Hawick Lau sings for The Cage of Love

The cat's face.

Garfield in a spiffy new grey outfit steals the show.

Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau, and Li Dongxue‘s Republican drama Cage of Love begins airing on May 26th, and has released the ending and opening themes and respective MV’s.   As the Dream Stardom Film and TV Culture Co.’s  second project following Perfect Couple 金玉满堂, I expect the first half to be hilarious and adorable, and the second half to be depressing.  See you in the first half!

Opening by Hawick Lau:

Ending by Xuanxuan: Continue reading

Internet novelists begin to take control of their own drama

I'd watch this.

Chen Xiao in uniform? I’m sold.

Remember back in the days when novels were first being made into TV series? Now, these writers are skipping the novel part and going straight to TV.   With the famous Tonghua (Bu Bu Jing Xin, Cloud Song, Desert Melody) setting the way and now producing her third series  (Perfect Couple, Cage of Love, and an upcoming one), others are joining suit.  A number of upcoming series will be penned by their original authors, including Hai Yan for Nirvana in Fire and Gu Man for Wallace Chung and Tang Yan’s modern series 何以笙箫默.

Others have gone straight to script-writing, producing new works just for the screen.  Most noted for her books involving female secret agents time-travelling and pwning the ancient world,  Xiaoxiang Dong’er is writing a script for Yu Zheng featuring once again special force members, this time set in the Republican era. If anything, the thought of announced lead Chen Xiao in uniform is enough for us to be excited about.

Infamous novelist Vivibear is also working with Yu Zheng on a Palace spinoff.  Despite her notoriety for plagiarism, I’m kind of hoping that Yu Zheng will pick up her book on Lanling Wang because it explains the beauty of the Prince of Orchid Hills by saying she’s actually a girl crossdressing as a boy.

Finally, historical romance writer XiaoChun, who gets nightmares about scriptwriters ruining her books,  revealed she’s also working on a script. Although she’s only written two books, she’s known for her deep knowledge of her subjects and cramming a lot of history into her stories, which is why she’s one of my favorites.

While there’s been a good track record for novelists to advice rather than write their own scripts (the other Hai Yan, Yan Geling, Tonghua, etc.), it’s to be seen how these direct transition from internet novel to script will work. Will these new scriptwriters find success among their predecessors like Qiong Yao and Guo Jingming? What do you think?

 

Zheng Shuang’s back! (and single)

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There’s something about Zheng Shuang (is it her honesty?) that no matter what she does or how much they bash her dramas or films, everyone still likes her.

Two things always come to mind about Zheng Shuang : she cannot lie, and she was willing to donate her bone marrow to a stranger without any second thoughts. After four years of almost filming nothing except for an occasional role with Zhang Han, Zheng Shuang is returning with new looks, new perspectives, three new dramas, and even a new restaurant.

“Happiness should be fought for by yourself. You can’t just get it by waiting at home for someone else,” said Zheng Shuang. “I think that both girls and boys should have their own career.”    She’s already filmed three dramas since her return, including a Ancient Sword, Beauty’s Private Kitchen 美人私房菜 with Ma Tianyu, and The Cage of Love.  That’s the same number of leading dramas as she’s done in the past five years.

After being bombarded by reporters with all sorts of loaded questions at press conferences for her two new dramas, Zheng Shuang finally admitted that she broke up with Zhang Han.   Continue reading

Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau caught in The Cage of Love

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Do Yang Mi and Zhang Han know about this?

Republican series The Cage of Love 抓住彩虹的男人 released its first set of stills today, featuring Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau, and Li Xuedong. The series is  scripted and produced by Tonghua (Bu Bu Jing Xin) and directed by the head director of Bu Bu Jing Xin.

The Republican-era series has Hawick Lau in what he does best – sadistic businessman seeking revenge – while Zheng Shuang plays the daughter of his “enemy” who instead has her heart set on her childhood love.   I’m now not sure if it’s based on FeiWoSiChun’ book even though the synopsis reads just like it.  Continue reading