Ne Zha overtakes The Wandering Earth to become the highest-grossing film of the year.

The Wandering Earth‘s director Frant Gwo drew this to congratulate Ne Zha.

Ne Zha 哪吒, which opens this/next week in the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK and continues to screen in New Zealand and Australia, has finally overtaken The Wandering Earth to become the highest-grossing film of the year with 4.65 billion RMB (645 USD) at the domestic box office as of today. Barring any surprise breakouts on National Day, Ne Zha is set to become the first domestic animation to ever take the title.

Ne Zha is the first of a series of films from new animation studio Coloroom Pictures, which you can learn more about here. Their next animated film, The Legend of Hei, has already begun previews and will screen on September 12th.

Yuan Bingyan, Chen Yi, Zhang Yuxi character posters for Love and Redemption

Xianxia drama Love and Redemption 琉璃美人煞 recently finished filming and released its first set of character posters. The series stars Yuan Bingyan as a lost cause who is determined to redeem herself after ruining a major wulin event. She’s helped on the way by her talented sister (Zhang Yuxi) and the young master of a friendly sect (Chen Yi). The series is directed by Yin Tao (Tingxue Tower) .

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Promo Round-up: My Mowgli Boy

Ma Tianyu plays Mowgli (Mogeli), a boy who grew up with wild animals in the forest. He is accidentally taken into the city by budding entrepreneur Ling Xi (Yang Zi), and after some cohabitation shenanigans, they eventually fall in love.

Produced by the team behind Rush to the Dead Summer, the 50 episode drama will release 2 episodes every Thursday to Sunday on iQiyi. VIP members get an 8 episode head start. It looks like it’ll be English Subbed on Viki soon here.

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Xu Zheng-produced pet film stars Zhang Zifeng, Wu Lei, Wallace Chung, William Chan, Yang Zishan

With a track record of supporting talented new directors by producing films like Dying to Survive, A or B, and How Long Will I Love U, Xu Zheng will hopefully continue this trend with his latest production, pet-themed ensemble film Adoring 宠爱 by new director Yang Zi.

Adoring finished filming early in the summer and is set for a Dec. 31, 2019 release date. The film feature six segments – Yu Hewei X Li Landi, Wu Lei X Zhang Zifeng, Yang Zishan X Wallace Chung, William Chan X Zhong Chuxi, Tan Jianci X Kan Qingzi, and poor Guo Qilin all by himself (but with a puppy!) . Can you name all the cast members from the Xu Zheng-judged Season Two of I Am An Actor?

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Promo Round-up: The King of Land Battle

Military drama The King of Land Battle stars Chen Xiao (Finding Love on the Journey) and Wang Lei (Traditional Chinese Medicine) as PLA soldiers who go from rivals to best friends. Zhang Yaqin (Legend of Fuyao) costars as a fellow crew member. [Extended Synopsis]

The 50 episode drama airs daily on Zhejiang TV and Dragon TV beginning tonight.

Long Trailer | Teaser | Creative Countdowns (1), (2)

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Review: Love and Destiny is a gift that keeps on giving with every watch

First, Love and Destiny 宸汐缘  has no association to Eternal Love, it just shares the same world setting.   This is an original work by the production team of Eternal Love  – they came up with the script for this while filming Eternal Love.

The best way I can describe this series is imagine you order a dish at some hole in the wall place that you stumble upon and it turn out to be the best dish you’ve ever eat.  The ingredients do not go together, presentation is not impressive, but for each bite that you eat, the flavors just explode in your mouth and before you know it, you’ve finished the dish and you want to order more.  That’s my experience with this series. This may be the best c-drama that I will have seen for a very long time, at least for this genre.

Like lead actress Ni Ni said in an interview, this series is a love journey, and we get to embark on it with our leads. There are no misunderstandings, no love triangle nor second lead syndrome. The whole series focus on our leads and their love journey and the other characters add richness to it.  If our leads are not together, it’s very organic and makes sense.  Issues get resolved fairly quickly and in very mature way. (more…)