Oh, for another good Chinese drama show ...
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Someone suggested to me, when I reviewed The Longest Day in Chang'An, that I would eventually be disappointed with the quality of most Chinese TV dramas. That seems to be the case with many of the shows I've tried watching lately.

Many if not all of these shows are aimed at younger audiences. Amazon labels some of them as for "kids", but even many in the "science fiction" and "drama" categories seem to be produced for adolescent or younger audiences.

There's nothing wrong with the stories they're trying to tell. It's just that their production values are different from those of the more serious shows I've come to love.

I've reviewed the following shows here or on the main SF-Fandom.Com Website.
  • The Longest Day in Chang'An
  • The Amazing Detective Di Renjie, Season 2
  • The Amazing Detective Di Renjie, Season 3
  • Novoland: Eagle Flag
  • Novoland: Pearl Eclipse
  • My Heroic Husband
Another movie I recently found which was almost up to the standards of the above shows was Duoluo Continent. It's a fantasy story that mixes comedy with dark drama (I don't recommend it for young children at all).

I've tried watching some of the other Novoland productions, but they're older shows/movies and not as good as the recent productions. One of them, Legend of the Naga Pearls, seems to be well-regarded but I just cannot get into it. It's too obviously a kids' movie, in my opinion.

Many commenters on Chinese drama fan sites recommend Joy of Life for people who enjoy My Heroic Husband. The two leads (Yi Song and Qilin Guo) play sister and brother in that show, and though I tried to watch it earlier this year I wasn't able to finish. I may try again.

I suspect the problem for me is that these shows with higher production values are major investments for the studios, and therefore not likely to be exemplary of the genre's typical offerings. Of course, there are thousands of these movies and shows. I won't be able to watch them all.

I do recommend the above productions, but anyone who tries to watch them should beware: they set a high standard. You'll need to change your expectations as you experiment with other shows.
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