Cai Yao joins the cast of female spy ensemble film 355

The official Instagram of 355 the movie has added Super–Vocal star Cai Yao into its nine-people follow list, which had previously included the five female leads Fan Bingbing, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong’o in addition to Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez, and director Simon Kinberg.

I’m probably one of the two people who watch Chinese entertainment but haven’t watched Super Vocal, so I don’t know much about him, but he is 20-years-old and 193 cm. Here’s him performing English song Over the Rainbow.

The film’s official Instagram also posted a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the film. Filming reportedly begins this or next week.

Spirited Away posters from Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang

“Life is a train that goes in one direction.”

The voices of the Chinese dub of Spirited Away –  Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang, Wang Lin, and Tian Zhuangzhuang – posed for a set of posters inspired by their animated counterparts. The film will receive a belated wide release in theaters in China on the June 21st. FYI, it was previously available online/via DVD, not banned as some headlines seem to imply.

Artistic posters for the Chinese release of Spirited Away by Zao Dao and Huang Hai.

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Australia to host Zhang Yunlei, Yang Jiulang’s first overseas headlining events

You might not be able to tell by his talk or gait, but Zhang Yunlei has lived with 108 iron nails inside his body for two years after surviving a 20m (65 ft) fall (he was drunk). The nails were only removed a month ago.

One of last year’s biggest breakout pop idols, xiangsheng comedian, Ping opera, Peking opera , xiaoqu, etc. artist  Zhang Yunlei and his partner Yang Jiulang will finally be headlining their first international event this year.  The pair will be at the Melbourne Convention Centre on September 23, The Star Event Centre in Sydney on September 29, and in Auckland on the 26th. 

Tickets for Sydney are already on sale through Wechat (QR code below), and tickets for Melbourne go on sale at noon local time on April 20th here. Tickets for Auckland go on sale on the 23rd here.

The closest thing xiangsheng has gotten to a concert. 

 

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Wang Junkai releases mini-documentary as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

This gif set of precious Wang Junkai with precious deers. More here.

As a United Nationals Goodwill Ambassador, singer-actor Wang Junkai recently visited Keny for the UN Environment Assembly and visited wildlife preserves, ocean clean-up programs, and a marine wildlife hospital while there.  Here’s his mini-documentary of his journey English-subbed: 

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NYC to host the CineCina Film Festival for Chinese art house films

Director Qingyi Lu brings her acclaimed documentary “Four Springs”, which had a budget of 1500 RMB but has a douban score of 8.9 with sixty thousand votes.

With a focus on Chinese art-house films,  the inaugural  CineCina Film Festival will take place from April 5th to 19th in 2019.  Twenty-two films, including a series of films by director Lou Ye ( Suzhou River, Blind Massage)  and recent favorites like Four Springs 四个春天 will be aired with many directors present for Q&A.

See the scheduled screenings here. I haven’t even heard of any of the films other than Four Springs and the Lou Ye ones, so I have no recommendations. Many of them sound super interesting, though.

Four Springs theme song by Chen Chusheng:

Chloé Zhao to direct Marvel’s “The Eternals”

Variety reports that director Chloé Zhao , who was rumored to be one of the options for Black Widow, has been chosen to direct the MCU’s “The Eternals” film. This is her biggest film yet, and I’m really excited because she sounds like a huge nerd in her interviews (she still writes fanfics online!).

Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.

Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.

She’s currently working on a Western for Amazon and some unknown film with Frances McDormand.  We’re never getting that Chinese sci-fi film she talked about, are we?   Continue reading

Chloé Zhao lands new Amazon film, in talks to direct Black Widow solo film

Some updates on director Chloé Zhao, who is still writing fan-fiction online and paying off her student loans as of last month. Don’t forget to support her by watching The Rider in theaters now!

  • Amazon has picked up her upcoming film on Reeve Bass.
  • She is one of several female directors in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Widow solo film. She’s actually said in an interview that she grew up with comic books and mangas, and her first experience with storyboarding were the mangas she drew as a child.
  • On a side news, Chinese-American director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs ) has been announced to helm the DC female team-up Birds of Prey film.

With all these projects coming her way, hopefully she’s still working on that Chinese sci-fi.

sources: deadline, HR,deadline

Barbie releases Guan Xiaotong doll

The next time people tell you Chinese people are short, you can show them this to-scale photo.

As a part of International Women’s Day, Mattel released 17 dolls of prominent (young) women around the world.  In China, volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, dancer Tan Yuanyuan (inconsistency in translation is so annoying), and  Actress Guan Xiaotong were the ones chosen.  It appears they’re not currently out for sell yet, but maybe you can buy one in the future.    I’ll probably pass on this one, but I’m so ready for all the merch  for the live-action Mulan (if it ever gets made).

Hollywood is using Chinese actors to promote films without casting them and it’s disgusting

Hollywood wants a piece of the Chinese cake and be racist, too. 

Imagine the outrage in the West  if  instead of having minority characters, films hire minority actors as spokespeople to promote films about white men.   That’s what they’re doing to the Chinese audience and it’s disgusting. 

From Lu Han’s Star Wars promo to Li Yifeng’s Batman vs Superman to PG-One’s Spiderman: Homecoming and most recently to Wang Kai’s Blade Runner 2049,  China’s biggest rising stars have been hired as “film ambassadors” or “spokespeople”  in Hollywood films they will never be able to even be considered for.

Or if you’re Fan Bingbing, you get to be in one scene that only airs in China so Iron Man 3 can promote it as if it has a Chinese person in it. We’ll just cut you from every other version of the movie because god forbid the rest of the world have to  see a Chinese actress on the screen.

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