I Will Never Let You Go stars Ariel Lin (Old Boy) as the descendant of a mysterious cult who holds the key to a treasure trove, and Zhang Binbin (The King’s Woman) as her Superman / Clarke Kent. The 51 episode drama airs 2 episodes every Tuesday to Thursday on Zhejiang TV / MZTV, and members get a 4 episode head start. [Extended Synopsis]
Old Boyis a rom-com about a forty something single father (Liu Ye) who finds love again after meeting a feisty high school teacher (Ariel Lin). Fingers-crossed the adults don’t act like immature teens in this drama.
Lei Jiayin, who got his big break playing the ex-husband in The First Half of My Life plays Liu Ye’s best friend, and Guo Shutong (Yesterday Once More) plays the heroine’s outspoken housemate and good friend. Talented child actor Hu Xianxu, of Nirvana in Fire 2 and A Love for Separation fame, costars as Liu Ye’s rebellious son Xiao Han, who shows up on his father’s doorstep after the death of his mother.
The 45 episode drama will air daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight.
Filming is well underway for Oldboy, and they’ve released a new teaser and more character stills. The drama tells of the ‘sweet romance’ between a pilot and a school teacher, played by Liu Ye (All Quiet in Peking) and Ariel Lin (The Mysteries Family) respectively.
Liu Ye (All Quiet in Peking) will be playing pilot Wu Zheng, the titular Old Boy 老男孩 who finally finds love at the age of 40. Also cast is Ariel Lin (The Mysteries Family) who will be playing the feisty heroine, a high school teacher who returns from overseas.
The Golden Eagle Awards is a prestigious biannual television awards ceremony, and prides itself on being “the people’s award”. Unlike the Flying Apsaras Awards (government recognition) and Magnolia Awards (industry recognition), Golden Eagle spreads the love more evenly, and usually several dramas and actors are acknowledged.
In previous years, the Best Actor and Actress of the night were decided by online voters and a panel of judges, and presented with the Audience’s Choice award (golden statue) and Best Performing Arts award (crystal statue). This year the two awards were given to different actors, with the nominee that received the most votes from the judges winning the Performing Arts award.
Director-actress Xu Jinglei‘s 2010 workplace rom-com movie Go Lala Go! (杜拉拉升职记) appears to be gearing up for a sequel, tentatively titled Du Lala’s Wedding (杜拉拉追婚记). The cast has yet to be finalized, though Ariel Lin, Chen Bolin, and Vic Chou are all rumored to be attached to the project.
Du Lala’s Wedding will tell the story of 30-year-old Du Lala, now a confident and capable HR manager, and her desire to settle down with Wang Wei (the male lead from the first installment). However, the arrival of Chen Feng, a new romantic pursuer, and Qu Lao, her new boss, causes her plans to spin out of control.
The Du Lala sequel is scheduled to begin filming in May, according to the news source (which is an unverified Weibo account, so I’d take this all with a grain of salt). The film will be produced by New Classics Media, the company behind movies like Love is Not Blind (失恋33天) and Caught in the Web (搜索), as well as the upcoming drama The Imperial Doctress (女医·明妃传).
New Classics Media Chairman Cao Huayi recently confirmed that his company is indeed preparing to film a sequel to Du Lala starting May, but they’re still negotiating with potential cast members. Should Ariel and Bolin choose to take the roles, this will be their third reunion following their immensely popular 2011 idol drama In Time With You (我可能不会爱你).
The novel Du Lala’s Promotion has previously been adapted into a TV drama starring Wang Luodan, a movie starring and directed by Xu Jinglei, a stage play starring Yao Chen, and an Internet drama starring Xie Nan. (This last one was produced by New Classics Media as well.) The story tells of Du Lala’s arduous eight-year journey through career difficulties and romantic upheavals.
Celebrities plus cute kids is always a plus, right? Hunan TV recently began broadcasting a new reality show called Grade One (一年级), in which actor Chen Xuedong and actress Song Jia are put in charge of a new first-grade class. Watch the show on Hunan TV’s YouTube account.
Me with my mouth full of plastic Mandarin*, I’m also intoxicated. Is Grade One fun to watch?
* “Plastic Mandarin” is a way of referring to Mandarin that is heavily influenced by the Hunan dialects.
The upcoming drama Prince of Orchid Hills (Lanling) is set 1400 years ago, set against the strife between the Northern Qi and Northern Zhou dynasties. It features Feng Shaofeng as the titular Prince of Orchid Hills, a man who was in legend so beautiful that he had to wear a mask going into battle (his clan had some horrible genes for mental stability, but some pretty good ones for physical attractiveness). The Prince of Orchid Hills lead the Northern Qi to great glory, and during one confrontation with the Northern Zhou, accidentally entered a border village. In this village he meets Yang Xuewu (Ariel Lin), and the two fall in love.
Wanting the support of Xuewu’s village, the Emperor of the Northern Zhou (Daniel Chan) plots to undermine their relationship. After much tribulation, the two finally find their way together, and govern Orchid Hills so well that it becomes the most rich and populous land in all of Qi. The emperor of Norhtern Qi, Gao Zhan, excessively praised the Prince of Orchid Hills, thus inciting the jealousy of the Crown Prince Gao Wei against the Prince…Look under the cut for stills.
Upcoming production The King of Lanling stars Feng Shaofeng as the eponymous character, supported by Ariel Lin as his eventual wife and Daniel Chan as his romantic rival. The historical King of Lanling, Gao Changmu, lived in the sixth century during the Northern and Southern dynasties. He was renowned for his prowess in battle, as a great general. He is also the source of the English title of he drama – as “the masked beauty” who had to hide his gorgeous face in battle with a fearsome mask, so that his enemies would take him seriously. Don’t be too optimistic about his ending, though – he was born to a noble family, that went through a total of six emperors within twenty-eight years. The distrust between the various brothers (and uncles and nephews) would lead to numerous murders – the King of Lanling, naturally, attracted jealousy as well. I still think Feng Shaofeng’s face is too manly for the King of Lanling’s beauty, but Ariel Lin has settled into the drama quite nicely.
The trailer can be seen here, and still from the series can be seen below the cut.