Another online gaming drama from China, this time it is Love is Always Online (2021) whichstars newbies Elvira Cai (Mystery of Antiques) as a female gamer and Dylan Xiong (As Long as You Love Me) as the CEO who pursues her. The director Zhou Xiao Peng has a number of hits on his resume, such as Because of You (2017) and Lady & Liar (2015). Hopefully, we’ll get English subs for this drama, but there’s no airing date yet and this has been pushed back a number of times. I’ve been waiting for this to air since at least October 2020, which is when it was set to air, but hopefully they’re using the added production time to make CG flawless. One can only hope, right?
Synopsis:CEO Jiang Anzhen has been looking for Yao Yuan who saved him during his university days. After learning that Yao Yuan played the ‘ShengShi” game, he took the opportunity to save Yao Yuan’s life in the game, and he announced that he would marry her. Then the two met through a party and began a passionate pursuit in reality, finally determining the relationship between the couple. However Jiang’s brother revealed a secret regarding their parents death that resulted in the couple’s separation. How would they reconcile? (Source: Baidu) Adapted from the novel Time by 顾西爵 (Celine Gu)
A Chinese drama that has been creating a lot of buzz since it started filming, The Golden Hairpinstars Kris Wu in his debut as a drama actor and Yang Zi (Ashes of Love) . The Golden Hairpinhas 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.
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.
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.
Tharntawan See Plerng (2021) looks to be another lakorn set in the country, a weekday daily lakorn on five days a week that starts airing July 15, 2021. Chingching Kharittha (Sed Thee Teen Plao) and Chayapol Bunnag (See Mai Karn) star and it looks like it will be a fairly light hearted (for a lakorn that is) lakorn. Thippy has this on her subbing list, which is one of the main reasons I’m featuring it, because otherwise this Channel 7 lakorn may not be subbed.
Synopsis: Tharntawan is the owner of a vineyard and famous resort. She is just as vicious and sharp to her enemies as she is beautiful. However, in the resort industry, there are many people ready to knock you down and so every day is a new challenge for Tharntawan. Along the way, she meets a boy who finally warms her heart. For Tharntawan is just like a fiery sunflower. Fiery like the sun to her enemies, and devoted like the sunflower to the person she loves. (Source: thaidramatic_update; edited by Soju at MyDramaList)
Another lakorn of Ken Theeradeth? And the posters are so pretty too. I have to at least check it out as he’s a favorite of mine. Ruk Nirun Juntra is an upcoming Channel 3 lakorn staring Ken Theeradeth (Ra Raerng Fai (2017) and Ice Preechaya(Payakorn Sorn Ruk) about an immortal man falling for an ordinary girl. The trailer looks to have a fair amount of angst, and drama, plus our hero saving the heroine, maybe it’ll be another Goblin (2016) or My Love From Another Star? We can hope, right? This is coming to Channel 3 on June 23, 2021, and Neko has this on her list, so I’m hopeful it will be English subbed.
Synopsis: The love story of an immortal man and an ordinary girl.
I’m sooo surprised, but this couple look good together! 😮This is a new pairing, and there is over a 10+ year age difference between the two, but they at least photograph well together, so I’m hopeful. I’ve been really digging the supernatural romance genre lately as well, it gives me feels, so looking forwards to watching this couple in Ruk Nirun Juntra.
More. More. More. Another Thailand lakorn with a pra’ek with special powers, this time it seems like our hero can read minds. The Mind Game (2021) stars Bank Thiti (Bpai Hai Teung Duang Dao) and Peak Pattarasaya (Leh Ruk Bussaba (2018)) and will air June 14, 2021 on channel GMM One, so it may be english subbed.
Synopsis: When he became a suspect in a robbery case, he had to do everything he could to prove his innocence. Meet a young man with special powers and his special team to go out and pursue real criminals! (Source: MyDramaList)
The nang’ek looks older the pra’ek here in the above teaser. But there seems to be two pra’eks, the other one is played by Oab Oabnithi and he looks good in the 2nd teaser, paired with Patty Phetii I believe. This lakorn seems based on an older one called Chit Sanghan (2002). I like the poster and this might be interesting, so we’ll see if it gets English subbed.
And the boss-employee lakorns keeps on coming. This time, a remake of the popular Chinese drama, Boss & Me (2014)! Aom Sushar (Mr. Lipstick (2021)) and Push Puttichai (Happy Birthday (2018)) star in this boss falling for his employee and likewise storyline. Nothing special, I gave up on the Chinese one as nothing much ever seemed to happen, but maybe they’ve upped the angst here (at least the teaser seemed dramatic enough.) Food plays a big role in this lakorn as their relationship started through lunch boxes, so lots of food scenes too. It starts airing June 2, 2021 2 days a week on GMM 25 so it should be English subbed, if not on youtube, then it is being subbed by Viu.
Synopsis: The Story of Namkhing, a new graduate who has come to work at Fah Prachanakun Company, with Payu sitting on the podium as CEO. Namking received a hotline from the hospital to donate blood to Payu’s beloved sister. And this is where their relationship begins. Finally, how will the love story between a young CEO and a young employee end? (Source: Valentina at MyDramaList)
I just recently complained about Thailand’s lack of mystery/thriller/detective lakorns here, so naturally of course, Thailand chooses to release a new lakorn featuring a female investigator?!!! and her teaming up with other cops (and love interests maybe?). Lhong Klin Chan (2021)) stars Thanwa Suriyajak (Song Naree (2019)) and Anyarin Terathananpat (Talay Duerd (2021)) and just started airing May 26, 2021 on channel 7. Thippy should be subbing this one and I’m so ready for this and Voice 4! The teasers really look promising! I just hope Thailand keeps more lakorns of this genre coming.
Synopsis: Warnruk, a female investigator, gets transferred to her small hometown in order to investigate the homicide of Chankrapor, who was murdered and buried underneath a Chan por tree. There she meets the forensics doctor of the area, who although likes to question her intelligence, also teams up with her in order to find the murderer. Together with them is Trichai, a young and handsome lieutenant, who is always ready to help. However, the catch of this case is that the deeper you search, the thicker the fog becomes. (Source:thaidramatic_update; Edited by Soju at MyDramaList) (Source: MyDramaList)
I was bemoaning the lack of gumiho love from the recent kdrama Tale of the Nine TailedFox, but now ANOTHER gumiho tale is dropping. Wow! My Roommate Is a Gumiho (2021) is another kdrama based on the romance between a human and a gumiho. It stars Jang Ki Yong (Search: WWW) as the male gumiho and Lee Hye Ri (Reply 1988) as a female college student. This is another tvN drama and it should be English subbed. It airs May 26, 2021 two days a week, Wednesday and Thursday and should be the usual 16 episodes.
Synopsis: Shin Woo Yeo is a handsome and smart professor. He is also a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox. To become a human, he collects human energy in a bead. Soon, he is set to become a human. Meanwhile, Lee Dam is a university student. One day, her drunk friend falls asleep on top of an expensive car. She apologizes to Shin Woo Yeo, who is the car owner. While Lee Dam struggles to take her friend away, Shin Woo Yeo gives her a hand. An accident happens that changes their fate. Shin Woo Yeo’s bead falls out of his mouth and Lee Dam unintentionally swallows it. The bead can exist inside of a human for no more than 1 year and, afterwards, the bead will break inside of that person. This will cause Lee Dam to die and Shin Woo Yeo will lose his chance to become a human. Shin Woo Yeo explains to Lee Dam their predicament and suggests that they should live together until they figure out a solution. Lee Dam, who has never had a boyfriend in her life, now lives with Shin Woo Yeo. (Source: AsianWiki) ~~ Adapted from a webtoon of the same name by Na.
Could anyone really watch all the Chinese dramas being produced? They seem so prolific but maybe I’m imagining things? Anyway, here’s another drama that caught my attention, this time it’s Please Feel at Ease Mr. Ling (2021). I really loved female lead Rosy Zhao in The Romance of Tiger and Rose, don’t know the male lead Terry Liu from My Dear Lady (2020) though. The story reminds me of kdrama Save the Last Dance for Me 2004 with the guy having amnesia and meeting the heroine before going back to his regular life. A Youku production coming to you May 20, 2021, hopefully will be English subbed.
Synopsis: A story of how the ‘rabbit’ brings home a ‘big bad wolf’ follows a young woman named Gu An Xin who chances upon the hotshot executive Ling Yue after he encountered an accident. Gu An Xin picked up a man. At first, she thought he was stupid, but after a few days of interaction, he proves himself to be a genius. As it turns out, Ling Yue got into an accident after being caught in the ugly fight for succession of a powerful conglomerate. With two people so different from each other living together, what kind of relationship will it bring? (Source: ChineseDrama.info) ~~ Adapted from the web novel “I Accidentally Picked Up a President” (一不小心捡到个总裁) by Chun Feng Yi Du (纯风一度).