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Mystery series Horizontal Tower releases one-shot concept teaser

When a murder takes place in  a high rise, everyone is a suspect. 

With directors and a cast riveling that of a mid-budget film, whodunnit mystery series Horizontal Tower 摩天大楼 is the latest innovation in Internet series.  The series will be filmed by three directors – Leste Chen , Matt Wu, and Chao-Jen Hsu  – who will film the stories of the various characters separately.  The whole show will be told from the perspective of all nine suspects living on the same floor of a skyscrapper, giving the audience plenty of time to try and guess who did it.  Yang Zishan and Guo Tao play the detectives while Angelababy guest stars as the victim.

Review: Urban Fantasy Hanson and the Beast is Men in Black meets chick flick

Millions of years ago, aliens, now known as  yaoguai or demons, landed on Earth. To blend in, they hide their animal forms by shapeshifting into humans. To make sure their secrets are hidden from the humans, the Bureau of Transformers was formed to monitor yaoguai actions in our world.     When young arctic fox demon Bai Qianchu (Liu Yifei) comes to the human world to repay an act of kindness and accidentally exposes her true form, she’s being chased after by the bureau’s agents.

Her object of interest is zookeeper and swindler Yuan Shuai (Feng Shaofeng), who saved her when he was a child.  When Bai Qianchu falls for Yuan Shuai, the two become caught at the center of a power struggle in the demon world between those who want to live apart from humans and those who want to cohabit the world with humans.

Urban fantasy film Hanson and the Beast takes the exciting concept of an alien registration agency and made a rom-com whose main feature is Liu Yifei being charming and beautiful. Luckily, it does that well enough if you like Liu Yifei.  Plus, unlike her last blockbuster,  the rest of the cast can actually act and the set-up is refreshing enough that you sit through it and enjoy Liu Yifei. A drama spinoff of the series starring Wang Ziwen and Chen He was released last week.

Liu Yifei as a fox pup

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More Gorgeous Outfits from Princess Silver

All of Zhang Xueying outfits look meticulously designed while still looking natural.

Princess Silver easily has my favorite costume and make-up so far this year. Zhang Xueying alone has over 40 outfits, every one of which looks beautiful on her. I’m on the fence about the one dress with ruffles, but every other outfit for all the leads does a great job of using pastels, patterns, fabric , and small modifications to give the series a unique look while making it still look within the realm of hanfu.

Love the use of ombre in their outfits here.

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Friday Photos

Wang Ziwen breaks out of the pink. Her new urban fantasy series Bureau of Transformers is currently airing.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Yuehua Entertainment Group photo. How many people can you recognize?

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Promos Round-Up: Tomb Raider: Explore With the Note

  This will be the second-to-last Tomb Raider series from Tencent as their filming rights to the series ran out earlier this week.

Explore the Note 怒海潜沙 & 秦岭神树, the latest in the Tomb Raider installment, comes out today. Two episodes come out every Thursday-Saturday on Tencent here.  This will be the second-to-last Tomb Raider series from Tencent as their filming rights to the series ran out earlier this week. The last one recently began filming and stars Hou Minghao’s ex-teammate Zeng Shunxi.

The series stars Hou Minghao,  Chen Yi,  Li Man, Zhang Boyu, Yao Yichen, Liu Xueyi, and Yao Lu round up the cast.

Teaser; Ending Theme ;  Opening theme:

We’re on a boat!

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Held in the Lonely Castle releases more stills

Ren Min in this painting-like photo as the princess Zhao Huirou

Song dynasty drama Held in the Lonely Castle 孤城闭 released a new set of stills to celebrate its five months so far of filming.

Directed by Zhang Kaizhou (The Story of Minglan) , the historical drama is about the Emperor Renzong of Song’s struggle to balance the factions both within and outside his palace while trying to push through new reforms. The series stars Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min, and Bian Cheng.

Ren Min playing a fengshou konghou.

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Promos Round-Up: Bureau of Transformers

The answer to, what if Men in Black was a miniseries in China?

Millions of years ago, aliens, now known as yaoguai or demons, landed on Earth. To blend in, they hide their animal forms by shapeshifting into humans.  Join the cast of alien animals  and one lone human vet as they try to regulate the underground alien world in  urban fantasy/sci-fi Bureau of Transformers 动物管理局.  The series is set in the same world as that of Hanson and the Beast and stars Chen He, Wang Ziwen, Tang Xiaotian, Huang Tianyuan, Kong Songling, Huang Yilin, and Longbin.  It premieres today on iQiyi here with two new episodes every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Previous trailer and stills; Promo song.

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Film version of “The Best of Us” to screen in North America, Australia, New Zealand

“You were the best yourself then, but I’m my best self now. The best of us are separated by our whole youth.” – My Best Summer

Chen Feiyu and He Landou star in school romance film My Best Summer 最好的我们 , the film adaptation of the novel of the same name (lit: The Best of Us).  The film is scripted by the author, Liu Wanhui, and new director Huang Disha.  Kara Hui and Yu Qian guest stars.

The film will be screened in select theaters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on June 6th.

Trailer 1 here, teaser here , final trailer below:

 

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Ten Quotes of Love by Zhang Yunlei X Yang Jiulang

” May we never again face separation in neither life nor death.  Thank you to all the powers that be that let me still  be by your side. ”    – Yang Jiulang to Zhang Yunlei

Here are ten off-stage exchanges between the  most romantic and dramatic duo, singer-comedian Zhang Yunlei and his partner Yang Jiulang. Their on-stage lines are also super cute (ex: “I don’t need friends, just Yang Jiulang. ”  “It’s not that I can’t play the lead, but I just want to be the supporting actor to you.”)

If you’re interested in seeing them live, they will be headlining their first overseas event in New Zealand and Australia this September. More info here.

“It’s not that I can’t play the lead, but I just want to be the supporting actor to you.” – Yang Jiulang (while in-character)

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