First stills for Wang Kai, Wang Ou’s economic crime drama Hunting

Hunting 猎狐 has unveiled an impressive supporting cast with the release of new stills. Deng Jiajia (Burning Ice) costars as Xia Yuan’s (Wang Kai) childhood sweetheart while Fu Jing (Undercover) plays Hu Jun’s sister. [Extended Synopsis]

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Daylight Entertainment web drama Yu Huanshui casts Guo Jingfei, Miao Miao as leads

Guo Jingfei (All Is Well) plays the titular lead in I Am Yu Huanshui 我是余欢水, a timid and cowardly working class divorcee who finally decides to live for himself after doctors tell him he has contracted a terminal illness.

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Review: Flowers as Matchmakers is a masterpiece filled with timeless charm

What happens when two brides show up for a wedding with the same guy? They fall in love with each other, of course!

Known for its accessibility, humor, and charm, Flowers as Matchmakers 花为媒 is often considered the best film adapted from Chinese operas. It ranks in the top 20 of all mainland films on audience review site Douban, and it’s apparent from start why the film is so highly praised.

  The script by Cheng Zhaocai and Wu Zuguang packs the story with humor, catchy lines, and updated values to make the story fit for a modern audience.  The brilliant performances by its stars, most notably its prima donna  Xin Fengxia and comedic actress Zhao Lirong, fills the film with joy. Ping opera pronunciation is almost identical to standard Mandarin, so it’s a lot easier to enjoy than other opera types for most Mandarin speakers. And you’re going to want to sing-along because the songs are very, very catchy.  

When the charming Zhang Wuke (Xin Fengxia) is rejected in marriage by the wealthy Wang Junqing, she goes to meet him to change his mind. However,  Wang Junqing’s heart is already promised to Li Yu’e (Li Yilan).  To save the potential match, his cousin Jia Junying goes in his place to meet Zhang Wuke.  Tricked into thinking Jia Junying is Wang Junqing, Zhang Wuke agrees to marry him.

Meanwhile, Li Yu’e takes things into her own hands and shows up as Zhang Wuke for the wedding.  When the two women meet at the wedding, they are immediately stricken by each other’s beauty and grace and team up to find out what’s up.

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Ne Zha to get US, Canada , Australia, New Zealand release

Currently the highest performing animated film and fourth film overall at the Chinese box office, Ne Zha will be distributed abroad. The film comes out in Australia on the 23rd and in New Zealand on the 29th. It’ll be distributed in the US and Canada by Well Go USA (The Shadow) in select 3D Imax theaters across North America on Aug. 29, followed by a nationwide expansion on Sept. 6.

Huang Bo, Zhou Xun star in Cao Baoping’s new film

Crossing the Sea of Anger 涉过愤怒的海 is the third film in director Cao Baoping’s Burning Hearts 灼心 series, and stars Huang Bo (Crazy Alien) as a fisherman who finds out his daughter was murdered while studying in Japan. Meanwhile Li Miaomiao, the victim’s boyfriend and biggest suspect, has avoided persecution by returning to China with the help of his parents.

In Laohuang’s original novel, the protagonist is a man determined to avenge his daughter, though the film will focus more on family, reconciliation and redemption. Zhou Xun (Last Letter) and Zu Feng (The Mask) costar.

Xu Weizhou, Tan Songyun wrap up filming Dear Mayang Street

Set in 1980s Guangzhou, Dear Mayang Street 亲爱的麻洋街 spans over thirty years, and is a recount ofd the stories of six families that lived on Mayang Street. Xu Weizhou plays a successful police academy student who later drops out and becomes a gangster, Tan Songyun plays the perfect daughter who is loved by everyone, while Niu Junfeng rounds out the love triangle as the sweet and responsible second male lead.

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