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.

Held in the Lonely Castle releases more stills

Ren Min in this painting-like photo as the princess Zhao Huirou

Song dynasty drama Held in the Lonely Castle 孤城闭 released a new set of stills to celebrate its five months so far of filming.

Directed by Zhang Kaizhou (The Story of Minglan) , the historical drama is about the Emperor Renzong of Song’s struggle to balance the factions both within and outside his palace while trying to push through new reforms. The series stars Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min, and Bian Cheng.

Ren Min playing a fengshou konghou.

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Zhang Tian’ai, Cao Xiwen, Wu Yue join the cast of Held in the Lonely Castle

Zhang Tian’ai joins the cast as one of the concubines of the Emperor Renzong of Song

Song dynasty drama Held in the Lonely Castle 孤城闭 announced its latest round of cast members, including Zhang Tian’ai, Cao Xiwen, Wu Yue, Xu Lingyue, Zhang Benshuo, Wen Yanbo, and Ding Jiawen.

Directed by Zhang Kaizhou (The Story of Minglan) , the historical drama is about the Emperor Renzong of Song’s struggle to balance the factions both within and outside his palace while trying to push through new reforms. The series stars Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min, and Bian Cheng.

Ding Jiawen plays the princess’ first love.

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Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying’s Held in the Lonely Castle releases new stills and BTS

Held in the Lonely Castle has released a set of stills to commemorate 100 days of filming. Starring Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min and Bian Cheng, the historical drama about an emperor’s struggle to balance the factions and push through new reforms is slated to run for 50 episodes.

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Friday Photos

Li Qin walking out of a Disney fairytale. Which princess would she be?

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

First still of the young star-crossed lovers, a princess (Ren Min) and her eununch (Bian Cheng)  in Held in the Lonely Castle.

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Jiang Shuying plays Wang Kai’s empress in Held in the Lonely Castle

Held in the Lonely Castle has unveiled its main cast, and Jiang Shuying (Mr. Right) will be playing the female lead Empress Cao, a woman who abides by her duties but is distrusted by her husband (Wang Kai).

Fourteen-year-old Bian Cheng (Yong Qi in Ruyi’s Royal Love, young Luo Chi in Faithful to Buddha) plays eunuch Liang Huaiji, while new actress Ren Min (Cry Me A Sad River) plays the princess Huirou. [Extended Synopsis]

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Never Gone releases stills of its young cast

Never Gone原来你还在这里   has one of best young casts of the year, featuring an all-star cast of Li Landi, Hu Xianxu, Li Gengxi, and Bian Cheng as the young versions of the four leads.  Here’s some of their stills. The series is set for a November 6th release date on Youku.

Fun fact: Since filming the drama, the two leads have become classmates in real life as both entered the same class at the Central Drama Academy this fall.

Here’s the MV by Bibi Zhou Bichang:

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Never Gone releases new trailer, set for November release

I want Lan Yingying to come back as a guest actor and do a skit with Tan Jianci and Li Landi on I’m an Actor. These three are my favorites out of the two seasons of the show.

Never Gone 原来你还在这里 released a new trailer following the growth of its four leads –  Li Landi and Yang Zishan, Hu Xianxu and Han Dongjun, Li Gengxi and Su Qing, and Bian Cheng and Tan JIanci.  The series is set for a November 6th release date on Youku

Trailer below and posters below the cut.

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Never Gone releases young vs grown-up posters of its leads

Hu Xianxu recently fulfilled his long-standing dream of finally getting a girlfriend within a month of college starting.

Never Gone 原来你还在这里 released a new set of posters comparing the young and grown-up versions of its four leads –  Li Landi and Yang Zishan, Hu Xianxu and Han Dongjun, Li Gengxi and Su Qing, and Bian Cheng and Tan JIanci.

Pretty much everyone but the two adult leads have gotten more well-known since the series was filmed.    Lan YingyingLi Landi,  and Tan Jianci have all been applauded for their performances on I’m an Actor / The Birth of an Actor, Hu Xianxu failed on that show but did get his first girlfriend in college,  Su Qing was a hit as the antagonist in The Story of Yanxi Palace, Bian Cheng in  , while Li Gengxi debuted in her first lead drama My Classmate From Far, Far Away.

Hopefully, the release of the posters means they’ll capitalize on the hype and release the drama soon. Meanwhile, here’s a promo song by Han Dongjun:

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