Phoneix Warriors (Chinese Drama, New)

Only a small number of new shows this week BUT luckily, the few we do have look pretty promising. Phoenix Warriors is based on a novel VERY loosely. The novel is a straightforward romance heavy on palace intrigue, but Phoenix Warriors, the TV show is a historical revenge romance filled with aliens and supernatural powers…which were not part of the novel obviously.

I only had time to check out the first episode and I have to say, I do believe I have never seen Joe Cheng looking so fine. I wasn’t too enamored with the scifi portion of the story…but everything else about the show captured my attention and kept me glued to the screen. I will be writing a first impression post on this one next week.
The Starry Night, The Starry Sea 2 (Chinese Drama, New)

For those who followed The Starry Night back in Feb of 2017, this one is season 2…kinda. Season one was set in modern time but season two is set in historical China revolving around the shipping industry so as far as I can tell, although the hero character is the same (prince of the merman) I don’t believe the heroine is connected to season 1 (unless she is supposed to be a previous reincarnation or something like that). The two leads are played by the same actors so for fans of the season 1 that should be good news.

Synopsis: On a secret mission to search for a missing member of his clan who might’ve been kidnapped by the humans, Prince Wu Julan falls in love with our heroine who had disguised herself as a young man in hopes of realizing her dreams of working in a shipyard. Their love challenged when treachery threatens the peace between their people, our two leads must choose between family loyalty and love.
Super Doctor (Chinese Web Drama, New)

I actually can’t find the English name to this one so Super Doctor is just a rough translation of the show’s Chinese name. I went into this one with a low expectation but was pleasantly surprised to find it an easy enjoyable watch.

Synopsis: As a self-proclaimed “big boss” of a street gang with a membership of two, our hero grew up in an orphanage and is seemingly destined to lead a life that is going nowhere…until one day an eye injury unexpectedly gives him the super power of X-ray vision. At first content to just use his super power for unimportant things, our hero’s nonchalant attitude eventually undergoes a dramatic change when a little girl at the orphanage dies and he decides to follow her dying wish of him becoming a doctor.
Caution, Hazardous Wife (Japanese Drama, New)

Haruka Ayase new J-drama about a seemingly ordinary housewife who can’t help but fall back on her skills as a former secret agent to solve problems that come up as she gets to know other neighborhood housewives. I was immediately intrigued by the premise of a kick behind secret agent who is trying hard to live the “peaceful” life she thought she always wanted but soon realizes that her lesser known skills are actually quite handy in some unexpected places. Other than our lead actress, there are plenty of other familiar faces in Caution, Hazardous Wife as well. The heroine’s new husband whom she met through a marriage meet is played by actor Hidetoshi Nishijima (CRISIS). Given the casting choice, I am betting the writer has some grand plans for the husband. After all, any sane writer is not going to ignore Hidetoshi Nishijima’s character right?!

Perhaps my expectation of this one was overblown because of the dazzling cast but episode one felt a bit slow at parts and the foreseeable episodic set up of our heroine solving one problem each week with her super secret agent skill also concerns me. Still, with Haruka Ayase AND Hidetoshi Nishijima as the leads… I feel obligated to give this one a few more chances.

My Golden Life (Korean Drama)

This one is my current go-to for K-family drama. I will admit to having some doubts about Park Si Ho’s casting in the beginning but he really has done a good job of portraying the good natured hero who has become our heroine’s mentor as she tries to adjust to her new life as his long lost sister. Umm…they are obviously not really siblings but neither of them knows that yet so that will be interesting when they start falling in love with one another.



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