10 super popular Chinese costume dramas plus 5 personal favorites, Xing Zhaolin new drama Marry Me


Hi guys, Marcus here and welcome to Chinese
Entertainment Update August 18th 2019 edition. In this episode, a list of 10 super popular
Chinese costume dramas plus five more of my favorites, but first.. We Are Youngis an upcoming
modern drama starring Johnny Huang and Wu Jinyan and the drama recently wrapped filming
after 106 days of shooting. It tells the story of two childhood friends
who enter the e-commerce industry together and overcome challenges to fulfill their dreams. It is said that Johnny Huang’s character,
the male lead, is based on Wang Sicong, the real-life son of the richest man in China. Johnny Huang was recently in The Thunder where
he played a narcotics officer whereas Wu Jinyan was recently in The Legend of Haolan. She, of course, propelled to fame in the palace
drama, Story of Yanxi Palace. Fans of The Untamed might recognize Xuan Lu
and Cao Yuchen in the supporting cast. They played Jiang Yanli and Jin Zixuan respectively
in The Untamed. Marry Meis an upcoming
costume drama starring Xing Zhaolin and Shane Xiao and they held their booting ceremony
at Hengdian Studios earlier today. At the moment, there isn’t any info on the
drama on Mydramalist or Wiki but I’m sure eventually there will be especially after they release production stills. The drama is based on a novel of the same
name which tells the story of blind girl who falls in love with a rich and calculative
businessman. The blind girl investigates a murder case
which she thinks has something to do with her losing her sight
and proposes marriage to the rich businessman for protection. Not sure how much the drama’s gonna stick
to the novel but it does sound one of those fun and whacky
romantic comedy web series that we see so often. Xing Zhaolin was recently in Blowing in the
Wind with Eleanor Lee whereas Shane Xiao recently completed filming
My Roommate is a Detective with Hu Yitian. So I recently did a video of the 9 top
dramas to break 25 billion views as a way to recommend dramas. And although the list was dominated by costume
dramas it also had it’s share of modern and political dramas. In this segment, I’ll present a list of 10 recent costume
dramas that I feel are the most popular among dramalovers. And when I say recent, I mean within the last
two years. Additionally, I will recommend five costume
dramas that might not be everyone’s cup of tea but are some of my personal favorites. So here, in no particular order, are 10 recent
and super popular Chinese dramas. Legend of Fuyaostars Yang Mi and
Ethan Ruan. It tells the story of an orphan who meets
and falls in love with a crown prince and together they tackle political issues
and discover secrets regarding her birth. This was Yang Mi’s follow up costume drama
to Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms so there was much anticipation leading up to it’s release. The Rise of Phoenixesstars
Chen Kun and Ni Ni. It tells the story of a respected court scholar
who must choose between avenging her family and staying true to the prince she loves. This drama is available on Netflix, so it’s
accessible to a broader audience which I’m sure contributed to it’s popularity. The Story of Yanxi Palacestars
Wu Jinyan, Nie Yuan and Xu Kai. It tells the story of a palace maid with street
smarts and a kind heart as she maneuvers inner-palace machinations to become a concubine. The drama was a huge hit and was named the
world’s most Googled TV show in 2018. The Untamedstars Xiao Zhan and
Wang Yibo. It tells the story of two friends who create
a strong bond as they work together to solve a series of murders. Fans of the drama seem to be passionate about
it and fans of the source material have expressed their delight that the drama remained faithful
to the novel. The Story of Minglan
stars Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng. It tells the story of an unfavored daughter
of an official and how she rises to become a respected noble. This was Zhao Liying’s follow up costume drama
to Princess Agents and it premiered around the time she married her co-star Feng Shaofeng
so there was much fanfare surrounding it. The King’s Womanstars
Dilraba and Vin Zhang. It tells the story of the disciple of a military
commander and how she tries to assassinate the man she loves, the first emperor of China. The drama came out soon after Ten Miles of
Peach Blossoms blew up and at the time Dilraba and Vin Zhang were hot stocks on rise. Ashes of Lovestars
Yang Zi and Deng Lun. It tells the story of a flower goddess’ daughter
who is unable to feel or express romantic feelings but falls into a love triangle between
a heavenly prince and a night deity. This drama is certainly one of the most popular
fantasy romance costume dramas so if that’s your thing be sure to check it out. Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms
stars Yang Mi and Mark Chao. It tells the story of two deities and their
love that spans three lifetimes. This drama really needs no introduction; you’ve
probably already watched it or have heard of it and plan on watching it at some point,
it is the most watched Chinese drama of all time. Princess Agentsstars Zhao Liying
and Kenny Lin. It tells the story of a slave girl who is
saved by a prince and eventually trains to become a special agent. Another drama that needs no intro, it is the
second most watched Chinese drama of all time. Ever Nightstars Arthur Chen and
Song Yiren. It tells the story of a young general and
his loyal maid as they arrive at the capital to investigate the masscare that destroyed
his family. The drama firmly established Arthur Chen as
a rising young star in China. The sequel to it wrapped filming recently and also stars
another rising young star Dylan Wang. So while the aforementioned 10 costume dramas
are ones that I think most people will like, here are five that are some of my personal
favorites. Nirvana in Firestars Hu Ge and
Wang Kai. It tells the story of a brilliant strategist
who helps an unfavored prince battle for the throne. Many of you know this is my favorite Chinese
drama of all time. It isn’t heavy on romance but whatever romance
it has is intense. That scene between Hu Ge and Liu Tao where
she “finds out” is still the most romantic scene I’ve ever seen in a Chinese drama. Nirvana in Fire 2
stars Liu Haoran and Huang Xiaoming. It tells the story of young man who steps
into his brother’s shoes as general after the latter is poisoned to death. Very seldom do I enjoy a sequel as much as
the original. This one’s no exception but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Except for a few minor references, this one
is pretty much a standalone sequel so you don’t have to watch the original to understand
it. Tribes and Empiresstars Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou and Zhou Yiwei. It tells the story of three individuals and
their personal battles as they uncover secrets of their past and seek revenge for the ones
they love. I found the first 15-20 episodes of this drama
to be amazing and it almost dethroned Nirvana in Fire to be my favorite. But then it started to drag on and the ending
was dissatisfying to say the least. Overall, it’s still good enough for me to
recommend. Maybe do what I did and just start skipping some
parts when it gets boring. Nothing Gold Can Stay
stars Sun Li and Chen Xiao. It tells the story a street performer and
how she rises to become an acute businesswoman. This is one of the few Chinese dramas I like
that is set in the Chinese queue or pigtail period around the time of the Manchu invasion
in the 17th century. I didn’t expect to like it so much but was
immediately drawn by Sun Li’s excellent performance. The Longest Day in Chang’an
stars Lei Jiayin and Jackson Yee. It tells the story of a former constable and
the head of the security department as they investigate a group of mysterious terrorists
who have infiltrated the city. This drama has excellent production design
and some awesome action sequences. At the same time, I also feel it’s a bit drawn
out and definitely could’ve been shorter, but overall I still feel it’s a quality drama
worthy of clicks. So there you have it guys. A whole list of Chinese costume dramas that
I feel are worthy of your consideration. And while I have your attention, I’d like
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100 Replies to “10 super popular Chinese costume dramas plus 5 personal favorites, Xing Zhaolin new drama Marry Me”

  1. One of my favorite seires is Nirvana in Fire also! I love Ni Huang and Lin Shu! Yes i agree that scene eps 12 was one of the most romantic scene ever! I balled my eyes out lol!

  2. The Untamed, Ashes of Love, Ten Miles of Peach Bloosoms, Princess Agents, The King's Woman, Journey of Flower & Legend of Fuyao 🙂

  3. hello marcus… i have to admit I am a sucker for a historical drama coz all of the dramas that u recommend i have watched all of it 😂😂😂

  4. Thanks for the update once again, Sir Marcus 😊 I really do love Ever night so much. I love Arthur Chen's acting and how great he was in portraying his role as Ning Que. I'm too excited after hearing the news about it's sequel and at the same time it's saddenes me because Ning Que is no longer portrayed by Arthur. But I do really hope Dylan will do great and surpasses what Arthur did for Ever night 😁 looking forward for that costume drama soon😊😊😉 cheers 🍻

  5. A great list, some seen others not yet, so I'll look them up. You didn't mention The journey of flower, did you see It? It is just as great and thanks to it, I then watched the Princess Agents.

  6. No love for Novoland: Eagle Flag? I am sad!! It is better than Novoland: Tribes and Empires. but, yeah, overall, Nirvana in Fire is still my all-time favourite. Machinations of Hu Ge to exact revenge upon those who have wronged his family has no close parallels in any chinese costume dramas. plot wise, it is one of the most sophisticated ones I have ever seen among the crowd of mostly cliche-filled chinese costume dramas.

  7. Thanks very much for info Marcus
    Still no news of new wuxia drama
    My TOP ones
    Nirvana in fire season one
    Nirvana in fire season 2 wind blows in changlin
    The glory of tang dynasty by ren jia lin
    The legend of Haolan
    The rise of the Phoenixes
    The longest day in Chang Ann
    Noveland eagles flag
    But there are others which I enjoyed their drama plot developments not on their cast
    Current ones watching
    Love and destiny episode 13/60
    Novoland eagles flag episode 44/56
    Conspiracy of love episode 2/24 (great drama plot developments)
    Hotel del luna episode 1/18 (k drama top rated)

    Cheers relaxing drama time

  8. My first ever costume drama. My Fair Princess. Xiao yan zi, ziwei, erkang.. ring any bell people? Who’s with me?

  9. Since your recommending XianXia and/or WuXia..will you come up with a republican one? 🤔🤔

    I know it's not your cup of tea but I love my republican genre..not many like it..but just like WuXia, I think it gives a lot of angst watching a good one.. 🧐🧐

    My #1 favorite is Battle of ChangSha (very different Yang Zi here). I somewhat enjoyed Tiensin Mystic (but learning that season 2 doesn't have Li Xian, for me he carried the show so much that I don't think the new Guo DeYou fits, I'm thinking of not watching s2 tho the ending is such a cliffhanger!). Then the famous Siege in Fog even though I hated the ending it was a good torture.. currently watching Arsenal Military Academy and yes, Bai Lu isn't a convincing crossdresser but the endless bickering is delightful to see 😊😊😊

  10. I agree on Nirvana in Fire is one of the best Chinese Dramas ever. The story, the directing and acting, all are top. Unfortunately it was a Drama for my brain only and didn't really touched my heart. Everything made so much sense that it had not one surprise and all the characters were so untouchable that I couldn't feel with them. It is too artsy and perfect.

  11. I have watched al the costume drama you mentioned …thanks Marcus 😍 agree yes Nirvana indeed is one of the best

  12. Most of those drama I seen is from Hong Kong TVB, but unfortunately they cut off about a quarter of the drama out.😢

  13. I love how you are very frank about your feelings and recommendations of films. I do exactly what you recommended when I get to dragged on boring parts of dramas and skip lol. Ashes of Love was one of them as it dragged towards the end and didn’t have a satisfying ending for me, so I was very thankful to not have wasted so much of my time on it. 😂

  14. Since the day Ashes of love ended I couldn't move on, such an amazing drama it is, my all time fav,,,, until one month earlier when The untamed came to my life❤❤ Grandmaster of demonic cultivation is my most fav novel & the drama adaptation is superb…so Ashes of love & The untamed are my most favs of all time❤…Xiao zhan & Denglun has occupied a huge space in my heart, they r my no.1 celebrity crushes🥰🥰❤❤

  15. Costume dramas are some of my favorite in Chinese dramas thanks for the video now I can add a few more to my watch list that I haven't seen yet.

  16. Nirvana in Fire, Nirvana in FIre II, Rise of Pheonixes & Tribe and Empires are amazing!!! but Tribe and Empires left us hanging – I was like why is this drama ending its not the end yet~~~

  17. Eternal Love was left out in your list but figures high on mine, both season 1 & 2.
    Some of those on your list really dragged, one of which was Princess Agents, apart from having either an unsuitable name or one with the wrong reference.
    What I did like however about PA were the costumes. Number 1 on my list. Especially the female lead. ZL was always impeccably kitted out and she also embodied a strong personality. Most female leads in CDramas are dressed like as if they have been picked out of the trash can. A point that really angers and puzzles me.
    Ironically the supporting actress looks like a million dollars. ZL generally is better dressed than most.
    I can argue this point to no avail.
    Certain episodes of PA rate as no1, but after Yuwen Huwai got his head chopped off I had to use a safety pin to jab me to keep me awake or the clockwork orange method of pasting my eye lids open.
    Apropos Yuwen Huwai, they made him play with that child and he looked so adorable. Which director in their right mind makes a villain look adorable?….and seconds later he waves good bye to his head.
    I'm dying to see the much talked about ice gongfu. Knowing that it was plagiarized they could have wrapped it up in one shot
    Episode 43 was absolutely super and the last one aswell

  18. I love Legend of Fuyao, Princes Agents, 10 miles of Peach blossom. I like Nirvana in Fire 2 n Tribes n empires but I hate d ending of the latter. For some reason I haven’t seen the 1st Nirvana, I should probably watch that. I like Untamed but now I prefer Novoland than Untamed. I started watching Chang an, ashes of love, rise of the phoenixes, story of Ming lan n yanxi palace but I stopped, just lost interest. I prefer watching historical dramas than the modern ones. So probably I would continue watching them😁 thanks for your recommendations. They really help even though some I don’t agree😜 Continue what u do👍👍

  19. 🎬🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩💯✔️favorit Derama
    1️⃣Ten miles of peach Bloosoms
    2️⃣Ashes of love
    3️⃣Ever night 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣8️⃣
    4️⃣ Novoland eagle flag
    5️⃣Romance of the condor heroes

  20. Hi Marcus!

    I'm here, so you can give me an ✔ of assistance

    Hahaha

    It seems to me that Marry's is already transmitted to me by Croton or SBS?

    The Rise of Phoenix is forever for me ♥

    Costume, Booklet, Actors all

    The Untamed seems to me (But I'm still stuck with the drama Love and Destiny)

    Ashes of love like like 👍 I liked it too

    Ten Mile of peach like like 👍

    Thanks for the information, good start to the week

  21. Thanks for sharing your opinion with us Marcus! There are a few of those dramas I haven`t seen but I`ll catch up 😂

  22. Obrigada Marcus fico facinada com cada historia muito lindo parabens a tda produçao atores maravilhoso bjs.

  23. I love the most story of minglan because of the lovely couple Zhao liying and fsf also princess agent many fans is waiting for season 2

  24. Does anyone have any news about the drama The Majesty of Wolf / The Wolf?
    Xiao Zhan will also perform in this drama, but it's been a long time since the latest news …

  25. hahahahahaha loved binbin and dilreba any sun li drama will be worth watching just to see her amazing performance

  26. Yes whose this for The King's Woman 👊🏻👌🏻💪🏻 This is the best among the rest 😉 Worth watching 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Dilireba and Zhang Bin bin ❤️❤️❤️😘😘😘

  27. Thanks for the recommendation list! I have Nirvana on Fire and Tribes and Empire on my list and am watching Longest Day in Chang’an. I’ll check out the other two, for sure. Thanks, Marcus!

  28. My absolute favorite Chinese drama is The Untamed! I also loved Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, Princess Agents, Ashes of Love, and The Legends <3

  29. Story of Yanxi, Story of Minglan, Eternal Love, and Ever Night were so perfect. So well rounded. I also love The Legends was good,

  30. All the dramas has a great effort from their team for making that dramas so beautiful in costumes. But im fall im love with the costumes of the king's woman.. is numero uno😭💝 then nirvana in fire, the legend of fuyao, ten miles of peach blossoms👍👍

  31. Oh Marcus I’ve been meaning to ask u this, didn’t u like Princess Weiyoung? My friends and I and some of my nieces loved it. I think it’s a well made drama from start to end. Thanks 😘

  32. I love Eternal Love/ TMOPB and Legend of Fuyao. For some reason I cannot get into Ashes of Love. I've tried watching it like 3 times. 😂

  33. For me personally only
    Ashes of love 2018💖Heavenly swort and dragon sabre 2019💖 the legend zhao yao 2019💖

  34. Ashes of Love, Princess Agents and Bloody romance are the ones I have watched. I really enjoy Chinese dramas especially the costume dramas. But they all end teary for me. Thanks for the recommendations, I will definitely watch some of them. Love from Nigeria- West Africa

  35. I'm still upset that Princess Agents won't get a sequel because of the plagiarism scandal. Read the translated text, but I really wanted to see some of those scenes played out and now we never will. Been wanting to watch Nirvana in Fire since you recommended it on a previous video, but it's not licensed for my country on Viki, and that's pretty much the only place I know to go for subbed Asian cinema.

  36. Really surprised you didn't mention Goodbye my Princess. It's such a great costume drama. Was it to new to make the list?

  37. Love and destiny is coming very close to Ten Mile Peach Blossom (Eternal Love) I am loving it. Only need English subtitles for ep 32 to 60!!!!

  38. Hi Marcus! Thanks for recommending Nirvana in Fire. I just finished Binged watching it and its really a very good drama. I am planning to binged the season 2 also. ☺

  39. Yes! The rise of the Phoenixs is my favorite because it is a classic tale and is relevant then and now. Chen Kun at his best after 10 years absence on the small screen. Some of the costume dramas you mentioned and are super popular are more like fantasy fairy tales except for the two Nirvana dramas.Really like your reviews🤗🤗🤗

  40. Could you please recomend costume drama with happy ending. Seems most Chinese drama has sad ending. The world is full of sadness so is good to watch drama with happy ending. Thank you.

  41. Sleep is overrated when you have to watch all these beautiful dramas more than once lol My #1 forever is Princess Agents and close 2nd is between Legends of Fuyao and Ten miles of peach blossoms. I have seen all these dramas mentioned in this episode. I need to get a life seriously lol

  42. Princess Agentd still the best. Only it just has been deleted on international flatforms such as YouTube. That's why it got its spot as second most watch

  43. Used to not like or interested in costume dramas or any Chinese dramas for that matter until I watched Ashes of Love. Now I'm hooked haven't watched any kdramas in a while now

  44. Ten Mile Peach Blossoms, Princess Agents, The Untamed, Legend of Fuyao, General and I, Legend of Mi Yue, Empress in the Palace, The Story of Ming Lang, The King's Woman, The Legend of Chusen, Fighter of Destiny, Nirvana in Fire, Novaland Eagle Flag, Ever Night, Ashes of Love, The Flames Daughter, The Journey of Flower. 🙂 Martial Universe. watching Love and Destiny now.

  45. I don't see even mentioned 2 incredible 2017 series : "Lost Love in Times" & "Legend of the Condor Heroes" … These Wu Xia genre costume dramas are just extraordinary…the only reason they aren't on these lists that I can think of is perhaps they were too subtle for mass tastes!

  46. RISE OF THE PHOENIXES IS MORE SENSIBLE TO ME DUE TO STORYLINE CONTENT AND CHEN KUN DEEPER AND EXCELLENT AND NINI ACTING ABILITY GIVING JUSTICE TO THE MAIN CHARACTER…IT MUST BE AWARDED THOUGH FROM LOCATION SHOOTINGS AND CUSTOMS…

  47. Chinese drama watchers who have watched Nirvana in Fire cite Nirvana in Fire as their favorite drama of all time. I still haven’t found one to top it. Ashes of love is a good second. Tribes and Empire was so disappointing. Similar to you, I loved the first maybe 40 episodes… then it got ridiculous.

  48. So far all the chinese drama that I like are acted by either sun li, Bai Lu, xukai, Zhao liying, or Zhang binbin. Looking forward to all their future projects.

  49. My MOST favorite Chinese costume drama ever..are
    #1. THE UNTAMED
    #2.PRINCESS AGENT
    #3.LEGEND OF CHUSEN
    #4.THE JOURNEY OF FLOWER
    #5.ASHES OF LOVE

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