Wan Qian, Liu Mintao, Qin Hailu, Li Qin appear as guests on The Sound Season 2

A round of applause for The Sound Season 2, guys. The variety show has invited four of my favourite actresses – Wan Qian (Tribes and Empires, Lost in 1949), Liu Mintao (The Disguiser, upcoming The Love of Hypnosis), Qin Hailu (Red Sorghum, White Deer Plain) and Li Qin (White Deer Plain, Princess Agents)– to participate in the fourth episode, which airs on the 15th.

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Promo Round-up: Queen Dugu

Queen Dugu chronicles the life of the titular empress Dugu Qieluo, played by Joe Chen (Big Brother). Chen Xiao (Red Rose) costars as her husband Yang Jian, who would later found the Sui Dynasty.

The 50 episode drama will release 2 episodes every Monday to Thursday on Youtube, Youku, Tencent and iQiyi beginning tonight. VIP members get an 8 episode head start.

Theme song by Joey Yung:

 

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Long for you is basically Moonshine & Valentine 2.0

 No, this isn’t a The Wandering Earth poster.

With a similar plot (thousand-year-old male lead vs true love female lead) and even the exact same supporting female actress playing the also thousand-year-old unrequited third wheel,   Long for you 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ is basically an over-filtered version of Moonlight & Valentine.  The fantasy series is not related to the first one (which was very boring) and stars mostly up-and-coming new actors.   You can watch the whole series on Youtube here.

Ye Gu (Riley Wang) plays a Time Lord tasked with saving people by manipulating time and space.  However, during one of his assignments, he becomed mysteriously bonded to Xia Xi (Xu Xiaonuo) so that whenever she is frightened, he apparates to her side as her “immortal servant”. Meanwhile, Xia Xi’s adopted brother (Wanyan Luorong) and his immortal professor (Zhang Baijia), are setting up a exhibit focused on the mysterious Jing dynasty and they’re all searching for an artifact that bears striking resemblance to Xia Xi’s heirloom necklace.

 

Find a guy who looks at you like the way you look at puppies.

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Review: The Wandering Earth is an imaginative spectacle that launches Chinese films into the space age.

The Wandering Earth is the historical breakthrough Chinese sci-fi has been waiting for a long time.

Faced with the threat of the sun swallowing up the Earth, humans chose to embark on a 2500 year journey to find a new place in the universe for their home, Earth. The ambitious plan involves three hundred years of scientists around the world building ten thousand propellers around the Earth, stopping the  Earth’s rotation, and then finally propelling the Earth into its long journey into the dark night. But first, they must get out of the solar system by escaping Jupiter’s gravitational pull.

The almost as ambitious film The Wandering Earth 流浪地球 is half disaster film, half space thriller,  and a full classic holiday film about the importance of going home for the holidays. While not nearly as polished as Hollywood blockbusters (and with a fraction of the budget), the film offers uniquely Chinese visions of the future that makes it stand-out.  Despite its clear flaws,  the Frant Gwo-direct film has a solid plot, suspenseful and well-shot action scenes for both its earth disaster and space scenes, plenty of scenes that appeals to your inner holiday spirit,  and solid CGI combined with imaginative setups that makes this the historical breakthrough Chinese sci-fi has been waiting for a long time.

imax trailer for the film: 

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