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).
The Legend of Xiao Chuo 燕云台 chronicles the life of Xiao Yanyan (Tang Yan), the most powerful woman of the Liao dynasty. Shawn Dou plays her childhood sweetheart and main love interest Han Derang, who becomes the most influential Han official in the Liao court.
I Only Like You / Le Coupe de Foudre stars Wu Qian (The Brightest Star in the Sky) and Zhang Yujian(The Plough Department of Song Dynasty) as a pair of sweethearts who breakup during high school and rekindle their romance as adults.
The 35 episode web drama streams 2 eps every Monday to Wednesday on Tencent and Youku.
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.
We Are Young 青春创世纪 stars Huang Jingyu as the tsundere hero Duan Ran, a fuerdai who runs his own e-commerce business. Wu Jinyan (Legend of Haolan) plays Qian Xixi, the plucky and hardworking heroine who has been living with Duan Ran’s family since a young age.
Your Home Is My Business 卖房子的人 is loosely based on the Japanese drama of the same name and stars Sun Li as Fang Sijin, a real estate agent manager who has her own creative way of selling properties. The story begins in earnest when the heroine is sent to help save a failing real estate office branch managed by Xu Wenchang (LuoJin).
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).
From hot pot to Mahjong to Chengdunese covered tea to its musicians, Chengdu elements are in full bloom in one of my favorite Li Yuchun photoshoots. I could’ve swear one of us put up this photoshoot when it came out, but I can’t find it for the life of me, so here it is again.
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: