This week we saw the second season of a much-loved modern Chinese drama about 5 female friends and an intense Taiwanese melodrama about love's power to overcome hate. Next week we'll see a thrilling sci-fi Korean drama and a Korean action melodrama about vigilantes seeking justice for their loved ones. Take a look!

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1.  Ode to Joy 2

Starring Liu Tao and Jiang Xin

Liu Tao (Nirvana in Fire) leads an ensemble cast that proves there is strength in numbers, even when life seems way too chaotic. When five career-driven women share an apartment complex, they navigate the perils of life as sisters--but it’s family of the most dysfunctional kind. The Ode To Joy apartment complex in Shanghai is filled with stories. The 22nd floor of the building, however, gets particularly rich in drama because of the people that live there. An Di (Liu Tao) is a successful businesswoman who studied in New York and has come back to Beijing to find her little brother. Fan Sheng Mei (Jiang Xin) is a kind HR executive at a multinational and works to support her financially dependent family. Qu Xiao Xiao (Wang Zi Wen) is a young entrepreneur competing with her stepbrother for her father’s business. Qiu Ying Ying (Yang Zi) is a simple small-town girl trying to make something of herself. Guan Ju'er (Qiao Xin) is a young intern who comes from a well-educated family and is therefore under immense pressure to succeed. It has now been one year exactly since these neighbors last left off, and life has changed. An Di is now in a romance with rich heir Bao Yi Fan (Yang Shuo), whose complicated background is an issue. Sheng Mei feels constricted by her family and is struggling to see eye to eye with her entrepreneur boyfriend Wang Baichuan (Zhang Lu). Qu Xiao Xiao is frequently breaking up with flirty physician Zhao Qi Ping (Wang Kai from When a Snail Falls in Love). Qiu Ying Ying is really trying to make things work with IT employee Ying Qin (Wu Hao Chen). Guan Ju Er (Qiao Xin) has gone crazy for rising musician Xie Bin (Deng Lun). One would think the ladies have matured by now, and life may go a bit smoother. But life, like maturity, has a way of quickly going downhill. Can the ladies remember the lessons they have learned and stick together, or will the ode to joy prove to be a cacophony of disaster?

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Ode to Joy 2 - 欢乐颂2

Starring Liu Tao and Jiang Xin

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2.  Behind Your Smile

Starring Marcus Chang and Eugenie Liu

Marcus Chang and Eugenie Liu star in a melodrama about a protagonist who sacrifices everything for revenge, only to learn there is still someone who can make his heart beat. When a man who lives only for vengeance meets a girl of genuine warmth and kindness, he begins to question the meaning of his life.

Zhao Yi Ting (Marcus Chang) is a businessman. As cold on the outside as he is deep within his heart, he stalks his targets like prey and uses their own greed to destroy them. Ironically, he was once a cheerful college student and his life was destroyed by exactly the kind of person he has become. Now, he is focused on one thing: revenge against the people that took the life of his father, and tore his world apart.

Lei Xin Yu (Eugenie Liu) is the epitome of innocence and kindness. Her family used to be rich. Having fallen on hard times, they have lost everything and are now being hunted by angry investors. This comes as a surprise to Lei Xin Yu, who was just visiting her mother. Our heroine still remains optimistic. She genuinely believes that if she goes out every day with a can-do attitude and smile on her face, things will get better. However, even she is struggling to survive the onslaught of greed and anger that is hunting her family.

Zhao Yi Ting feels he has a connection with Lei Xin Yu, and helps her in her hour of need. For a man as cold as him, however, there are always ulterior motives. Lei Xin Yu’s mother is Lin Man (Kelly Ko), the woman responsible for destroying Zhao Yi Ting’s life. She is currently on the run, and has left her daughter helpless. It was her scheming that destroyed the life of our “hero” and his father.

So for a man consumed with revenge, Zhao Yi Ting’s seemingly helpful kindness towards Lei Xin Yu is a ploy to get his revenge. When he realizes that the girl is genuinely a kind and naive person, however, his feelings start to become a bit more complicated. Can the warmth of a kind woman melt our hero’s cold heart, or will she too become the victim of the evil behind the smile of the man who sold his soul to the devil?

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Behind Your Smile - 浮士德的微笑

Starring Marcus Chang and Eugenie Liu

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1.  Circle: Two Worlds Connected (May 22)

Starring  Yeo Jin Goo, Gong Seung Yeon and Kim Kang Woo

The year is 2017. Code name: Beta Project. Aliens have invaded earth. They believe humans should be controlled or will drive themselves to extinction. The humans, as humans do, try to take advantage of them. Meanwhile, as college student Kim Woo Jin (Yeo Jin Goo) attempts to investigate some mysterious incidents, suspicious deaths occur all over campus, and his brother goes missing. Something is happening that should not have happened.

The year is 2037. Code name: Grand New World. The alien invasion has succeeded. The world has been divided into two earths. “Smart Earth” is a world without emotion, free of human ills like crime and disease. “General Earth” is a lawless wasteland, filled with emotion and plague. Detective Kim Joon Hyuk (Kim Kang Woo) investigates a murder in "Smart Earth," where emotions are controlled. This murder should not have happened.

And then there is Han Jung Yun (Gong Seung Yeon). She goes to Kim Woo Jin’s college and is also trying to figure out what happened to her friend. And there is something very weird: she is the link between these two events, 20 years apart. This is a crime that should not have happened. Now the two men--and the woman caught between them--must figure out what is going on, and save their respective presents. Can they solve the mystery that destroyed their world, or are some circles always meant to return to zero?

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Circle: Two Worlds Connected

Starring Yeo Jin Goo and Gong Seung Yeon

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2.  Lookout (May 22) 

Starring Lee Shi Young, Kim Young Kwang, Kim Tae Hoon, Kim Seul Gi, and SHINEE’s Key

Lee Si Young ( Valid Love, Golden Cross) and Kim Young Kwang (Sweet Stranger and Me) star in an ensemble drama that proves vengeance is a dish best served ruthlessly. When a group of people who lost their loved ones band together to get justice in a corrupt and inefficient legal system, they teach every criminal in town the true meaning of vengeance.

Criminal kills. Criminal gets off free. The story is old, but still hurts. That is what happens to Jo Soo Ji (Lee Si Young), a former police investigator whose daughter is brutally murdered, and she has to watch as the killer slips through the cracks. In order to get justice for her daughter, she joins forces with a group of vigilantes who all have a score to settle with a corrupt justice system. Making up the group are ambitious prosecutor Jang Do Han (Kim Young Kwang), genius hacker Kong Kyung Soo (Key from SHINEE and Let’s Drink), righteous lawyer Kim Eun Joong (Kim Tae Hoon from One More Happy Ending), and shy but talented hermit Seo Bo Mi (Kim Seul Gi from Oh My Ghostess). They have all lost someone they loved. Criminal kills. Criminal gets off free. That’s the old story, but it’s time for a plot twist.

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Lookout

Starring Lee Si Young and Kim Young Kwang

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