The Legends of Chong Er or Chong Er’s Preach 重耳传 is a 60-episode Chinese drama about the life of Chong Er. Wang Longhua takes on the titular character who is described to be righteous, humble and patriotic, pretty typical stuff for a historical drama that delves into palace politics. Kristy Zhang goes from playing an ill-fated princess in Princess of Lanling King to another princess. I don’t wish for much, just that it actually secures a broadcasting date since we all know that Princess of Lanling took forever to air.
Update 3/2019: Chong Er has been left on the back burner for so long, that I didn’t realize I wrote this post in 2016! Good on the cast that it gets to see the light of day though many things have changed these past years. Korean actress Han Chae Young was supposed to play the villainous Li Ji, but post Hallyu Ban, she has been replaced by Madina Memet.
I actually like Zhang Hanyun, but the actress can’t seem to catch a break. The most I’ve seen her are through supporting roles in bigger dramas. At least I hope that gets her the exposure that she needs. Also in the cast are Zhang Yishan, Purba Rgyal, Shen Mengchen, Madina Memet, Gan Tingting and Tan Kai.
Release Date: March 12, 2019 Zhejiang TV (two episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 10pm)
For synopsis, cast and ratings, see 2019 Chinese dramas.