“Giving up is never in my vocabulary”
These are words passionate young folks obsessed with making their dreams a reality live by as the live action adaptation of the popular tactical game Cross Fire 穿越火线releases its adrenaline pumping trailer. At first look, it is gritty and dark which perfectly matches the sheer desperation both Xiao Feng (Lu Han) and Lu Xiao Bei (Leo Wu Lei) are feeling. Even if you’re not an e-gamer or a fan of e-gaming themed dramas at all, the fundamental struggle these boys are facing to chase their dreams will have you rooting for them in no time. Anyone who’s ever been told they’re not good enough or their dreams are silly will find the pair’s unfailing determination very very relatable. Especially Lu Xiao Bei’s whose once bright future as a force to be reckoned with in the e-gaming world was felled by a career ending accident.
Chasing your dreams is never easy. In an industry characterized by countless hours spent in training and constantly being beaten down by fate again and again, Cross Fire is a story about passion, friendship and the value of never giving up. In this 36 episode long piece, Xiao Feng and Lu Xiao Bei are two people existing in two separate years but chanced upon each other whilst playing the same game one day.
Living in 2008, Xiao Feng is a poor e-sports veteran barely keeping his team together. The e-gaming industry has yet to peak during this period and Xiao Feng, despite being misunderstood and ridiculed for his career choice continues to hold on to his dream. Meanwhile, the wheelchair bound genius Lu Xiao Bei is living in 2019. Vowing to continue his brother’s legacy and become an e-sports professional, his dreams are dealt with a significant blow when an accident ruins his chances of being signed into a professional team. Can two people existing in a different time and space mutually help each other in their chosen career?
I have to say I was quite impressed with Wu Lei’s performance in his scenes – why you can practically see the angst, his frustration and desperation rolling off of him on screen! If he continues on along this vein and keeps challenging his versatility as an actor by trying out different genres in the industry, I’ve no doubts he’ll go far. Meanwhile, after the not-so-great reviews for his movie Shanghai Fortress last year, 2020 appears to be a much better year for Lu Han thus far with him having a great time as a mentor in the third season of Produce Camp 2020 with his former EXOmates Kris Wu and Tao. Now that Cross Fire is about to make it on the small screens, keeping my fingers crossed Lu Han will rightfully redeem himself to a much better reception!
Cross Fire co-stars Dai Luwa and Cecilia Song Yanfei with Shao Bing, Wang Jiang, Liu Shuailiang, Zhu Junlin, Huang Deyi, Pan Meiye, Song Jiateng, Xia Zhiyuan, Yang Kaicheng, Zhang Chen, Liu Yang and Liu Jieyialso joining them in the series.
Release Date: July 20, 2020 Tencent (Monday to Friday at 8pm)