Liang Jingkang, Guo Zifan, Rocket Girls star in realistic youth drama Project S

Deng Enxi plays Fern, a skater who thwarts the suicide attempt by a fellow student.

Tackling difficult issues like depression and autism, youth sports drama  Project S is an attempt to reinvent itself as a contender for quality youth drama by Wajijiwa, the Tencent subsidiary that manages Rocket Girls and R1SE. While their previous couple of dramas have lacked any logic and  was carried solely by idol power, this one is rooted in a much more realistic story. The remake of the three-part Thai series is currently filming its last third and will be a Tencent exclusive.

Wajijiwa is ran by Long Danni, who produced Super Girls, My Hero, Meteor Garden, and Produce 101, so it’ll be interesting where she’s headed with this drama.

Skate Our Souls 极限17 滑魂 – Guo Zifan, Deng Enxi, and Caesar Chen Zexi of X-Fire

Boo, a student whose grades aren’t promising, comes from a strict family. However, he has a hidden problem. Boo has been suffering from depression for a long time, which resulted in self-harm. Moreover, he doesn’t eat or sleeps well. One day, he decides to commit suicide, but his plan was thwarted by a group of skaters, led by Simon and Fern, who influenced him to join their group of friends. Can Boo overcome depression and all his fears?

 

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Xiao Zhan, Wang Yibo in The Untamed promotional shoot

The two leads of bromance drama The Untamed 陈情令 posed together (?) for a  promotional photoshoot by Zack Zhang. I really hope Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo didn’t take the time to do this photoshoot together because even though it’s pretty,  it looks like they were photoshopped together in the one photo they appear together.

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Wedding News: Zhang Ruoyun and Tang Yixin

Rom-com couple Zhang Ruoyun and Tang Yixin will finally tie the know on June 27th. The two met ten years ago when Zhang Ruoyun was driving and stopped at a traffic light. Tang Yixin was crossing the street and Zhang Ruoyun immediately fell in love. The two have been together ever since. Tang Yixin’s stage name is even a couple name with  Zhang Ruoyun (艺昕 and 若昀 both have 艹 and 日).  Congrats!

 

Zhang Luyi unifies China in new trailer for The Qin Empire IV

The latest trailer for the fouth and last instalment of the The Qin Empire TV series introduces Ying Zheng’s (Zhang Luyi) conquest in more detail, and introduces new cast members that weren’t featured in the introductory teaser. Liu Jun costars as Zhao Dan, Vivian Wu as Ying Zheng’s grandmother Lady Huayang, Wang Qingxiang as Ying Zheng’s great-grandfather Ying Ji and Ye Xiangming as Lao Ai.

 

Liu Haoran, Arthur Chen, Zhang Xueying, Wenqi team up in new Chen Kaige film

This cast is so unbelievably amazing it feels like a fancast, but it’s real.

Director Chen Kaige (Farewell, My Concubine) brings together some of China’s top young actors for semi-autobiographical film  From Dust, Flowers Bloom 尘埃里开花.   Starring Liu Haoran, Arthur Chen, Zhang Xueying, Chen Wenqi, and Chen Hong,  the film is a coming-of-age story set in Beijing. Award-winning cinematographer Cao Yu (Forever Young) rounds up the all-star team.  Filming has already begun.  This is notably the first film by Chen Kaige to feature both his son Arthur and wife Chen Hong.

Filming ceremony. Not sure who the girl next to Zhang Xueying is.

Tang Wei encourages Lei Jiayin to become a Whistleblower in upcoming thriller

The Whistleblower 吹哨人 stars Lei Jiayin as an employee who accidentally discovers the new product his company is promoting had not passed the required safety tests. With the help of Tang Wei, he begins to search for evidence and uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the process. Directed and written by Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right, Book of Love), the film is slated for a September 12th release. The film will be distributed in North America by CMC Pictures.

 

 

Chen Xiao, Wang Ziwen’s medical procedural drama releases trailer

Wang Ziwen, Chen Xiao, and Jia Qing’s medical procedural drama Healer of Children 了不起的儿科医生 released its first trailer yesterday. Chen Xiao seems way too young to look like he was a doctor when Wang Ziwen was still a child, but that seems to be what the trailer implies?

The series is directed by Yang Lei (Stairway to Stardom,The Red) and written by Wang Huan (Kill Mobile) and Weng Haixin (A Simple Hero). No news on airing dates yet.

Sports rom-coms you may have missed

Xing Zhaolin and Eleanor Lee star in a mountaineering-themed romance.

Here are three sports-related school rom-coms that are currently airing. I honestly haven’t had time to watch any of them. Let me know if any of them are good.

Rock-climbing/Mountaineering – Blow in the Wind 强风吹拂
Starring: Xing Zhaolin, Eleanor Lee, Nonkul ( Chanon Santinatornku )

Synopsis: After the death of a friend during a hiking incident, Xia Di (Xing Zhaolin) goes into depression. With the help of rock-climbing coach (Eleanor Lee), he uncovers the truth about the accident and finds love on the way.

Available: One episode per day on Youtube with English Subs

 

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Deng Chao directs and stars in heartwarming new film Looking Up

I usually wouldn’t touch Deng Chao or Yu Baimei directed films (Devil & Angel, Master Healing) with a ten-foot pole, but the trailer for Looking Up 银河补习班 looks very promising. Deng Chao plays a father who deviates from the usual parenting style seen in Asian families, and instead encourages his son, played by Feng Ze’ang and later Bai Yu, to chase his dreams. The film is slated for a July 26th premiere in both China and North America.

Cai Wenjing, Peng Guanying’s crime thriller releases first trailer

Loosely based on Xiancheng’s novel of the same name, The Controllers stars Cai Wenjing and Liu Kai as the protagonists who work together with police to bring down the criminal organisation led by Fu Shenxing (Peng Guanying). [Extended Synopsis]