With the ongoing pandemic, it’s safe to say that some of us may have run out of shows to watch. Luckily, iQiyi has you covered from May to September!
In light of 20th May, which was China’s unofficial Valentine’s Day, iQiyi has curated a collection of Asian romance with over 600 hours of romantic series and films. Of course, you’ll see favourites like “My Roommate is a Gumiho” and “Descendants of the Sun”. However, iQiyi will also be offering a collection titled Sweet On which has 7 original Chinese romance dramas for viewers to enjoy.
With a passion for publishing, Chu Li (THE9’s Esther) successfully enters her dream company, Yuan Yue Publishing House. There, she navigates the cutthroat publishing industry, eventually rising to become the editor through her hard work and determination. When she meets renowned author Zhou Chuan (Ryan Ding from “The Romance of Tiger and Rose”), the two are instantly at odds with one another. However, it is revealed that they are actually close friends online, and this forces them to reevaluate their relationship.
2. Make a Wish
Yu Chi Yan (Ren You Lun) is a ‘Buddhist youth’ who believes in always taking the path of least resistance. By some coincidence, he saves a white cat, who turns out to be a cat spirit from Meow Planet, which exists in a parallel world. Taking on a human form, Xiao Xiu (Ge Xin Yi) must repay Chi Yan for his kindness before returning to her own planet. As Xiao Xiu moves in with Chi Yan, a series of hilarious encounters ensue.
3. Sweet Teeth
This is a tumultuous love story between a simple librarian and taciturn dentist. 25-year-old Zeng Li crosses paths with her dentist Ai Jing Chu when she gets her teeth straightened. They experience many things together, and gradually fall in love. As the two were about to confess their love to each other, Zeng Li’s first love, Yu Yi, whom she has been waiting for ten years reappears. Now stuck in a love triangle, Ai Jing Chu, Zeng Li and Yu Yi struggle to figure out their feelings.
4. Forever and Ever
Shi Yi (Bai Lu from “Love is Sweet”) is one of the best voice actors in the industry. One day, she meets Zhou Sheng Chen, a chemistry professor, and they both leave a deep impression on each other. Zhou Sheng Chen agrees to marry and take over the family business, but rejects his mom’s arrangements, instead proposing to Shi Yi, who accepts his hand in marriage.
After marriage, Shi Yi and Zhou Sheng Chen take over the family business, and manage to salvage it, preserving the traditional arts. However, Shi Yi gets into an accident, getting herself seriously injured whilst saving her husband from being hurt.
5. The Day of Becoming You
Jiang Yi (Steven Zhang) is the leader of a popular male idol group. On the outside, he is a cold, stoic leader, but inside, he is an ‘otaku’, a term used to describe people who are very interested in anime and manga. Yu Sheng Sheng (Liang Jie) is an entertainment reporter, interested in popular culture. The two are fated, sharing the exact same birthday.
An accident causes Jiang Yi and Yu Sheng Sheng to swap identities, which forces them to navigate a life that is so different from their own. They rely on each other throughout the days; guiding, nurturing and helping the other. By living each other’s lives, Jiang Yi and Yu Sheng Sheng grow emotionally attached to each other as they understand the hardships each other goes through, and fall in love.
6. Love Under The Full Moon
The appearance of a Super Moon causes Lei Chuxia (Yukee Chen) to lose her memory and time-travel to the world inside Xu Xiaodong’s (Zheng Ye Cheng) phone. He manages to get her out but Lei Chuxia sadly realises that she can only move within the vicinity of Xu Xiaodong. In order to get rid of his unwanted company, Xu Xiaodong decides to help Lei Chuxia regain her identity but meets her fiancee, Wei Xuanhe instead.
7. First Love Again
Adapted from the novel “Time machine”, “First Love Again” tells the story of the cold and unapproachable top student Ye You Ning (Patrick Shih) and the bright and sunny Xia Wen Si (Amy Chen) who meet in a parallel time and space.
Through an unexpected opportunity, Ye You Ning of the present connects with Xia Wen Xi from the year 2006. Their encounter with love leads to a sweet romance and a chance to relive high school, to meet old friends again and to experience the taste of first love.
Aside from the shows and films, iQiyi International will be presenting a series of fan activities called “Love Lessons”. If you follow their social pages, you’ll be treated to exclusive content such as tips on how to plan the best date etc.
We may be stuck indoors for now, but hopefully you’ll enjoy what iQiyi has to offer! Which of their original dramas have caught your eye? Let us know in the comments below.