Storm of Prophecy stills not nearly as impressive as trailer

The trailer was amazing… but after watching it a few times, I kind of miss colors outside of yellow, white, black, and red… They seem to be really strict with the color control here.

More stills for Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记.  Starring Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei,  Janice Man, Wan Qian, Xu Lu, Zhang Jianing,  Jiang Qinqin, and Wang Qianyuan, I like how the costumes are different without hitting the point of being ridiculous.

More stills below the cut.


The Journey begins filming

What the !@#$# did they do to his hand?!?

The Journey 寻找前世之旅 has begun filming, based on the novel by Vivibear (who I have heard some… erm… interesting things about).  Starring Ma KeFu Xinbo, and Kang Lei, fans of these actors can probably give this a try.

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Buddhist chant trailer for The Great Shaolin

With high-qualitied productions like Shaolin and  Storm of Prophecy, Zhou Yiwei seems to be en route to stardom this year.

Managing to be serene and action-packed at the same time, The Great Shaolin 少林问道 continues to stand in a league of its own with the release of the opening and an insert song MV below. The series stars Zhou Yiwei , Guo Xiaoting, and Guo Jingfei, and airs on a land channel tomorrow (aka we might never see it in HD). You can watch it live here at 7 p.m. Beijing Time every day beginning May 30th.


Song of Phoenix releases diarrhea of stills

First there were too few stills… now there’s too much! WAY too much!!

Song of Phoenix 思美人 has released more stills… a diarrhea of them to be precise.  Starring Ma Ke, Zhang Xinyu, Yiyang Qianxi, Qiao Zhenyu, Du Chun, Liu Yun, Lan Xi, Lee Hyunjae, Yin Zhusheng, Fu Yiwei, and Wang Yuelun, since I am tired of seeing these saved on my computer, I thought I would take the liberty of purging, to the delight or horror of whoever is following at the moment.  You can probably expect Song of Phoenix posts pretty consistently for the next few weeks.

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Seven Snail Shots that Surpass Silver Screen Standards

Number 10. This wallpaper worthy crime scene.
Number 7: This wallpaper worthy crime scene.

Creative angles and moving shots give  the When a Snail Falls in Love  trailer a film feel that I love. Here are my favorite shots and/or scenes from the trailer.

The  series is only 15 episodes and director Zhang Kaizhou promised a faster pace, better crime-solving, more combat, more soul, and less romance compared to the original. Let’s hope he delivers.  There is also a big train fight scene in Myanmar that should be a hoot.

Number 6: moving shots that are too cool for TV.


The Legend of Kaifeng shows of palace interiors

When palace protocol requires you to wear tacky bright colors despite being able to choose from all the clothes in the land…

The Legend of Kaifeng gives us a look at more stills this week.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, Qi Kui, Ji Chen, Wang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, this weeks stills seem to focus more on the palace.

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Wang Kai, Wang Ziwen solve crimes and fall in love

I will shot someone if they don’t change the super misleading title.

Daylight Entertainment has the best trailers.  They can build up suspense even where the actual series fails. Their latest work is detective series When a Snail Falls in Love 如果蜗牛有爱情 starring Wang Kai and Wang Ziwen in their third drama together.  The trailer looks great as usual, with movie-leveled cinematography, actually decent action sequences, and some moments of cuteness injected in the midst of suspense.

The series is based on the book of the same name by author Ding Mo and directed by Zhang Kaizhou (two of the three people behind the spectacular fail of Love Me If You Dare). Luckily, the scriptwriter is not Hai Yan, who can’t write for the screen to save her life.  If anything, it’s only 15 episodes, which hopefully means it’s faster-paced.

Director Zhang Kaizhou’s shots.