Wang Qianyuan, Lu Han cast in Day & Night director’s new drama

Sisyphus 在劫难逃 is an upcoming mystery sci-fi thriller starring Wang Qianyuan as Zhang Haifeng, a former detective who has been wasting away his days after the accidental death of his two-year-old daughter. A recent serial murder case that seems to tie in with his daughter’s case catches his eye, and Zhang Haifeng begins to chase down a man who has been labelled a main suspect (Lu Han).

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Zhang Yimou’s Shadow gets North American release

Zhang Yimou’s Shadow 影 will  get a limited release in North America on May 3rd.  Starring Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, Wang Qianyuan, Hu Jun, and Wu Lei, the film is about a shadow or stand-in whose job is to be killed in place of his master.

With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.

Below is the North American trailer. See list of theaters screening it here.

Ju Jingyi, Song Weilong cast in remake of Sungkyunkwan Scandal

In A Class Of Her Own 云上学堂 is an adaption of Korean drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and stars Ju Jingyi (New Madam White Snake) as a girl from a poor family who earns money by writing essays for students. She impresses Feng Chengjun (Song Weilong), son of the kingdom’s chancellor, and is tricked into attending a boys-only academy. While there, she also befriends Lei Zexin (Wang Ruichang) and Han Shengzhi (Chen Yilong).

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Wuxia series Wudang Yijian releases promos

Wudang Yijian tries to minimize the use of stunt doubles by casting leads with dance and martial arts backgrounds.

Wuxia series Wudang Yijian 武当一剑 hopes to use as few stunt doubles as possible by casting leads with martial arts and/or dance backgrounds. These include the two leads Yu Yiliao and Chai Biyun (Border Town Prodigal) , both Beijing Dance Academy high school graduates who went on to film academies. The cast also stars So You Think You Can Dance finalist and Mongolian dance specialist Wei Lisi , Beijing Dance Academy classical dance graduate Shan Danhan,  National Dance Champion Lin Yiting, MMA fighter Ao Hailin, and National Strongman Champion Long Wu. They also invited a number of Wudang martial arts practitioners as actors.  

You can watch some BTS of the fight scenes here and the long trailer English-subbed here. Watch the MV for the theme song by Sun Nan below:

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