wallace Chung (General and I) and Seven Tan (Under the Power (2019)) are the main couple and will have 45 episodes in which to prove their forever love. This Tencent production airs February 26, 2021 three days and week and will be English subbed on Viki, as well as WeTv and possibly Tencent’s own yt channel also, so lots of places to find this drama.
If you can’t see the video, the link to it is here and there’s also a mv here.
Synopsis: Set during the Ming Dynasty, the story revolves around the romance between General Xu Lingyi and the concubine’s daughter Shiyiniang that starts from an arranged marriage. Despite being born with a low status, Luo Shiyiniang is extremely assertive and believes that a woman’s vision should not be limited to the household. She hopes to rely on her embroidery skills as a ticket to freedom. However, the once esteemed Luo family is in a state of decline.
Hoping to save the clan through a marriage alliance, Shiyiniang is selected to become the wife of Yongping Duke and great general Xu Lingyi. Things were not easy for Shiyiniang due to the Xu family’s biases towards her. Nonetheless, she manages to win over their trust through her optimism and sincerity. Xu Lingyi also becomes attracted to Shiyiniang’s various beautiful qualities such that husband and wife manage to find love after marriage.
Through Xu Lingyi’s support, Shiyiniang opens Xian Ling Pavillion to have her own embroidery workshop. Meanwhile, Xu Lingyi experiences many setbacks as he tries to protect his homeland and improve the livelihood of the people by supporting the lifting of a maritime ban. As they face a crisis that could spell the end for the Xu family, Xu Lingyi and Shiyiniang continue to support each other through thick and thin. (Source: ChineseDrama.info) ~~ Adapted from the novel “The Concubine-born Daughter’s Strategies” by Zhi Zhi.
I’ve written before about upcoming lakorn remake Mia Jum Pen (2021)) that stars Mai Warit (Mia Archeep) and Pie Rinrada (Krong Karm), but now it’s actually getting ready to air!!! So yes, this will be on Channel 3 starting on January 4 (correction this will star airing on January 22, 2021. This is another marriage lakorn and I’ve loved the chemistry between this couple so far, and the teaser is funny. This looks like a winner. Neko should be subbing this one.
Synopsis: Tawan live with Yuanjai, aunt in law and her daughter Yardfah as servant. Yhod, her uncle once made promise with his friend Trong to set their child marriage. Yhardfah refuse it, think that Tomorn, Trong’s son, is rustic and poor guy, also being in relationship with Bunlaeng. They don’t make any money, just spend Yuanjai’s money. One day, Tomorn gives his hand to pay a debt for Yuanjai, so she let Tawan to marry him as Yhardfah. Because of telling that he hate liar, Tawan start feeling awkward about this. At Tomorn’s house, she’s always bullied by Sawai, his mother, Gingkaew, nanny of his sister and Sopit, his friend who crush on him (Source:thaidramatic_update). (Source: MyDramaList)
For a while, I’ve had my eye on cdrama Dance of the Phoenix (2020), for 3 reasons: It features an arranged marriage and time travel, but it also stars a rising actor who is one of my favorites, Xu Kai Cheng (Well Intended Love) as the male lead and female lead is Yang Chao Yue (Midsummer is Full of Love). This airs August 10 on Tencent and Tencent dramas can usually be found on youtube and should be English subbed.
Synopsis: Once hailed as a genius girl, Feng Wu is discarded after falling victim to a plot against her. A modern-day girl enters the world of cultivation in the body of Feng Wu and falls in love with Jun Linyuan. Because of the machinations of her rival Zuo Qing Yu, Feng Wu loses the true blood of the phoenix. Her teacher expends all energy to save Feng Wu and falls into a state of slumber.
In the 21st century, Meng Yuan is a homebody and a student of traditional Chinese medicine. She accidentally enters the world of cultivation to become Feng Wu. Meanwhile, Feng Wu has a seemingly non-existent marriage arrangement with Jun Lin Yuan. Meng Yuan living as Feng Wu uses her knowledge of Chinese medicine to protect those who are dear to her. ~~ Adapted from the novel “Godly Empress Doctor” by Su Xiao Nuan.
I’m not familiar with the female lead Yang Chao Yue, and this role seems to be one of her first starring roles, but I have watched Xu Kai Cheng in multiple dramas such as Well Intended Love and I’m a Pet At Dali Temple and he’s one of those rare actors who can smoothly flit between modern and historical roles without looking out of place. He’s a solid actor who can do possessive and yet very charming roles very well.
Out of all the Thailand channels, GMM seems to be the least affected by COVID19 due to many of their lakorns being filmed in advance. Here’s yet another one, Fai Sin Chua (2020). It looks to be high drama indeed and starts airing July 8 on GMM, so GMM may English sub it on their youtube channel.
Synopsis: Orawee and Tharn are perfect spouses with no child because Orawee’s always been busy with her work. They decide to adopted the boy and the girl, named as Aekaong and Atcharee who love each other and have so much attachment, even not be biology sister – brother Orawee becomes a successful businesswoman, then behave bossy to Tharn, he feels so much uncomfortable with it. Vichuda is Orawee’s cousin, who takes care of the house for this couple. One day, Tharn sleep with her in order to be drunken. Orawee get mad when knew it, later ask him for divorce Tharn takes Vichuda and Aekaong out of this house.
Aekaong and Atcharee still try to meet several because they start to be in love with each other until Orawee knows this. She cages Atcharee in house, not letting go anywhere As time passed, Tharn and Aekaong life are getting better while Orawee decides to open up Atcharee as her daughter to society because she needs to set Atcharee with some guy who will be under her control. Ben is the best choice for Orawee but he doesn’t like Atcharee , just think that she’s plain for him but need to marry her due to financial problem of his family Aekaong needs to stop the wedding but Tharn doesn’t let him go and set him to marry Khunlah, daughter of Saeng Kham. Hearing about that make Atcharee so sad Eventually, Ben knows Orawee true color and what she has done to Atcharee , start to feel sorry for her, later become romantic interest.
(Source: Fahyongwaree_world )
I debated whether to write about this lakorn as there is a fair chance that Fai Sin Chua(2020) could turn out to be an angsty mess (just count all those slaps in the teaser 😁), but there appears to be a marriage in the lakorn and that’s catnip to me. This is a remake of a 2003 lakorn and for those who don’t want to read the synopsis, it’s apparently about a dysfunctional family where adopted siblings fall in love, only to be divided and married off to other people by their parents. We’ll see if this will be English subbed.
Mia Jum Pen (2020) or The Necessary Wife would have caught my eye anyway because of its marriage genre, my fav. But the recent stills that really showcases the chemistry of the lead couple elevated this on my Plan to Watch list. This is a Channel 3 lakorn and there’s no word yet on when it will come out.
Synopsis from 2001 lakorn: Tawan is an orphan who lives a Cinderella life with her aunt and cousin Yardfah. She was treated like a servant and did whatever she was told to do. Her cousin’s dad and Tomorn’s dad arranged a marriage between her cousin Yardfah and Tomorn when they were kids. Years pass by, her aunt’s status changed but Tomorn’s dad wants to keep his promise to give his son away.
Tomorn hates the idea but agrees to meet Yardfah before making his decision. He ends up falling in love at first sight but it was with Tawan instead. When Tawan’s aunt found out, she made Tawan pretend to be her daughter because she wanted his money.
Mia Jum Pen (2020) is a remake of a lakorn that’s been filmed at least 3 times before, with the most recent version in 2001. It stars Mai Warit (Rak Rai) and Pie Rinrada, who is mostly a supporting actress, so this could be a breakthrough role for her.
The 2001 version of Mia Jum Pen was billed as a slap n’kiss including rape. I haven’t seen it, but you can watch it with English subs. The 2020 version seems more light hearted, and hopefully they’ve made changes to make it improve it, not just copy it.