The Yinyang Master 侍神令 is a very loose adaption of Netease RPG game Onmyoji, and stars Chen Kun as Qingming (Abe no Seimei), Zhou Xun as Babai Biqiuni (Yao Bikuni), Qu Chuxiao as Yuan Boya (Hiromasa) and Shen Yue as Shenyue (Kagura). William Chan and Wang Likun costar.(more…)
The Chinese film industry is on the road to recovery and romance films Love You Forever (Li Yitong, Li Hongqi) and Wild Grass (Ma Sichun, Zhong Chuxi, Huang Jingyu) will be the first new commercial films on offer to moviegoers. Both films are slated to premiere on August 25, Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Under the Light 坚如磐石 stars Lei Jiayin as Su Jianming, a police officer who walks right into a trap set up by the rich and powerful Li Zhitian (Yu Hewei), and a whole string of unexpected dirty secrets and cover ups are unearthed. Zhang Guoli, Zhou Dongyu, Sun Yizhou, Tian Yu and Joan Chen costar.(more…)
Mulan director Niki Caro recently released a clip of Liu Yifei’s audition and Liu Yifei is soooo cute in it. This was right after flying from China to the U.S., too. In the lines, you can tell they allude to the story of unable to separate between male and female rabbits from the original ballad of Mulan. Niki Caro also released a few audition tapes of other actresses, including Leah Dou, Lan Yingying, Zhang Yishang and Yang Caiyu.
The film’s been pushed back to July 24 as of now, but I assume it’s all up in the air.
Soul Mate director Derek Tsang’s coming-of-age crime film Better Days won a whopping eight awards at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriters, Best Actress, Best New Actor (Yi Yangqianxi), Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Original Theme Song.
Best Actress winner Zhou Dongyu is now one step closer to achieving the grand slam of Chinese cinema (Golden Rooster / Golden Horse / HKFA), a feat that has only been accomplished by Zhou Xun and Zhang Ziyi.
Congratulations to the entire crew!
Rock Artist-filmmaker Cui Jian has announced yet another foray into film, this time a rock opera based on the nine sons of the Emperor Kangxi vying for the throne. The opera, tentatively title Nine Dragons 摇滚九子, is likened to the musical Six and will feature the teams of the princes as rivaling rock bands in an 80’s battle of the bands.
Singer-actor Chen Kun plays the insolent second prince. Wang Leehom and Da Zhang Wei guest stars as two short-lived competitors – the first and third princes. Wang Kai plays the fourth prince (later the Emperor Yongzheng) , while Lu Han plays his bandmate the Thirteen Prince. Xiao Zhan plays his chief rival the Eighth prince while his bandmates the Ninth Prince and Tenth Prince are played by Xiao Shunyao and Yan Xujia respectively. Tan Jianci plays their new lead singer, the Fourteenth Prince. Cui Jian himself will play their father and the judge.(more…)
Liu Yifei covers the classic Mulan song Reflection. She sounds flawed but still beautiful and more importantly, it sounds like her. I’m really happy that they didn’t over-autotune her too much for this song like they did for the other princesses. My only complaint is that the erhu is a very minimum-effort addition, but I like how the rest of the music was re-arranged to fit her voice.(more…)
I was going to do another Mulan round-up next week, but I love this photoshoot by Chen Man so much that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
In addition, we also get a first look at how Liu Yifei fares as a man in this clip below. fake deep voice is so cute!(more…)
A round-up of Liu Yifei’s Mulan promos so far. The stunts look a lot better in the featurette than in the trailers, although I’m still iffy about all their decisions (one of the producers recently blamed cutting out Li Shang on the MeToo movement!)
Since tickets are now out in many places, here’s a mini round-up of some of the promotional stuff as well as a couple of merchandise. All the interviews are mostly just various people praising Liu Yifei and how hard-working and awesome she is. For example, co-star Jimmy Wong tweeted that the male soldiers couldn’t last 2/3 of the time in training as Liu Yifei.
Playlist of trailers, interviews, behind-the-scenes of Mulan:(more…)
Everyone Wants to Meet You is every cliché awkwardly stitched together, but Zhang Ruonan still has a place in my heart as the angel of Cry Me a Sad River, so I’m excited to see her as the lead in a film. She’ll be paired with Someday or One Day star Greg Han, who recently signed with a spin-off company of the studio that produced Tiny Times. Hopefully he’ll end up more like Kai Ko (minus the marijuana) than Calvin Tu.
Han Tian (Only the Wind Knows) directs the 2020 remake of Korean film On Your Wedding Day 你的婚礼, about a man receives a wedding invitation from his first love whom he met in high school. I don’t have super high hopes for the film, but the two leads look so happy in the teaser.(more…)