Old Nine Gates 老九门 caught my attention because it is the second team-up of onscreen couple Zanilia Zhao Li Ying (Journey of Flower) and William Chan (Legend of Zu).
I usually shy away from productions about the Japanese occupation of China because the sheer volume on the subject almost feels like propaganda for lack of a better word. However, Old Nine Gates just might be the exception.
It is based on a novel of the same name about Zhang Qi Shan, a member of the Guomindang (Chinese Nationalist Party) and the leader of Old Nine Gates. He comes from a family of tomb raiders and is described as strong, resourceful and courageous.
He is the perfect match to Yin Xin Yue, the lovable, smart and spunky daughter of a wealthy hotel owner. They are your archetypal heroes, which seem fitting for a drama set during a war fraught era where heroism is a necessity.
Then again, I haven't read The Lost Tomb novels at all and the barrage of trailers definitely indicate a youthful mesh of fantasy, adventure and mystery, which is as far as possible from what I initially thought to be a serious historical drama...
The series premieres Jul 4, 2016 on Dragon TV and William Chan lends his voice to the theme song Wo Men 我門. Also check out the Mystic Nine spinoff.