What’s Next? The Golden Hairpin

A Chinese drama that has been creating a lot of buzz since it started filming, The Golden Hairpin stars Kris Wu in his debut as a drama actor and Yang Zi (Ashes of Love) . The Golden Hairpin has an intriguing concept of a young girl going undercover to solve crimes in a historical drama. This Tencent/Hunan TV drama should be up on youtube and I’m sure it’ll be English subbed.

Synopsis: At thirteen, investigative prodigy Huang Zixia had already proved herself by aiding her father in solving confounding crimes. At seventeen, she’s on the run, accused of murdering her family to escape an arranged marriage. Driven by a single-minded pursuit, she must use her skills to unmask the real killer…and clear her name. But when Huang Zixia seeks the help of Li Shubai, the Prince of Kui, her life and freedom are bargained: agree to go undercover as his eunuch to stop a serial killer and to undo a curse that threatens to destroy the Prince’s life. Huang Zixia’s skills are soon tested when Li Shubai’s betrothed vanishes. With a distinctively exquisite golden hairpin as her only clue, Huang Zixia investigates—and discovers that she isn’t the only one in the guarded kingdom with a dangerous secret.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

Director Lin Yu Fen (Eternal Love (2017), Lost Love in Times) is at the helm of this drama. The screenwriter is Wong Lei Chi who also wrote 2011’s blockbuster Scarlet Heart (and its sequel 😎) so this cdrama has a great team and I’m hopeful it can live up to its hype.

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What’s Next? Xifei’s Royal Love in the Palace

Anyone remember Peter Ho of Summer’s Desire (2010)? Or from Le Jun Kai (2013)? While he is now a director and screenwriter, he still acts occasionally and will be the main lead in Chinese drama Xifei’s Royal Love in the Palace (2020). This drama also stars He Hong Shan in a marriage of convenience story that sounds promising. As this a Tencent drama, it should be up on youtube and I’m sure it’ll be English subbed.

Synopsis: Qing Lian is content to lead an ordinary life and aspires for a suitor who only has eyes for her, yet is instead forced to marry into the royal family. She discovers her husband He Lian Xin is not the heartless and stone-faced noble he presents himself to be, and secretly helps him navigate the treacherous waters, earning his affection and respect in the process. ~~ Based on Legend of Consort Xi by Jieyu.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

Xifei’s Royal Love in the Palace (2020) was adopted from a novel and the synopsis reminds me of other cdramas such as The Story of Ming Lan (2018), where the wife supports her husband behind the scenes. I’m not familiar with the female lead He Hong Shan who seems to have played mostly supporting roles in a lot of dramas such as Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, but she was also the main lead in 2019’s Legend of the Phoenix.

The director is Lin Yu Fen, who was also the director of the massively popular Eternal Love (2017), not to mention my personal favorite Lost Love in Times (2017) so this is in very capable hands.

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What’s Next? Rebirth For You (2021)

Really loving the pics from yet another Chinese drama about a married couple, this time it’s Rebirth For You (2021). You might have seen female lead Ju Jing Yi in The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion and male lead Joseph Zeng from The Journey Across the Night (2020). This is a new pairing for the couple, but both the director Zhi Lei and the screenwriter Ju Fang Fang have worked with Ju Jing Yi before. I already love the stills from this drama so looking forwards to it. This is a Tencent production that has no air date yet, but hopefully will be English subbed.

Synopsis: Story of how Jiang Baoning uses her capability to balance the different forces in the imperial court, and together with her husband Li Qian, helps the young Emperor stabilize the court and create a peaceful golden era. (Source: DramaWiki) *Adapted from novel of the same name by Zhi Zhi

(Source: mydramalist.com)

Directors are Cheng Yuan Hai (Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace), and
Hou Yong (A World Without Thieves). No word yet on the screenwriter, but I’m hoping Rebirth For You (2021) is another great palace drama akin to my favorite Story of Yanxi Palace (which was 70 episodes and mostly mesmerizing in spite of that fact).

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What’s Next? Monarch Industry (2021)

Dramas about married couples are my favorite genre, so this Chinese drama Monarch Industry (2021) is on my list to watch. With a well known cast, it stars the famous movie actress Zhang Zi Yi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ), Zhou Yi Wei (New Face (2020)) and Tony Yang (Lady & Liar). There should be lots of palace intrigue, power struggle and more in Monarch Industry (2021) which is supposed to have 80 episodes. 80 episodes is ginormous, but I think under the right direction, writers and production, this could be done (plus episodes are only 45 mins long). This is a Youku drama has a lot of people interested so I’m sure it’ll be English subbed. The drama will start airing on January 9, 2021

Synopsis: The imperial power is decaying, and the nobles are extravagant, regardless of the lives and deaths of the people. The king of the county, Wang Hao, and the first love of the three emperors, the young and beautiful, were entangled in the battle for the prophecy of “getting the best of the world.” Become a father’s chess piece, marry the Yuzhang Wang Xiaoyu who is given the cold door.

On the night of the wedding, Xiao Yu was forced to leave the capital, and Wang Hao was shamed and disheartened. Prince Helan was tied to Wang Hao to seek revenge for Xiao Yu, and the husband and wife both became acquainted with each other in disguise. Wang Hao was moved by Xiao Yu’s wish to protect the world’s people. The two men separated from each other because of the struggle between the two kings and the Xie. The two men have gone through many hardships to reunite and defeat the rebels.

When the rebellion rebelled, Wang Hao desperately sent the unintentional son to Beijing to protect him. Wang Hao took the soldiers to defend the city, and died in his life. He finally stood by Xiao Yu, who was in the chaos of the border. In the end, the husband and wife will work together to create a new era to protect the people of the country. Based on the novel of the same name. (Source: baike.baidu.com (translation by Google))

(Source: mydramalist.com)

Directors are Cheng Yuan Hai (Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace), and
Hou Yong (A World Without Thieves). No word yet on the screenwriter, but I’m hoping Monarch Industry (2020) is another great palace drama akin to my favorite Story of Yanxi Palace (which was 70 episodes and mostly mesmerizing in spite of that fact).

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Music Monday

I’ve decided to take a break from all things It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) to highlight this video. In Mafia Luerd Mungkorn: Krating (2015), we have two wonderful actors Ken Theeradeth and Cherry Khemapsorn who look great together.Actually, I’ve always had the Mafia series on my plan to watch list, and I’ve watched several episodes of different parts of the series, but nothing compelled me to watch more. This mv reminded me why I want to watch this lakorn.

Synopsis: Seven years ago, all member of his great mafia family were killed in the bomb led by Black Dragon gang after sending “Janchompoo” a young girl decoy to be his lover, only “Chonlathee” managed to escape this murder plan. Chonlathee flees to live with his father’s close friend in Hong Kong. The wound from that fire incident drove him into a facial plastic surgery and he even changed his name into “Tham” and later gets back into the mafia business again to wait for a revenge. He’s named the ‘fierce bull’ of Yaowarat China Town.

Tham gets to meet Yah-ya, a beautiful girl that he feels familiar. With his curiosity ’cause she’s too skillful to be just an ordinary waitress at a Chinese restaurant, Tham intended get closer to Yah-ya and unexpectedly fall in love with her. Yah-ya falls in love with him too. But she has to get shocked when his past secret is revealed.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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Music Monday

Things seem to be picking up in lakornland. Several lakorns have resumed filming, some new lakorns are now airing, we have more coming this week and I’m really looking forwards to one of them, it’ll be Tuesday’s teaser. For now, I’m waiting to watch some of these new lakorns and talk about them here. This is one that’s been on my ever growing watchlist for ages, The Crown Princess (2018). A hodgepodge of topics this week, stay tuned.

Synopsis: The main heroine – a princess of a small country, comes into danger after her coronation. To protect her they send her to Thailand, where the main hero – a navy man- becomes her bodyguard.

(Source: mydramalist.com)

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