2015 Cdramadevotee Awards by Archidisign

Yes. It is a thing. Believe it or not, I think 2015 was the biggest year for Chinese Drama world. The quality and the ratings went up and more people are starting to pay attention to these beautiful productions. For example, Viki’s dramas list now includes Chinese dramas, which are being done faster than ever. I did not watch everything that came out, so it is understandable if my “contestants” may not be the only valid contestants to the title out there xD I may be biased in my opinion, but this is not an official award, so please bare with me! Note: I only nominated contestants worthy of the titles.

Thanks for this Great Year Categories:

Best Drama: Hua Qian Gu

Hua Qian Gu

  • contestants: Hua Qian Gu, Best Get Going, Nirvana in Fire, You Are My Sunshine, Legend of Miyue
  • Thoughts: Hua Qian Gu deserved the number one position for me. It was a seriously addicting drama with a well written story. I even think it was the best xianxia drama I watched so far! Fresh Guoguo, the author behind the story, is very talented. She created a new xianxia world with a lot of interesting characters. Some may see the similarities with ROCH (just switch the gender of the lead roles), but I think she created something very different from the Jing Yong classic. Even the words she used are so strong and intense, directly aiming toward our poor hearts. To be frank, a lot of the story was based on bad communication between the characters and Hua Qian Gu herself was mistreated multiple times on unfounded causes. But at the end, if it wasn’t for each of those moments, we wouldn’t had fallen so hard for the beautiful couple. We wouldn’t had cried so much at the last scene and we definitely couldn’t had felt the angsts the same way as we did. Although as viewers we understand that she would had been so much happier with Sha Jiejie or Dongfang baba, would we really want her to settle for them? Since episode one, we already knew the ending and nobody could had changed that. That is destiny.
  • I really loved the last finale scene so I am resharing the link for everyone to rewatch now ^^
  • Seriously, the other dramas that I nominated are all SUPER good and are part of the reason I loved the 2015 dramas so much. Best Get Going was a great modern drama that tought us a lot about China’s current state for 90s born kids, Nirvana in Fire brought us back to ancient time to see one of the most epic story if bromance and revenge, You Are My Sunshine cleaned our soul with a heartwarming love story and Mi Yue Legend gave us a new woman power drama starring one of the most talented actress out there.

Best Movie: Our Times

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  • contestants: For Love Or Money, Our Times
  • Thoughts: I didn’t watch that many movies this year and mostly watched idol based ones. The other two I watched are Bride Wars and Forever Young, both are which were fun to watch, but seriously lacking with the plotline. For Love or Money was a serious coup de coeur this year and made me rediscover Liu Yifei as a talented actress who can showcase complex and mixed thoughts. She looks as gorgeous as ever, but this time, I really fell in love with her character too. The hardship she has to go through, the love she slowly learns to discover. It was all great! Bonus points for looking so artsy the whole time.
  • Our Times however was a serious ultimate watch for me. When I first heard about the project, I thought it was your average high school drama. But this one brought out so much feelings! By the slow interaction of Chen-hsin and Taiyu, we learned to discover all their human sides. The great acting of the leads made their romance and teenager sides look really really perfect. Such sweethearts. The whole time, while watching, I just wanted them to be together. They trully believe each other. They are always pushing each other to become better and stronger. That is something so hard to find in real life. Of course, the drama had some serious plotholes (how can the guy push away the girl thinking she still likes her old crush? How come they never met after high school?). Those are some serious flaws, but with such a happy ending, I had to forgive them all ^^

Best Variety Show: Up Idol

  • Contestants: Idol Up, Run Brother, Happy Camp, Voice of China 4, We Are In Love, Go Fighting, Dad 3
  • Thoughts: Not much can be said. There wer so many variety shows that came out this year and a lot of them are great great great! Up Idol had such a strong cast that I had to watch: Brigitte Lin, Zhao Liying, Xie Na, Ouyang Nana, He Jiong, and new bias Ada Choi! I pretty much watched it every week with a big smile on my face. It was heartwarming to see ten girls interact together like a family without creating any fuss and conflicts. They all look gorgeous on camera and I would be down for a season 2 with the same cast. However, I doubt this will happen since all of them are idols and are probably going to be busy. If this can be scheduled, it would be great! Special mention to all the other contestants: Run Brother is three seasons in and still looking like a true fun family, Happy Camp brought in so many great guests this year (to the point I watched most of the episodes this year), Voice of China 4 was a better success than season 3 and even added Jay Chou as a mentor, We Are In Love (C-We Got Married) brought in my sweetie couple Choi Siwon and Liu Wen, and Dad 3 had the cutest and friendliest kids ever! Special mention for Go Fighting for being one of the most original concept and having a perfect cast that knows how to interact like a group of bros!

Best Actress: Zhao Liying

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  • other contestants: Tang Yan, Liu Yifei,  Zhao Wei, Sun Li, Fan Bingbing, Zheng Shuang
  • Thoughts: This was Zhao Liying‘s year and she is my ultimate bias. So, no question asked, she deserves this honor😉 She had a successful year playing Hua Qian Gu in the most watched drama ever, playing Song Nuan in the heartwarming and realistic Best Get Going, the cutie Wuxin in Legend of Zu, and appeared more confident than ever on Up Idol! She also attended multiple fashion shows and awards ceremony, signed up for multiple CF deals and created off-the-roof romance with so many male celebrities😉 She was everywhere! I like her dedication for her roles, her spirit of always doing a good job. She is still her awkward self, but she looks more confident and happier. Hope she stays on her success track and brings out even more interesting dramas to watch!
  • There are so many great actress out there and I just named in contestants the other ones that I enjoyed watching. Tang Yan had a great year with four very watched drams, Liu Yifei really surprised me this year, Zhao Wei had her big comeback to the small screen, Sun Li brought back her NianNian class, Fan Bingbing did a great job playing a (different) Wu Zetian full of Charisma and Zheng Shuang had probably her most successful year yet (before 2016 of course).

 Best Actor: Hu Ge

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  • other contestants: Wallace Huo, Zheng Kai, Wallace Chung
  • Thoughts: Hu Ge pretty much owned this fall with his great back-to-back comeback! From Disguiser to Nirvana in Fire to Good Time, he showed three very different roles and played accurately all of them. He also created some of the best bromance (as always) in dramaland with Wallace Huo, Wang Kai, Jin Dong and Wu Lei. He also showed his goofy sides on variety shows and talk shows. I would say that at his current acting status, rarely anyone can beat him in the drama category😉 I watched a bit of Disguiser which was fun, am still not done with the epic and complex Nirvana in Fire and did enjoy the romcom Good Time. All in all, I am just happy he brought so many interesting and different dramas to the viewers.
  • Wallace Huo‘s Bai Zihua was very hard to play (since he was so emotionless) and he really did his best. At the end, wow, I was impressed at how deep his love for HQG was. Zheng Kai was a very pleasant discovery this year and Wallace Chung was probably the main reason You Are My Sunshine turned out to be so addicting ^^

Best Supporting Actor: Zhang Danfeng

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  • contestants: Ma Ke, Zhang Dan Feng, Wang Kai, Jin Dong
  • Thoughts: Both Hua Qian Gu and Nirvana in Fire wouldn’t be the same without its supporting cast. Zhang Danfeng showed such a twisted and complex character who must see the girl he loves fall in love with the man he hates, all of this because he pushed her to him. He must see her suffer because of him and to be frank, was just a key reason of her miserable state as Bai Zihua. It is not easy to play such a confliced character. Also, bonus points for going on Happy Camp six times (!) to promote the drama!
  • Ma Ke was also an actor who lefts a strong impression for me. His Sha Jiejie was caring and dark at the same time. He didn’t feel like a real villain though since he was loved by his subordinates and showed real feelings and attachments toward others. Sha QianMo was perfection and just like his beauty, everything he does looked flawless. For love, he is ready to sacrifice anything. I am not yet familiar with Nirvana in Fire (especially Jin Dong who barely appeared in the first ten episodes), but Jin Dong and Wang Kai both definitely are great actors. Based on their interviews, I know Jin Dong is one who works really hard on his acting craft. As for Wang Kai, his innocent, but strong Jing Wang was definitely pleasant to watch. His determination and believe in a perfect world really contrasts with the harsh reality Mei Changsu has to face.

Best Supporting Actress: Dili Reba

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  • contestants: Dili Reba, Jiang Xin, Liu Tao
  • Thoughts: You know an actress did a great job when she is the most talked about actress in the drama without even being the lead! That is how great Dili Reba was. She showed a lot of her cute sides and probably did the best  depiction of a spoiled top actress without making anyone hate her! I actually didn’t watch Diamond Lover (since I am not a fan of fat shaming and I felt like this drama was delivering all the wrong messages), but I had to check the few clips of Dili Reba. And what a surprise! I am sincerely glad she got popular.
  • The other nominees are, of course, also great! Jiang Xin touched my soul deeply with her breathtaking performance in Hua Xu Yin with Yuan Hong. It was maybe the best performance of the year. So much torment to our heart in every episodes. Seriously, I actually wanted to give this “award” to her… Excited to see her cast in some other great dramas. I think she is perfect for angsty dramas. Finally, Liu Tao is currently playing the good girl turned bad in Mi Yue Legend and she is definitely acing her role ^^

Breakthrough Youth: Ouyang Nana + Wu Lei

  • (yes, they are the only contestants and there are two prizes. That’s how I roll!) My cuties! I feel a bit pedo for having such biasness toward them as both are only fifteen years old, but they are overflowing with talents and great personalities! I started the year with Wu Lei since technically, I started by watching the ROCH 2014 where he starred as young Yang Guo. He was already super goofy and talented back then. Afterward, he starred in Whirlwind Girl and Nirvana in Fire, in both of which I always anticipated his scenes. Added to that his multiple apperances on Happy Camp, I am now one of his most loyal fan! Plus, he has so many years in front of him to impress us! As for Ouyang Nana, her easy going and caring personality won me over on Up Idol. She also starred on the idol movie To The Fore as a genius cyclist professional and yes, she is a true genius. She is a cellist since she was younger, got full scholarship to study in the US at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music and is smart to boot (watch her appearance on Happy Camp in 2013 where she played a trivial game with TFBoys’ Wang Junkai). You can learn more about her amazing prowess here or watch the video dedicated to her on Up Idol. I sincerely hope one day my lovely young sweethearts could do a project together ^^

Best Couple: Chen Xiang+Rachel Momo

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  • contestants: Huang Xiaoming+Angelababy, Fan Bingbing+Li Chen, Guli Nazha+Zhang Han,
  • Thoughts: The other only good thing that came out from ROCH 2014 in my opinion: Chen Xiang and Rachel Momo are dating! Their interaction on Happy Camp won me over. How shy they are, how loving their eyes toward each other, how caring. They are the perfect little couple that warms my heart. Thanks so much for being together! 8D There were so many new couples in 2015. To be fair, all couples are awesome! Although I don’t agree with all of them, at the end of the day, if they are happy, I have nothing to say. May all love last forever!

Best OST song: Journey of Flower Opening

  • contestants: Whirlwind Girl OSTs
  • Nothing to be said and enjoy the music!😛 Hua Qian Gu Opening makes me want to cry :’D So deep.

Sorry, But Blame Yourself Categories:

Drama Let Down: Return of the Condor Heroes

  • contestants: Yun Zhong Ge, Return of the Condor Heroes
  • Thoughts: Or I could just give the award to Yumama. Seriously, he was a serious disappointmenet this year. He delivered the worst adaptation in my opinion of ROCH with the character description all messed up, the costumes looking cheap and by putting too much romance for any viewer to accept. It was a serious mess and I had to clean my eyes by watching the older 2006 version. I love Chen Xiao, but this was just too poorly directed for me to watch. As for Yun Zhong Ge, what a disappointment, I am sure even Tong Hua is puking out blood to this date. I am not familiar with the story so I can’t complain on the faithfulness to the real deal, but acting, casting and even costume once again became huge obsacles for any watcher out there. The story itself was silly and full of plotholes, but even the actors weren’t able to deliver any feelings in a good way. Here is a clip of the disastrous drama that is ROCH 2015. Hope you can laugh (and cry) with me :’D

Most Inaccurate Period drama: Empress of China

Empress of China

  • Thoughts: I only had a drama in my mind for this category, but still, it is well deserved. I wouldn’t say Fan Bingbing is a bad actress, but after Empress of China, it felt like she just tries too hard to give herself the best role ever. I mean, look at it! She made the all mighty and powerful Wu Zetian into a mary-sue character. Even Yumama didn’t do that yet! What a mess. I actually the 2011 version a few years back and really, the 2015 version twisted all the characters left and right so that Wu Zetian would look innocent. They even made the nice poet/concubine played by Janine Chang into an evil plotting character. The emperor took forever to die and she ended up having a whole harem for herself without doing much. And let’s not get into the cleavage scandal. All in all, it was a very inaccurate. But the cast is good and the costume were amazing: it can be a fun watch if you aren’t as picky as me😉

Stop Brainwash me/Teenager Drama of the Year: Cruel Romance

Cruel Romance

  • contestants: Cruel Romance, Destinated to Love You, Whirlwind Girl
  • Thoughts: I actually finished Cruel Romance so it did brainwash me a bit. Haha. The drama definitely knows how to get you attached to the story and even with some heavy heavy plot holes, I watched until the end. It was a fun watch, but afterward, I felt that I lost pack of neurons. In the same way, Destinated to Love You also felt very childish and overly acted to get the views. Both are good watch for the fun and addicting sides, but in the aftermath, it hurted my intelligence badly. I also nominated Whirlwind Girl. Although its neuron burning level isn’t as bad as the previous two, I still feel like the plot was a serious miss for me and it was obviously aiming for teenagers.

31 thoughts on “2015 Cdramadevotee Awards by Archidisign

  1. Jo says:

    YES! I agree with all especially, Yumama.. I would have personally given the best supporting male role to Ma Ke (so bias), but I have to admit that Zhang Danfeng was amazing this year. 2015 was definitely a great year for Cdramas and Hu Ge and Wallace OWNED this year. I’m also glad we got to see some new faces this year. Great Review. Also, even though I loved Journey of Flower,the best OST goes to WuXin! That opening song and those lyrics *tears*

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    • archidisign says:

      Haha, yes. This was definitely Yumama’s worst year. I did try and enjoy some of his past projects (Lu Zhen Legend, Beauty Maker), but this year, everything was a miss. Plus he got into some heavy plagiarism scandals that will hunt him forever. Haha, it was so hard to chose!! To be fair, I enjoyed Ma Ke’s appearance during the drama more, but ZDF’s character is just so complexed, which I loved so much!!
      Hope Hu Ge and Wallace Huo’s bromance can keep ruling dramaland for another five years, when they will start dating *_* joke
      I actually didn’t try to watch Wuxin yet. Is the song 贝加尔湖畔? It is really nice ^^

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      • Jo says:

        Yes! Hu Ge and Wallace bromance is the Bromance to end all🙂 I loved Wuxin, thought I wouldn’t, but I absolutely loved the actors and their characters. Yes, that’s the OST it’s so soothing, but so sad

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      • archidisign says:

        Haha, ever since the HG+WH “scandal”, I see so many bromance coming out: William Chan+Li Yifeng, Yang Yang+Jing Boran (actually Yang Yang with most “fresh meat”), Jin Dong+Wang Kai, etc. Haha, but nobody lasted as long as Hu Ge+Wallace Huo couple! keke

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  2. Hua Qian Gu is really the incredible and most epic drama of this year. Story was so good, I loved all characters, it gave me so many emotions. I was sympathizing for all characters, hate and love them, laugh and cry with them. Some scene deeply shuttered my soul. And ost omg I love them all but Wallace & ZLY song is my most favorite. ZLY deserve actress of year indeed.

    Dilireba was good in dimond lover, I like her most among other characters. Her spoiled actress was 10 times brighter and interesting than main heroin.

    And Golden Raspberry go to Yumama for all categories. I can blow my hatred over ROCH again and again. How I spend 10 freaking episodes until they focused on lead heroes. They was displaying all secondary characters but less lead characters. They sent away Longnv away for 8/9 episode they made Yanguo flirting with whole female cast. They turned Xiaolongnue in emotionless pikachu who have no will and acting like middle school girl. Whatever, It would be better to forget about this horrendous drama as if it never exist.

    Whirlwind Girl was lame drama with typical stupid female lead. It was itself so awkward. Main otp would better kissed it would be maybe the best plot twist than just running around lol but yeah I think I’m too old for this kind of dramas.

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    • archidisign says:

      H5!! Haha, I love the “ZLY deserve actress of year indeed.” sentence, makes my awards show sounds way more real than it actually is! 8D Hua Qian Gu was such a great drama and it really gave each character the moment to shine. Everyone feels like they belong to the story. So amazing. I cried a lot too v__v
      I know! I never really like the second female lead (I am most of the time into the second male lead haha), but this time, she totally outshined everyone else in the cast! Yang Mi did a great job casting her in her agency.😛
      I don’t really feel sad for watching the beginning of ROCH though since it made me discover the talented little Wu Lei. I can’t believe I stopped watching after Chen Xiao came in… v_v but his pervy, noisy and annoying version of Yang Guo totally destroyed any heroe element in the character. And his romance with the “pikachu” Xiaolongnu just ruined everything. I love your comparison of her as a pikachu because that’s so true! She felt so useless and always way too bright for her own good. Never had I seen a XLN smiling THAT much. Ok, let’s hope we won’t have to mention this drama again…
      Yeah, maybe we are. I feel like I don’t have the energy (or enough neurons) to go into another teenager drama with no actual substance. That’s one reason I think I will pass on next year’s Whilrwind girl 2

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      • Liying deserve all awards even if they not real xD
        I really want some series like HQG that can get me addicted and fulfill all wishes.

        I was shocked how XLN is different in other versions (and not only XLN other characters too). I saw new version of ROCH first than other version, so I was annoyed buy only story line progress and supporting cast. But after I saw 2006 version and read novel I totally understand how awful is new one is. How could I watched it till the end I don’t understand really. 2006 version is damn good and epic, costume designs,characters that are close to original. I totally love bad-ass ice-goddess XLN and hot Yang Guo, they gives incredible feeling when I was watching them, so heroic. And Yumama’s messy adaptation has nothing in common with ROCH only names of characters.

        I watched in only because of Yang Yang, If not he I would never try it. Fortunately they killed his character, the one only normal character in that lame drama, and I won’t have to watch second season.

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      • archidisign says:

        Haha. Yes! Liying even deserves an Oscar 8D There are actually a lot of nice Xianxia/fantasy dramas coming next year, but most of them are too promoted so far to be worth checking out. It surprises me that now, as soon as a drama starts airing, in the next two days, character stills comes out! That’s way too fast!!
        Oh no? So you started watching ROCH and thought it was decent at first? Poor you. Now, you can puke blood with all of us 8D 2006 was really good (and the one I watched), but I heard good things about older HK adaptation too if you want to give them a try😉
        I don’t remember they killed his character? He is sick so he can’t do taekwondo anymore, but I think he has a future as a trainer… Anyway, the drama would be really lame without YY I think

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      • I know their will be many but I more want Xianxia/romance based on novel. I hope in future will be more adoptation of xianxia novels like HQG. Oh yeah 3l3w will come out, so there are definitly what I want.

        Not that I was like it but i just was wondering how it will be finished. I was so annoyed with all plot in the end that I wish one of main characters to die but unfortunately ending was happy. I was so disappointed, first time I wanted bad ending.

        The ending was not clear, but later studio announce that he died and YY seems to not participate in making of season 2 since his heavy schedule . So yeah no reason to watch.

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      • archidisign says:

        3L3W do sound really good and just like HQG, it has such a strong novel fanbase (apparently the story is really good). Zhu Xian with no leads does not sound very promising and Chinese Paladin 5 without Hu Ge does not catch my interest so far. Legend of Fox could be good, but definitely will not be epic.
        Haha, most of the time, Jing Yong’s novels end happily for the OTP.
        Really? No YY, me no watching. Apparently, he won’t come back to Lost Tomb either next year…

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      • I have high hopes for 3l3w projects especially for the movie. I’ll whatch CP5, looks something fresh and eyecatching. I like that cast is deterrent despite that I like CP3 cast very much, but I fully ready for new face. I liked Elvis han and Guli Nazha in there previous works. Ready to see them in new project as CP5. Legend of Fox looks nice, the trailer is beautiful anyway, viewing will enjoyable.

        Yes maybe, he really busy, 3l3w, movie with ZLY (I hope it will be confirmed completely) There is also rumor about new adaptation of Xuan Yuan Sword. But what lost tomb without Qi Ling gege!

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      • archidisign says:

        The movie just can’t go wrong! *_* that casting is so pretty, if it airs in my local cinemas, I will definitely go check it out! Personnally, I feel like even Tangren (the production team behind CP series) is starting to lack a bit in production quality. I will still checkout both CP5 and Fox Legend. Want to see Elvis Han and Mike d’Angelo since I have positive impressions on them ^^
        3L3W movie is with Yang Yang and Liu Yifei xD New adaptation of Xuan Yuan Sword? Really, I remember even Hu Ge said that the drama did not do as well as CP1 and CP3 so I am suprised they are doing a readaptation of it even before the other more successful ones…

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      • Yes, casting awesome I can’t wait for first teaser and bts photos. Really? But trailers of both dramas was pritty good. CP5 was amazing like movie. I just hope that dramas by itself has the quality of trailers.
        The rumors was about adaptation of XYS 漢之雲, maybe another story will do better. Who knows it still just rumors

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      • archidisign says:

        Yeah, but look at Qin’s Moon! Apparently the original work fans all puked blood over it v_v and then, Da Mo Yao didn’t do well last year and let’s not forget about the messy BubuJinQing. However, with the success of Wuxin, I hope they can go back on the right track… Me too, I want to give both of them a try so hope they will be good. Could be interesting to have a different video game adapted! I was disappointed by Xuan Yuan Sword when I tried it so hope it can be different.

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      • Original works fans always being disappointed! What do you mean messy? Messy with story-line? I didn’t read BBJQ nor Da Mo Yao, first was good to me last was just boring.

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      • archidisign says:

        I don’t know exactly. I have fans who are real die hard fans of Qin’s Moon so I gave them the link for the episodes. They were all disappointed (both Michelle Chen and Jiang Jinfu’s characters were heavily modified apparently). BBJQ doesn’t have a novel to be based on, but I personally found the execution of that drama soooo different compared to BBJX, having all kind of weird dramatic changes. Da Mo Yao was a good drama, but didn’t get any hype even with three super popular leads…

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      • Well, animation’s fans have reason to not except drama version. Yes dramas characters quit different from cartoon’s.
        Oh you mean second part, ok I got it. I don’t like it, I dropped it at first episode. It was strange how they transferred prince to modern times like was it reincarnation or what. I lost my interest.BBJX was one good, make continuation was unnecessary. It was like season of HQG.
        Agree with Da Mo Yao case.

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      • archidisign says:

        Qin’s Moon is doing well rating wise though so at least that’s good. But it is disappointing to see TangRen changing from the original so much because after BBJX, I expected them to have faithful writers for dramas.
        Yeah, I was talking about BBJQ. xD BBJX was a legend, so good! BBJQ just ruined everything (although it did help the beautiful Nicky+Shishi couple to happen). They couldn’t use reincarnation because of some new Chinese policies so they had to create BS plotlines.

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      • who knows how it would be if Tian Ming’s role played buy 15 years old actor. It’s hard to make adaptation which is exact to original. So many obstacles involve. And finally adaptation is screenwriters own vision and often it not coincides with our visions.
        Policy which prohibit reincarnation what?

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      • archidisign says:

        Just after the broadcast of BBJX, the Chinese Government or the SARFT agency (Chinese TV content regulator) changed some rules. Now, time traveled themed dramas are not allowed anymore, especially if the reincarnation could depit wrongly historical facts. So, this rule really messed up with the BBJQ drama and they had to use all kind of weird plotlines to explain why Shishi and Nicky’s characters were “destinated to be together”. It seems like now, the rule is less strict than at beginning though.

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  3. I love the idea of having your very own Cdramadevotee Awards! Invite me to your ceremony please?😛 Can’t believe that Go Fighting! didn’t win the best variety show *pouts* but I’m glad it got a special mention😀 I watched Up Idol but I never realised that Ouyang Nana is so young! I am appalled. She’s indeed talented – I wish I was like her hahaha.

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    • archidisign says:

      Haha, for sure!! *_* everyone’s invited! and all the celebrities will wear their best growns and I will prepare a special queen seat for Zhao Liying and arrange the seating rolls myself 8D *fangirl dream comes true*
      Haha, I actually thought about giving the award to Go fighting (It is the first runner up!) since I really really like the concept and the cast was perfect! But I was way more happy to watch Up Idol every week compared to Go Fighting😛
      Ouyang Nana is so young, but also so popular! She comes from a family of celebrities (actors, singers) and when she came on the show, even Brigitte Lin recognized her! I wish I was as talented as her too… Sadly, we are just average commoners…

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      • azngrl318 says:

        Everyone is special in their own ways. It just depends on how your look at it! Thank you for posting these awesome articles and creating this blog. People who don’t understand Chinese but want to explore the Chinese entertainment world rely on people like you to help us out.🙂

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      • archidisign says:

        Awwn thanks! There are actually a lot of blogs to rely on to find c-ent related news/recap/review/downloading, which I think is great. Glad you are enjoying it ^^ Hope you keep having fun exploring this beautiful world with us

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  4. azngrl318 says:

    I heard 3L3W is actually a copy of another book by another author. There was like a scandal about it? I read it from another blog >.<

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    • archidisign says:

      Yes! I remember I searched about that author a bit while Hua Xu Yin. Yes, it is a total disappointment and it is quiet a big scandal. I don’t think it got much media attention compared to Yumama’s for Palace 3. This definitely takes away something when we will watch the movie. Will still try to enjoy it I guess since the story sounds so good!:/

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  5. Julianne says:

    Haha I must be the only one here, but for me Nirvana in Fire won by a landslide for best drama. I can see why a lot of people love Hua Qian Gu, but it wasn’t really for me, I guess. But OMG Nirvana. I actually just finished watching it for the third time, but it is SO GOOD. The sheer detail and thought put into every line of dialogue…man. There are minor throwaway detail from ep 1 that end up tying back to ep 54. Everything’s just so intricate and awesome. And the pretty! It’s so authentic yet richly made. See Yumama, you don’t need fancy-horn-like hair, gauzy outfits, and neon colors to be “high-quality”. The sets, the outfits, the hair, everything was so historically accurate, richly textured, muted and elegant, so awesome. I know it’s not perfect, but personally I’m too biased to notice the flaws. Apparently because all the existing period sets were not historically accurate to the DaLiang time period, they built Mei Chang Su’s house/complex from scratch to get the right architecture and style. the directing was spot on, the acting was all-around nuanced and so so exquisite (incl every single one of the supporting cast), the music was epic grand and fitting, and the script, while not perfect, was so tight with very little (don’t want to say “none”, but I certainly couldn’t see any) loose ends or plot holes. It was originally already a brilliant, much-loved novel, it obviously helped that Hai Yan herself was the one to write the scripts. Shanying really outdid themselves with Nirvana. I hear it wasn’t their best work (All Quiet in Peking is supposed to be even more high-quality and amazing), but Nirvana was just IT for me.

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    • Hehe, I was very biased when writing my year in review so I totally understand if others disagree. Hua Qian Gu and Nirvana in Fire are so different! For Hua Qian Gu, I had been waiting for its release since 2014 (wasn’t able to calm down during May/June 2015 just before its ultimate airing date). I actually didn’t like how slow HQG started off, but as the story goes on, the acting improved so much that I got hooked big time! Just thinking about that ending makes me happy hehe.
      I watched the first ten episodes of Nirvana in Fire and actually really liked it. I loved how they slowly showed the dark past of Mei Changsu. I also loved all his meticulous plotting, how those scenes are shown to us (the directors of that drama are really amazing and aiming for perfection). I also liked every second of Wu Lei’s performances, but I fear I didn’t stick long enough to see Jin Dong and Wang Kai’s performances. But by then, I thought to myself I didn’t really feel like watching a plotting drama (I rarely finish those) and decided to stop. And ever since I stopped, it is hard for me to go back.:/

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