Liu Yifei’s Mulan promotions have begun! Here’s the first of undoubtedly many photoshoots. With a theme of duality that also mirrors the ballad of Hua Mulan, this photoshoot is by Liu Zongyuan of the Mulan-like photoshoot. Supposedly each picture is a line of the poem, so below the cut is my attempt at matching sections of the ballad with the pictures.(more…)
Sheep Without a Shepherd 误杀 is based on the Indian film Drishyam and stars Xiao Yang and Tan Zhuo as parents who would do anything to protect their daughter. Joan Chen costars as the head of the Thailand police force. The film is slated for a Dec. 13th release.
I’ll still watch the movie for the nostalgia and Liu Yifei/Gong Li, but I just don’t understand why some of the visual choices are so hideous in Disney’s Mulan.
You would think the biggest film company in the world with such a big budget would be able to build on years of development in the Chinese entertainment industry, yet it’s uglier than TV series made decades ago. How do they get a German costume designer, a New Zealand production designer and make-up artist, an Australian cinematographer, a British stunt coordinator, but not a single person who’s worked on a few Chinese movies or dramas in the past decade to be in the production crew?
Here’s a scene-by-scene comparison of one of the most expensive films ever by the biggest film company in the world versus Chinese TV series.(more…)
Disney’s live-action Mulan released two new trailers today. The film is set for a release date of March 27, 2020. It stars Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jet Lee, Jason Scott Lee, and Yoson An.
The much better US trailer that made me cry when Reflections came out:(more…)
Begin, Again 亲爱的新年好 stars Bai Baihe (Go Away, Mr. Tumor!, A City Called Macau) as the heroine who begins to find herself and start a new life with the help of young room-mate (Zhang Zifeng) and colleague-turned-love interest (Wei Daxun).
Directed by Peng Youlun (PhantaCity) and based off screenwriter Dingding Zhang’s novel Lonely in the City, the film is set for a Dec. 31st release.
Love You Forever 我在时间尽头等你 stars Li Hongqi (Go Go Squid!) as Lin Ge, a man who turns back time so his love interest Qiu Qian can be resurrected. However there’s always a price to pay for thwarting Fate, and the teaser suggests that in the new timeline, Lin Ge will no longer be able to exist in the heroine’s life.
Directed by Yao Tingting (Yesterday Once More), the film is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day premiere next year.(more…)
Director Feng Xiaogang reunites with his Youth stars Huang Xuan and Yang Caiyu in upcoming romantic film Only Cloud Knows 只有芸知道. Huang Xuan plays a widower who takes a trip down memory lane and accidentally uncovers a secret relating to his wife’s past.
Based on a true story, the film is slated for a Dec. 20 premiere. [Teaser]
The dubbing is actually pretty solid (but that may be because the Last English-dubbed video I’ve been watching was this) . Animated feature White Snake , a loose prequel to popular legend The Legend of the White Snake, opens in LA on November 15th and in select U.S. theaters on Nov. 29. There are two additional dubbed clips here and here.
Director Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Forever Enthralled) returns to the Peking Opera troupe for inspirations in this stylized short film directed and written by him for variety show Attention Actors 演员请就位. Zhao Wenhao (Sacrifice) puts on imo the best performance of the show as a disgruntled former actor who fulfills his dream of acting as the hero Xiang Yu on stage by channeling him in real life to protect his beloved. The film co-stars Huang Yao (The Crossing) and Yu Xiaotong (Dream of the Red Chambers).
Watch the skit on Youtube below (should start at 2:03:43):(more…)