Power-driven protagonists? Yes, please.

Tired of power-climbing dramas where the lead is always forced in positions of power because everyone was just so mean to them?

Not The Legend of Dugu’s  Dugu Banruo (Ady An). She wants power because she knows she is smarter than them all and  deserves it as much as the next person. Sure, she loves her family and tries to do what’s best for them, but she also  spends time scheming and politicking because she wants to rule the world

Opposite her is love interest and foil Yuwen Hu (Xu Zhengxi), aka the more crazier version of her. He knows he’s more capable than everyone else, and he wants power, too. Unlike her, who also cares for her family and eventual husband,  he cares for no one minus a  possessive craving for her.

Together, they make a great, dysfunctional pair as they go from allies and lovers to fighting it out for the throne, sometimes helping each other and sometimes trying to ruin each other.  The two are easily one of the most interesting pair of leads in an ancient series in a long time, I highly recommend the drama for their parts.

Before you complain that technically,  Dugu Qieluo and Yang Jian are the leads,   let me remind you that Yang Jian’s most recent on-screen trip left him off-screen for eight whole episodes, and the one before that was five episodes.   The series airs six episodes per week on Wednesdays.

Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala red carpet round-up

Can you imagine how photogenic Jing Boran and Ni Ni’s babies would be. 

The guests at this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala is a who’s who of Chinese actors this year.  Here are some of the stars on the red carpet, including  Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Fan Bingbing, Li Bingbing, Yang Mi, Lu Han, Angelababy,  Yao Chen, Chris Li Yuchun, Ni Ni, Jing Boran, Zhang Ruoyun, Tang Yixin, Zhang Lanxin, Jiang Xin, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Wang Ziwen, Li Xiaolu, Jia Nailiang, Ying’er, Aarif Lee, Zhao Liying, Qiao Xin, Zhang Yunlong, Zhang Binbin, Li Yundi, Chen Xuedong, Ruby Lin, Wallace Huo, Ady An Yixuan, Shawn Dou Xiao, etc.   There were a lot more stars (like Fan Bingbing’s boyfriend Li Chen, Angelababy’s husband Huang Xiaoming),  but their outfits were boring.

Clothes identification from : Starstylefashion@Weibo , clothes from the Bazaar Weibo or the star’s own Weibo’s (this is fair because both are PS’ed anyways) .

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Ady An, Zhu Yilong in The Queen Returns

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The pink pullover looks really comfy. It reminded me that I need more Zhu Yilong in my life.

Why must you tempt me with another drama that will probably never air, Zhu Yilong?!  The Queen Returns 御姐归来 stars Ady An as a heiress who becomes a maid to escape an arranged marriage. As they all do in TV, the maid falls for the boss (Zhu Yilong). When the engagement ends in embarrassment for her family  and her father denounces her inheritance, she plans to show the world that she doesn’t need a marriage to earn her worth and attempts to build her own business empire with the help of her new beau.   There’s also some Romeo-Juliet family feud going on for added drama.

Also, how nice is it that so many modern idol dramas are ditching dubbing? Especially since Zhu Yilong’s voice acting is pretty good for an idol actor.

Demon Girl trailer actually has decent CGI

Fantasy romance  Demon Girl released its first trailer, and surprisingly, the CGI actually looks decent, as does the cinematography.

The series is produced for MGTV.com and plans for a summer release.  Also, we now finally have a synopsis for this!

Demon Girl 半妖倾城 is centered around a group of aliens who lands on earth in the late Qing, most notably our female lead’s mother (Ady An Yixuan). Ignoring issues about interspecies breeding, our female lead (newcomer Liu Yitong) grew up years later without knowing her half-alien identity. Something clear happened and she went through terrigenesis  discovered her alien powers.  She’s supported by a human love interest (Zhang Zhehan), a scientist love rival who uncovered her secret (He Ruixian), and a half-alien love interest (Merxat).

 

I spy … a lot of spies in 2016

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To get an idea of the extent of communist infiltration at the time, the head of the KMT’s central intelligence agency was at one time a communist mole. The character whom Ming Lou was modeled after in The Disguiser? A five-sided agent.

As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas.   Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying,  Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou DongyuZhang RuoyunChen Xuedong,  Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu,  and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.

Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser.   While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful.   Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics,  espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.

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Zombies,medicine, Ning Huanyu add “Mystery” to tomb-raiding film

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Always bring medicine in case of zombie eunuchs.

If you can’t do it best, do it first. That’s what Mystery: The World of Tomb Raiding 秘术之盗墓江湖 hopes to do in the slew of tomb-raiding movies and dramas coming soon.     If anything, I was definitely lured by the traditional-medicine-inspired posters, and super impressed when I heard the theme song by Ning Huanyu (composed by him, too!)  playing in the background.  The film stars Ady An Yixuan, Jiro Wang, Guo Degang, and Ning Huanyu.

Theme song and MV, lyrics/composition by Ning Huanyu:

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Zhou Xun sings theme for upcoming movie ONE DAY


In her upcoming movie ONE DAY 有一天, Zhou Xun sings the theme song Giving to Children 给小孩. Her co-stars feature Ady An Yixuan, Feng Jiayi, Feng Shaofeng, Han Feng, Siqin Gaowa, Wang Qianyuan, Xiong Naijin, Xu Fan, Yuan Shanshan, and Zhang Hanyu.

ONE DAY will, through nine segments, tell the stories of nine different types of special children. These include stories about children in poverty, illiterate children, mentally disabled children, children who have been sold, blind children, obese children, deaf or mute children, children of ethnic minorities, and the children of criminals.

The movie will be released in September. 

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The New Water Margin and Journey to the West Series casted

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This picture made me laugh. It's okay Yan Kuan. You don't need to bulk up for your role in Water Margin as long as you ditch the facial hair.

Warning: Lots of Fangirling ahead because I couldn’t manage to write this without spazzing.

China’s really hitting the four classics this year. Two Journey to the Wests, two Dream of the Red Chambers, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and now even Water Margin has been pushed into production. But China’s drama industry rose pretty quickly in technique and visuals, so in that regard remakes are almost looked to. And apart from the cheap version of Journey of the West, I love the casts quite a lot so I’m happy. Two pretty Jia Baoyus, a hot Zhu Geliang, a hot Tang Shen, and now a shuai, hot, shuai dai le Yan Qing. Do I sound shallow enough yet? I hope so. The amount of eye-candy’s too great for one girl to handle. Share my enthusiasm!

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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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