New Dragon Gate Inn starts filming

Wuxia dramas have become such a rarity lately.

New Dragon Gate Inn 新龙门客栈 has started filming and released images.  Starring Ma KeQi WeiShen MengchenBao JianfengDaniel ChanLiu YaoyuanYe ZiqiYu BoDu JunzeZhang HuizhongLuo HuiyuXiao CanZhong Fengyan, and Ji Chen, something for those wanting to check out a wuxia drama.

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Photoshoot Friday: February 13, 2015

Yan Kuan, Du Ruoxi share a kiss
As if Yan Kuan and Du Ruoxi’s wedding photos weren’t pretty enough…

It’s one day before the day of love, but since it’ll probably already be February 14 by the time this is posted, what better way to celebrate it than by showing off some couple photoshoots?

First, we have Zhou Xun and Archie Kao looking amazing and cute despite doing nothing other than standing around a car. After that are Yan Yikuan and Du Ruoxi in some outdoors-y shoots, followed by Daniel Chan and wife Wang Yuxian (now three months pregnant with their second child). There are also some pretty solo shots of model-actress Mi Lu (Viola Mi), whom you may recognize as the insufferable model Xiao Xiao from the My Sunshine drama, and Ma Tianyu, just because.

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Photoshoot Friday: Monochrome Clothing

Not only is this “Photoshoot Friday” not being released on Friday…Han Xue‘s pictures here aren’t actually from a photo shoot, but were so nice I didn’t realize they were stills from her new 1930s Shanghai drama Home of a Lady 淑女之家. (produced through her own studio – power to all those lady stars founding their own productions!) “Real” photo shoots in this round come from those like Fan Rui, glittering in white. There’s also Daniel Chan, handsome in black, and Jiang Hong, in various shades of purple and violet. Ming Dao plays the yang for Daniel’s yin, chalked up in white. Look under the cut for more pictures! (more…)

Daniel Chan suits up for Bazaar

How cute! Daniel Chan, even more popular after his role as Yuwen Yong ursurping Feng Shaofeng as most beautiful man in? in The Prince of Orchird Hills/Lanling Wang, recently suited up for a photo shoot with Bazaar – Men’s Style. The Hong Kong actor is also a singer, and recently released a “little brother” version of his 2011 Taiwanese Album (SO HOT), titled Floating Clouds/Fuyun 浮云. The album has been very well received in the mainland. Look below the cut for more pictures!  (more…)

Ariel Lin,Feng Shaofeng are a loving couple in the Prince of Orchid Hills

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Feng Shaofeng and Ariel Lin share a few moments of happiness in the King of Lanling’s ultimately tragic life. The drama comes out August 14th.
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.

Stills released from upcoming drama King of Lanling

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Ariel Lin as Yang Xuewu, the focus of the main love triangle in the series.

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.

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