5 Fantasy Asian dramas to look forward to
Asian fantasy dramas have been getting more and more popular recently. The protagonists of these stories are highly-trained in martial arts to the point that they seem capable of acts that regular humans are incapable of performing. The dramas have themes based around a great sense of ethics and values, like altruism, justice, individualism, honor, generosity, and reciprocity. This type of drama is often romantic and contains magic, elements of the supernatural, vengeance, and secret societies. Here are five upcoming fantasy dramas that you're sure to look forward to!
1. Ice Fantasy (幻城)
Synopsis: The story is set a hundred years after a war between the Empire of Snow (Ice Tribe) and the Fire Tribe, where the Fire Tribe was defeated. However, the war was fatal, leaving Prince Ka Suo and his younger half-brother Ying Kong Shi the only royal heirs and pure-blood ice illusionists left in the Ice Tribe. Conflict ensues after Ka Suo reluctantly ascends to the throne as his lover, Li Luo, and his brother go missing.
Ka Suo also accidentally discovers an evil presence lurking in the Ice Tribe's holy shrine. He and his companions enter the mysterious shrine, and defeat the head of the shrine, Lady Yuan Ji, only to find out that she has been plotting a conspiracy against him. Ka Suo also experiences hardships in trying to find his lover and brother, not knowing that his brother has lost all of his memories and has become the Fire Prince under his mother's command. A war between the two tribes commences once again, with the two brothers pitted against each other.
Release date: June 2016
Cast: Feng Shao Feng, Victoria Song, Ma Tian Yu, Kim Hee-sun, Zhang Meng
Academy Award-winning set designer Dan Hennah was enlisted to design the sets for the production, which were inspired by buildings, landscapes and other aspects of ancient China as well as western cultures.
2. Demon Girl (半妖倾城)
Synopsis: Half demon, half human girl Qing Cheng meets a chaebol, Ming Xia, and they fall in love in a special time of war. Qing Cheng's secret is revealed by her love enemy Xue Wu. Qing Cheng escapes with Ming Xia to another city to avoid arrest, but meets another half demon, You Tong. Where will the love square lead?
Release date: Summer 2016
Cast: The main leads are brand new stars, but you will see a lot of familiar faces, such as Andy An, Jiro Wang, Chen Zi Han and Zhang Xin Yu.
3. Chinese Paladin 5 (云之凡)
Synopsis: Based on the RPG game The Legend of Sword and Fairy 5, this story is about the prince of demon kingdom Jiang Yun Fan being left in the human world. When he meets a couple of friends, he realizes the importance of friendship and love with humans and fairies, but his father, the king, is going to be killed by the fairies to release his demon power. Will he choose his father, or his lover and his friends?
Release date: Fall in 2016
Cast: Elvas Han, Jin Chen, Joe Cheng and Gu Li Na Zha. You can see the Wu Xin couple again in this drama.
4. The Gods (封神)
Synopsis: This story is based on the Investiture of the Gods. It is a romanticized retelling of the overthrow of King Zhou, the last ruler of the Shang Dynasty, by Ji Fa, who would establish his own dynasty in its place. King Zhou is bewitched by his concubine Daji, who is actually a vixen spirit in disguise as a beautiful woman. Ji Fa, assisted by his strategist Jiang Ziya, rallies an army to overthrow the tyrant and restore peace and order.
Cast: Luo Jing, Wang Li Kun.
Release date: Dec 2016
The director of this drama is the most famous director in Korea -- Shin Woo Chu, who also directed Secret Garden, Lovers in Paris and On Air.
5. Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy (九州* 海上牧云记)
Synopsis: Muyun Sheng, born from a spirit mother, is the out-of-favor sixth son of the reigning Emperor Ming of Duan. Discovering an ancient painting by chance, he is captivated by the spirit locked inside (Panxi), and together, they promise to search for the most beautiful places on Earth. Muru Hanjiang, friend of Muyun Sheng, is the son of General Muru Shuo, famous for conquering the Eight Tribes of Han Province.
Many years later, the descendant of the Eight Tribes, Shuofeng Heye, sows discord between the Muyun and Muru families. Only when the friendship and loyalty between these two families is rebuilt will the Duan Dynasty be safe from invasion by the Eight Tribes. This drama tells of the loyalty, friendship, enmity and romance between the young descendants during the twilight years of the Duan Dynasty.
Cast: Huang Xuan, Dou Xiao, Wan Qian, Zhang Jia Ning etc.
Release date: Early 2017
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