Nine Chinese dramas that have broken 25 billion views [Chinese Entertainment Update]

Hi guys, Marcus here and welcome to Chinese
Entertainment Update August 10th 2019 edition. So I get asked all the time for drama recommendations
and I usually just answer with my favorites, which those of you who have followed my channel
for awhile would know includes titles like Nirvana in Fire and All
is Well among others. But the thing is, not everyone’s taste is
the same as mine and therefore not everyone’s gonna like those dramas I recommend. So I was thinking, another way of recommending
dramas is by general popularity or number of views. According to Chinese entertainment website
Sina there are nine dramas that have broken 25 Billion views. These are the total online views of every
episode and includes all platforms like Tencent, Youku, Youtube etc. It’s actually quite impressive when you consider
it doesn’t even include TV views or views from unofficial streaming sites. So without further ado, here are the nine
dramas you might want to check out if you want to “follow the crowd” so to speak. No. 9 Love O2OLove O2O is a modern romance drama starring Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang. It tells the story of two popular college
students who fall in love through an online RPG game. The 30-episode drama premiered in August 2016
and has 25 billion views to date. There have been many modern romance dramas
with gaming premises throughout the years but Love 020 pretty much set the standard. If you’re a fan of this summer’s Go Go Squid!
and are looking for something along the same vein but less fluffy, maybe give Love 020
a shot. No. 8 Ode to Joy 2Ode to Joy 2 is of course the sequel to Ode to Joy and the series stars Liu Tao, Rulu
Jiang, Olivia Wang, Yang Zi and Bridgette Qiao. It tells the story of five ladies living in
Ode to Joy, an apartment complex in Shanghai, and their experience in love and work as independent
modern women. The 52-episode drama premiered in May 2017
and has almost 27.6 billion views to date. The series has been hailed as China’s answer
to the American series Sex and the City so if that sounds like something you might be
interested in, maybe give it a shot. No.7 Noble AspirationsNoble Aspirations is a costume drama starring Li Yifeng and Zhao Liying. It tells the story of a kid whose entire village
is massacred and he is taken in by the righteous Qingyun Sect. The 58-episode drama premiered on July 2016
and has 27.9 billion views to date. The drama spawned a sequel and there’s currently
a movie adaptation of it in the works called Jade Dynasty which stars Xiao Zhan and Li
Qin. No. 6 The Princess WeiyoungPrincess Weiyoung is a costume drama starring Tiffany Tang and Luo Jin. It tells the story of the princess of Northern
Liang who seek revenges against the people who annihilated her kingdom. The 54-episode drama premiered on November
2016 and has over 27.9 billion views to date. Even though it was one of the highest rated
dramas of 2016 it received criticism for how dog-blooded it was. For those of you who don’t know, dog-blooded
is Chinese slang for excessively cliche. Nonetheless, it has 30 billion views so it
must have done something right. No. 5 The Legend of Mi YueThe Legend of Mi Yue is an historical drama starring Sun Li and Liu Tao. It chronicles the life of Mi Yue, who became
the first Empress Dowager in China’s history. The 80-episode drama premiered on November
2015 and has 28.7 billion views to date. Sun Li is one of my favorite Chinese actresses
so I always recommend her dramas; if nothing just to watch her performances. Legend of Mi Yue revolves mainly around inner-palace
schemes and machinations so check it out if that’s your thing. No. 4 Fighter of the DestinyFighter of the Destiny is a costume drama starring Lu Han and Guli Nazha. It tells the story of man who cultivates his
powers to save the human world from the demons. The 52-episode drama premiered in April 2017
and has 30.1 billion views to date. The drama was panned by critics for the two
lead actors’ poor acting and for not staying true to the novel. However, it still has massive viewership and
much of that is attributed to the “Lu Han” effect, which refers to the idol’s huge fanbase. No. 3 In the Name of the PeopleIn the Name of the People is a political drama starring Lu Yi and Zhang Fengyi. It chronicles the internal power struggle
of the Chinese Communist Party and features stories about oftenly discussed Chinese politics. The 52-episode drama premiered in March 2017
and has 34.1 billion views to date. I checked out this drama when it first came
out and actually found it intriguing but it is a serious political drama and that’s
not everyone’s cup of tea. No. 2 Princess AgentsPrincess Agents is a costume drama starring Zhao Liying and Lin Genxing. It tells the story of a slave girl who eventually
trains to become a skillful spy. The 68-episode drama premiered in June 2017
and has 48.2 billion views to date. From my observation, this is the drama with
the most requested sequel. and that is mainly because the drama ended with a
cliffhanger and left audiences hungry and frustrated. At the moment, there is nothing in the works
for a sequel – no script, no cast, no nothing. and part of that is because there are copyright
issues to be sorted out. Rest assured, I will update everyone on this
when something is announced. And No. 1, you guessed it Eternal LoveEternal Love, AKA Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
is a fantasy costume drama starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao. It tells of the story of two deities and their
romance that transcends three lifetimes. The 58-episode drama premiered in January
2017 and has a whopping 52.3 billion views to date. The drama really needs no introduction. It’s known for it’s epic love story and beautiful
scenery. If you are new to Chinese costume dramas and
haven’t seen this one, well this is place to start. Of course, the drama has heavy elements of
romance and fantasy so you’d have to be into that kind of stuff to like it. So as you can see, the list is dominated by
costume dramas and the good news is they are all readily
available on Youtube with English subs so you don’t have to search high and low for
them. Which ones have you seen? Which one did you like and which one made
you think how the heck did it make this list? Let me know in the comment section below. And now it’s time for me to answer a question
from one of you, a fan who supports my channel with a dollar or more by contributing on Patreon. Today’s question comes from Karen Ling, who
asks: Hi, Marcus! Are there any news on Zhao Lu Si and Ding
Yu Xi’s drama “The Third Princess from the Rumors”? Good question, Karen. The Third Princess from the Rumors
is an upcoming costume drama starring Zhao Lusi and Ding Yuxi
and it started filming recently, either in late July or early August. There wasn’t any official announcement of
a booting ceremony. In fact, there isn’t much info about this
drama out there at all. No promo materials, no production stills,
not even a real synopsis. I did, however, scour Weibo and found a short
BTS clip which featured the two stars seemingly preparing for a shot. The drama is slated for an 80-day shoot which
will take them into mid-november. And on Chinese review site Douban, it is listed
for an April 1st 2020 premiere. I wouldn’t put too much stock in that though. Like I’ve said in a previous videos, no one
knows when a drama will premiere until much closer to the actual premiere date. Thanks Karen for your question and thank you
everyone for watching. This channel would not be possible without
your support, whether it is through Patreon or simply just watching, commenting and sharing. Subscribe and like, and I hope to see you
all in the next one. Cheers.


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