With Bad Buddy Series becoming the new Twitter rage, the world is fast succumbing to the charms of the Boys’ Love phenomenon.
While Thai BL shows continue to set precedence over this genre; Japanese, Taiwanese BL’s aren’t far behind. The competition is getting tough, although quantity proceeds quality. In today’s news feature, we will be talking about some of the upcoming fresh stock which seems promising. Without further ado, let’s take a dive into the Asian Subpoena!
Kei×Yaku: Abunai Aibou
One of the most anticipated Japanese BL ever, Kei×Yaku: Abunai Aibou is based on the pretense relationship between two characters, who are as different as “Day & Night”. Adapted from the manga “Kei×Yaku: Abunai Aibou” by Kaoruhara Yoshie, the show stars popular actors Suzuki Nobuyuki and Inukai Atsuhiro in the lead roles of Kunishita Ichiro and Hanabusa Shiro. Surprisingly, this is Inukai Atsuhiro’s second BL project after “A Man Who Defies the World of BL” and as such, the expectations are pretty high. The storyline promises an interesting romance between a disciplined Police Detective and the young head of a mafia gang. Mafia romances seem to be the favor of the season, but the Japanese backdrop would surely make a world of difference.
Three years ago, a disappearance case, known as the “Joker Case,” was suddenly closed without being solved. Ichiro Kunishita, an investigator from the Public Security Bureau of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department who was called for a reunion of the investigation, is ordered to take on a completely different mission. He is assigned to spy on and monitor Shiro Hanabusa, the young head of a designated gang clan. He is said to be a man of many mysteries who has risen to the rank of Wakagashira (young leading subordinate in yakuza group) since he joined the gang three years ago. In the course of his mission to get close to Shiro, Ichirou learns a shocking fact, and decides to make a fake “lover’s contract” with him. Their secret investigation into the case gradually leads them to an incident that will shake the nation and their destiny.
(Source- BL World Report)
Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?: The Movie
The excitement surrounding the announcement was fever pitch. The unprecedented success of this BL adaptation has paved the way for a sequel. Yes, you heard it right. Currently, main leads Akaso Eiji and Machida Keita are playing co-stars in the on-air show “Super Rich”. Despite the presence of a formidable female lead, the fervid fans couldn’t stop shipping the characters portrayed by Eiji and Keita. Cherry Magic’s production house seemed to have heard their pleas. And bingo, we are getting a sequel to the super-successful drama. Slated to release on 8th April, 2020, the sequel will be a movie version which will follow Adachi Kiyoshi and Kurosawa Yuichi as they settle into their new relationship and embark on a new journey. Supporting actors Asaka Kodai, Goto Yutaro, Kusakawa Takuya and Sato Ryo will be reprising their roles. We still don’t have any updates about the international premiere. But given the popularity of this franchise, the movie will definitely be streamed on web portals like WeTV or Viki.
Plus & Minus
If you were a fan of Shi Cheng Hao’s chemistry with the Xia twins in “HIStory3: Make Our Days Count”, then this show should be on the top of your watchlist. Paired opposite Max Lin, Plus & Minus will vividly portray the love and collision in the lives of two same-sex couples. No matter how far or near, they only exist for each other.
The show is being co-produced by Taiwanese and Japanese media. Actors Zheng Qi Lie and Matt Lee will be playing the supportive couple. The producers are actively promoting the show on their social media handles and we are totally looking forward to the premiere date!
Jung and Fu are good friends who have grown up together since kindergarten. Not only are they childhood friends, they even work for the same company until an accident shakes the two. Plus is a free-spirited bartender and Jane, a divorcee who can’t let go of the past, runs a laundromat. One day the laundromat owner stumbles upon the colorful nightlife of the bartender. The two collide and slowly realize each other’s inner desires.
(Source: Yahoo News)
DNA Says Love You
Another anticipated drama, DNA Says Love You has an intriguing storyline and even more promising casting. Starring Erek Lin (Your Name Engraved Herein fame) and Lukas Huang, Leo Guo (Because of You fame) and Lin Wei Jie, the show’s recently released trailer looks intriguing. The cast and crew have finished recording, which means that the drama might have an early premiere in 2022. Fingers crossed!
In a rapidly changing era, everyone is trying to explore themselves and find their true value. And what is the only thing that remains the same?
(Source: BL Update 2020 Twitter)
2moons2 star Pavel Naret’s sensational comeback “Coffee Melody” hints at a cafe romance. M Flow Entertainment has been actively promoting their actors and the pictures surely look surreptitious. Paired opposite Benz Panupun, the main leads will portray the character roles of Plengrak and Dueanei. Ice Chissnuphong and Arm Wasawat will be playing the supporting couple Khualok and Namnao. Pavel’s character seems pretty mellow, which is in contrast to his real life personality. Benz has already been in news for his recently on-air drama “Call It What You Want”. They make a charming pair and I’m looking forward to watching an early teaser!
In songwriting the last note is like a last drop of coffee. Follow the love story of Deun and Yi and its song in Coffee Melody The Series.
(Source: BL Update 2020)
☆ Sharing some interesting photoshoots from the show’s social media handles!
Tell the World I Love You
Starring BL heartthrobs, Perth Tanapon and Bas Suradej in the lead roles Boang & Kheng , Tell the World I Love You is definitely one of the most anticipated movies. Slated for release on Jan 27, 2022; the film tells the story of odd friendship and forbidden romance, against the backdrop of dreaded drug mafia terror. The movie’s trailer has already skyrocketed the excitement and we are absolutely in love with Perth and Bas’s chemistry. BL actors Net Siraphop and Bank Thanathip will be playing supporting roles. Let’s hope for international premiere as well, fingers crossed!
Two different people from two different worlds do a testament that will change their world forever.
(Source: Movie buff at MyDramaList)
Secret Crush On You
Co-produced by popular BL actor Saint Suppapong, the multi-star project Secret Crush On You is set to premiere on Feb 11, 2022. The recently released trailer on Idol Factory’s YouTube Channel has already crossed more than 60K views. Starring Billy Patchanon and Seng Wichai in the lead roles of Neua and Toh; the storyline banks on the premise of “Childhood First Love and Secret Crushes”. Alongside them, Surprise Pittikorn (Kaojao) with Heng Asavarid (Sky); Nutt Witsarut (Daisy) with Opp Weerapong (Intouch); Freen Sarocha (Kongkwan) with Becky Armstrong will be playing the supportive couples with Saint making a guest appearance.
☆ Billy Patchanon and Seng Wichai were recently featured in the fashion magazine Sudsapda. They do look smoking hot together!
Pastsenger The Series
This pairing is certainly unusual, because both lead actors are used to playing “Seme” characters. So, I’m looking forward to watching their dynamics in this time-travel romance. Cooper Patpasit (My Engineer, Bittersweet Series) and Marc Pahun (My Gear And Your Gown, Bad Buddy) will be playing the main characters Kiao and Bamee. The show has a ginormous cast with popular actors like Patter Wongsapat, Fluke Phisith Nimit, Champ Chenrach, Patiparn Pataweekarn, Nicole Theriault, Amarin Nitibhon, Pamela Bowden, Took Viyada Komarakul playing the supportive roles.
Nineties teen Gyo is a good-looking guy and a nuisance who likes to mess with people. His dream is to study architecture, but something unexpected happens and Gyo finds himself twenty-five years in the future. Bamee, a guy from 2022, is introverted and not really close to anyone. His father passed away and he’s working hard to get into the architecture faculty with his father as an inspiration for living.
(Source: Lazy Subber)
☆ The cast and crew recently held a blessing ceremony for the show. We have some exclusive pictures of the function. Cooper and Marc do look adorable. But will this coupling work, only future will tell!
Chains of Heart
Adapted from famous Thai Y writer and author Tom Thanakorn Jirayapakorn, also known by his pen name “TJ Tommy” novel, Chains of Heart will most possibly premiere in the later half of 2022. Starring Haii Sarunsathorn (Tharntype S2) and Kut Tanawat in the lead roles of Ken and Din, the storyline focuses on the premise of long-lost love and promise of reconciliation. Actors Marc Pahun, Chaaim Alongkorn, Poppy Ratchapong, Boom Jiratpisit and Link Thanawee will be playing the supporting characters.
“Even if I forgot everything, I will always remember this pair of hands”
When a young forestry officer, Din, gets involved with a gang of illegal smugglers, it causes him and Ken, a young man who has been in a relationship with him for more than seven years, to be chased away. They’re both cornered and fall from a steep cliff. After several months, Ken wakes up but without his lover by his side. As the years go by, things start to go awry when someone appears and has a resemblance to his former lover. The old memories return and now circle around him. Ken begins to suspect that Din might not be dead, and that Din might be this new person.
☆ The social media handles are actively churning out new stills from the show.
Cloth Lab Entertainment’s recently released the first posters of their upcoming drama “Restart(ed) Series” . Rookie actors Dong Thanabat, Pie Saranvut, Bank Popo, Tee Vitsarut, Ome Sutthipong, Oat Nattapong Phokhanoi will be playing the lead roles of U, Chin, Jed, Unwa, Zeemai and Zo. Written and directed by Tonz Papangkorn, this is his first project. Financed by Cloth Lab, the drama is set to premiere somewhere next year.
A big change will once again bring them back to the start. This is a rom-com series that will make you smile, cry and happy.
(Source: Lazy Subber Twitter)
Heart By Heart
Half Toast Production are adapting the famous Thai BL novel ให้หัวใจเป็นคนจำ “Heart By Heart”. Yesterday, they unveiled the characters and role of the 14 actors.
Keep watching this space as we bring you further updates about Boys’ Love dramas from all over the Asian Subcontinent!
(Picture Credit- Original Sources
Synopsis Credit- MyDramaList)
One thought on “Upcoming Asian BL Dramas- Part XI”
I watched Bangkok Love Story a long time ago, it made quite an impression. This new work from the same director seems to be just as gritty!