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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Promos Round-up: Legend of the Phoenix

Palace intrigue series Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 begins airing today. The series stars He Hongshan, Xu Zhengxi, and Cao Xiwen. Based on the plot summary, I’m really hoping we’ll see something close to a genuine friendship between He Hongshan and Cao Xiwen like the female leads of The Palace of Yanxi.

Watch the drama on Youtube here. Two episodes will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Plot,  stills, trailer 1, trailer 2; more trailers; theme song by Mimi Lee of Rocket Girls below:

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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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Legend of the Phoenix releases new trailer, set to premiere on May 28th

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Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 released new trailers and stills today as it gets ready for its premiere on May 28th. The series, starring He Hongshan and Xu Zhengxi, tells of a romance between an acrobat and a general caught in palace intrigues and love triangles .

 

Plot,  stills, and previous trailer.

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Xu Zhengxi’s Legend of Phoenix releases trailer

Xu Zhengxi looks so good in this Chinese watercolor robe.

Period drama Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 , starring He Hongshan, Cao Xiwen, Xu Zhengxi, , Liu Min, and Cui Peng, has released its first trailer.  The trailer is unfortunately less original than its stunning poster and cool costume designs,  but Xu Zhengxi looks as great as ever.

 

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Zhao Liying’s Our Glamorous Time has an official trailer, to air Nov 11th

Our Glamorous Time revolves around the romance between an aspiring fashion designer (Zhao Liying) and a soldier turned CEO (Jin Han). Throw in some revenge plots and conspiracies set up by business competitors, and you’ve got yourself a 50 episode idol romance drama (I wouldn’t have guessed from the poster alone).

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Xu Zhengxi, He Hongshan’s Legend of the Phoenix releases character posters

The costumes and hair pieces fit their characters so much that this could be a Disney princess movie.

Period drama Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 , starring He Hongshan, Cao Xiwen, Xu Zhengxi, , Liu Min, and Cui Peng, has released its character posters.   I know they’re super modern, but I actually kind of like the costumes and headpieces in the posters. The headpieces, the Medici collars, and the fabrics are all pretty whimsical and seem to be designed to define their characters. Since it’s set in a fictional time and place, they can get away with the European-Chinese hybrid outfits. Not sure how I feel about the resurgence of the popularity of wearing buildings on your head (based on real artifacts), but it seems to work here.

Set in the fictional Eastern Liang dynasty, circus performer Ye Ningzhi’s (He Hongshan) troupe enters the palace and stages a performance to celebrate the empress dowager’s birthday. The ambitious emperor’s sister, the Grand Princess (Liu Min), decides to cause mischief by framing her for treason, though the heroine is saved by strategist Wei Guang (Xu Zhengxi), and falls in love at first sight with him.

When Ye Ningzhi enters the palace two years later as the empress’ maid, she stands up for her fellow servants, and refuses to sacrifice her conscience in the face of power. Ye Ningzhi also works together with Wei Guang to crush the grand princess’ plan to usurp the throne, and catches the admiration of the Empress (Cao Xiwen) and the eye of the emperor (Cui Peng) in the process.

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Cyberpunk film Dream Breaker trailer

“With hot young actors in a story about adventure, love and digital culture, this is the perfect film for China’s post-1990s generation” – Ivy Zhong, the head of the studio making this who clearly should get a PR person to sell it better.

 According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cyberpunk film by Han Yan, Dream Breaker 破梦游戏, “stars actress Chen Duling as a young woman who must fight her way through a mysterious, holographic game world designed by her late father to avenge his death. ” It co-stars Song Weilong, Tong Dawei, Cao Xiwen, and Archie Gao.

The cast of Ruyi don regal attire in new posters

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is a 90 episode epic that will chronicle the failed marriage of Ruyi (Zhou Xun) and the Qianlong Emperor (Wallace Huo), and has just released grand posters of its cast in formal court robes (chaofu / 朝服), which is worn strictly during state ceremonies and important festivalsThe historical romance drama is tentatively scheduled for a New Year premiere.

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