Tang Wei, Huang Jue welcome the new year with Long Day’s Journey into Night

Coming from up-and-coming art house film director Bi Gan (Kaili Blues), noir romance film Long Day’s Journey into Night 地球最后的夜晚 stars Huang Jue as a man who returns to his hometown to find his best friend’s (Li Hongqi) killer, and ends up crossing paths with the criminal’s mysterious girlfriend (Tang Wei).

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Ariel Lin romances Zhang Binbin in upcoming period wuxia drama

The show has kept a very low profile since news of the casting was first announced in February. The production team hasn’t opened an official drama account on Weibo either, hence the lack of official stills.

Ariel Lin (Old Boy) is returning to period dramas after 5 years with wuxia romance drama I Will Never Let You Go 小女花不弃, a very loose adaption of Zhuangzhuang’s novel of the same name.

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Promo Round-up: Mystery of Antiques

Mystery of Antiques stars Xia Yu as Xu Yuan, a pawnshop owner who can tell apart fake and authentic antiques with just one look. Qiao Zhenyu costars as his mysterious new buddy, and the two embark on a journey to find the Jade Buddha Head and unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths of Xu Yuan’s father and grandfather.

The 36 episode drama releases two episodes every Wednesday – Friday on Tencent.

Trailer 2, Theme song by Wakin Chau

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Promo Round-up: The Story of Minglan

The Story of Minglan stars Zhao Liying (Our Glamorous Time) as Minglan, the seemingly naive sixth daughter of the Sheng family, Feng Shaofeng (Detective Dee) as her husband-to-be and Zhu Yilong (Guardian) as the heroine’s first love. [Extended Synopsis / Main Characters] 

The 73 episode drama airs 2 episodes every Sunday to Thursday and 1 episode on Fridays and Saturdays on Hunan TV / Netdrama.

Promos: Long Trailer, Final Trailer 2Marriage, First Love, A Bite of…, The Concubine’s Daughter

Music: Do You Know? by Hu Xia and Yu Kewei (Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng ver.)

Opening theme (artist: Zhang Yu)

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Sinology Sunday: Tan Weiwei’s folk rock

Here’s a look at Tan Weiwei’s flawless original and cover performances that combines rock, musicals, and traditional Chinese music forms. Many of those songs are helped by arrangements by the incredibly talented Liu Zhou and rock legend Cui Jian.

Counting People 数人玩 takes inspirations from  Suzhou Pingtan. The song is originally by Xiban Band, which combines Suzhounese pingtan, Chinese opera, and Mongolian sounds.

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Beijing Girls – Yang Mi, Guan Xiaotong, Xu Jinglei, Xu Qing, Chen Man

Born and raised in Beijing,  Yang Mi, Guan Xiaotong, Xu Jinglei, Xu Qing, and Chen Man rep their city in this latest of hometown-themed photoshoots that seem to be popular in magazines of late.

For more, you can look at NYT Travel’s Anhui series featuring Ma Sichun, Jiang Wenli and Chen Ran ,  Nanjing series featuring Ni Ni, Hai Qing, Mei Ting and Yang Zishan, and  Beijing series featuring Chen Feiyu, Wu Xiubo, and Xu Qing .

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Cai Wenjing, Peng Guanying confirmed for upcoming romance crime drama

In the Palm of My Hand (lit.) 掌中之物 stars Cai Wenjing (Lost in 1949) as He Yan, a talented economics lecturer who is forced to help psychopath Fu Shenxing, played by Peng Guanying (Tribes and Empires), gain real power within his corporation.

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Yin Tao plays Wu Jinyan’s boss in upcoming drama Standardized Life

Standardized Life 标化人生 is an upcoming workplace drama starring Wu Jinyan (Hear the Bells Ring on Shanghai Bund) as Zhang Xiaoyu, the plucky new assistant to Yin Tao’s (The Years You Were Late) Lin Rui, SW company’s smart and capable sales director and the most likely candidate to take over the position of leader from Shu Wanting (Liu Mintao).

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