Hit period C-drama Nirvana in Fire (Lang Ya Bang) was many things, and one of them was the epic bromances all around. It wasn’t just one, or even two, but three and beyond, that’s some crazy tight characterization storytelling to showcase compelling friendships that aren’t one-dimensionally drawn. I could never decide which ones I liked best – childhood best friends Lin Shu and Prince of Jing, parental figure Mei Chang Su and little wuxia wunderkind Fei Liu, or consigliere extraordinaire Su Zhe and brawny loyal Meng Zhi.
Those who watched the drama will know that Lin Shu/Mei Chang Su/Su Zhe are one the same character played by Hu Ge in a career elevating performance, and if there is one soft spot to tilt the bromance needle towards teenage Fei Liu it would be that C-audiences love “little fresh meat” (小鲜肉), the slang for young flower boys. Growing up young actor Wu Lei is as scene stealing as Yoo Seung Ho was during his formative years (no joke) and is a genuine find for the C-acting scene. Hu Ge and Wu Lei are in the cover and pages of the February 2016 issue of Elle China, a bit late since Nirvana finished airing last year in 2015, but it’s never too late IMO for a revisit to the cutest big brother and little puppy onscreen relationship in ages.