Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
The third adaptation of My Fair Princess / Huan Zhu Ge Ge 还珠格格 is being made through a collaboration of Tencent (Ever Night, An Oriental Odyssey) and author Qiong Yao.
They’re looking for actors across the world ages 18+ for every role. Should be able to have basic acting skills and line-reading in Chinese. Interested parties should e-mail email@example.com or call at (+86) -0731-84802648.
Not only does Dramahoic combine Peking opera animation with live-action humor, it turns out that it is also a Peking opera and rap musical and has a cyber dimension.
When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world. The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character, must now enter our world to bring him back. They take a “dimension increase” pill and enter our world. In our world, they must avoid cameras since they turn into animation whenever they’re photographed. Once a day, they can also go into stage mode to fight. Based on the trailer, at some point they also all enter the Internet.
I’ve seen the first two episodes and the music is actually pretty good. The songs so far are one Peking Opera + rap mix, one Peking opera, and one xiaoqu (?).
Here’s the new trailer:
Crazy Alien is an upcoming black comedy starring Huang Bo as Geng Hao, a monkey trainer whose act goes wrong after an alien crash lands on Earth and injures his monkey. Desperate to perform the act, he attempts to train the alien instead, though is punished after the alien regains his powers.
The alien’s plans to return home are complicated by American scientists searching for alien life and Dafei’s (Shen Teng) desire to make some traditional medicated liquor. Lei Jiayin costars as a policeman.
Ning Hao’s new film is scheduled for a February 5th release.
Despite a large portion its audience using Baidu, The Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 is the most googled show of the year all over the globe. The tv series was the only Chinese name to make it on any of the lists on Google’s Top Searches of the Year released today.
The show has shot to fame its stars Wu Jinyan and Xu Kai, and re-launched the careers of Nie Yuan, Qin Lan, Charmaine Sheh, and most importantly producer Yu Zheng. After a successful online run, it received successful runs on TV in the mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. You can watch the hit show English subbed on Viki and Chinese subbed on Youtube.
Aunt-niece pair Jiang Wenli and Ma Sichun reps theirs home of Anhui province with model-actress Chen Ran. Jiang Wenli and Ma Sichun return to their hometown of Bengbu, a city known for its freshwater products, while Chen Ran goes home to Xiaoxian, known for its traditional Chinese paintings.
After fans repeatedly asking for an original makeup line, The Forbidden Palace Museum has finally delivered with two beautiful makeup sets and two single items with both packaging and colors by the Forbidden Palace itself and the museum’s collections. Each piece costs between 66 – 160 RMB and can be brought on their taobao store (which now takes foreign credit cards and ships abroad).
P.S. I know it’s not Sunday but this news was too exciting to wait.
Song Yiren is capitalizing on her newly-found fame as the adorable Sangsang in EverNight with the release of her new idol drama, Time Teaches Me To Love 时光教会我爱你, on December 10th. She’ll co-star with Jerry Yan Yuhao (not to be confused with THE Jerry Yan) in a pretty standard plot of a contract marriage to deal with demanding parents.
Like A Flowing River stars Wang Kai as a smart lad from the countryside who is able to change the course of his life after taking the university entrance exams, Yang Shuo as his impulsive brother-in-law while and Dong Zijian as a budding entrepreneur. Part 1 begins airing tonight on Dragon TV / Beijing TV and will finish with 47 episodes.
English-subbed playlist of promo materials below. The drama will also be uploaded on the same channel.