The Legend of Miyue releases more stills

At this point, screw the historical accuracy/historical anachronisms debate and just enjoy the pretty…

More stills!  More stills for The Legend of Miyue have been released.  Be prepared for a sneak peak of the costuming for Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, Alex Fong, etc.  Also, here’s to hope of 2015 being a year where more period dramas get their release dates.

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The Empress of China finally gets her coronation

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Yes, that is a solid gold tree in the background.

After over 80 episodes, Fan Bingbing‘s Wu Zetian finally becomes The Empress of China to Aarif Lee‘s Emperor. The outfits were apparently so heavy that Aarif Lee couldn’t say his lines after climbing the stairs.  He’s lucky, because Fan Bingbing still has to become the Heavenly Empress and the Empress Regent, each of whose costumes are even more elaborate and heavy.  Some photos from the extravagant scene (episode 85 and highly recommended, complete with a gold tree) below the cut.

Zhang Jane@YouTube was even kind enough to put up a cut of it, so you really have no excuse to not watch it.

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2015 films preview

From animations 5 years in the making to comedies shot in 3 days, 2015 brings a bigger range of films than ever.
From animations 10 years in the making to comedies shot in 3 days , 2015 brings a bigger range of films than ever. But the real questions is, how many of their minutes are solid?

An incomplete list of films distributed in 2015 announced so far by the big five, which covers over half of the distribution market share in China.

I ignored a couple that had little to no information on story/production/cast and/or children’s films that you probably don’t care about.

Angelababy, Bai Baihe, Lin Gengxin, Jing Boran, and Amber Kuo seem to be the breakout young actors among the list.  Adaptations are even more popular, especially in the youth category, with two competing film versions of My Sunshine alone.  While popular series like Tiny Times 4.0 continues, we also see  the beginning of four new series – Zhong Kui, The Ghouls, The Lost Tombs, and the first major animation-live action film Monster Hunt. I was the most excited by animation Big Fish, one of an increasing number of animations for older audiences,  finally finding a distributor.

Which films are you looking forward to the most?


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Zhong Kui releases posters, MV by Jiekejunyi,Liu Huan

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Impressive CGI combined with a strong cast of Li BingbingChen Kun, Yang Zishan, and Jiekejunyi bring alive the fantastical world of Zhong KuiSnow Girl and the Dark Crystal.  I was actually picturing this to be more like A Chinese Ghost Story, but the trailers and MV makes it look so much more epic. The CGI here is several steps up from previous major fantasy films like Painted Skin.

Watch the MV by Jiekejunyi and Liu Huan below and be pleasantly surprised.

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Fan Bingbing tries a different style for Marie Claire

Intricate headdresses and cleavage aren’t only to be found in The Empress of China; Fan Bingbing brings those characteristic elements of the (uncensored version of) The Empress of China to her new shoot with Marie Claire. One of the costumes has a “Virtuous Empress of Han” vibe, but the rest are largely modern – look below the cut for more! (more…)

“Bu Bu Jing Xin” Movie Unveils First Stills

Ivy Chen stars as Maertai Ruoxi in movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin.
Our first look at Ivy Chen as Maertai Ruoxi.

The movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin (新步步惊心) finally released its first set of stills, as well as a short preview, giving viewers their first glimpse of female lead Ivy Chen, who plays Zhang Xiaowen, a lonely young woman who accidentally time travels back to the Qing Dynasty.

The preview of the film, officially titled Time to Love, gives off an interesting fairy-tale-like atmosphere, complete with pretty lights and shiny carousels. Unlike the original novel by Tong Hua and the previous drama adaptation, Zhang Xiaowen’s trip to the Qing Dynasty appears to be triggered by a deliberate drowning in the bathtub, rather than an accidental traffic incident and electrocution.

Time to Love began filming in November of last year and recently wrapped up filming. The movie also stars Tony Yang and Shawn Dou, though still no word has been given on which characters they will portray. Currently in post-production, Time to Love is expected to open in theaters in the second half of 2015.

Check out the preview below, as well as more stills and posters behind the cut.

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Weibo Wednesday: January 28, 2015

Ni Ni with a koala for Wonderful Friends show
倪妮V: 下周六首播,我和我“奇妙的朋友”,等的好捉急@奇妙的朋友官微

It’s Ni Ni with a koala! Beautiful + cute, no? If you want to see her interact with more animals, check out Hunan TV’s new reality show Wonderful Friends (奇妙的朋友). The first episode, which you can watch on YouTube, aired on January 24.

Other celebrities on the show include Li Yuchun, Myolie Wu, Du Haitao (the Happy Camp host), Huang Xuan, and Calvin Tu (Wei Hai in the Tiny Times movies).

Next Saturday, watch me and my “wonderful friends,” I’m so anxious with waiting

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“Legendary Di Renjie” releases another trailer

This is historical period-discrimination!!  You can’t make ALL Tang dynasty dramas have big heads!!

Legendary Di Renjie, starring Ren Jialun, Kan Qingzi, Andy Chen Yi, Jiao Junyan, and Theresa Fu. has released another trailer because one is not enough.  Watch and let me know how many props from other dramas you can spot.  So far, I am seeing some pieces from Ruby Lin’s own Young Detective Dee and even a piece from The Empress of China.  What else can you spot?

More stills below the cut.

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