Drawing Sword 3 亮剑之雷霆战将 is a 50-episode Chinese drama that tells the story of a young commander leading an army to battle. It is part three of Drawing Sword, which aired in 2005 and ranked 23rd out of the nation’s 100 recommended viewing materials in 2013.
In a country with a long list of titles in the genre, it’s easy to get a sense that productions more often than not seem born out of political motivations rather than the arts. It certainly doesn’t say much for the quality of these type of shows, though in its defense, I hear that the original is a classic.
In the year 1930, Wang Yun Shan (Leon Zhang) and his comrades succeed in fending off the enemy after one day and one night in combat, and their experiences lead to the promotion of Wang Yun Shan as the platoon leader. During another battle, he goes head to head with Guo Xun Kui (Vengo Gao), an equally formidable opponent with whom he forms an unspoken bond. In the year 1935, Wang Yun Shan and Du De Yong (Shawn Wei) overcome their initial misgivings to become friends. War escalates further and it is up to the heroes to set aside their differences and to continue the fight for their home.
The series is headlined by Leon Zhang Yun Long (Xuan Yuan Sword), Lai Yu Meng (The King of Blaze), Vengo Gao Weiguang (Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms), Wang Rui Zi, Wu Xin (Midnight Diner) and Shawn Wei Qianxiang.
For this type of drama, I find it interesting to see a change in casting to feature that of younger leads with idol good looks. The show is ultimately meant to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army but politics aside, I just hope it stirs up a meaningful and touching connection in a way that a good war movie should.
Release Date: TBD
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