First teaser for Zhou Xun, Huang Bo’s gritty crime thriller

Across the Furious Sea is the much anticipated thriller comes from Cao Baoping, whose most notable works include Cock and Bull, The Equation of Love and Death and The Dead End. I’m also looking forward to watching The Perfect Blue, though with Fan Bingbing in the cast, I’m not sure when the film will be given the green light.

The film stars Huang Bo (Crazy Alien) as a father who is seeking revenge after his daughter died at the hands of her boyfriend, and Zhou Xun (Remain Silent) as the killer’s mother. Across the Furious Sea is scheduled for a Summer 2021 premiere.

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

Lei Jiayin, Yang Mi’s Assassin in Red teases parallel worlds in new trailer

Assassin in Red stars Lei Jiayin as the father who is tasked with killing a novelist (Dong Zijian) to save his daughter, yet ends up getting written into the novel himself. Yang Mi plays the alluring assassin Tuling.

Directed by Lu Yang (Brotherhood of Blades), the film is set for a 12 February 2021 release.

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Netflix to produce futuristic “Water Margin” film

Deadline has reported that Netflix has signed on Kingdom-director Shinsuke Sato and Deepwater Horizon-writer Matt Sand for a futuristic adaptation of Chinese novel The Water Margin, a tale of 108 outlaws forced into rebellion by the failing Song government loosely based on historical figures. Unlike Netflix’s The Three Body Trilogy that at least has Ken Liu, this one so far has no Chinese names attached. But hey, at least it’s one step closer to my dream cyberpunk Jin Yong film.

Random fact in case the casting director sees this: the average young male from Shandong, where the story is set and most of the characters are from, is taller than one from the U.S. The most famous Shandongnese actresses look like this and this. Please don’t just cast people who fit your false stereotypes (but please do cast Asians for the roles).

Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran’s Moses on the Plain releases first teaser

Moses on the Plain 平原上的摩西 is produced by art house director Diao Yinan (Wild Goose Lake), and stars acclaimed young film actors Zhou Dongyu and Liu Haoran in the leading roles.

While probing into a taxi driver’s murder case, detective Zhuang Shu (Liu Haoran) discovers that his childhood friend Li Fei (Zhou Dongyu) is somehow involved, and that he may also have been a witness.

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Guo Jingming’s Onmyoji adaptation releases trailer

Guo Jingming’s Onmyoji 阴阳师 adaptation released its first trailer today to prepare for its Christmas opening. I don’t know why Hollywood continues to build crappy sets like this one for Shang-Chi when even a Guo Jingming CGI-fest looks like this.

The film stars Mark Zhao, Deng Lun, Wang Ziwen, Chun Xia, and Wang Duo. How does this compare to Chen Kun and Zhou Xun’s Yinyang Master, which has the same name in Chinese?

355 trailer is out and Fan Bingbing’s barely in it.

The 355 trailer is out. Even though Fan Bingbing is billed as one of the five leads, she barely appears in the trailer. It also explains how she magically filmed the film when she reportedly wasn’t allowed out of the country during filming (because she owed too much in taxes). Looks like she just filmed her scenes in China and they edited it together. I’m impressed they didn’t replace her.

The film is set to be out on January 15, 2021.

Amber Kuo sleeps on a bed of money in The Story of Xi Bao

“Love without material goods is just a fistful of sand that blows apart with the wind” – Amber Kuo’s famous Tiny Times quote seems to also be fitting for her new role.

Amber Kuo sleeps on a bed of money in the newest promos for The Story of Xi Bao 喜宝. Based on the book of the same name, the film follows Xibao as she chooses between love (Gao Ren) and money (Chang Kuo-chu) . First-time director Wang Danyang writes and directs. It’s set to be in theaters on October 16th.