Depressing trailer and posters for movie version of Cry Me A Sad River

Trailers and stills have been released for the movie version of Cry Me A Sad River 悲伤逆流成河. Unlike the drama version, the film seems like it’s going to be a relatively faithful adaption of Guo Jingming’s source novel, which delves into bullying/peer victimisation, rape, teen pregnancy, and suicide. The movie has cast completely new actors Zhao YingboRen Min, Xin Yunlai, Zhang Ruonan and Zhu Danni as leads.

Translation of selected excerpts: (1)(2) | Teaser

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The battle between the Shadow and his master begins in new trailer

Zhang Yimu’s upcoming wuxia film Shadow has confirmed a premiere date of September 30th, and recently released a new trailer that seems to feature a monologue by Deng Chao‘s shadow:

No people. No light. No sound. All alone in the darkness, I moved my hands over every single crevice in the walls. It was proof that I wasn’t crazy. It was proof that I was still alive.

[Extended Synopsis]

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Zhou Dongyu, Yi Yangqianxi confirmed for Soul Mate director’s new film

Loosely based on Jiu Yuexi’s In His Youth, In Her Beauty, the new film from Derek Tsang (Soul Mate) is titled In His Youth 少年的你, and focuses on the issue of schoolyard bully and its consequences. Zhou Dongyu (Us and Them) plays model student Chen Nian, and Yi Yangqianxi (currently seen in variety show Phantacity 2018) costars as phys ed student Bei Ye, an outcast at school who becomes a good friend of the heroine.

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First stills for Chen Kun, Zhou Xun’s upcoming wuxia film

Chen Kun and Zhou Xun are reuniting after 6 years in upcoming wuxia film The Weary Poet** 诗眼倦天涯 (lit.). The film comes from solid director-writer Xu Haofeng, whose credits include The Grandmaster 一代宗师, The Great Protector 镖门 and The Final Master 师父.

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Sci-fi film The Pathfinder looks like Mad Max in space

“We’re Pathfinders. We will all die among the stars. But not now, not today.”

After spaceship The Pathfinder breaks down on a new planet, one team of explorers must return to the spaceship and save its survivors before times out.

Sci-fi film The Pathfinder 拓星者 is the directorial debut of producer Zhang Xiaobei, so I have no idea what to expect. The film stars Song Yang, Qi Xi, Qu Jingjing, and Wang Lie. The film is shot on-location in Xinjiang with visuals that remind me of Mad Max.

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Animated feature The Wind Guardians releases art posters

I need a 2D animated film with this aesthetic.

CGI animated feature The Wind Guardian 风语咒 recently released a series of posters and they’re so gorgeous they make the trailer pale in comparison. The film is the first animated feature film from animated wuxia series Drawing Jianghu 画江湖. It will be in theaters on July 20, 2018.

and this aesthetic.


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Xu Zheng is Dying to Survive in upcoming black comedy film

Dying to Survive 我不是药神 stars Xu Zheng (A or B) as Cheng Yong, a man suffering from chronic myeloid leukemia who sources a generic cancer drug Veenat from India and resells it in China with the help of fellow patient Lv Shouyi (Wang Chuanjun). Zhou Yiwei plays the cop that is hot on their heels.

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Dilraba, Shawn Dou Star in Saga of Light

Shawn Dou plays Hou Yi, an archer who shoots down nine out of the ten suns to  save the world.

Dilraba and Shawn Dou star in The Saga of Light 日月, a rom-com retelling of the legend Hou Yi and Chang’e. Directed by Jin Yimeng, the film is the first I know of that puts them in semi-prehistoric gear rather than just hanfu.

Shawn Dou plays Hou Yi, an legendary archer who shoots down nine out of the ten suns to  save the world.   His reward was a pill of immortality that was instead eaten by his wife Chang’e (Dilraba), who became the goddess of the Moon. The film has just wrapped up filming and is set for a summer 2019 release.


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Live-Action Mulan Calling for Extras, to be Silk Road Extravaganza

Mulan’s Casting Call asks for extras of ancestries from across the Silk Road.

When they announced Disney’s live-action Mulan was moved to the Tang dynasty, I think many of us had suspicions (and I was definitely hoping) that the film was aiming to diversify its cast to include other races to recreate the melting pot of Tang-dynasty China.

The fillm has already announced Indian-American actor Utkarsh Ambudkar will join the cast of Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and potentially Jet Li.  The latest casting call for extras pretty much confirms there’ll be people from all across the Silk Road in the film (Aladdin and Jasmine cameo, please!). In addition to people who are fighters and riders, they’re especially looking for traditional Chinese calligraphers, dancers, drummers, and  traditional Chinese or Indian musicians, which means there’ll definitely be music and dance.   I’m a little concerned they’re not asking for Middle Eastern musicians because what Tang dynasty dance  party would be complete without the Sogdian Whirl.  Interestingly,  there’s no call for Southeast Asians even though Xana Tang, the actress for Mulan’s sister, is a New Zealander of Chinese-Vietnamese descent and there were definitely SE Asians in Tang-dynasty China.

I’m excited that they’re going to depicting a more diverse China that people don’t usually think about. I don’t think any of the other live-action Disney adaptations have done major cities,   so hopefully they’ll do Tang-dynasty Chang’an justice. That road Mulan’s army comes back on better be   150m wide and not one meter less.