Taiwan’s drama industry has produced more BL dramas! For example, the series “HIStory” recently released a third episode!
With regard to China’s drama industry, homosexual relationships are still censored. Even if the drama is based on a novel of the BL genre, it can only be broadcast technically if the series is referred to a Bromance / Friendship genre. While these adaptations may not fully match their novel counterparts, there are dramas that do justice to the original works and create convincing and deep relationships between the characters on an emotional level. With this in mind, here are some Taiwanese BL dramas and Chinese Bromance dramas adapted from BL novels to check out!
“Because of you” (2020)
The miniseries begin with the Yuan brothers, three half-siblings, who find out that they may have a long-lost brother named Lin Xun (Muji Hsu). Once their search ends and the answer to Lin Xun’s true identity is found, the story focuses on the three brothers and their love interests.
It is both an advantage and a disadvantage that this drama is incredibly short. There are only 10 episodes, each 15 minutes long. On the one hand, romance develops fairly quickly due to time constraints; However, this becomes a problem primarily because there is not enough time to properly develop and complete the storylines. The scenes do not flow together and can sometimes only appear for the fan service. However, the show does a good job by combining two languages (Korean and Mandarin) into a dialogue that is not often found in dramas! If you are looking for something that is light-hearted, short and not necessarily action-oriented, this is ultimately a good option.
Watch “Because of You (2020)”:
“STORY 3: Captured “
Meng Shao Fei (Jake Hsu) is a policeman who relentlessly follows the truth behind a four-year-old case. He believes that Tang Yi (Chris Wu), a mob boss, is the key to finding out the truth and follows him everywhere. These two start out as opponents, but their relationship grows and develops into a romance. “HIStory 3: Trapped” is quite humorous and sometimes ridiculous. However, it is a very entertaining show with lots of sweet moments between the main actors and the supporting couple. Compared to “Let our days countThis show is tamer and fluffier.
Check out History 3: Trapped:
“Let our days count”
“Story 3: Let Our Days Count” is about two couples. Xiang Hao Ting (Song Wei En) and Sun Bo Xiang (Liu Wei Chen) are best friends who share a common interest in boys. Xiang Hao Ting meets Yu Xi Gu (Huang Juan Zhi), a smart but reserved student who is misunderstood by Hao Ting. They don’t understand each other at first, but Hao Ting finally realizes that he romantically likes Yu Xi Gu and does everything to persecute him. Sun Bo Xiang has a crush on Lu Zhi Gang (Zhang Han Yuan), an adult he sees for the first time in his cousin’s gym. Despite Zhi Gang’s initial rejection, Bo Xiang finally succeeds in being accepted as his partner.
This drama is definitely much more mature than in previous seasons, which doesn’t make it safe for work. However, this does not mean that it is not filled with cute content, such as Hao Ting’s openness, how he feels, and his devotion to Xi Gu. However, the end undermines this sweet and beautiful atmosphere by becoming tragic towards the end. The beginning of the relationship between Bo Xiang and Zhi Gang is also a point of contention in the drama, since Bo Xiang is a student who is with an adult adult. In short, “STORY 3: Count Our Days” may have polarizing aspects that leave viewers with divided opinions, but there is also an interesting plot with endearing characters and friendships.
Check out History 3: Make Our Days Count:
“Dark blue and moonlight”
Hai Qing (Chen Yan Ming) struggles to realize his dreams as an artist because his father disapproves of it. During this difficult time, he meets Yan Fei (Wang Ting Yun), and they connect immediately. However, their relationship is quite unfortunate as they lose contact and find it difficult to forget the other. Like “Make Our Days Count”, this drama has some polarizing opinions about the ending. There are special episodes, but they may not satisfy those who want a happier ending for the two characters.
Watch “Dark Blue and Moonlight”:
“Winter Begonia” revolves around Shang Xirui (Yin Zheng), who is part of a Beijing opera group, and Cheng Fengtai (Huang Xiao Ming), a wealthy businessman who captures Xirui’s performance and falls in love. Through their common interest in the Peking Opera, they grow up to be incredibly close companions. This drama is characterized by the emphasis on the Peking Opera, since this is not a generally represented cultural aspect in dramas. Apart from this very interesting look into the art form, the drama also does a great job with cinematography. Coupled with the outstanding and well-developed cast, this show is a must. It is a rich story with a touching portrayal of two people who consider themselves to be soul mates.
Watch “Winter Begonia”:
Wei Wuxian (Xiao Zhan) and Lan Wangji (Wang Yibo) are students from different clans. Her personalities clash as Wuxian is free-spirited, while Wangji strictly adheres to the moral codes of conduct established by his clan. Their relationship changes when they get to know each other, especially after several sects have turned their backs on Wuxian because of his unorthodox nature. “The Untamed” has a great story that illustrates the loyalty between companions and friends, the platonic and romantic love and much more in a fantastic way. It may take a while for “The Untamed” to warm up, but as you keep looking, the show builds up wonderfully and offers an incredibly moving narrative.
Watch “The Untamed”:
Zhao Yunlan (Bai Yu) heads the Special Investigation Division, which deals with supernatural events caused by extraterrestrials. While investigating a case, he meets Shen Wei (Zhu Yi Long), a university professor whose expertise in genetic mutation and supernatural beings proves to be helpful. Their meeting may have seemed like a coincidence, but Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei have a special story together that will dissolve as they continue to work together. Since this drama has been plagued by several changes and censorships, the plot and CGI are missing, but the chemistry and relationship between the main characters are amazing. The little details of how these characters look at themselves or how they move in sync are great!
Hey Soompiers, which BL or Bromance dramas would you recommend?
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