There has been so much Chinese and Korean entertainment product exchanges in the last few years alone I’m starting to feel like both sides of the border deal with the same issues whether successes or failures. Chinese fans love a breakout success story and the nation’s “insert role here” moniker as much as their Korean counterparts. The last few months has seen Park Bo Gum sorta become Korea’s new favorite little brother thanks to Answer Me 1988, and at the same time young Chinese actor Wu Lei has officially been crowned Nation’s Little Brother in China thanks to Nirvana in Fire.
That drama was actually filmed two years ago when he was just 15, and today he’s 17 years old and looks way more grown up. Fans noticed that he was the teenage version of male lead Yang Guo in the most recent Return of the Condor Heroes adaptation, with the universally panned miscasting of Michelle Chen as Xiaolongnu. Last week fans spliced together new pictures of Wu Lei in period costume opposite Crystal Liu in her version of Xiaolongnu in RoTC and the result is universal clamoring for this ideal from the novel description of GuGu and Guo Er. I’m so tossing my hat in the ring as well, 17 year old Wu Lei is totally early novel Guo Er and Crystal remains the perfect Xiaolongnu.