Ranked # 4 in my top 20 period dramas, New Xiao Shi Yi Lang 新萧十一郎 is adapted from Gu Long's novel called The Eleventh Son, which is about a thief who has earned the name Great Bandit Xiao Shi Yi Lang. Through a series of events, he falls in love with Shen Bi Jun, a woman engaged to another.
The series stars Kevin Yan Kuan and Gan Ting Ting and premieres on Feb 9. I'm ecstatic for this one because I couldn't get enough when it came out thirteen years ago. A part of me still wishes Nicky Wu could have reprised his role as Xiao Shi Yi Lang. After all, he's still super popular, right? I'm also a bit skeptical whether anyone can ever surpass Nicky Wu's version of the character but fingers crossed that it'll be just as good.
This latest adaptation is supposedly unlike any of its predecessors because it will push the boundaries in depicting Xiao Shi Yi Lang as the atypical hero - no longer the noble thief but a misfit who does as he pleases.
English subs available on Viki. For synopsis, cast and other info, see 2016 c-drama recommendations.