Mackenyu Arata joins Kento Yamazaki in NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills”

Who would have thought that this bromance is extending from one casting/project to another? Mackenyu Arata has joined Kento Yamazaki yet again in the NTV drama series “Kiss that Kills” with Mugi Kadowaki.

Mackenyu will play the major supporting character, Takauji Namiki, the son of a CEO and he is a figure who holds a key to the story.

Mackenyu’s character is in conflict with Otaro Dojima (Kento Yamazaki) in the story.

See “Kiss that Kills” in January 2018 in Japan.


TRAILER: “See You Again”

Actress Tiffany Tang Yan (Princess Weiyoung) stars the upcoming drama “See You Again” with  Shawn Dou (Tribes and Empires) and Yang Shuo (Ode to Joy).

“See You Again” is adapted from a novel by Sui Hou Zhu 随侯珠, a story about a 31-year-old woman who travels back in time to fall in love with her future husband all over again.

See You Again 时间都知道 is a 50-episode Chinese romance and is slated to air in 2018 on Beijing TV.

“I’m not a romantic man” Wu Kang Ren said during product promotion conference

Actor Wu Kang Ren graced a skin care product promotion conference, attracting over 100 fans last August 27 in Taipei.

During a brief Q&A,  the actor was asked about Chinese Valentine’s Day. The actor shyly replied, “Valentine’s Day is coming? I’m not a romantic man and did not prepare a gift”.

Recently, photos of him out shopping with Aviis Zhong, have been circling around the internet, wearing slippers, like an old couple.


When also asked about is plans of gettin married, Wu surprisingly said,“I‘m focusing on my acting career and will not marry in three years”.

Wu was nominated the best actor of the 52th golden bell awards for TV series “Love of Sandstorm” and film “We are One”.  He said he worked very happily with director Kitamura Toyoharu. Wu played a mentally handicapped man in “We are One”.


“During the 11 days, director Shih-han Liao let me play freely. It’s a wonderful experience”, he said.

<Source: MSN>

tvN releases statement regarding Chinese spin-off of ‘Reply 1988’

South Korean cable TV channel tvN issued an official statement regarding the sale of their hit drama, ‘Reply 1988’s copyrights.

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It was just recently that a Chinese news source reported that a new drama series with a similar plot will be premiering this December. The new drama (我们的青春时期  Our Youth) will be the Chinese version of “Reply 1988.” Similarly, the show will be set in the 1980s and will follow the story of a group of adolescents and their families as they grow up in a neighborhood together, which is what “Reply 1988” is all about.

Following this news, tvN stated, “We never sold the rights for ‘Reply 1988’ to the Chinese broadcasting station producing the show. We find the similarities to be unfortunate.” However, at the moment it seems that CJ E&M, which owns tvN, is unable to take formal legal action.

The drama will be airing a total of 40 episodes for 3 months, starting this December. The leads will be played by new actors, Zeng Qi and Kou Zheng Yu.


Source: Soompi, Sina News

3 Must-Watch Drama Adaptations of Popular Ding Mo Novels You Shouldn’t Want to Miss

With years of being fond of anything Asian, I haven’t heard of Ding Mo before, until mid-2016.

My first encounter with Ding Mo began when my fondness over a drama (which was based on one of her best-selling novels) grew. I thought the drama was cool, so I had a quick research online about the drama and there I also learned that she already wrote a lot of HE novels (Happy Ending =HE. thanks to 书声Bar!) which include When a Snail Loves 如果蜗牛有爱情.


I thought Ding Mo was a guy at first, as most of her well-known novels were either criminal, psychological, or detective in genre. I failed to even bother checking out her name if it’s for a guy or girl as I was too focused on her novels, not to mention I’m not Chinese in entirety (1/4 Chinese 1/4 Spanish, 2/4 Filipino).

To tell you honestly, it wasn’t that hard to like her novels (maybe because these kinds of genres pique my interest the most). It wasn’t long until I finally read two of her novels and discovered that she’s actually a woman. 🙂


Most of the drama versions that I’ve seen were under these genres and interestingly, the romantic plots in the dramas were either as endearing or as daring as the novel versions–except for one, so far.

So with all the fondness I have for her works, including the drama versions, here I am sharing 3 Ding Mo novels-turned-dramas which all couch potatoes can binge watching on. 🙂

# 1 Love Me if You Dare (AKA When He Comes, Close Your Eyes; Close Your Eyes, Stay Close to Me) 
Mandarin: 他来了,请闭眼
First episode date: October 2015
Final episode date: 4 January 2016
Episodes: 24


Love Me if You Dare is about an *anti-social* but brilliant criminal psychologist Simon Bo, played by Wallace Huo, who can analyze violent and mysterious behavior. Aside from being a criminal psychologist, Simon Bo is also a professor at The University of Maryland and works as an analyst as well as an advisor on the police department’s most violent or difficult cases.

Sandra Ma played as Jenny Jian, a young assistant who helps Simon in analyzing and delving into the thoughts and intentions of a criminal mind. Jenny helps Simon open up emotionally as they work together to solve crimes.

So, I watched this drama because it was a suggestion on a drama website I used to visit before. Although I have to admit, it is also BECAUSE of Sandra Ma’s beauty that made me watch the entire first episode, staring intently at her, then BAM. I saw Wallace Huo. 🙂 So then, I finally managed to finish the whole run, not just because of Sandra’s beautiful face, but also because of Wallace Huo. 😀

“Love Me, If You Dare” is a 2015 Chinese drama series directed by Zhang Kai Zhou. It is based on the novel Close Your Eyes, Stay Close to Me by Ding Mo.

# 2 When a Snail Falls In Love (AKA When A Snail Loves)
Mandarin: 如果蜗牛有爱情
First episode date: 24 October 2016
Final episode date: 12 December 2016
Episodes: 21


Wang Kai starred in this drama as Ji Bai, a well known police detective who excels in his field as an in-charge of the Violent Crimes Unit while Wang Zi Wen played as an intern criminal profiler Xu Xu. And as Ji Bai’s case partner, Xuxu discovered that both of them have their own takes in solving crimes, but eventually, with their odd looking partnership, they managed to get the whole job done with an unbeatable track record for solving crimes. When Ji Bai found himself falling in love with Xuxu through their close working relationship, Xuxu is quite slow in learning (and returning, for that matter!) about his feelings.

What I like about this drama is, of course, Wang Kai (haha!). I’ve seen him play in Love Me if You Dare, but I like him better in this drama. When A Snail Falls In Love allowed Wang Kai to showcase his acting prowess and there were scenes that will knock your feet off. Talk about the stares and subtle opportunities!

“When a Snail Falls in Love” is a 2016 Chinese drama series directed by Zhang Kai Zhou. It is based on the novel Ru Guo Wo Niu You Ai Qing by Ding Mo.

# 3 Memory Lost 
Mandarin: 美人为馅
Number of Seasons: 3 (Season 1: October 24, 2016, Season 2: November 14, 2016, Season 3: December 12, 2016)
Final episode date: 12 December 2016
Episodes: 36


This drama adaptation of Ding Mo’s novel, Memory Lost is about Han Chen, played by Bai Yu, who suffers from amnesia and struggles to find his lost fiancée – a woman who does not exist according to people around him.

In a small town, he meets a female detective Bai Jingxi, played by Yang Rong, a girl full of personality. Bai Jingxi is struggling to discover her mysterious past, a past of a blank background for the last five years.  As both were entangled in complicated murder cases and faces near-death situations, they slowly uncover the secrets to their lost memories.

This drama was released as a web series on iQiyi on the same date as When A Snail Falls In Love’s.

With all honesty, I’ve already read the novel before watching this drama. I was quite disappointed in a certain degree as the drama did not follow the novel quite clearly enough. The characters from the novel were tough and some scenarios in the novel contain witty comebacks from both leads. I guess this drama made a few adjustments, to give favor to those who want a milder take on the novel *fan service*.


# 4 Our Glamorous Time

Airing TBA
Story Synopsis:

Lin Qian (will be played by Zhao Li Ying), once thought the man she wanted would be handsome and formidable, able to “create clouds with one turn of the hand and rain with another turn” in the business world, causing her to look up to him in admiration. There would be nothing he could not accomplish.

But when she finally met the one that fit this (will be played by Jin Han), she realized how much she liked his impassiveness, his quietness, his persistence, and his loyalty. She liked him to the point that she was willing to be with him, to stand side by side with him in this callous business world that is full of bloodshed. To be reckless in these years of our life, irrespective of the future.

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My take: This upcoming drama is so controversial that I feel sorry for Jerry Yan. But anyhoo, I shall see this drama once it’s out so for now I might read the novel first. 🙂


Whew. This is quite a long run down. I hope that many would try seeing at least one of these drama adaptations, as I see all these so worthy to watch. 😉


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CDRAMA ALERT: Jerry Yan, Zhao LiYing’s Upcoming Drama Not Pushing Through

Jerry Yan and Zhao Liying were rumoured to star a drama based on Ding Mo’s novel, “You and Me in Time”, but things turned sour for these two.

The Chinese entertainment scene was in a hot buzz lately as there were reports that Zhao Liying’s fans strongly expressed their disapproval for the upcoming project. Her fans were unhappy upon learning the news and even criticized Jerry Yan as “old, ugly, and outdated” causing Yan to drop the role.

Ding Mo’s Allure Time You and Me (Literal Translation)

Yan’s agency has responded to the issue saying, “Jerry has already arranged and planned some projects beforehand and practically has no time to spare for this particular project. We hope that this issue is not intentional as we are hoping that these rumours would stop soon. Jerry has also expressed similarly on his social media accounts, adding that he will work hard for his future projects.”

I was actually looking forward to seeing this drama, especially that this project is based on a Ding Mo’s novel. *fangirl*

Oh well, looking forward to his next projects! Fighting, gege! 😀


Fresh Release: TEASER || Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin


The first teaser of the much awaited second installment of Nirvana in Fire was released later this week.  The 40 second teaser for Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin which is starred by Huang Xiaoming (A Life Time Love), Liu Haoran (variety show Give Me Five), Tong Liya (variety show Takes a Real Man 2) and Zhang Huiwen (Crying Out in Love) brings us a whole new world of bravery, familial love, and quest for purpose.


Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming plays as the older brother Xiao Pingzhang, a powerful general of the Changlin Army (it was created by the Prince of Jing in memory of Mei Changsu), while Liu Haoran will portray as the younger brother who is learning martial arts at Langya Hall.


The corrupt politicians and spies from neighbouring kingdoms will conspire against the loyal Xiao brothers, and Xiao Pingzhang will have his death due to poison as he defends his life in the battlefield. Xiao Pingsheng takes up the mantle after his older brother’s death, though his loyalty is questioned by the young and gullible new Emperor (Hu Xianxu).


The Wind Blows in Changlin comes from the same team that brought us Nirvana in Fire, and is set to air as a weekly drama in November tentatively.

Who wouldn’t feel turnt up for this? 🙂

Source: Cfensi