Upcoming period dramas in March and April 2016

February came and went leaving a trail of period dramas in its wake. I am still making my way through the first batch, yet four dramas are set to air very soon. Between fantasy, history, spy and gambling action, take your pick.

The Classic of Mountains and Seas 山海经之赤影传说 premieres March 20 starring Gu Li Na Zha and Zhang Han. It looks super fantastical, which is not exactly my cup of tea. However, Gu Li Na Zha also stars in God of War Zhao Zi Long, another c-drama airing concurrently so there is always a choice (eng subs on viki).

Lin Gengxin in Chinese historical drama Wu Shen Zhao Zi Long
Im Yoona in Chinese historical drama Wu Shen Zhao Zi Long

God of War Zhao Zi Long 武神赵子龙 premieres April 3 starring Lin Gengxin and Im Yoona. It’s a much-awaited drama if not for the soaring popularity of k-pop idol Yoona from SNSD Girls Generation at her first foray into Chinese dramas. I wonder what compelled the production to also cast k-actor Kim Jeong Hoon (Princess Hours) when they already have Yoona but I suppose the more the merrier..

Zhao Yun is a historical figure from the Three Kingdoms era. I remember learning about him in school and being positively mesmerized by the heroism of that time. Judging from the trailers, the drama seems to be going in a completely different direction offering highly-stylized visuals combined with heavy influences of wuxia. I doubt there will be enough depth to satisfy the avid historian but whether the formula works or not remains to be seen. 

The drama boasts a large cast as is expected of an attempt at depicting this significant part of history and it is a star-studded affair indeed with Kevin Yan Kuan, Godfrey Gao and Yu Rongguang to name a few. Watch on Viki.

Hunter 猎人 premieres March 21 starring Huang Xuan as a detective adapting to the Communist era. Huang Xuan is everywhere these days, fresh off the highs of Imperial Doctress and headlining the much-hyped Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy. That’s not all though as he also plays opposite Yang Mi in upcoming romantic comedy Les Interprètes. Seriously, everywhere.

Jang Geun Suk in Korean historical drama Jackpot


Korean drama Jackpot 대박 premieres March 28 following Six Flying DragonsJang Geun Suk dons the ancient garb again after his latest appearance as the second lead in Hong Gil Dong back in 2008. He plays a gambler, no surprise there, but it’s meant to be a match for the ages as he wagers everything against his brother King Yeongjo. Watch on Viki.
Historical dramas should experience a quiet lull after starting with a bang to greet the Lunar New Year yet it should still make for an exciting year with Ice Fantasy and Legend of Chusen gearing up for a summer premiere in July.
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