New and Coming Soon to DramaFever May 11 to May 17
This week we saw a cute new Taiwanese romantic comedy and a historical Chinese action movie. Next week we have one of the most highly-anticipated dramas of the year with an all-star cast, a romantic comedy form the famed Hong sisters, and a beautiful new Chinese historical drama. Let's take a look!
1. Be With You
Despite her remarkable beauty, Xia Man Li (Vivi Lee) has always been unlucky in love, until she runs into her old crush Zheng Ying Jie (Bobby Dou) — still handsome, warmhearted and single. Meanwhile, when Xia Man An (Huang Pei Jia) returns from years abroad, she's devastated to discover Ying Jie, her lifelong crush, is rushing to the altar with a mysterious bride. Is Man An destined to be a third wheel in her own love story, or is there more to Man Li and Ying Jie's whirlwind romance than meets the eye?
Based on the true events of the Qin Dynasty's downfall, two sworn brothers, Liu Bang (Leon Lai) and Xiang Yu (Feng Shao Feng), rise as rebel leaders as the nation falls into chaos. But when King Huai of Chu conspires to bring them down with a mission built for betrayal, Bang and Yu ruthlessly contend against one another for supremacy and for the love of Yu Ji (Liu Yi Fei), leading up to an epic showdown at the Feast of Hong Gate — the infamous event responsible for the birth of the Han Dynasty.
A group of young television producers — Ra Jun Mo (Cha Tae Hyun), Baek Sung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun), Tak Ye Ji (Gong Hyo Jin), and Cindy (IU) — work tirelessly around the clock within the entertainment division of a major broadcasting network. Amidst their dynamic and challenging workloads, serious drama reaches new heights in this backstage glimpse of the people who make television magic happen. Producer marks the second collaboration between actor Kim Soo Hyun and screenwriter Park Ji-eun after working together in the 2014 international megahit My Love from Another Star.
Baek Sung Chan (Kim Soo Hyun) is a fresh new producer. He was a law graduate of an ivy-league school who now works in the variety department of KBS. He made the career switch after following in the footsteps of his first love, which didn’t exactly work out for him. Although he is intelligent, he is also clumsy. As the new intern he has a lot to learn if he wants to succeed in the Korean entertainment industry.
Tak Ye Ji (Gong Hyo Jin) is a hot-shot producer who gets things done her way. She has ten years of experience in the industry. She is smart and ambitious, but can be caustic in her criticism, as she doesn’t sugarcoat her opinions. She is the director of the popular show "Music Bank". If Baek Sung Chan wants to succeed, he'll need outperform her expectations…or avoid Tak Ye Ji completely, neither of which will be easy tasks. Gong Hyo Jin was the lead of recent fan favorite It’s Okay That’s Love and previously starred in the drama Master’s Sun.
Ra Joon Mo (Cha Tae Hyun), is a seasoned producer and director who has worked in the industry for ten years as well. Yet despite his immense experience and his contributions to numerous shows, he has yet to develop a single hit show that he can be proud to call his own. Chae Tae Hyun is a cast member on the real life variety show 2 Days 1 Night. His role as Ra Joon Mo in Producer will include a turn as a producer of 2 Days 1 Night. He is most well known for his lead role in international hit My Sassy Girl.
Cindy (IU), is a top-star and temperamental singer. She debuted as a child at the age of 13. Now at the young age of 23, she can actually be considered a veteran. She has the nickname "Ice Princess" for her coldness and lack of emotion. In real life, IU is one of the Korea’s most beloved K-pop stars. Her first album debuted to success. As an actress, she starred in You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin and was previously the host of real life music variety show, Music Trend.
Producer has numerous cameos, but the biggest would be Kim Jong Kook from Running Man. He's real life friends with Cha Tae Hyun. In the show, he'll be joining the cast as Cha Tae Hyun's "Sunbae," ("Work Senior") which is a position of respect and social power. In reality the two friends are equals, which adds a dimension of comedy since respect between senior and junior colleagues is central to Korean workplace culture. This will be Kim Jong Kook's acting debut after being in the entertainment industry for twenty years as a singer and real life variety star.
Desperate to escape the drama and stress of modern life in the city, Baek Gun Woo (Yoo Yeon Seok) and Lee Jung Joo (Kang So Ra) take off to South Korea's idyllic Jeju Island. But when these two urbane strangers meet on the island, they discover the magical island's restorative qualities include unexpected romance.
Based on the hit romance novel, Sound of the Desert traces the fate of Jin Yu (Cecilia Liu), a young orphan who was adopted by the nomadic Xiongnu tribe. When political turmoil forces Jin Yu to flee, she finds herself in the company of two very different, but alluring men: Mo Xun (Hu Ge), a kind soul, and Wei Wuji (Eddie Peng), a cold general. As Jin Yu travels throughout a vast desert of possibilities, she must ask herself who she loves most in this delicate dance of love.
Which new dramas did you watch this week? Which new dramas are you looking forward to next week? Comment below!