Jo is the resident Huang Xiaoming expert (a kinder way of saying "obsessive fan"). She's been watching cdramas since she was a little kid and defends her obsession with Chinese entertainment by saying it helps her practice her Mandarin.
During this past round-up, our favorite celebrities celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival (aka the Moon Festival) and got up to some other shenanigans. Kicking us off is Tang Yan and her picture-perfect moon cake. She’s currently filming the movie Bounty Hunter (赏金猎人) and will follow that up with the drama The Princess Weiyoung (锦绣未央). As always, keeping busy.
This is less of a Weibo Wednesday update and more of round-up of a bunch of celebrities who announced they were dating (or in one case, married) and whom we couldn’t bother devoting an entire post to. Let me know if there are any celebrities you’d like an update from, because the Weibosphere has been a little dry lately, tbh.
Whether you loved or hated The Romance of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣), you gotta admit that the way leads Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen went public with their real-life relationship is pretty cute.
Chen Xiao: There will be a day when you will share my surname.
If you follow any of the younger Chinese actors, you probably already know about this news: Zhang Han more or less announced that he was dating Gulinazha, his costar from the upcoming The Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海经之赤影传说). The Weibo post is just a photo of the two kissing in front of a passing bus, with a simple message saying “Rat loves Monkey” (referring to their zodiac animals) and tagging Gulinazha, but it’s a low-key and sweet way to go public.
Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng recently graced the cover of Men’s Health, coinciding with the release of his sports movie, To The Fore (破风), which opens in theaters on August 7.
Directed by Dante Lam, To The Fore (which we will refrain from referring to as “Breaking Wind,” which the title can literally translate to) is set in the world of competitive cycling. Newbie bikers Wang Chouming (Eddie Peng) and Qiu Tian (Shawn Dou) find themselves wowed by the talented Korean cyclist Zheng Zhiyuan (Choi Siwon) and agree to sign on as his pacesetters (破风手).
Although the three of them form a perfect team, Wang Chouming and Qiu Tian soon discover that no matter how many races they win together, only Zheng Zhiyuan will be recognized as the official winner. As each of them becomes caught up in their pursuit of victory, they lose their solidarity and their achievements go plummeting. Will their team spirit ever return?
To The Fore features appearances from Wang Luodan and Carlos Chan. Interestingly, its August 7 release is the exact same release date as that of Shawn Dou’s other movie, Time to Love (新步步惊心).
Check out a teaser trailer below, as well as the rest of Eddie’s Men’s Health photoshoot.
Singer Chen Xiang recently released the music video for “We Are Not Wrong” (我们都没有错), the fourth track from his Reborn to Sing (破茧而声) album, which was released last year.
Chen Xiang directed the MV himself, marking his first time as a music video director. He was personally involved in writing the screenplay, selecting the filming locations, and deciding on the post-production edits. “I was obviously very nervous, but I was even more excited,” said Chen Xiang. “It’s a great feeling to be able to do what you want to do and reveal what you have sketched out in your mind.”
“[The MV] may not be the best work,” he went on, “but the fact is that it’s a new child that I created with all my passion and diligence. I know I still have a lot of things to learn and improve on. For every single person, the first step is difficult but also beautiful. After taking the first step, you will realize that the steps after are not that difficult.”
Check out the MV for “We Are Not Wrong” below, and if you want to see more of Chen Xiang, make sure to check him out in the currently airing drama Whirlwind Girl (旋风少女)!
During her Bang the World tour, Jane Zhang suddenly announced that she was in a relationship with Michael Feng (Feng Ke), the CEO of Show City Times, which is Jane’s management company. The two have been together for 12 years.
While in Changsha on July 4, Jane surprised everyone, including her boyfriend, with an unplanned announcement. “From when I was 18 years old to 30 years old, I haven’t been waiting,” she said, referring to her song “Finally Waited for You” (终于等到你), which she had just finished singing. “Because there is a person who has always been by my side.”
Jane then explained that she had originally wanted to go public with their relationship in 2005, the same year she competed in Super Girl (超级女声), but Michael was against the idea, because he didn’t want the news to negatively affect her nascent singing career. Now that 10 years have passed and she is nearing her 31st birthday, Jane felt that now was the perfect time to make her announcement.
“I don’t want to be alone anymore,” she declared. “You’ve all been with me in the 10 years since my debut, and so has this person. I’ve already thought it through. If you’re willing to marry me, then come on stage.”
The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.
Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.
Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.
The movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin (新步步惊心), officially titled Time to Love, unveiled a new trailer and some new stills recently, with the highlight being our first close-ups of Tony Yang and Shawn Dou, who play Fourth Prince and Fourteenth Prince respectively.
Unlike the previously released preview, which suggested that female lead Zhang Xiaowen (Ivy Chen) traveled back in time after a failed suicide attempt, the new trailer shows her accidentally slipping in the bathtub and awakening in the Qing Dynasty as Maertai Ruoxi. The trailer also gives us a glimpse of her burgeoning romances with the logical and reliable Fourth Prince and the romantic and fun-loving Fourteenth Prince.
Time to Love opens in theaters on August 20, just in time for the Qixi Festival (sometimes referred to as “Chinese Valentine’s Day”). Trailer and more stills below.
If there’s anything better than one Wang Leehom, it’s four Wang Leehoms. Here he is poking fun at himself in a recent photoshoot for L’Officiel Hommes.
You! You! You! It’s not polite to point like that!
Leehom also randomly started posting sheet music for his songs, starting with “Your Love” (你的愛), the title track from his new album. If you play violin, viola, cello, or bass, and have been dying to learn how to play his music, check out the link!
Kimi Qiao with a giant bear! He and Cruel Romance costar Huang Xiaoming recently showed up on Happy Camp, which ended up being one of the highest-rated episodes in recent years. You can also catch him romancing actress Xu Lu in the upcoming reality show, We Are in Love (我们相爱吧), a.k.a. the Chinese version of We Got Married.
Benefits are here! Sending you all… a little devil [literally, a bear child].