Photos, stills, and posters that caught our eyes this week.(more…)
GQ is pretty hard to beat on the creativity front, but at least Harper’s Bazaar had its own lineup of pretty stars. Select list of guests attending include Angelababy, Liu Shishi, Song Qian, Nazha, Zhao Liying, Liu Tao, Song Zu’er, Guan Xiaotong, Yang Zi, Lin Yun, Zhou Dongyu, Zhong Chuxi, Yuan Shanshan, Qin Lan, Ni Ni, Jing Tian, Xin Zhilei, Qi Wei, Yi Yangqianxi, Xiao Zhan and Chen Feiyu.
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Nothing but Thirty‘s companion series, Unfazed at Twenty 二十不惑, also began filming last week. Both of these dramas have surprisingly age-appropriate casts, with the four leads being Guan Xiaotong (21), Li Gengxi (19), and Dong Siyi (20), and Bu Guanjin (25) . Directed by Li Zhi (Women In Beijing), the series follows four college roommates as they get ready to begin the next chapter in their life.
Without looks (???), influence, or money, Jiang Xiaoguo (Bu Guanjin) has always been jealous of her college roommates. Duan Jiabao (Li Gengxi) is wealthy but simple-minded, only caring about celebrities and food. Luo Yan (Dong Siyi) ‘s mother is over-controlling but has already planned out her career after college. Liang Shuang (Guan Xiaotong) is a stunning socialite. Yet as graduation comes near, each person must face their own problems. The fangirl Duan Jiabao begins to navigate real-life romance, Luo Yan tries to repair relations with her mother; Liang Shuang learns how to not hurt those who love her; As for Jiang Xiaoguo, she has to learn to open her heart to maintain her friendships and find a job and romance on the way.
Zhang Yimou’s Shadow 影 will get a limited release in North America on May 3rd. Starring Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, Wang Qianyuan, Hu Jun, and Wu Lei, the film is about a shadow or stand-in whose job is to be killed in place of his master.
With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
Below is the North American trailer. See list of theaters screening it here.
Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
Photos this week includes Angelababy, Cai Xukun, Liu Haoran, Wu Lei, Bai Jingting, Dilraba, Chen Wenqi, Ouyang Nana, Guan Xiaotong, Zheng Yecheng, Zhang Yunlong, Xu Kai, as well as Bai Lu X Xiao Yan for The Legends, Song Qian X Song Weilong for Love Actually, Chen Feiyu and He Landou for film With You.
Born and raised in Beijing, Yang Mi, Guan Xiaotong, Xu Jinglei, Xu Qing, and Chen Man rep their city in this latest of hometown-themed photoshoots that seem to be popular in magazines of late.
For more, you can look at NYT Travel’s Anhui series featuring Ma Sichun, Jiang Wenli and Chen Ran , Nanjing series featuring Ni Ni, Hai Qing, Mei Ting and Yang Zishan, and Beijing series featuring Chen Feiyu, Wu Xiubo, and Xu Qing .
Zhang Yimu’s upcoming wuxia film Shadow has confirmed a premiere date of September 30th, and recently released a new trailer that seems to feature a monologue by Deng Chao‘s shadow:
No people. No light. No sound. All alone in the darkness, I moved my hands over every single crevice in the walls. It was proof that I wasn’t crazy. It was proof that I was still alive.