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A mixed pot. I comment on whatever catches my interest.

Producer-screenwriters Guo Jingming, Yu Zheng publicly apologise for plagiarism

L-R: Yu Zheng, Guo Jingming. Image source: Sina Finance

Well isn’t this an entertaining way to end 2020. Popular author / screenwriter / director Guo Jingming‘s second novel Never-flower in Never-dream was found by the court to have plagiarised Zhuang Yu’s In and Out of the Circle in 2003, yet has never admitted or apologised for plagiarism until today. Guo published a Weibo post at 12am describing it as an “unhealable wound” he was “loathe to face”.

Guo Jingming had offered to pay Zhuang Yu all the royalties he earned from selling Never-flower in Never-dream or alternatively if she didn’t accept his offer, he would donate all his profit to charity.

Zhuang Yu accepted his apology, though suggested they create an “Anti-Plagiarism Fund” using all the royalties from the sale of the novels in question instead. Guo Jingming has accepted her offer to create “the fund”.
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Character posters for Song Yiren, Guo Junchen’s period rom-com

Her Fantastic Adventures 第二次初见 stars Song Yiren (Professional Single) as a shot put athlete with a love for pork. She accidentally time travels after being forced to leave her career behind, getting rejected by her first love and arguing with her mum.

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First look at Sun Li, Mark Chao in The Ideal City

The Ideal City 理想之城 stars Sun Li (I Will Find You A Better Home) as Su Xiao, a quantity surveyor who claws her way back up the ladder in the male-dominated architecture industry after undergoing various tribulations. Mark Chao plays her love interest Xia Ming.

Based on the novel by Ruohua Ranran and directed by Liu Jin (The Perfect Partner), the 40 episode drama recently wrapped up filming.

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First look at the beauties and heroes in Sword Snow Stride

Li Chun as Xuanyuan Qingfeng

Sword Snow Stride has released stills of its supporting cast. The wuxia drama stars Zhang Ruoyun as a martial arts hero turned general and Li Gengxi as his slave (and maybe love interest?). Costars include Hu Jun, Zhang Tian’ai, Li Chun, Dong Jie and more.

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Promo Round-up: My Best Friend’s Story

My Best Friend’s Story stars Liu Shishi and Ni Ni as friends who support each other through thick and thin. I’m halfway through the other friendship drama Dear Missy, and I think it would be wise to view this as a drama that focuses on each of the female lead’s romances, with a touch of womance sprinkled on top.

The 38 episode drama airs 2 episodes daily on CCTV-8.

First trailer

Final trailer
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Anti-Stockholm Syndrome drama The Controllers premieres today

The Controllers has been renamed to The Confidence 阳光之下, and stars Peng Guanying and Cai Wenjing in a cat-and-mouse game between a deranged criminal and a heroine who doesn’t suffer from Stockholm syndrome.

The 40 episode drama released 4 episodes this afternoon for Mango TV members – it should be officially available for international viewers in a couple of days.

Republican spy thriller The Message begins airing

Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, The Message tells the story of five suspects who are locked in a mansion as the Japanese try to find out who among them is the spy.

Starring Xu Lu, Janice Man, Zhou Yiwei (face photoshopped onto Zhao Lixin after the actor was blacklisted), Zhang Zhijian and Tony Yang, the drama announced its premiere 2 hours before premiering on Beijing TV last night. The drama should be available on an official Youtube channel soon.

Andy Lau, Ni Ni’s Shockwave 2 gears up for premiere

Shockwave 2 stars Andy Lau as a former bomb disposal technician who becomes the prime suspect in a terrorist attack. Sean Lau costars as the hero’s former colleague, while Ni Ni plays the chief inspector of the counter-terrorism unit and the hero’s ex-girlfriend.

The film premieres in Chinese theatres on December 24th.

Initial trailer, Trailer 2