On your marks. Get set. En garde!
Sports themed shows are slowly but surely gaining more ground in mainstream media and I for one couldn’t be happier. And if there’s something the currently showing drama The Prince of Tennis (or the e-sports themed The King’s Avatar) proves, it’s that (almost) all male themed sports dramas are continuing to draw more attention among viewers. Indeed, who doesn’t like the added bonus of some great eye candy rolled together with a good story right? Riveting stuff. There’s just something about the thrill of the game and the exhilaration of cheering on your favourite players not to mention a great script to suck you right in. Something I hope the 40-episode drama Boys to Men
拜托啦师兄 will manage to offer viewers in spades (and more!)
The drama’s English title sums up the story in a nutshell quite neatly. It is, essentially a man’s journey from boyhood to maturity. The Xu Kaicheng (Well Intended Love) led drama follows the story of twenty year old fencing prodigy Ouyang, who after just winning the coveted World Fencing Championship, fell into a coma after an accident while racing motorcycles. Five years later, our sleeping beauty finally awakens from his deep slumber only to find that things aren’t as they were anymore – his father OuXiong passed away strangely while his girlfriend and her family are gone. Ouyang, who’s already hit rock bottom once, falls into despair again.
His only saving grace? A renewed passion for the sport that he used to excel in. And so with the help of Zhou Miyang and the mysterious Mr. Z, Ouyang pushes himself to greater heights and finds his own personal and professional renaissance.
Boys to Men also stars Wang Jiayao, Liu Shuailiang, Fan Jinwei, Chen Shimin and UNIQ member Zhou Yixuan. Real life national and Olympic team fencer Sun Wei will also be guest starring in the series.
Release Date: Catch it soon on August 30, 2019 (12:00 on Youku)