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Capture Lover | 冰糖陷阱 (Ep.4 to 6) [Review]

Capture Lover, despite being slow-paced in the initial episodes, is picking up speed. The old adage of “Opposites Attract” comes into play as Ying Jiaming’s mischievous demeanor suddenly turns flirtatious. Ding Junjie is left flustered at times and overwhelmed at others. Certain scenes might seem lacking, but the chemistry between the main leads shines through, and you can’t help adore them.

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Capture Lover | 冰糖陷阱 (Ep.1 to 3) [Review]

Capture Lover becomes the first gay series to have a worldwide opening since China banned LGBTQ+ content in 2016. Despite the budget constraints and difficulties faced in casting, Director Aria Lee persisted, and now this rom-com starring newcomers Luigi Zhang and Han Jing-cheng is streaming live on GagaOOLala and will very soon be available on WeTV Taiwan and Viki as well.

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SCI 谜案集 (2018) (Ep.13 to 24) [Review]

SCI Mystery might seem lacking when it comes to continuity in certain scenes, but it scores high because of its intense mix of mystery and thriller components that manage to keep you hooked. Coupled with the scintillating chemistry between the main leads Bai Yu Tong and Dr. Zhan Yao, the final episodes promised lots of dark elements that evoke the unlikely and question the unusual circumstances at every crime scene.

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SCI 谜案集 (2018) (Ep.1 to 12) [Review]

I have recently developed a taste for unique crime thrillers, and after watching the series Guardian, it has made it worse. While I was on the lookout for Chinese Bromance dramas of the thriller genre, SCI Mystery pinged on my radar. I must say I wasn’t disappointed, although compared to Guardian, SCI mystery lacks some consistency in certain areas. But it makes a worthwhile watch for my mind that loves all things related to “Psychoanalysis.”

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Winter Begonia – 鬓边不是海棠红 (Ep.21 – 30) [Review]

Winter Begonia’s latest episodes introduced a slew of new characters, managing to set off a chain reaction that triggers new developments. The current episodes focused mainly on Shang Xi Rui’s rise as a proficient Peking Opera Performer and dwelt on certain painful elements of Cheng Feng Tai’s past. Our main leads are getting closer as they wade through significant challenges and emerge as each other’s best source of support. Let’s continue on our journey of this magnum opus.

Winter Begonia can be streamed on YouTube and VIKI

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The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty 明代侦探 | iQIYI (2020) (Ep. 41 – 48)

I admit that when I first started watching this show, it was specifically to judge the viable chemistry between the main lead characters Tang Fan and Sui Zhou. Of course, being dubbed as “Bromance” doesn’t leave much space for that. However, I’m certainly appreciative of how the show’s Producers daringly depicted their relationship. Let’s review Episodes 41 to 48 to learn more about the events transpiring in the Ming Dynasty.

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Guardian | 镇魂 | Review

If you have watched “The Untamed” and enjoyed the subtle romance between main leads Lan Wangji & Wei Wuxian, then Guardian should be on your playlist. Despite the blatant censorship by the Chinese Government that prohibits depictions of same-sex relationships on television, the drama manages to clearly spell out the love that the main characters Shen Wei and Zhao Yunlan have for each other.

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The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty 明代侦探|iQIYI (2020) (Ep. 31 – 40)

The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty is drawing major attention because of its unique flavor of crime thriller coupled with the lively romance between main leads Tang Fan and Sui Zhou. Add in the cunning Western Depot Commander Wang Zhi, and we have a potboiler of mystery, friendship, betrayal, and romance. Let’s review Episodes 31 to 40, as we get closer to the controversy plaguing the Ming Dynasty.

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Winter Begonia – 鬓边不是海棠红 (Episodes 11 – 20) [Review]

Winter Begonia is currently one of the most talked-about Chinese Bromance dramas. The show’s magnificent sets, coupled with the beautiful period costumes that take us back to the bygone era as well as the main leads’ almost bubbly chemistry is making it hugely popular. Producers spare no expense in costuming, or set design running reportedly up to nearly $1,200,000 US per episode.

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The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty 明代侦探|iQIYI (2020) (Ep.21 to 30)

The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty has been in the news because of its distinct mix of a crime thriller, the period art direction, costumes coupled with the lead pair’s chemistry. A “chemistry,” I might add, that hasn’t been thoroughly glossed over as “Bromance.” Tang Fan and Sui Zhou make a formidable pair. Add in the nefarious yet cunning Commander Wang Zhi, and we have a potboiler of an intriguing set up that keeps the fans hooked on this drama.

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Addicted 上瘾 – (2016) Part 1 [Review]

Addicted (Chinese: 上瘾; pinyin: Shàngyǐn), also known as Heroin, is a web series that premiered on the popular online video platform iQiyi on January 29th, 2016. The series aired three episodes weekly until February 23rd, 2016, when it was banned for its gay content by the SAPPRFT [obsolete acronym for the Chinese government censorship organization, now called National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA)]. This drama is based on the BL novel Are You Addicted? (你丫上瘾了) by Chai Jidan.

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Winter Begonia – 鬓边不是海棠红 (Episodes 1 – 10) [Review]

Winter Begonia is the latest entrant on the bandwagon of Chinese BL dramas, premiering on iQIYI, an innovative yet daring online entertainment portal in China. The show is adapted from Shui Ru Tian’s novel of the same name, set in 1930’s Beijing. Within weeks of its release, the iQIYI original romance drama has become an instant hit with audiences worldwide because of its poignant portrayal of the popular art form, the Peking Opera.

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The Untamed – 陈情令 – [Review] Part 4

Some stories become true fan legends and are revered for centuries. The Untamed is one such epic series. With 50 episodes, followed up by a 20 episode Special Edition, it’s based on the fantasy web novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (translated to “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation”) written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, the story was a popular web-animation series, before being remade into a live-action drama.

This is Part 4 of our review of the epic Chinese Bromance Series.

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The Untamed – 陈情令 – [Review] Part 3

Some stories become true fan legends and are revered for centuries. The Untamed is one such epic series. With 50 episodes, followed up by a 20 episode Special Edition, it’s based on the fantasy web novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (translated to “Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation”) written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, the story was a popular web-animation series, before being remade into a live-action drama.

This is Part 3 of our review of the epic Chinese Bromance Series.

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