Sure, we're only three months into 2020, but there's already been so many Chinese dramas released that we want to watch!
From action-packed historical dramas to all manner of rom-coms, the year has started off strong and our watchlist is brimming with exciting new shows starring some of our fave talents. We're sure you're already deep into one of these shows if you're a C-drama fan, but if you're looking for something new, here's some of the 2020 shows we think you should be catching up on.
Three Lives, Three Worlds: The Pillow Book
Fans of fantasy dramas will love this story of love and obsession that spans thousands of years. Starring Dilraba Dilmurat and Vengo Gao in the main roles, it follows the love story of the female monarch of Qing Qiu and the ancient god of the Heavenly Kingdom. When she's saved from death by the god, she follows him into battle, and her feelings of gratitude develop into love - even though the god himself has forgotten what love means.
Everyone Wants To Meet You
Zhang Zhe Han plays Zhang Min, a successful executive who falls for the kindhearted Luo Xi, played by Zhang Ruo Nan. A workaholic running a five-star hotel, he's captivated by Luo Xi's kindness and soon enough she helps him shed his cold exterior. But it wouldn't be a romance drama without a classic love triangle! Turns out Luo Xi's childhood friend has been crushing on her for years, and he won't give up easily.
Sun Qian plays Shen Zhao Er in this historical drama. Growing up, she was friends with Ji Heng (played by Huang Jun Jie), the son of one of the king's officials. The daughter of a palace-appointed doctor, her family was betrayed, framed for murder and executed. She was saved and survived, and studied medicine diligently to become a doctor. Now as an adult, she takes on a different name to enter the Ji family home, in a bid to unravel the plot behind her family's murder.
It sounds like a serious drama but there's actually a lot of comedy and of course some romance thrown in there too! There's conspiracy theories to keep you intrigued too.
Well-Intended Love 2
It doesn't matter if you've seen season one or not, while the characters from the first have returned, the story is entirely different. This time round, Xia Lin and Lin Yi Zhou are pushed together when she attends a gala and has an embarrassing moment with him, and in a bid to calm the controversy about photos showing them fighting, he ends up announcing that they're engaged. Of course, their fake romance is probably going to turn into something real, right?
You'll have to suspend any belief in real world situations (not unlike the first season then), but fans of the first are bound to love the second iteration too!
Ever Night: Season 2
If you love action and fantasy, this is the one for you! Expect fantastic martial arts and some high drama as Dylan Wang plays Ning Que, who is doing everything to protect childhood friend Sang Sang (Ireine Song), who is connected to the eternal night. In this season, he's given the order to lead the army to protect his country, as warlords attempt to overtake Tang Country.
The Great Ruler
Another historical fantasy, this melodrama stars Roy Wang and Na Na Ou Yang as young friends who bond through an ancient connection, and together work to defeat an evil deity and restore peace to the world. From the same universe as Fights Break Sphere and Martial Universe, you can expect a lot of drama with this one.
A supernatural romance, this drama stars Jonny Bai as a spirit doctor - his job is to use powers to heal humans who've been ruined by worldly desires so they can return to normal living. By accident he ends up living with a human girl, Lin Xia (played by Zheng Qiu Hong), and it turns out they may have a thousand-year-old connection as old memories come to the surface.
There's a great mix of romance with otherworldly elements to keep you watching!
First things first, the casting lives up to the title: Chen Zhe Yuan and Hu Yi Tian play Xiao Yu'er and Hua Wu Que, twins who were separated at birth and were raised to take revenge on each other. Both have become gifted martial artists, but when they meet, they actually become good friends. They decide to pair up and use their martial talents to take down the people who set them up against each other, and figure out who they truly are.
A bro-drama that'll get you feeling sentimental, alongside some kick-butt action, it'll warm your heart and thrill you at different points!
A romance with a twist, this time it's an older woman and a younger man! Victoria Song stars as He Fan Xing, an accomplished career woman who falls for Yuan Song, played by Song Wei Long. When an older man comes along who becomes her life coach, and has the potential to be more, her life becomes more complicated.
So who'll win out? Her love for Yuan Song or the pressure to cave to expectations of marriage and more? If you're looking for squeal-worthy rom-com cuteness along with some angst, this'll be the one for you!
Any of these dramas on your to-watch list?
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