Zhang Zhe Han Wins Japanese Audience Favorite Overseas Actor and Word of Honor Takes Favorite Overseas Show

Well this is meta and fairly awkward all around. Japanese entertainment magazine Screen has been holding a Overseas Television Show Awards for years and this year 2022 is the 8th annual edition. The votes are in from Japanese viewers and C-drama Word of Honor took Favorite Overseas Show with another C-drama The Untamed in third place. For the Favorite Overseas Star category which combines actors and actresses in the same poll it was Word of Honor male lead Zhang Zhe Han who came in 1st place., and other C-stars who made the list was The Untamed‘s male lead Xiao Zhan in 3rd place and Word of Honor’s other male lead Gong Jun in 8th place. Clearly J-viewers have a fondness for BL-novel adapted C-dramas but having Zhang Zhe Han be a favorite star in Japan right now just seems so poorly timed (for him) considering he was cancelled hard for visiting Japanese shrines that venerated Japanese military figures.

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Ode to Period C-drama Word of Honor, with Zhang Zhe Han’s Nuanced Performance and Gong Jun’s Charming Portrayal Created a Fresh Take on the Wuxia World

I’ve had this post nearly written for months now and was just lackadaisical on finishing it for posting. So it’s with a heavy heart and a strange sense of serendipity over what has happened in one week to male lead … Continue reading

Youku Deletes Zhang Zhe Han’s Name From Word of Honor, SNS Platforms Disable Comments on His Accounts, and Chinese Association of Performing Arts Issues Official Ban

Whether one thinks what is happening to C-actor Zhang Zhe Han is the degree of consequences for his past actions or wildly overblown and overwrought, it’s still worth noting exactly what is happening still. This weekend, the Chinese Association of … Continue reading

C-drama Word of Honor Adapted from BL Novel is Biggest Hit of 2021 So Far as Production Agencies Rush to Air Completed Adaptations to Capitalize on the Craze

The early 2021 rumor that Chinese authorities were going to tamp down on C-dramas adopted from Chinese BL novels (boy love novels or 耽美 which means indulging in beauty) have proven not to happen as this year’s biggest hit so … Continue reading