The Chinese/Taiwanese cast members of Sophie’s Revenge minus Fan Bingbing who was probably busy with one of her six upcoming movies, helped launch the official site for the movie yesterday.
Included on the websites is Sophie’s Revenge first teaser trailer. This was released at Cannes, and it did a pretty good job because the rights were sold to five countries. Although it’s not featured here, Cao Xuanbin will be writing the theme song. Can’t wait to see how will make it reflect the feel of this film.
A few more pictures from the launch and some new HQ stills from the movie below. The latter is my real reason for making this post.
Some thumbnails from the launch of the website. They only get thumbnails, because press conference-type pictures are boring unless someone shows up drunk.
And onto the stills! Click the pictures below for bigger.
I adore the designs of this movie. From the pajamas she’s wearing, to the scribbles on her cast, everything is so wonderfully detailed. You can also see that her car’s license plate says “FEI-CWM”, a shortened version of “Fei Chang Wan Mei”, or “Very Perfect”, the film’s title in Chinese.
At first I thought So Jisub was the main character but it’s pretty obvious that Peter Ho is the “pining away for his best friend in secret” type in this movie.
So I think So Jisub is one of those people you probably need to see in action to get the appeal, but I have to admit he looks a lot better in this movie than he does in the majority of the photos I’ve seen of him. Very clean cut. Good job stylists. Unfortunately, that will probably just gain Zhang Ziyi more hate.
This reminds me a lot of last year’s flop, Tsui Hark’s All About Women/Not All Women are Bad, which bombed both critically and commercially. I actually enjoyed that movie very much, but that may be because towards the end of the movie I had to do something else, so I stopped it, thinking that there was only maybe 2 minutes left at most. There was probably half an hour more when I returned to watch the rest. My curtailed version was much better, more romantic, didn’t make Zhou Xun‘s character look like a selfish biatch, and it’s the one I’ve stuck with in my mind.
Hopefully this one captures the quirkyness of that film, but without the extra baggage. The director for Sophie’s Revenge is Jin Yimeng, a newbie, female director, and it may be easier for her to make cuts and perhaps get into the crazy female psyche.
I thought they told them to not sing English songs…but apparently someone did.
I was surprised to see Ni Na go, too. She was a pretty good singer.
This looks like a fun chick flick ^^ I also quite enjoyed nv ren bu huai although i didnt really get it.
I’ve been watching some chao nv too! Although now my hunan channel on my satellites turned into an international hunan tv which i think lags in broadcasting times of shows and replays alot of old stuff =/
I’ve seen alot of pretty well rounded girls but no one that full stands out. I guess further rounds will bring out more in them. I’m rooting for all those my show girls that are participating this year, i hope they get more exposure from Supergirl. I think something Fei Fei from Changsha is really cute though lacking in singing abilities and i was pretty shocked to see Nie Na go. And Zhang You Fang from Nanjing is pretty hot.
What do u mean when you wrote that Xian and Guangzhou are chinese only?
@cfensi: i remember your post awhile ago about giving more exposures to city such as Nanjing as a result of the movie. It would be great if less known cities/provinces can be exposed too. But then i understand that Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai etc are the popular cities. Is there a place where I can actually download Super Girls show? It’s so hard to find places to download or even watch Mainland China movies/drama.
As of right now, I haven’t found a girl who has a strong and powerful vocabl, but then it’s the auditions.
@yelei I actually don’t think either are great actors, ok, but certainly there are better in China.
I just like them for their planning and productivity. FBB’s productions seem to be well thought-out, and ZZY produced Sophie’s Revenge. ZZY furthermore has always been careful to praise her costars, and supportive of China. It may be all just for show, but she does it a lot, and if she works that hard for it, then props to her.
Worse ambassadors for Chinese actresses could certainly have gone to America, and did. See Bai Ling.
@idarklight – I wish they would set up auditions in other cities of western talent, even if the cities aren’t big. There’s sure to be a lot of amazing talent there.
I liked the other dancing girl from Changsha who got eliminated better…she was prettier and a better singer, if a little too old and not as fun. I like Zuo Xueqin, Deng Xiaojie, Pan Sibei (who got eliminated from Changsha top 20 but was in the Golden Eagle top 10, so is still in the top 300), and Ni Ye(?), who also got eliminated, from Changsha. Gu Wei’s not as pretty as on picture, though she impressed me during the PK song…I wish she could dance, though.
The Hangzhou girls are not bad this year, neither. They’re really pretty, like Reborn, but they can actually sing and dance.
Maybe the Chengdu girls just need to stop showing off their techniques and actually start singing. Jane didn’t impress me with her first few English songs on Super Girls, neither. Hopefully, since English songs are more limited on Satellite, they’ll start picking better songs and put more heart into them.
Changsha is better than Chengdu.
Alot of girls sang English songs, but none of them really put much emotions into their singing. As of right now, Yue Liang looks quite promising.
Right…Super Girls…I really should update on that.
I want to do a post when the top 300 that’ll actually be on Hunan TV comes out. That should be soon since this is moving at lightspeed. And then I’ll cut out a few of the best performances…because right now, I’m just uploading the ones I can find in under-10 min increments since most of them won’t make it anyways.
I’ve been really disappointed in Chengdu, though. Although vocal-wise as a whole, they’re 100x better than the other groups, the Chengdu girls all seemed like cookie-cutter singers who had good voices but no sparkle. But then, I might’ve been too distracted by how almost all of them sung English songs that they can’t pronounce.
There are several I really like from Changsha, though one of them’s already out. I hear Xi’an’s really good this year (I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that Xi’an is the only Chinese-only region?), as is Guangdong. Nanjing’s suppose to be terrible.
I have to agree that they are good actresses (I prefer Fan Bing Bing). I don’t know if it’s just me, but I get this feeling from alot people that Zhang Zi Yi is a gold-digger. You’re right, it might be nice to have some fun/comedy movies in the summer (especially Super Boys Musical). Will you guys be updating once Super Girls finally airs?
As long as ZZY doesn’t take all the good roles, then I’m ok. And she’s been pretty quiet lately, so I don’t mind seeing her in a movie. I think both her and Fan Bingbing are fairly ambitious.
Yao Chen also plays one of ZZY’s friends. I bet her and Ruby Lin steal the show!
Ruby Lin plays Zhang Ziyi’s good friend.
In Zhang Ziyi’s case, likability doesn’t matter. People will still watch her movies because she’s in them. They may say they don’t like them, but she’s still a box office draw. That’s also somewhat true of Fan Bingbing.
The thing about Zhang Zi Yi is that she’s known as an international star, but many Chinese people does not like her.
Oh i see. As for Ruby Lin, I’m guessing she’s playing as one of their friend (Fan Bing Bing’s or Zhang Ziyi’s)
I don’t think Zhang Ziyi has many female fans. I wonder if that will change with this movie since its her first girly, romantic one.
So Jisub may still have as much screentime as Peter, but I don’t think he’ll be the one people root for in the movie. He’ll be a nice guy though, with a nice ending to make it palatable to Korean audiences.
I don’t think he really could be the lead though if he doesn’t know Chinese. I don’t see how it’d work.
Fan Bingbing plays a “perfect” movie star who steals away Sophie’s boyfriend, aka So Jisub the doctor.
I have a question, what is Fan Bing Bing’s role in this movie?
The vibe I get out of this movie is almost cartoon-like, so I definitely expect it to be exaggerated. The more subtle emotional acting will be inappropriate in this movie.
This, like Super Boys Musical, is one of the movies this summer I expect to be really fun. I don’t think anyone wanting a serious, deep movie will be watching neither.
^ I agree. Her being an A-listed celebrity, I don’t like seeing those expressions. Why do I have a feeling that Ziyi will be criticize intensely？ Personally， i’m not a big fan of her. I was actually looking forward to So JiSup being the male lead actor.. guess not.
Ziyi’s exaggerated expressions have me a little worried because I detest that kind of acting, but otherwise, everything looks really good.
China doesn’t have a rating system. I believe mrpeng found some interesting articles a while ago about the debate of whether they should get one, though. Not sure about Korea.
When wil this be out?
What’s the rating for this? (PG, R…etc)
*smacks forehead* How could I forget to put that in there? I’ll edit the post.
I fell in love with the first still the moment I saw it. The colors are awesome. The costumes are great too. Peter Ho wears a lot of wife beaters in this it seems, which is always a plus, because he has nice arms. The females are lucky in this – both of the male leads are really fit.
It also has Cao Qianbin as song composer. ^.^ He wooed me over with the Leehom song.
I love the set and costumes. It’s so perfect. I’m looking forward to this.