Have you seen Daniel Wu in the Tomb Raider yet? Either way, here’s this awesome cyberpunk wuxia (is this a genre? If not, we’re going to make it one.) photoshoot by Chen Man from last year.
Bai Baihe and Daniel Wu star in a bittersweet yet fun-packed adaptation of Go away! Mr. Tumor, the comic book by and based on the true story of the late artist Xiang Yao. The posters follow the artist in her crazy daydreams as she goes from zombie fighter to Qing-dynasty princess. Here’s the zombie set.
As an apology for the recently sporadic appearances of Photoshoot Friday, have a double edition this week. Decked out in, or against white, which one of these celebs has your favorite photo shoot? Angelababy is comfy in simple white, while Jiang Xin‘s setting is more dressy. Li Xiaolu enters the scene with more color, while Yao Chen and Daniel Wu tango (?) in black and white. Hai Lu is sweet as she studies, while Christy Chung goes for a more glamorous look. Look below the cut for more pictures. (more…)
Apologies for being so MIA with Weibo Wednesday recently! Luckily, Weibo posts can be enjoyed whenever and wherever, so here’s a look at some posts from the past month or so. First up we have Yang Mi and Ma Tianyu, who became sisters-of-sorts while filming Gu Jian Qi Tan (古剑奇谭).
Even the most familiar rumored couple cannot resist our becoming sisters one day
More than a year after Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance was released, director Lu Chuan’s take on the famous feast of Hong gate will finally be released on November 29 (most likely this doesn’t have much significance to you, since unless you’re in China, it is very unlikely you will be able to watch a copy.) The film, somewhat ominously titled The Last Supper in English, stars Liu Ye as Liu Bang (founder of my favorite Han dynasty), Daniel Wu as Xiang Yu, Cheng Chen as Han Xin, and Qin Lan as an incredibly aged Lv Zhi. Daniel Wu, like Feng Shaofeng, thought that he needed to build himself up more for the role of Xiang Yu – so he did, and ate a lot. Earlier in the year, the men of the movie did a photoshoot with Esquire; look here to see them look spiffy in modern costume (it’s an Esquire shoot; that should give you a hint on what type of photoshoot it is). Lu Chuan did a lot of research for this series; look below the cut to see the character posters for the major players. Dramatic stills of the series can be seen here. (more…)
Tai-Chi Zero (the sequel is Tai Chi Hero) has gotten amazing reviews all around, with Mark Adams of Screen Daily commenting that “Big, bold and glossy and blending comic-book style effects with martial arts mayhem – and with a little steampunk aesthetic thrown in for good measure – Stephen Fung’s enjoyably off-the-wall action film is a real guilty pleasure big screen experience and despite more than a few mis-steps really does deliver,” while Twitch calls it “Playful, exciting and hugely entertaining,” with “the biggest down side to Tai Chi 0 is the inevitable wait for the sequel, a wait that Fung makes all the harder by embedding an absolutely gonzo trailer for the follow up in the closing credits.”
The Huayi-produced movie stars new wushu star Yuan Xiaochao, the Beijing Olympic gold medalist in changquan (performance), as well as an all-star cast of Angelababy, Feng Shaofeng, Tony Leung Kai-fa, Eddie Peng and guest performances from the likes of Daniel Wu and Shu Qi. (more…)
Sorry – the new site and forum is being fixed and worked out. We’ll make an announcement on this site when it is more complete.
In the meantime, here’s a list of modern day romance movies to look forward to in 2010, because these films are covered less than the ancient/wuxia/martial arts films by English-language media and yet, China has completely nose-dived into this genre in the past year. Cinema goers in China want the choice of light-hearted entertainment from the cinema, and the Chinese film industry is rapidly accommodating that niche in the market.
Last year, there was only a small selection – this year there’s much much more. With China’s total box office up 44% in 2009, and 1.65 cinema screens added per day, with no signs of slowly down, this should only be one sign to look forward to of the growing diversification of China’s rapidly rising film industry.
Along with H4&Xun, Xu Fei also went to Changsha to advertise for Meteor Shower, including the fanmeeting and Happy Camp. She sings the ending theme song, which will be her upcoming EP. Watch it here. Also recently released are Zhang Jie’s MV for “Overheard” , Yu Haoming and Zheng Shuang’s Meteor Shower/Qing Hua Tong Fang iMini MV, and part of the Super Girls 2009 MV. The first has a good song and a good MV; the second has a cute MV, a sweet song, but unfit voices; the third had everything except someone who could mix the girl’s voices together.
Zhang Jie’s theme for Overheard
Xu Jinglei and Daniel Wu, who have worked together before in the movie Shinjuku Incident teamed up for a magazine (unnamed) shoot. I was going to put this in the News Roundup, but since both have so much going on professionally, it was a nice chance to talk about their upcoming projects. Sorry for such a lame post title.
Daniel Wu sums up Xu Jinglei: “She’s like a detective story…the more you get to know her, the more interesting she becomes”. Which could be true and not just random flattery. She seems sort of bland in interviews to me, but her work is so interesting. She’s gotten great leading roles as an actress, directed award-winning movies, had the #1 most read blog in the world, and started an e-Magazine for working women. So what is she doing next that combines her lauded talents and her girl power attitude? You’ll never guess…