Original Sin releases final trailer and new stills

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng looking to hop on that lucrative and popular BL ship train of late.

Zhai Tianlin and Yin Zheng’s detective series Original Sin 原生之罪 released its final trailer recently, with plans to come out maybe this month but maybe not. The two play archenemies turned allies in a super shippy drama.

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Casting call: Another My Fair Princess adaptation

The third adaptation of My Fair Princess / Huan Zhu Ge Ge 还珠格格 is being made through a collaboration of Tencent (Ever Night, An Oriental Odyssey)   and author Qiong Yao.

They’re looking for actors across the world ages 18+ for every role. Should be able to have basic acting skills and line-reading in Chinese.  Interested parties should e-mail xhuanzhu@163.com or call at (+86) -0731-84802648.

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Live-action meets animated series Dramaholic is also a Peking Opera rap musical and a sci-fi

Dramaholic combines 2D backgrounds, 3D animation, live-action, a 2D world, our world, an Internet world, Peking opera,  rap, rock, and martial arts.

Not only does Dramahoic combine Peking opera animation with live-action humor, it turns out that it is also a Peking opera and rap musical and has a cyber dimension.

When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world.  The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character,  must now enter our world to bring him back. They take a “dimension increase” pill and enter our world. In our world, they must avoid cameras since they turn into animation whenever they’re photographed.  Once a day, they can also go into stage mode to fight.  Based on the trailer, at some point they also all enter the Internet.

Dramaholic 戏隐江湖 airs two episodes on iQiyi here  every Wednesday and Thursay  starting on the 12th behind Never Ever Expected  (万万没想到).

I’ve seen the first two episodes and the music is actually pretty good. The songs so far are one Peking Opera + rap mix, one Peking opera, and one xiaoqu (?).

Here’s the new trailer:

 

 

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The Story of Yanxi Palace is the most googled show of the year on Earth

All hail the Emperor.

Despite a large portion its audience using Baidu, The Story of Yanxi Palace 延禧攻略 is the most googled show of the year all over the globe. The tv series was the only Chinese name to make it on any of the lists on Google’s Top Searches of the Year released today.

The show has shot to fame its stars Wu Jinyan and Xu Kai, and re-launched  the careers of Nie Yuan, Qin Lan,  Charmaine Sheh, and most importantly producer Yu Zheng. After a successful online run, it received successful runs on TV in the mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.  You can watch the hit show English subbed on Viki and Chinese subbed on Youtube.

Song Yiren, Yan Yuhao sign up for love in Time Teaches Me To Love

Both leads are Chinese-Canadian and Beijing Film Academy alums.

Song Yiren is capitalizing on her newly-found fame as the adorable Sangsang in EverNight with the release of her new idol drama, Time Teaches Me To Love 时光教会我爱你,  on December 10th.  She’ll co-star with Jerry Yan Yuhao (not to be confused with THE Jerry Yan) in a pretty standard plot of a contract marriage to deal with demanding parents.

Promo Round-up: Like A Flowing River

Like A Flowing River stars Wang Kai as a smart lad from the countryside who is able to change the course of his life after taking the university entrance exams, Yang Shuo as his impulsive brother-in-law while and Dong Zijian as a budding entrepreneur. Part 1 begins airing tonight on Dragon TV / Beijing TV and will finish with 47 episodes.

English-subbed playlist of promo materials below. The drama will also be uploaded on  the same channel.

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Espionage series The Message sends out stylized trailer

Gu Xiaomeng X Li Ningyu is a ship for all ages

Espionage thriller  The Message  风声 drama has released a second and much better trailer, with stylized shots and interwoven scenes to build up suspense.  Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, the drama tells the story of five suspected locked in a mansion trying to find out who among them is the murder of a Japanese official.     The series stars Xu Lu (Be With You)Janice Man (Love Weaves Through A Millennium 2)Zhao Lixin (The Rise of Phoenixes)Zhang Zhijian (In the Name of the People) and Tony Yang (Divas Hit the Road 2) as the leads.

Trailer below:

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Jiang Shuying plays Wang Kai’s empress in Held in the Lonely Castle

Held in the Lonely Castle has unveiled its main cast, and Jiang Shuying (Mr. Right) will be playing the female lead Empress Cao, a woman who abides by her duties but is distrusted by her husband (Wang Kai).

Fourteen-year-old Bian Cheng (Yong Qi in Ruyi’s Royal Love, young Luo Chi in Faithful to Buddha) plays eunuch Liang Huaiji, while new actress Ren Min (Cry Me A Sad River) plays the princess Huirou. [Extended Synopsis]

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Live-action meets animated Peking opera heroes in Dramaholics

Marvel’s new Chinese franchise  Shang Chi is going to have a hard time topping the aesthetic of this superhero landing.

 

When an animated Peking Opera character goes through mid-show identity crisis, he escapes to the live-action human world to find himself behind all the masks he wears day after day.  The rest of the opera troupe, each one representing a type of Peking opera character,  must now enter our world to bring him back.

Dramaholic 戏隐江湖 is a comedy series that mixes 3D animated and live-action characters from the team behind Never Ever Expected  (万万没想到). The animation style is gorgeous and unique,  so I really hope the script holds up.  

The head artist and director, Zou Siwei, is a self-trained artist whose daytime job is an Peking Opera actor for the China National Peking Opera Company, so he’ll no doubt bring a lot of authenticity to the opera parts.  Dramaholic stars Chen Xinzhe, Zheng Qiuhong, Zhang Benyu, and Liu Xunzimo. You might recognize the later two as regulars from  Never Ever Expected .

 

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