Promo Round-up: Candle in the Tomb: The Wrath of Time

Candle in the Tomb: The Wrath of Time is a mystery drama based on Tianxia Bachang’s novel series of the same name, and focuses on the generation of robbers before Hu Bayi (played by Jin Dong, Chen Kun, Mark Chao etc. in various adaptions).

The team is led by grave robber Chen Yulou (Pan Yueming) and includes his right-hand-woman Miss Hong (Xin Zhilei) and Zhe Gushao (Gao Weiguang), the last descendant of the Banshan Clan who wants to find a magical pearl that can free his clan from a deadly curse.

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Promo Round-up: The Legend of Haolan

Upcoming palace intrigue drama The Legend of Haolan stars Wu Jinyan as Li Haolan, a former noble lady of the Zhao state who is first a concubine to merchant-turned-politician Lv Buwei (Nie Yuan) before marrying the future ruler of the Qin state Ying Yiren (Mao Zijun).

The 63 episode drama will release two episodes every Saturday to Tuesday on iQiyi / MZTV beginning tonight. Members get an 8 episode head start.

Opening theme song by Lu Hu and Huang Yali
Ending theme song by Gao Yu’er

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Sun Xiaoxiao’s New Legend of Madam White Snake premieres today

New Madam White Snake 新白蛇传 is a retelling of the classic folk tale, and stars Sun Xiaoxiao as White Snake, Lu Hong as Xu Xian, the reincarnation of the gentleman who saved White Snake, and Zhang Tianyang as Fa Hai, who seems to be possessed by an evil spirit from his previous life.

The 48 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Friday to Sunday on Tencent. Members get a six episode head start.

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Colour palettes for White Snake animated feature

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White Snake is co-produced between Warner Bros and Light Chaser Animation, and comes from the producer of Little Door Gods and Tea Pets. The animation has been receiving positive reviews for its illustrations and the preservation of zhongguofeng (traditional Chinese elements) since its premiere on Jan 11th.

Promotional theme song by Zhou Shen:

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Ma Yili, Yao Chen: We’re still young actresses

Here’s two photoshoots  of 42-year-old Ma Yili and 38-year-old Yao Chen from earlier this fall as they promoted their new film.  At the press conference, the two were asked about difficulties in finding good roles as an older women.    Yao Chen said the two are still considered young actresses while Ma Yili  said that “Actresses don’t need to panic … The best period of your life is just around the corner.”  It certainly is for the two of them, who has continued to have one popular work after another.

Although the two actresses play mothers in this film, I actually do see an increasing number of lead roles for women above 30 in non-mother roles, probably in line with increasing age of marriage in China.  There’s also been a lot more of older woman- younger man relationships in idol dramas.   For example, 38-year-old Dong Jie recently starred in an idol dramas opposite 26-year-old Han Dongjun and 31-year-old Zhai Tianlin, 33-year-old Tong Yao (her character is younger) liked 18-year-old Chen Feiyu’s character in Ever Night, the then-42-year-old Yan Ni paired with the  then 31-year-old Hu Ge. As the latest and perhaps first crop of idol drama leads from mainland ( Tang Yan comes to mind) grows up, I can easily see many of them starring in rom-coms well into their 40’s and maybe even older.

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Sinology Sunday: The Forbidden Palace launches their own iPhone game

The artwork and music are so gorgeous that you can just enjoy it as an interactive animated film

Inspired by The Thousand Li of Mountains and Rivers by Song Dynasty artist Wang Ximeng as well as creatures from The Classic of Mountains and Seas , The Forbidden Palace‘s  first app (in collaboration with Netease) is now available for free on Apple app stores world wide.

The click-and-point adventure game takes the player through four paintings, each exploring a different theme with a different legend. Despite a simple gameplay, the artwork and music are gorgeous that you can just enjoy it as an interactive animated film.   There’s also a mini-story for many of the story elements where you can learn about the objects and creatures and their legends. Plus, the translations are solid.

Search for “Ink,Mountains and Mystery” in your app store.

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Promo Round-up: Spy Hunter

Republican mystery drama Spy Hunter stars Qin Junjie (Summer’s Desire) as Zi Liping, a young man who intends to seek revenge for his half-sister Guiwan’s (Xu Lu) “death”. Lu Yi costars as the main antagonist and his older brother Zi Liqun. [Extended Synopsis]

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Sixth drama adaption of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils unveils cast

Is this the year of wuxia drama remakes? There’s Hu Yitian’s Handsome Siblings, Zeng Shunxi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Sabre, Tong Mengshi’s The Return of the Condor Heroes and now a new version of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 天龙八部.

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