Mystery of Antiques 古董局中局 is a 36-episode Chinese drama about the owner of an antique shop who hails from a family with a mysterious past. It is adapted from a novel of the same name by Ma Bo Yong 马伯庸 and stars Xia Yu, Qian Zhenyu, Elvira Cai Wenjing, and Chie Tanaka.
Xu Yuan (Xia Yu) is caught in a conspiracy beyond his wildest imaginations. As the owner of an antique shop, he becomes connected to a legendary treasure and the dangers associated with it, thus starting the adventure of a lifetime.
Xia Yu is said to be Ma Bo Yong’s personal choice for Xu Yuan as early as when the book was published, saying that he matches the character inside out. I haven’t seen any of Xia Yu’s works, but the trailer does make the drama seem a lot more interesting than when I was just reading about it. Maybe it’s the music playing in the background that helped set the mood for me. I really liked that song.
Release Date: December 26, 2018 Tencent
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