The Monkey King 3: Land of Beauty releases stills and trailers

Monkey King 3: Land of Beauty 西游记之女儿国 is the third film in director Cheang Pou-soi’s The Monkey King series, and stars Aaron Kwok (Eternal Wave) as Monkey King Sun Wukong, Feng Shaofeng (The Starry Night, The Starry Sea) as his master Tang Sanzang and Zhao Liying (Eternal Wave) as ruler of the Women’s Kingdom. Henry Lau’s cover of Love of a Maiden has been chosen as the ending theme song, though all other arrangements pale in comparison to Jane Zhang and Li Ronghao’s theme song (MV).

 

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Aaron Kwok, Zhao Liying’s republican spy film gears up for premiere

Eternal Wave 密战 is the movie remake of the 1958 action spy film of the same name (Chinese title: 永不消失的电波). In 1930s Shanghai, an anonymous telegraph leads the puppet government to an important underground meeting point and the death of a skilled Communist agent. Aaron Kwok (Peace Breaker) infiltrates the Kuomintang as a businessman from Chongqing to find the betrayer.

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Aaron Kwok, Wang Qianyuan, Liu Tao star in upcoming crime thriller

Peacebreaker 破·局 is an adaption of South Korean crime action thriller A Hard Day, and stars Aaron Kwok (One Night Only) as a police officer who tries to cover his tracks after committing a crime. Wang Qianyuan (Lost in the Moonlight) costars as the mysterious man who knows his secret, and Liu Tao (The Advisors Alliance) makes an appearance as Kwok’s wife.

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The Monkey King 2 starts off year of the monkey

This picture of Gong Li made me do a double-take…

The Monkey King 2 has released more stills prior to its release on February 8th.  Starring Aaron KwokGong LiFeng ShaofengXiaoshenyang, and Him Law, I have to admit that I am pleasantly intrigued so far, especially with the costume for Baigujing.

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The Monkey King 2 releases trailer

The Monkey King 2, the sequel to The Monkey King, has released stills and is aiming for a February 8, 2016 release.  Starring Aaron KwokGong LiFeng ShaofengXiaoshenyang, and Him Law, it will be nice to see Gong Li playing the role of a demoness.

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The Monkey King in 3D releases trailer, character posters

Making exciting-looking posters has become stuffing as many copies of the Monkey King as we can on it while also preferably using a battle scene as a background.

Much delayed and highly anticipated film The Monkey King in 3D starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat, Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen, Peter Ho, Zhang Zilin, among others has released production goodies, hopefully signifying that this newest release date will actually be the real one.  The Monkey King is yet another spinoff of Journey to the West without the actual journey, this time focusing on the Monkey King wrecking havoc in the heavens.

Trailer below, second trailer here, behind-the-scenes here, and character posters below the cut.

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Another Photoshoot round up

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Up-and-coming singer Wang Ximan features in a very peaceful and pretty photoshoot in the feature photo for this post; unfortunately, the rest of the shoot does not give much variety. Actress. Gwei Lun-mei (Gui Lunmei) also shows up in this set, looking calm for ELLE, whereas Zhang Ziyi poses with a guy who really needs to reconsider his hairstyle (in a photo shoot for Vogue). Meanwhile, Tong Liya welcomes spring in gauzy dresses and Guo Fucheng shows off his equine friends; Qin Lan makes an appearance in black and white, and the set ends with a sample from Zhao Wei’s photoshoot for CG (most of which was meant to show how sexy she can be).  Continue reading

Celebrity microblogger, Liang Huan, ranks Chinese singers

Almost 20 years since her passing, is Teresa Teng still the best Chinese singer?

Last week, Liang Huan 梁欢, who is probably a man, compiled a list of Chinese singers on her his Weibo, allocating points in increments of five, alongside some brutally honest criticism (e.g., Jolin Tsai: “dance moves accompanied by bad vocals”). Since then, her his post has been retweeted—or the Weibo equivalent—tens of thousands of times. Some fans, notably those of Han Geng, have derided the low scores of their idols.

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The 12th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Opens

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Cast of Sophie's Revenge working the red carpet.

This is one of the two A-List film festivals in Asia, the other being Tokyo. Despite starting late (1993), organizers have been working hard to make this as prestigious as possible, a subjective measure, and it does seem to be a step up from last year with Danny Boyle heading the jury, and various other stars walking the red carpet. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of these pictures already, sorry for the lateness! I’ll post on the SIFF again later.

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