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A mixed pot. I comment on whatever catches my interest. Currently watching: Who's the Murderer

Huang Bo, Shen Teng meets Crazy Alien in upcoming black comedy

Crazy Alien is an upcoming black comedy starring Huang Bo as Geng Hao, a monkey trainer whose act goes wrong after an alien crash lands on Earth and injures his monkey. Desperate to perform the act, he attempts to train the alien instead, though is punished after the alien regains his powers.

The alien’s plans to return home are complicated by American scientists searching for alien life and Dafei’s (Shen Teng) desire to make some traditional medicated liquor. Lei Jiayin costars as a policeman.

Ning Hao’s new film is scheduled for a February 5th release.

Promo Round-up: Like A Flowing River

Like A Flowing River stars Wang Kai as a smart lad from the countryside who is able to change the course of his life after taking the university entrance exams, Yang Shuo as his impulsive brother-in-law while and Dong Zijian as a budding entrepreneur. Part 1 begins airing tonight on Dragon TV / Beijing TV and will finish with 47 episodes.

English-subbed playlist of promo materials below. The drama will also be uploaded on  the same channel.

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Jiang Shuying plays Wang Kai’s empress in Held in the Lonely Castle

Held in the Lonely Castle has unveiled its main cast, and Jiang Shuying (Mr. Right) will be playing the female lead Empress Cao, a woman who abides by her duties but is distrusted by her husband (Wang Kai).

Fourteen-year-old Bian Cheng (Yong Qi in Ruyi’s Royal Love, young Luo Chi in Faithful to Buddha) plays eunuch Liang Huaiji, while new actress Ren Min (Cry Me A Sad River) plays the princess Huirou. [Extended Synopsis]

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New Return of the Condor Heroes releases two sets of character posters

New Return of the Condor Heroes (I refuse to acknowledge their official title The New Version of the Candor Heroes) made headlines yesterday after releasing a set of badly photoshopped posters, and tried to salvage the sinking drama by releasing a new set featuring Yang Guo (Tong Mengshi) and Xiaolongnv (Mao Xiaohui)…except I don’t think they succeeded.

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Music Monday: Super Vocals

Super Vocal 声入人心 is Hunan TV’s third variety show to focus on the voice (more specifically bel canto in this case) as an instrument after The Sound and Phanta City

36 music students / singers / musical actors alternate between being apprentice and cover based on recommendations from producers Liao Changyong, Henry Lau and Shang Wenjie. The final 6 apprentices will go on a national concert tour and release a full album at the conclusion of the show.

(Playlist of my favourites so far)

Air date update, December 2018

The dramas with unconfirmed air dates will most likely air late December / early January.

That City, This Family 那座城这家人 – Dec 2
Starring: Ma Yuan, Tong Lei
Details: 44 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
Survivors from the Tangshan earthquake bond and form a new family.

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Sun Honglei, Xin Zhilei’s modern drama releases stills

Upcoming family drama Over the Sea I Come To You 带着爸爸去留学 stars Sun Honglei as a father who saves up every little penny to fund his son’s studies abroad, and is forced to join his son (Zeng Shunxi) on his exchange to the US after his wife’s visa is rejected.

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Zhang Xueying’s coming-of-age film Einstein and Einstein gets a wide release after 5 years

“Don’t forget what type of kid you were. Don’t forget what type of adult you once wanted to be.”

Director Cao Baoping’s (Equation of Love and Death, The Dead End) third film Einstein and Einstein 狗十三 stars then-13 year old Zhang Xueying (Summer’s Desire) as a love deprived only daughter who is sent to live with her grandparents after her younger half-brother is born. Veteran actor Guo Jinglin (Great Expectations) plays her father.

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