Li Qin, Qin Hao cast in historical romance drama The Song of Glory

Upcoming historical romance drama The Song of Glory 南歌, previously known as 雀谋 / 锦绣长歌 / Biding Time, comes from the producers of The Princess Weiyoung, and stars Li Qin (Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace) as the mistress of a dance house who is later revealed to be the missing daughter of a respected family of warriors. Qin Hao (Tomb of Sea) costars as Liu Yilong, the emperor of Liu Song and her main love interest. Continue reading

Ju Jingyi’s The Legend of White Snake releases MV

Happy White Valentine’s Day! Hopefully your romance is more smooth than theirs.

New The Legend of White Snake 新白娘子传奇 released its theme song MV. Starring Ju Jingyi and Yu Menglong in the timeless tale of a forbidden romance between humans and demons, the series is one of at least four retellings of the story made within the past two years, but I”m not going to complain since The Destiny of White Snake and the White Snake animated feature have both been good.

The CGI background when they first meet on the bridge is gorgeous and has a Chinese watercolor touch to it. Also, where do these fictional girls find all these boyfriends who can perfectly do their eyebrows without practice? I need one.

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Marvel’s Shang-Chi Dream Cast

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Alternatively, how about all of them as Shang-chi since he can multiply.

Given that Cfensi got its  top choice for Disney’s Mulan, let’s do some dream cast for Shang-chi, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first lead Asian superhero (unless The Eternals miraculously cast an Asian). Shang-chi is a master of wushu who was born in Hu’nan and moved to NYC.  He is half-white  and looks just like Bruce Lee in the comics, but MCU probably has plenty of of freedom in terms of what age and exact background he’ll be. There’s also a bunch of Chinese characters who could be in the film.

Who would you like to see cast?  Leave a comment and I’ll add them to the polls.  My current list including young-ish actors who either have martial arts backgrounds or who look the part and are “American/Canadian/etc” since Hollywood seems to be averse to casting people of Chinese nationality given Mulan and Crazy Rich Asians.

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The Crossing to get U.S., Canada, Australia, Auckland release on Mar. 15

Photoshoot for the film by Zhong Ling

Coming-of-age story about “a schoolgirl’s rite of passage as a rookie smuggler”, The Crossing 过春天 will be screening in the usual overseas spots this week.

The directorial debut of  Bai Xue  is the produced by veteran director Tian Zhuanzhuang.  I don’t know what it is, but the trailer  looks very different from all the other Chinese films.   It reminds me a bit of the best Thai coming-of-age films. Newcomers Huang Yao, Sun Yang join Carmen Soup to star in the film.

Reviews: Hollywood Reporter ; Screen Daily

Theme songs by Tan Weiwei and Liu Xijun. Trailer below:

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Pan Yueming, Zhang Yishan play brothers in Inside Man

Inside Man 局中人 fits the typical spy drama mold of brothers who find themselves on opposing sides – younger brother Shen Fang (Zhang Yishan) returns a war hero, though older brother Shen Lin (Pan Yueming), a top-ranking Kuomintang official, suspects that his true loyalties lie elsewhere. Continue reading

The Legends stills of Xu Kai as Moqing

” I want to protect Lu Zhaoyao, but also protect the earth and world that she loves” –  Moqing

Here is a new set of stills of Xu Kai as Li Chenlan / Moqing, the youth prophecied for wickedness who spent his life fulfilling the female lead’s visions of good. He’s very perfect person.

The Legends 招摇 is based on the book of the same name by Jiu Lu Fei Xiang and directed by Steven Cheng. It’s available on Youtube here and airs two episodes every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Baby Moqing is such a sweetheart.

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Soul Ferry director takes on another supernatural mystery series

“Only by traveling through the night can one reach dawn.” – tagline

Soul Ferry director Ju Xingmao has began work on  another supernatural mystery series. Titled The Journey Across the Night 我在香港遇见他 (literally translation : In Hong Kong, I met him), the series stars Zeng Shunxi (Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber), Cherry Ngan (Original Sin), Huang Yao (The Crossing) and Zhou Cheng’ao ( My Huckleberry Friends). Synopsis below.

After both his mother and his brother were diagnosed with schizophrenia when they were twenty-four, young Li Jia ( Zeng Shunxi) goes to Hong Kong for his graduate studies to study hereditary mental illness in hopes that he will be able to save himself before time runs out. There, he and fellow student Shi Cheng are sent to apartments all across Hong Kong by their housing agent Zhang XX (Cherry Ngan), where the trio meets a series of mysterious strangers and neighbors…

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Liu Yifei is stunning as ever

Seriously I’ve seen like fifty romance novels with an illustrated cover that looks just like this but not as pretty.

Actress Liu Yifei reminds you why no matter how many bad movies she makes, she is still the prototype for like half of all Chinese romance novels.   Here are two sets of photos for a series of Tissot events. Images from her weibo and 壁纸控ins @Weibo.

The actress hasn’t had any new projects since finishing up Records of Nanyan Studio and Disney’s Mulan. Hey Marvel, she would be perfect for a superhero role in, say, The Eternals by Chloe Zhao or Shang-Chi.

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Character posters for Zhang Ruoyun, Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects

Awakening of Insects 麻雀2之惊蛰 comes from the author-writer of 2016 spy drama Sparrow, and stars Zhang Ruoyun as Chen Shan, a police informer who is forced by the Japanese to infiltrate the Kuomintang as Xiao Zhengguo, whom he bears a close resemblance to. Wang Ou plays the righteous Communist agent and Chen Shan’s love interest Zhang Li.

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