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The Legends stills of Xu Kai as Moqing

” I want to protect Lu Zhaoyao, but also protect the earth and world that she loves” –  Moqing

Here is a new set of stills of Xu Kai as Li Chenlan / Moqing, the youth prophecied for wickedness who spent his life fulfilling the female lead’s visions of good. He’s very perfect person.

The Legends 招摇 is based on the book of the same name by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang and directed by Steven Cheng. It’s available on Youtube here and airs two episodes every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Baby Moqing is such a sweetheart.

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Chen Man has a Barbie modeled after her

he cut of that qipao is gorgeous and is definitely something Chen Man would love.

Probably the most well-known celebrity photographer in China, Chen Man is one of nine 2019 Barbie Sheros as a part of Barbie’s 60th anniversary’s nine new Barbies. Last year,  actress Guan Xiaotong,  ballerina Tan Yuanyuan, and volleyball player Hui Ruoqi got their own barbie dolls.Maybe because she looks like a doll, I think Chen Man’s barbie looks the most like her. 

Sinology Sunday: Mao Geping X The Forbidden Palace make-up collection

Emperor Kangxi endorses this eyeshadow palette.

The Forbidden Palace aka one of China’s hottest IP (they have their own variety show promoting  merch and collaborations with everything from a mobile game with Tencent to pickled goods with Li Ziqi) has another make-up collection, this time for Mao Geping’s new  Eastern Charms collection containing blush, eye shadow, all-purpose color palettes, lipsticks  and perfumes.

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Soul Ferry director takes on another supernatural mystery series

“Only by traveling through the night can one reach dawn.” – tagline

Soul Ferry director Ju Xingmao has began work on  another supernatural mystery series. Titled The Journey Across the Night 我在香港遇见他 (literally translation : In Hong Kong, I met him), the series stars Zeng Shunxi (Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber), Cherry Ngan (Original Sin), Huang Yao (The Crossing) and Zhou Cheng’ao ( My Huckleberry Friends). Synopsis below.

After both his mother and his brother were diagnosed with schizophrenia when they were twenty-four, young Li Jia ( Zeng Shunxi) goes to Hong Kong for his graduate studies to study hereditary mental illness in hopes that he will be able to save himself before time runs out. There, he and fellow student Shi Cheng are sent to apartments all across Hong Kong by their housing agent Zhang XX (Cherry Ngan), where the trio meets a series of mysterious strangers and neighbors…

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Liu Yifei is stunning as ever

Seriously I’ve seen like fifty romance novels with an illustrated cover that looks just like this but not as pretty.

Actress Liu Yifei reminds you why no matter how many bad movies she makes, she is still the prototype for like half of all Chinese romance novels.   Here are two sets of photos for a series of Tissot events. Images from her weibo and 壁纸控ins @Weibo.

The actress hasn’t had any new projects since finishing up Records of Nanyan Studio and Disney’s Mulan. Hey Marvel, she would be perfect for a superhero role in, say, The Eternals by Chloe Zhao or Shang-Chi.

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Review: The Legends is a fast-paced wuxia rom-com with two great female leads

Featuring two female leads with character flaws and character growth, The Legends has one of the best written female friendships of late.

The Legends 招摇 might be the best wuxia-ish drama with a female lead out yet (I know, low bar), and the three leads might have my favorite drama lead dynamic since The Disguiser.  The currently-airing drama is still a funny, cute rom-com at heart, but it’s one of the few wuxia that treats its female leads’ ambitions no different than a male lead.  It  reminds me of Wicked the musical with its polar-opposite female leads who share a room and who change each other for good. One of them is pushed into wickedness after being called so by the leader of the land, but the other believes in her even after the world has deemed her wicked. The romance plot reminds me of The Disguiser, with the male lead being in love with not just the female lead but her visions for the world.

Zhaoyao (Bai Lu) starts off as a young girl fed naive visions of helping her people “become good” by her mentor and first crush. Yet when he condemns to death an innocent youth prophecied for evil, she is horrified and rebels against him.  Her mentor ends up killing her grandfather while she saves the youth. After being told repeatedly she’s wicked by everyone, Zhaoyao chooses to become wicked. She sets out to build a ruthless empire, killing both her mentor and her old dreams along the way.

Five years later, the “righteous” sects gang up on her and she is killed. The youth she saved, Li Chenlan (Xu Kai), takes over her sect and rebuilds it in her original vision. When she magically returns from death, she finds that her acres of traps and torture equipment have all been converted to pastures and tools for the villagers. Enraged by this sign of betrayal, she goes back to her sect undercover and spends every day trying to seduce and/or kill Li Chenlan.  All this happens in the first five episodes! 

Zhaoyao: Who would be so shameless as to want to care for the most wicked person alive? Zhiyan: I’m that shameless.

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Janice Man, Tang Mengjia dressed up in holiday posters for Nice to Meet You

This post was solely created because I like this dress.

Here’s some holiday themed posters from upcoming drama Nice To Meet You 只为遇见你.

Nice To Meet You 只为遇见你 explores the clashing of traditional Chinese and modern elements in the jewelry world. The series airs on March 10th and stars Janice Man (Tribe and Empires), Zhang Ming’en (Tientsin Mystic), Wei Qianxiang (Prince of Lan Ling), Tang Mengjia (Concubine Meng Arrives), Ma Yashu (Spell of the Fragrance), and Ji Xiaobing (S.C.I.).

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Tang Dynasty Tour showcases world class dance performance

Timetravelling series Tang Dynasty Tour 唐砖 is the first time I’ve seen an ancient drama directly lift an already popular dance to be performed in the show. The dance, An Outing with Beauties 丽人行, is adapted from award-winning dance drama  Du Fu, is based off a poem that uses descriptions of the nonchalance and beauty of the women picnicking in the spring to criticize the lives of the rich in the Tang dynasty.

Friday Photos: Photographer Xiaoming

LOVE LOVE LOVE

With a super distinctive style of bringing frames into photos, photographer Xiaoming is a rising star with unique looks. Here are some pictures of his for Xu Kai, Chen Ruoxuan, Lin Yanjun, Sodagreen, Wu Tsing-Fong of Jikejunyi, Jiang Yingrong, Tia Ray, and Super Vocal’s Ayunga and Zheng Yunlong,
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