Forward Forever 热血同行, previously known as Yan Shi Fan 艳势番之新青年, is a 58-episode Chinese series that tells the story of two young men from different walks of life as they trudge down the same path to help their country. It is adapted from the comic book of the same name written by Han Lu and stars singer/actors Huang Zitao and Jackson Yee.
Set during troubled times in the late Qing Dynasty is a valiant story about Chong Liming (Huang Zitao) who returns from studying abroad and meets A Yi (Jackson Yee), a young civilian who arrives in the capital for the first time. Chong Liming reassembles the secret organization called Yan Shi Fan with seven hot-blooded youth as they usher in a new era.
Having been postponed for a full year, Forward Forever finally makes its premiere on the first month of 2020 and many things have changed since then. Huang Zitao’s Hot-Blooded Youth which had similar themes about country premiered in the last quarter of 2019; Jackson Yee won critical acclaim for his roles in The Longest Day in Chang’an and Better Days while dramas with dual male leads continued to prove to be a hit with audiences for the year 2019.
Although the series seems quite different from the comic, it seems to come with the same passionate story about youths. Huang Zitao isn’t only an actor and singer, he also knows Wushu since his father sent him to learn martial arts as a way to instill discipline. With Tao’s penchant for action, there’s bound to a lot of cool action choreography to look forward to. Add in Jackson Yi’s charm and popularity into the mix and you’ve got a promising drama.
They are joined by Hu Bingbing, Miranda Ma Zehan, Lincy Zeng Ningxin, Wang Ziteng, Wang Ruichang, Wu Junyu, Liu Yuan, Rimiko Li Junhao, Yuan Ziwen and Liu Yun.
Jan. 30, 2019 January 20, 2020 Youku
That's the drama I've been waiting for. I'm a fan of Huang ZiTao, so I've been waiting for this drama since it started filming in late 2017. Tao and Jackson Yi worked together as well in Street Dance of China, so it will be nice to see them together once again.
I think it's a drama where I will stay for the story and its characters, and Tao seemed really invested in this one, so I think I can also anticipate his acting. I wasn't really able to watch much of The Negotiator, which starred him and Yang Mi, despite me loving them so much, because it seemed like your typical cliche drama with lots of annoying characters and a not so interesting story line. But this one looks different, and it's action packed:D
It appears as if there might be some love story involved as well, but I hope it will be subtle, because I often get the impression that people are not capable of creating stories, where the romance aspect doesn't heavily interfere with the rest of the story line. But a story completely filled with action while still including romance, but clearly neglecting, is too ridiculous as well. So if romance is included, it better be done right.
Ah, and I forgot to mention, the costumes and sets look amazing, I hope the rest of the drama, such as the cameras used, the writing, acting and directing, turns out just as great in terms of quality.
It's amazing how "some people" think Tao's acting is not very good. Out of all singer turned actors (I don't want to name names here), he is the best when it comes to portraying characters effortlessly. Why? Because his face is already too expressive in real life.
You look at any reality show or his interviews. Even when he talks normally, he is way too expressive. Those born with such expressive attitude can act quite effortlessly. It's kinda their talent.
Apart from that talent, he's very professional such as not using stunts for fight scene and so on.
Regardless, people will get to see Huang ZiTao in a whole new light as this will be his acting masterpiece so far.
I agree. I wanted to say that in my comment as well, but because I've haven't fully watched many of his acting works – either the plot wasn't mine or English Subs were not available -, I didn't want to make half baked compliments.
However, in the trailers and some other clips I watched of him acting, I got the impression that he is really good in expressing emotions, especially when those emotions have to like burst out of him. He's pretty convincing as far as I can tell.
Furthermore, I think that Huang ZiTao is the type of actor who gets heavily invested in his characters and the story, just hearing him talk about his filming days makes that pretty obvious.
And finally, I agree in that I also think that Yan Shi Fan will be his acting masterpiece till now. It almost seems as if his previous works were there to build him up for this role and drama. It will be fascinating to watch. I hope someone subs the whole series.
Yea, I just watched what other actors said about him at Yan Shi Fan press conference. It sounded like he went through a lot of literal physical and mental pain to portray Chong LiMing. And at yesterday Beijing TV recording, he said he spent 15 hours a day filming although the singed contract says only 12 hours filming. Filming 15 hours a day for an action-packed drama is really not an easy job. I really hope his hardwork will pay off.
I guess Youku will have English hard sub because many trailers came with English sub. Hopefully!