Xu Kai, also known as Xu Soso and Kevin Xu in English, is a Chinese actor and model. Xu won the championship in the print ad modeling contests held in Guangzhou in 2013.

He rose to prominence as Fucha Fuheng in Story of Yanxi Palace, which was a huge hit in China and throughout Asia. Forbes China named Xu to their 30 Under 30 China 2019 list, which included 30 influential people under the age of 30 who have made a significant impact in their fields.

Here are the top 5 Xu Kai Best Chinese Dramas to watch.

1. The Legends

Main Role: as Mo Qing / Li Chen Lan: Son of the old Demon King. A reticent and silent man who only loves Lu Zhaoyao and is loyal to her. He takes over the position of the Sect Leader after Zhaoyao’s disappearance, and rebuilds the sect to her original wishes.

  • English title: The Legends
  • Genre: Xianxia, Romance
  • Episodes: 55
  • Broadcast period: January 28 – April 3, 2019
  • Also starring: Bai Lu as Lu Zhaoyao; Dai Xu as Jiang Wu; Xiao Yan as Qin Zhiyan

Synopsis: Lu Zhaoyao saves Mo Qing (Li Chenlan) who was held in captive, discover that Li Chenlan was one step ahead of her in seizing the demonic sword. The enormous impact of the Wan Yun sword caused Zhaoyao to be injured. Five years later when she fully recovered, Zhaoyao decides to return to her own sect, but find out that Li Chenlan is now the leader of the sect. Zhaoyao conceals her identity, and using Li Chenlan’s love for her, sent him to complete various dangerous missions. However she gradually became touched by Li Chenlan’s love for her. Eventually, the two would work together to defeat the reawakened Luo Mingxuan.

2. Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain:

Main Role as Wang

  • Genre: Xianxia, comedy
  • Episodes: 37
  • Broadcast network: iQiyi, Tencent
  • Broadcast period: Nov, 12
  • Also Starring: Sandrine Pinna as Wang Wu, Gao Yu Er as Feng Ling

Synopsis: A story that follows Wang Lu, a young genius, who enters the Lingjian Mountain Sect and embarks on an unconventional journey towards immortal cultivation.

3. Arsenal Military Academy:

Main Role: as Gu Yan Zhen .

  • Genre: Action, War
  • Episodes: 48
  • Broadcast network: iQiyi
  • Broadcast period: Aug 6, 2019 – Sep 6, 2019
  • Also Starring: Bai Lu as Xie Yu, Gao Yuer as Jin Xian Ro

Synopsis: Xie Xiang disguises as a guy and sneaks into the Yunnan Military Academy to attend lessons. There, she meets two vastly different guys in Gu Yanzhen and Shen Junshan. The youths work together to fend off their enemies, and in the process learns valuable life lessons.

4. Untouchable Lovers

Supporting Role:  as Shen Yu: Rong Zhi’s bodyguard. He and Qingyue are bickering lovers.

  • Language: Mandarin
  • Episodes: 54
  • Director: Li Huizhu
  • Origin: China
  • Broadcast Period: January 14, 2018 – April 16, 2018
  • Also Starring: Guan Xiao Tong as Liu Chu Yu, Song Wei Long as Rong Zhi and Hong Yao as Huan Yuan

Synopsis: In an attempt to overthrow the tyrannical King Liu Zi Ye, an organization replaced his equally ruthless sister with their look-a-like assassin. But her cover was at risk of being blown by the princess’ companion Rong Zhi, who happened to be a spy from a rival country. Their relationship developed as they tried to undercut each other’s subterfuge. The scheming ends with Rong Zhi’s lead but what happens when their old love tale gets retold?

Lin Chu Yu becomes a princess married to Northern Wei and of course, to Rong Zhi, who in this case is the Prince Regent. Rong Zhi on the other hand, takes in a concubine on their wedding night and chooses to sleep with her instead of the princess. What will happen to their love story as time progresses? What will be of the almighty and scheming people of Northern Wei?

5. Royal Feast

Main Role: as Lu Xingqiao: a former beggar and Su Yuehua, a genius cook

  • Also Known As: Shang Shi
  • Genres: Food, Friendship, Romance, Drama
  • Episodes: 40
  • Airs: 2022
  •  Network: Hunan TV
  • Also Starring: Bai Lu as Yao Zijin

Synopsis: Set during the Ming dynasty, the drama revolves around the food bureau of the imperial palace. To host diplomatic corps and government intelligence agencies from around the world, the Yongle Emperor decides to recruit women who are talented in cooking to the food bureau. After a tough selection, Yao Zijin manage to enter the food bureau as a palace maid. She meets Lu Xingqiao, a former beggar and Su Yuehua, a genius cook. The three of them work together and encourage one another, coming up with unique cuisines which incorporate Chinese medicine, and also re-creating old classic famous dishes. Yao Zijin slowly works her way up in the food bureau, and also improving her craft at the same time. Finally, she realizes the real meaning of “food” and decides to give up competing for the position of “Shang Shi”, instead deciding to leave the palace and spread the beauty of Chinese cuisine among the ordinary folks.

What is your favorite Xu Kai drama? 

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