“Checkmate” on August 10th and “Love between Fairy and Devil” on August 7th
CHECKMATE – Available on iQIYI on August 10, 2022
summary: Checkmate is an adaptation of British author Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot novel series directed by Zhang Weike and starring Hu Yitian, Zhang Yunlong and Zhang Xinyu. It tells the story of Lawyer Si Tuyan, Sergeant Luo Shaochuan and Teacher Zhou Mowan who meet through a series of coincidences in East Moscow Harbin and form a detective team during the Republican era. Together they uncover a big conspiracy.
iQIYI brings reinterpretations of eight of Agatha Christie’s most famous murder cases to life in his latest original drama Checkmate (民国大侦探). The brand new series Directed by Zhang Weike (My roommate is a detective), starring Hu Yitian (胡一天), Leon Zhang (张云龙), and Viann Zhang (张馨予), are set in Harbin in the republican era, adding an exotic touch of history as they are crowned with mysteries. Checkmate (民国大侦探) marks the world’s first official Chinese-language television adaptation of Agatha Christie’s works and uncovers some of the detective fan’s favorite cases, including Murder on the Orient Express in its opening sequence.
Yan Situ (played by Hu Yitian) is an extremely perceptive young man who becomes a detective after losing his previous job at a law firm after refusing to bow to authority when they asked him to help in a murder case to close your eyes. He is joined by Luo Shaochuan (portrayed by Zhang Yunlong), a wealthy sergeant who befriends Yan Situ during a murder case that left him jobless; and Zhou Mowan (portrayed by Zhang Xinyu), a teacher. The trio, along with others, meet through a series of coincidences and decide to form a detective team together to solve a series of cases. But what might appear like unrelated cases might actually be just one piece of the final puzzle.
LOVE BETWEEN FAIRY AND DEVIL – Available on iQIYI on August 7, 2022
summary: Love Between Fairy and Devil stars Dylan Wang as the evil demon prince Dongfang Qingcang who is wiping out the fairy race. 10,000 years later, one of the sacred fairies is reincarnated as the lesser fairy Xiao Lan Hua, played by Esther Yu. Xiao Lan Hua accidentally frees the captive Dongfang Qingcang, who now wants to sacrifice the young fairy to unseal himself and be truly free. The two get to know each other better and the ruthless demon falls in love with the gentle and lovable fairy.
iQIYI’s latest romance drama Love between fairy and devil (苍兰诀) will premiere worldwide this Sunday, August 7, 2022, bringing audiences in 191 territories a romantic tale set between mortal enemies.
Love between fairy and devil (苍兰诀) has released two song teasers to get viewers in the right mood to fully enjoy the series after its premiere: “Lapse in Memory of You (失忆)” is a single from the soundtrack for the drama, performed by female lead Esther Yu, along with “Parting Love (诀爱)” sung by Faye Zhan (詹雯婷), better known as the former lead singer of acclaimed band FIR.
The MV teases a key story arc – Tree of Seven Emotions – in the series, in which Xiao Lan Hua must enter the heart of Dongfang Qingcang to revive the Tree of Seven Emotions, which was withered because the Demon Prince lost his ability to do so Love, while Parting Love also teases the challenges our two main characters will face as they pursue their own version of eternal happiness.
Love between fairy and devil (苍兰诀) features Dylan Wang (王鹤棣) as the evil demon prince Dongfang Qingcang who exterminates the fairy race. 10,000 years later, one of the sacred fairies is reincarnated as the lesser fairy Xiao Lan Hua, played by Esther Yu (虞书欣). Xiao Lan Hua accidentally frees the captive Dongfang Qingcang, who now wants to sacrifice the young fairy to unseal himself and be truly free. The two get to know each other better and the ruthless demon falls in love with the gentle and lovable fairy.