2017 c-drama Yi Lu Fan Hua Xiang Song


I started a watchlist of modern c-dramas and felt the need to emphasize the word modern since it's so unlike what I usually watch. 
Yang Yang in A Smile is Beautiful


Just One Smile Is Very Alluring 微微一笑很倾城 is every gamer's dream come true. I'm no gamer and I fell in love with the premise nonetheless. 

It alternates between realities in a way that vaguely reminds me of W-Two Worlds minus the suspense thriller so it's quite perceptive for the show to do well, turning up the cute in a light-hearted college romance.

A Smile is Beautiful episode 1 recap

Episode 1 begins in the City of Jinling where a team of fighters battle a ferocious monster. A few perish until a female warrior and her arrow-wielding comrade take down the creature with their seamless attacks.

The destroyed architecture rebuilds itself and the dead regain a life. As it turns out, the people of this world are merely avatars of players in an online game.


Sword Master 三少爷的剑 is a 2017 Tsui Hark 徐克 film starring Lin Gengxin and Peter Ho in what seems to be a promising production made for wuxia enthusiasts.
I usually go to c-dramas for my period drama fix and k-dramas for everything else. This is admittedly due to pre-conceived notions that c-dramas weren't up to par, at least from what I have seen before.

That said, I tried my first modern c-drama this year and it is ah-mazing. A Smile Is Beautiful is simply cuteness overload and here I am, writing up my watch list because of it.

Just One Smile Is Very Alluring

2016 Chinese TV series A Smile is Beautiful

2016 Chinese movie The Great Wall


The Great Wall 長城 is an epic science fiction movie in an American-Chinese collaboration led by Matt Damon and Andy Lau and directed by none other than Zhang Yimou whose works include wuxia masterpieces Hero and Flying Daggers. 


There is not much development in this episode that is more introductory than anything else.
2016 Chinese movie Love O2O


I wonder how effective it is to air two versions of the same story wherein one is a drama and the other, a movie called Love O2O 微微一笑很倾城.
Just One Smile is Very Alluring



Just One Smile is Very Alluring 微微一笑很倾城 is a Chinese drama adapted from a novel written by Gu Man 顾漫 who also writes the screenplay

Not to be confused with its film counterpart, the 30-episode TV series stars Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang, Mao Xiao Tong and Bai Yu.
Sword of Legends 古剑奇谭 is a 52-episode Chinese TV series starring Li Yi Feng, Yang Mi, Qiao Zhenyu, Ma Tianyu, Zheng Shuang, Gillian Chung, William Chan, Chen Zi Han, Gao Weiguang and Di Li Re Ba
The Snow Queen starring Dylan Kuo
The Snow Queen 雪女王 unveils its first character stills starring Dylan Kuo, Re Yi Zha, Qiao Ren Liang, An Zhi Jie, Yuan Hua and Zou Zhao Long.
Noble Aspirations ep1 recap


The Legend of Chusen 诛仙青云志 also known as Noble Aspirations has been trending for weeks. I approached it with curious optimism and it turned out to be everything I expected, full of high-flying action and magic in a typical xianxia adventure about an atypical hero.
Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace


Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace 后宫如懿传 is the sequel to Liu Lian Zi's 流潋紫 critically-acclaimed Legend of Zhen Huan and its TV adaptation has confirmed China's top film actress Zhou Xun as the leading lady opposite Wallace Huo who is having a pretty fantastic year all around
2012 best c-drama Legend of Zhen Huan


The Legend of Zhen Huan 后宫甄嬛传 also known as Empresses in the Palace is a 2012 Chinese TV series based on a novel by Liu Lian Zi 流潋紫 who also writes the screenplay.


After The Lost Tomb and The Mystic Nine, comes The Tomb Raider 盗墓笔记, which is the latest adaptation based on Nan Pai San Shu's 南派三叔 popular novels
It might not be the best but The Mystic Nine 老九门 is still eons better than its predecessor The Lost Tomb, which was a sequel rather than a prequel.

The story focuses on the nine founding families of Old Nine Gates and their valiant heroism against the Japanese during the 1930s. If Indiana Jones were to get a wuxia makeover, then this action adventure certainly makes a likely candidate.

The Mystic Nine episode 1 recap




Episode 1 begins with a monologue by Wu Xie (Li Yi Feng) as he turns the pages of his grandfather's journal. In 1903, Japan sent spies to China under the guise of archeological exploration only to flee from an unknown threat.
2016 Chinese film Never Said Goodbye


K-actor Lee Joon Ki (Scarlet Heart Ryeo) stars in his first Chinese movie called Never Said Goodbye 谎言西西里, telling a sweet and sincere love story between a Korean exchange student and his muse, that is until things take a turn for the worse as the story touches on a passionate romance built around a lie. 
2016 c-drama Legend of Dragon Pearl
The Legend of Dragon Pearl 龙珠传奇 is about the ill-fated romance between Zhu Yi Huan, the last princess of the Ming Dynasty and Kangxi, the young emperor of the Qing Dynasty portrayed by Qin Jun Jie and Yang Zi
2016 c-drama Ice Fantasy


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