Certain stories write themselves too easily. When Kris Wu took up six of the top seven spots on iTunes’ U.S. charts after releasing his debut solo studio album, leaving Ariana Grande’s viral single “Thank U, Next” at fourth, accusations of foul play ran amok on Twitter. Wu quickly dropped from iTunes rankings afterwards. Grande herself ended up liking a tweet which insinuated Wu’s U.S. chart success was the result of bots.
What if I told you the Chinese-American War began not from Trump-fueled trade disputes or the governance of Taiwan, but rather from Kris Wu’s “Antares” album? In a period of high blood pressure and immense, often understandable sensitivity, the mere appearance of a beef, a semblance of disrespect towards one of China’s biggest stars from one of America’s biggest stars, was enough to conjure tweets like these:
Amazon is now searching for Chinese American actors for its upcoming series “Tong Wars”, a historical crime drama which focuses on the gang wars between Chinese criminal organizations of 19th century San Francisco.
Renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai (“In the Mood for Love”, “The Grandmaster”) is set to direct the series written by Paul Attanasio (“The Sum of All Fears”, “The Good German”).
NBC is set to make TV history by developing a Korean family drama with a nearly all-Asian cast and the network is looking to work with “Sleepy Hollow” co-showrunner Albert Kim.
The yet-to-be-titled series already has a script commitment at NBC, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
A popular modern Chinese drama has received great praise from its viewers for tackling topics that are traditionally viewed as taboo in Chinese television.
Ode to Joy,” dubbed as China’s “Sex and the City” by viewers, is now being planned for another season run. As reported on Asian Crush, the show still continues to tackle several issues about female sexuality and serves up plots that involve workplace challenges as well as relationship problems.