With the recent crackdown on Chinese Boys’ Love (BL) dramas by the National Radio and Television Administration’s special operations, several productions are in danger of being shelved. Earlier, period drama Word of Honor <山河令> starring disgraced artiste Zhang Zhehan (張哲瀚) was taken offline, while fans fear that upcoming drama Chasing the Light <左肩有你> starring Fan Bingbing’s (范冰冰) elder brother Fan Chengcheng (范丞丞) and Wang Anyu (王安宇), might also share the same fate.
Adaptations of BL novels face purging
Due to strict broadcasting policies, dramas such as 2019’s The Untamed <陳情令> had to go through significant script changes to pass official guidelines, while at the same time such themes have exploded in popularity in the region.
Keenly anticipated production The Case of Mr Zhang<張公案>, a period drama starring Jing Boran (井柏然) and rising actor Song Weilong (宋威龍), was recently been renamed A League of Noblemen <君子盟>, a move suspected to distance itself from the original novel. Intimate male scenes were also rumored to be snipped so it could pass official checks and be approved for release. Listed online for a 2021 release, the actual premier date has yet to be confirmed.
While some doubts lingered over whether A League of Noblemen could be categorised as a BL drama, the author of the original novel has since stated that he had only written a “detective novel” without any romance elements – a response which led some fans to blame him for destroying their BL romantic imagination. Now, fans probably have the author to thank now for ‘righting’ the drama’s category.
Several other productions still in the pipelines also risk censor cuts, including Chen Feiyu (陳飛宇) and Leo Luo Yunxi’s (羅云熙) Immortality <皓衣行> which had originally been scheduled for an April release, in addition to Winner is King <烽火流金>, Heaven Official’s Blessings <吉星高照>, Jin Yu Strategy <錦玉攻略>, In Darkness <逆光者>, The Story of the Bat <夜燕白>, Reckless <今朝萬年長>, Guardians of the Lands <山河表里>, The Abyss <深淵>, Seizing Dreams <奪夢> and Arrogant <隅我同行>.
This article is written by JoyceK for Jaynestars.com.