OMG. This is some huge casting news for Valentine’s Day! O_O I thought I misread at first, but wow. Adapted from the novel with the same name by Tong Hua, the drama is called Once Promised 曾许诺 Ceng Xu Nuo and will have leads Huang Xiaoming and Victoria Song.
They released the Official Poster on Valentine’s Day and nearly gave me a heart attack by confirming the cast of the OTP. Huang Xiaoming is at the top of his profession and easily considered an A-list actor. He never forgot his roots by acting in dramas (such as last year’s Cruel Romance), but he is obviously more of a movie actor now. As for Victoria Song, she is the leader of the kpop girl group f(x). Well loved in China after her successful on-screen pairing on We Got Married Korean Edition, she starred in many Chinese dramas including the recently aired Beautiful Secret and the currently filming Ice Fantasy. Visually, it is going to be a real treat! Huang Xiaming is a good actor, but he is also very well known for his amazing proportions 8D I can sense sparkles between them already!
Tong Hua is the author who wrote BubuJingxin, Da Mao Yao, Yun Zhong Ge, Perfect Couple and Destinated to Love You. She is currently working on Stay With Me that stars Chen Qiao En and Wang Kai. Her list of accomplishment basically guarantees a great story! This story from her pen is about the love stories of three god families.
In short, it is a period drama about the complicated conflicts between many god families. The drama will focus on a very specific passionate couple who has a lot of sadomasochism and obsession moments (WHAT? O_O please tell me google translate just messed up…). The story will have a very mythological and fairy like tone.
A couple promised to meet each year at the beginning of Spring (in April) under the Blossoming Peach Tree. However, this promise was never kept, even after years and years. Why make a promise you cannot fulfill? This creates a lot of misunderstanding and emotional entanglements. Although perfect together, they can’t stop themselves from hurting each other. This man and this woman are oblivious about their love.
My summary is based from the short information I found on the article announcing the drama. If you want a better understanding of the story, Shusheng Bar to the rescue! They compiled all the useful information as well as how to read and get the audiobook version. If you want the complete summary, clic here to go to the blog The Second Spring.
Victoria Song as Xi Linghang: She is a gifted girl with talents in medicine, gentle and tender, with a pure understanding of love.
Huang Xiaoming as Chi You: Wise, Brave, a War God. He is a god of war, wise and courageous, optimist in his live and persevering in his love.
It is definitely going to be a high budget drama as it is already said they will be using Previzion（visual camera) [no idea what that means…]. They will need to use a lot of CGI though as they are aiming for a xianxia like vibes. A lot of characters will be casted soon. It is going to be produced by the same team (Hatton media, Shanghai Culture Communication Co., Ltd) as Three Worlds and You Are My Sunshine, dramas edition. Exciting! It should be out for 2017.