The latest adaptation of sports manga The Prince of Tennis奋斗吧，少年 (formerly 网球少年) begins airing today. As with most dramas airing this summer, there’s little new promotional material other than one set of photos. But I did take the time to match up the characters with the manga names this time so it’s easier to figure out who’s who.
The series by directing duo Zhao Xiaoxi and Zhao Xiao’ou (Let’s Shake It) airs two episodes a day every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays on Hunan TV / MGTV.
Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Simu Liu has been cast as the Mandarin and Shang-chi in MCU’s upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Guess we missed the mark on calling this one (but at least we got Mulan right!) .
Yang Zi, Li Xian, and Hu Yitian’s Go Go Squid! is the first breakout rom-com of the year, topping both TV ratings and internet streaming charts less than two weeks after airing. The drama from Croton Media (O2O, The Boss & Me) may lack any if all logic, but the awkward cuteness and chemistry between the two leads has won over fans. Plus, the male lead’s whole team is super cute. Here are some more posters and stills. You can watch Go Go Squid! on Youtube with English subs here.
Cross-border economic crime thriller Hunting 猎狐, which began filming this week, released a pre-production teaser. Pre-production reportedly took three years, including trips abroad to make the script more realistic. Leads Wang Kai and Wang Ou even spent a few days with the economic crime unit in Tianjin to get some real-life experience. The series co-stars Hu Jun and Liu Yijun.
When the world was created, the essences of heaven and earth gave birth to a brilliant gem. It was split into two, one good and one evil. When the two gems are accidentally switched and the chosen hero to defeat evil was reincarnated with the evil gem, which side will he chose?
A retelling of the classic story of Nezha, animated feature Ne Zha 哪吒之魔童降世 released its first set of promotional music, posters, and trailers. Reviews for the film, to be released on July 26th, have so far been extremely positive, in particular praising its script. Will it be able to be the previous animated hit Monkey King: Hero is Back, whose script was probably its biggest weakness?
The Rap of China winner Gai sings the mesmerizing theme song of the same name below:
Spy Comedy The Rookies 素人特工 is coming out this week and the trailer actually looks really fun. The film directed and written by Alan Yuen (Monster Hunt, Firestorm, New Police Story) comes out on the July 12th in China and seems to have potential for overseas releases.
Wang Talu, Xu Weizhou, Sandrine Pinna, Milla Jovovich, Xiao Zhan, and Liu Meitong star in this summer blockbuster that looks like it has some potential.
Jackson Wang sings a remix of Papillion for the film here.
A team of accidental agents consisting of an extreme sport lover (Wang Talu), a mad scientist (Xu Weizhou), a police officer (Sandrine Pinna), and an unemployed doctor (Liu Meitong) team up with the help of special agent Milla Jovovich to try and stop a group of terroists.
Ni Ni and Chang Chen’s Love and Destiny 宸汐缘 has finally set a release date for July 15th (this means there’s a 50% chance of it actually being released). The drama released a MV today for its theme song by Zhang Bichen and Zheng Yunlong. From the producers and director of Eternal Love, the drama tells of the love story between the God of War and a maiden destined to bring chaos to the world. [Extended Synopsis]
Jaywalk, the company co-founded by Yang Mi that propelled artists like Dilraba, Gao Weiguang, Zhang Binbin, and Zhang Yunlong to fame, has had major expansions in its management departments lately. Their newest drama features a full set of young actors from the company, including mostly unfamiliar names with the exception of a few who participated in Produce Camp 2019.
The drama, I Remember That Boy 我曾记得那男孩, is a high-school drama based on the book of the same names. Here are the cast’s initial character posters. The last time Jaywalk did this was Micro Times, and although the drama was a flop, most of the leads became famous. Who’ll be the next Jaywalk breakout star?