Top 5 Chinese dramas that became popular overseas in 2019

By Wang Yiming
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# The Untamed (陈情令)

[Photo courtesy of Tencent Penguin Pictures and New Style Media]

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Martial Arts

First aired: Jun 27, 2019 - Aug 14, 2019

Original network: Tencent Video

Available on: Netflix, Viki, MyDramaList

The summer hit costume drama "The Untamed" first aired in China on the streaming platform Tencent Video on June 27, 2019. As of the end of 2019, the series, adapted from the fantasy web novel Mo Dao Zu Shi (魔道祖师), earned 7 billion views on Tencent and an 8.3/10 on the Chinese media review site Douban and also had the highest number of reviews on the platform.

The drama, starring Sean Xiao and Wang Yibo, tells the story of two soulmates facing treacherous schemes in a magical world of inter-clan rivalry. They then uncover a dark mystery linked to a tragic event in the past, according to its synopsis on Netflix. 

The spellbinding and well-connected storyline, exquisite costumes, its display of Chinese music instruments as well as traditional etiquette and virtues made it a hit not only in China but also overseas.

The series was translated into 11 different languages and broadcast via platforms such as Netflix, Viki, and MyDramaList in North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Philippines and other places. It was also released on South Korea's Channel Asia UHD in October 2019 and is scheduled to air on Japan's Asia Dramatic TV channel this year.

This drama currently has a score of 9.8 on Viki and 9.4 on MyDramaList, which makes it the highest scoring Chinese drama on these platforms. It took the No.36 spot on Tumblr's 2019 Top Live-Action TV dramas, becoming the first Chinese drama to enter the chart. A fan-meeting was even organized in Bangkok, Thailand, in September 2019, which attracted 9,000 avid fans.

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