Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
King of Blaze tells of the three-lives-three-worlds romance between gods Zhongtian (Chen Bolin) and Fengjian (Jing Tian). The first part runs for 28 episodes and focuses on the leads’ romance on their home planet and in the ancient Tang dynasty, while part 2 is set in the modern day and has a total of 33 episodes.
2 episodes will be released every Monday to Thursday here beginning tonight.
Crocodile and the Plover Bird 鳄鱼与牙签鸟 stars Zhang Tian’ai as Li Nan’en, a small town girl on exchange in France who has a passion for traditional Chinese culture and buildings. Chen Bolin costars as Zhou Erwen, a stone-faced genius architect who is an advocate for high-tech sustainable architecture.
The Dreaming Man 假如王子睡着了 is Disney’s first Chinese co-production, and stars Jelly Lin Yun (Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) as a modern-day Cinderella who gets entangled in a love triangle with two brothers, played by Chen Bolin (Surprise) and Zhang Yunlong (Mr. Pride vs Miss Prejudice).
King of Blaze 火王之破晓之战 is adapted from the Taiwanese comic of the same name by You Sulan. Bolin Chen (currently seen in Divas Hit the Road 3) plays the titular King of Blaze Zhongtian, a god from another star who comes to Earth in search of a way to save his homeland.
Season 3 of Divas Hit the Road 花儿与少年: 冒险季 features a new and younger cast in Jiang Shuying, Bolin Chen, Guli Nazha, Zhang Ruoyun, Tony Yang, Song Zu’er (as Nezha in Lotus Lantern 2005) and Lai Yumeng (new actress who made her debut in Go! Goal! Fighting!), with Jing Boran as the only returning cast member.
The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.
Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.
Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.
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.
Author and now director Han Han’s new movie, Continent 后会无期 （”We Won’t Meet Again”) will be hitting theaters on July 24. This is another coming-of-age story that Han Han is adapting from one of his own works, featuring Feng Shaofeng, Wang Luodan, Chen Bolin, Joe Chen, Wallace Chung, and Yuan Quan in its central cast (not bad!) They play a set of childhood friends, who have all grown up together on the east side and now set off for a somewhat reckless journey. Han Han recently released the theme song on Weibo, titled “Song of Dongji Island.” I’ve posted the video below, if you want a sneak peek at some scenes from the film, but be warned – it sounds more like the Marseillaise than a theme song for a movie! (The Dongji islands on the very easternmost border of mainland China).