Ju Jingyi, Zheng Yecheng’s fantasy romance wraps filming

Love Under the Full Moon 满月之下请相爱 stars Ju Jingyi (The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion) as the heroine who time travels into the hero’s (Zheng Yecheng) phone during a super moon, and loses her memory in the process.

The 24 episode drama is directed by Li Haishu and Huang Yanwei, who worked together on Yan Yikuan’s Qin Ming: Whisper of the Silent Body.

Jia Ling becomes the top grossing female Chinese director, breaks the reign of male directors during CNY

Zhang Xiaofei and Jia Ling takes turns playing each other’s mom this Spring Festival in Hi Mom and their Spring Festival Gala skit.

With her new comedy Hi Mom 你好,李焕英, comedian-turned-director Jia Ling broke through the reign of male directors during the biggest box office period in China and now the world – the Chinese New Year vacation period. Not only is she even the first female director to even have a film open in the competitive period, Jia Ling currently projected to overtake Detective Chinatown 3‘s Chen Sicheng to become the period’s top grossing director this year with a current estimate of 3.5 billion RMB in lifetime box office. With a cumulating box office of 1.8 billion RMB as of the end ofFeb. 15, she broke records set previously by Rene Liu’s Us and Them (1.3 billion RMB ) to become the female director with the highest box office in China.

The film written, directed, and starring Jia Ling is also the first non-animated film opening in the period to have a woman as the top-billing actor, the first to be told from a female perspective, and the first to star two women (the other one being her long-time collaborator and co-star Zhang Xiaofei). Congrats, Jia Ling and Zhang Xiaofei!

Valentine’s Day drama promo round-up

Here’s a round-up of Valentine’s Day poster/stills released by upcoming dramas. Which ones are you looking forward to most?

Brocade Heart Like Jade – Wallace Chung, Tan Songyun
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Sinology Sunday: Tang Dynasty female musicians’ Night at the Museum

To fit the Tang Dynasty standard of beauty, the performers from Zhengzhou Song and Dance Theatre wore sponge cushion body suits and stuck cotton in their mouths.

Henan TV’s Spring Festival Gala has been making waves online for its creative dance performance that showcased the best of Chinese culture. Titled Tang Dynasty Banquet 唐宫夜宴, it showcases 14 female musicians passing several renowned artefacts as they make their way to the palace.

(Clicking on the third icon from the right turns off the danmaku)

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Promo Round-up: My Heroic Husband

My Heroic Husband features Zhang Ruoyun as a calculating businessman who is reborn in ancient times as the titular husband Ning Yi (Guo Qilin). He marries Su Tan’er (Song Yi), daugher of a rich merchant, and together, they build a business empire. Jiang Yiyi, Gao Shuguang costar, while Zhu Zhu and Tian Yu guest star.

The 36 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Sunday to Tuesday on iQiyi.

Ending theme by Zheng Yunlong, Trailer 2

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Drama poster round-up: Happy Chinese New Year!

Word of Honor 山河令, previously A Tale of the Wanderers 天涯客. Starring Zhang Zhehan and Gong Jun, the drama is slated to air within the next two weeks.

Happy Chinese New Year! Wishing you all a safe and sound Year of the Ox. May all the dramas you anticipate air as scheduled! (I know I’m waiting on quite a few).

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Detective Chinatown 3 gears up for premiere after year-long delay

After dropping out from 2020’s film line-up due to the pandemic, the third instalment of Detective Chinatown is finally ready to premiere on CNY in 2 days and is currently leading the box office pre-sales.

Liu Haoran and Wang Baoqiang reprise their roles as the genius detective x squeaky-voiced uncle. The film has also cast notable Japanese actors Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masami Nagasawa and Shōta Sometani.

Final trailer for Chen Kun, Zhou Xun’s The Yinyang Master

The CGI from The Yinyang Master reminds me of Monster Hunt, except this time our hero is a half-mortal half-demon (Chen Kun) who joins hands with his former master (Zhou Xun) to defeat the demon king. William Chan, Wang Likun, Qu Chuxiao, Shen Yue, Wang Zixuan costar.

Playlist of promos

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Final promos for big-budget fantasy film Assassin in Red

Assassin in Red (A Writer’s Odyssey in overseas markets)stars Lei Jiayin as the father who is out to save his daughter from a monster, and Dong Zijian as the novelist who created it. Yang Mi plays the antagonist’s henchwoman. Costars include Guo Jingfei, Yu Hewei, Dong Jie and Tong Liya.

Directed by Lu Yang (Brotherhood of Blades series), the film will premiere on Chinese New Year’s Day.

Dong Zijian BTS, Yang Mi BTS, Lei Jiayin BTS

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