Tong Hua Adaptation “Best Time” Premiered November 20
Starring Janine Chang (張鈞甯) and Wallace Chung (鍾漢良), mainland Chinese idol drama series Best Time <最美的時光> premiered on China’s Hunan Weishi on November 20, taking over the golden time slot of Let’s Get Married <咱们结婚吧>. It also premiered its first episode on QQ.com on the same day; produced at a total of 40 episodes, a new episode will be put up on the page every 24 hours.
Best Time is an adaptation of Tong Hua’s (桐华) 2012 hit novel The Most Beautiful Time <最美的時光>, which was first published in 2009 under the title The Secret Buried By Time <被时光掩埋的秘密>. Tong Hua is one of China’s most famous contemporary romance novelists, and is best known for her historical fiction novels Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步惊心> (2006), Ballad of the Desert <大漠谣> (2006), and Yun Zhong Ge <云中歌> (2007).
The series stars Janie Chang as the female protagonist Su Man, a naïve and pure-hearted girl who is blindly in love with the mysterious Song Yi (Jia Nailiang 贾乃亮). Having been deeply hurt in a former relationship, Song Yi is reluctant to accept Su Man’s love. Despite Song Yi’s rejections, Su Man earns the affections of her superior Lu Licheng (Wallace Chung), a successful young man who maintains a cold demeanor on the outside but is warm-hearted in the inside. He falls for Su Man’s charms, and upon knowing that Su Man is in love with another, he willingly stands by Su Man to protect her.
Su Man’s relationship with Lu Licheng and Song Yi are not only the main focus in the drama. Lu Licheng and Song Yi, both executives of a top listed company in the country, are seen as equals and both are in a power struggle in the company. Their competitive relationship reflects that dynamic relationship which the fourth prince and the eighth prince had in Bu Bu Jing Xin.
Best Time is also the first of four dramas starring Wallace Chung that will be airing in 2014. After Best Time, Wallace’s The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils <天龙八部>, The Stand-In <十月围城>, and Warriors of the City <勇士之城> are slated to air throughout 2014.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.