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Chen Kaige, Ning Hao, Xu Zheng, Wen Muyu, Xue Xiaolu, Zhang Yibai, Wen Yan team up for National Day film project

I don’t usually post these type of patriotic films since they’re usually just bad films, but the trailer for  this actually looks really good.  Me and My Motherland 我的我的祖国, a film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October, consists of eight parts separately shot by eight directors, ranging from veterans like Chen Kaige to rising talents like Wen Yan. Here’s what  we know of the cast so far for each part:

  1.  Guan Hu (Mr. Six)– Ou Hao, Huang Bo, Wang Qianyuan
  2. Zhang Yibai (Fleet of Time) – Zhang Jiayi, Zhang Ze
  3.  Xu Zheng (Lost in Thailand)  –   Liu Tao, Xu Zheng
  4. Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right).- Du Jiang, Zhu Yilong, Gao Yalin
  5. Ning Hao (Let the Bullets Fly) – Ge You
  6. Wen Muye (Dying to Survive) – Tong Liya, Song Jia, Lei Jiayin
  7. Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine)  – Liu Haoran, Chen Feiyu, Tian Zhuangzhuang
  8. Wen Yan (Angels Wear White) – Andy Lau, Zhuang Yinan

Trailer:

Ne Zha dethrones Zootopia to become the first domestic animation to top the Chinese box office since 1995

Ne Zha’s celebration poster pays tributes to many of its predecessors and reads “For domestic animation, one large step is still only the first step of many.”

In eight days, animated film Ne Zha has made 1.530 billion RMB at the box office, dethroning Zootopia to become the highest-grossing animated film in Chinese box office history, the first domestic film to do so since The Lion King became the first Hollywood animated film to re-enter the market in 1995.

Ne Zha, which has been smashing records since day one, is currently predicted to make 4.5 billion RMB, almost three times that of the previous record holder. The animated film, the first feature produced start-to-finish by new powerhouse Coloroom, is the first of a series of films loosely based on Chinese mythology. Between this and successes like The Monkey King series and White Snake, could this mark the revival of Chinese animation?

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Love and Destiny is Ni Ni as every Disney Princess in ancient China

Your royal cuteness Ni Ni as Lingxi

Have you ever wondered how Disney Princesses would be like if they were filmed in a Chinese fantasy world? Look no further than Love and Destiny, the drama that is basically The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and maybe Elsa but set in the world of Eternal Love. Here’s a review that’s not really a review of why Ni Ni is each of those princesses.

In the first lifetime, Ni Ni’s Lingxi is bird fairy who’s been restricted from leaving the peach blossom land of her childhood. She spends her daydreaming of meeting her hero the God of War Jiuchen and becoming a part of his world. When she escapes to the heavens against her father’s will, she meets and falls for Jiuchen. Eventually, she is tempted by a demon and exchanges her ability to hear (and by association her voice) to save the man she loves. As for herself, she dissipates into bubbles.

In this lifetime, Ni Ni is my favorite live-action Disney Princess since Amy Adams. She perfectly portrays the wide-eyed wonder and the contagious joy of the character. Her character is one of the few who can feel naive and pure instead of dumb. Lingxi just so full of good and charm that it’s hard to not want to give her a hug.

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A look at more animated films from the producers of The Hero’s Back, Ne Zha

Poster for sci-fi thriller Deep Sea by Tian Xiaopeng (Monkey King: The Hero’s Back)

In 2015, when Monkey King: The Hero’s Back first proved that Chinese animation could break into the mainstream film market, Enlight Media quickly made plans to make its mark in the up-and-coming industry. In the interim years, the newly created firm Coloroom Pictures worked on 22 upcoming films and released other successful animated films such as My Name. In 2019, the company finally came out with its first self-produced project – Ne Zha, which has so far been smashing box office records.

Beginning with Ne Zha, the animation company already has an entire universe of films waiting to be released, including one that got an Easter Egg in Ne Zha. Here’s a look at some upcoming animated films from the company.

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Love and Destiny costumes round-up: Ni Ni as a bird fairy

Despite opening to ridicule, Ni Ni and Chang Chen’s Love and Destiny has been slowly garnering fans thanks to its solid writing, acting, and directing. A round-up of costumes for Lingxi the bird fairy, the first of the three lifetimes of Ni Ni’s character in fantasy drama Love and Destiny. Designed by William Chang Suk Ping, the costumes in this period of her life are all simple ombre gauze to give her character a sense of flight and innocence.

You can watch the series on Youtube here.

In heaven prison, you look like this.
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Meteor Garden leads Shen Yue, Jerry Yan star in The Exchange Luck

What happens when 2000 Daoming Si and 2018’s Shan Cai fall in love?

Meteor Garden leads eighteen years apart, Shen Yue and Jerry Yan, switch up their luck in The Exchange Luck 交换吧!运气. The modern rom-com began filming last week. Next up: Barbie Hsu X Wang Hedi please.

Lu Xingcheng (Jerry Yan) is a successful CEO known for his luck while Tong Xiaoyou (Shen Yue) is a down-on-her-luck designer. An accidental kiss somehow exchanges their luck reserve and the two’s lives begin to drastically change.