So you’ve just finished binging all the episodes of Meteor Garden, and now find yourself struggling to fill the F4-shaped void in your heart. As much as we ache for a sequel so we can find out how’s life like for newlyweds Dao Ming Si and Shan Cai – which most likely won’t happen anytime soon – we know it’s time to move on. To help you cure your post-Meteor Garden blues, here are some upcoming Chinese adaptations to watch out for.
#1 Corner With Love
Who could ever forget the Taiwanese romcom classic that is Corner With Love? Bringing to life the iconic characters of Qin Lang (Show Lo) and Yu Xin Lei (Barbie Hsu) are actors of-the-moment Song Wei Long and Shen Yue, which will mark the latter’s second Barbie role after her stint as Shan Cai in Meteor Garden. It’s no secret that Shen Yue has impeccable chemistry with all of her leading men till now, so we can’t wait to start swooning over these budding onscreen lovebirds (sorry Dyshen shippers).
#2 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
A coming-of-age sports drama featuring Lee Sung Kyung as a happy-go-lucky weightlifter and Nam Joo Hyuk as your typical tsundere swimmer, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is one of those feel-good shows that you can watch for hours on end and never get bored.
When news of a Chinese remake first came out, speculations swirled that Shen Yue will be taking on the role of Kim Bok Joo, but her manager was quick to put an end to the rumours. Other dream castings include Guan Xiao Tong, Zhao Lu Si and our very own Eleanor Lee, daughter of local actress Quan Yi Fong. We don’t know about you, but we think Eleanor Lee and her The Big Boss costar Huang Jun Jie can give our OG couple a run for their money.
One of the most successful and highly-rated Korean dramas to date, the 2014 series depicts the story of an aspiring go player played by Im Si Wan, who’s thrown into the cold reality of the corporate world. Titled Original Glory, the new remake is set to air in 2019 with a total of 42 episodes and stars Bai Jing Ting as the titular character.
#4 Prince of Tennis
Prince of Tennis needs no introduction. First started as a Japanese manga series, it has since spawned various adaptations including an anime series, stage musicals, video games and two Chinese dramas. Nabbing the role of tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen is Peng Yu Chang, and we couldn’t think of a better actor to do the character justice than Peng Peng. We’re basically seeing double!
#5 Nodame Cantabile
The 2014 Korean adaptation of Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile set the bar pretty high, so we’d be lying if we said we don’t have high hopes for the upcoming Chinese remake. The music-themed romance drama (titled Cantabile Youth) is said to have a total of 60 episodes, with Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun taking on the roles of Chiaki and Nodame.
Which Chinese remake are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments below!