Mystery series Horizontal Tower releases one-shot concept teaser

When a murder takes place in  a high rise, everyone is a suspect. 

With directors and a cast riveling that of a mid-budget film, whodunnit mystery series Horizontal Tower 摩天大楼 is the latest innovation in Internet series.  The series will be filmed by three directors – Leste Chen , Matt Wu, and Chao-Jen Hsu  – who will film the stories of the various characters separately.  The whole show will be told from the perspective of all nine suspects living on the same floor of a skyscrapper, giving the audience plenty of time to try and guess who did it.  Yang Zishan and Guo Tao play the detectives while Angelababy guest stars as the victim.

First trailer for Wang Kai’s Held in the Lonely Castle

Held in the Lonely Castle has released its first teaser, and shows a conflicted Emperor Renzong of Song (Wang Kai) who must balance the pressure of reform and performing his royal duties with the desire to be a good father to Huirou (Ren Min). Costars include Jiang Shuying, Yang Le, Bian Cheng and Yu Entai.

First trailer for Yang Yang, Li Yitong’s upcoming military drama

It seems like the training Yang Yang took part in for Glory of the Special Forces has paid off, because the first trailer looks pretty good. Li Yitong also made an official appearance at the Tencent press conference, and has confirmed that she will be playing Ai Qianxue, the hero’s main love interest. [Extended Synopsis]

Wang Kai, Wang Ou, Liu Yijun cast in upcoming thriller Hunting

Both actors recently wrapped up filming for Held in the Lonely Castle and The Awakening of Insects respectively.

It’s a The Disguiser reunion! Wang Kai, Wang Ou, Liu Yijun and Hu Jun have been cast in Linmon Pictures’ upcoming modern thriller Hunting 猎狐, a drama that revolves around the investigation of cross-border economic crimes. It’s loosely based on the “Sky Net Investigation 天网行动” that sent over a hundred Interpol red notices for mostly corruption crimes.

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Review: Urban Fantasy Hanson and the Beast is Men in Black meets chick flick

Millions of years ago, aliens, now known as  yaoguai or demons, landed on Earth. To blend in, they hide their animal forms by shapeshifting into humans. To make sure their secrets are hidden from the humans, the Bureau of Transformers was formed to monitor yaoguai actions in our world.     When young arctic fox demon Bai Qianchu (Liu Yifei) comes to the human world to repay an act of kindness and accidentally exposes her true form, she’s being chased after by the bureau’s agents.

Her object of interest is zookeeper and swindler Yuan Shuai (Feng Shaofeng), who saved her when he was a child.  When Bai Qianchu falls for Yuan Shuai, the two become caught at the center of a power struggle in the demon world between those who want to live apart from humans and those who want to cohabit the world with humans.

Urban fantasy film Hanson and the Beast takes the exciting concept of an alien registration agency and made a rom-com whose main feature is Liu Yifei being charming and beautiful. Luckily, it does that well enough if you like Liu Yifei.  Plus, unlike her last blockbuster,  the rest of the cast can actually act and the set-up is refreshing enough that you sit through it and enjoy Liu Yifei. A drama spinoff of the series starring Wang Ziwen and Chen He was released last week.

Liu Yifei as a fox pup

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More Gorgeous Outfits from Princess Silver

All of Zhang Xueying outfits look meticulously designed while still looking natural.

Princess Silver easily has my favorite costume and make-up so far this year. Zhang Xueying alone has over 40 outfits, every one of which looks beautiful on her. I’m on the fence about the one dress with ruffles, but every other outfit for all the leads does a great job of using pastels, patterns, fabric , and small modifications to give the series a unique look while making it still look within the realm of hanfu.

Love the use of ombre in their outfits here.

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Friday Photos

Wang Ziwen breaks out of the pink. Her new urban fantasy series Bureau of Transformers is currently airing.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Yuehua Entertainment Group photo. How many people can you recognize?

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Promos Round-Up: Tomb Raider: Explore With the Note

  This will be the second-to-last Tomb Raider series from Tencent as their filming rights to the series ran out earlier this week.

Explore the Note 怒海潜沙 & 秦岭神树, the latest in the Tomb Raider installment, comes out today. Two episodes come out every Thursday-Saturday on Tencent here.  This will be the second-to-last Tomb Raider series from Tencent as their filming rights to the series ran out earlier this week. The last one recently began filming and stars Hou Minghao’s ex-teammate Zeng Shunxi.

The series stars Hou Minghao,  Chen Yi,  Li Man, Zhang Boyu, Yao Yichen, Liu Xueyi, and Yao Lu round up the cast.

Teaser; Ending Theme ;  Opening theme:

We’re on a boat!

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