25th Magnolia Awards

Unlike the mess that was the 29th Golden Eagle Awards, the Magnolia Awards were more sensible and predictable, so kudos to the judges (director Gao Xixi, actress Ma Yili, screenwriter Chen Tong among others) for judging based on merit.

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Review: Urban Fantasy Hanson and the Beast is Men in Black meets chick flick

Millions of years ago, aliens, now known as  yaoguai or demons, landed on Earth. To blend in, they hide their animal forms by shapeshifting into humans. To make sure their secrets are hidden from the humans, the Bureau of Transformers was formed to monitor yaoguai actions in our world.     When young arctic fox demon Bai Qianchu (Liu Yifei) comes to the human world to repay an act of kindness and accidentally exposes her true form, she’s being chased after by the bureau’s agents.

Her object of interest is zookeeper and swindler Yuan Shuai (Feng Shaofeng), who saved her when he was a child.  When Bai Qianchu falls for Yuan Shuai, the two become caught at the center of a power struggle in the demon world between those who want to live apart from humans and those who want to cohabit the world with humans.

Urban fantasy film Hanson and the Beast takes the exciting concept of an alien registration agency and made a rom-com whose main feature is Liu Yifei being charming and beautiful. Luckily, it does that well enough if you like Liu Yifei.  Plus, unlike her last blockbuster,  the rest of the cast can actually act and the set-up is refreshing enough that you sit through it and enjoy Liu Yifei. A drama spinoff of the series starring Wang Ziwen and Chen He was released last week.

Liu Yifei as a fox pup

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All Is Well trailer hits all the hot topics

A victim of sexism in her own family, a spoiled youngest son, and a weak father finally freed from his  boss spouse  all walk into the same show…

From preferential treatment to sons to overly-protected sons to independent women to old people being scammed,  All is Well 都挺好’s trailer hits so many the hot topics that every episode is already guaranteed to set aflame a million internet forum. The series starring Yao Chen, Ni Dahong, and Guo Jingfei is set to air on March 1st.


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Lantern Festival drama posters

Here’s a round-up of Lantern Festival poster/stills released for upcoming (and one currently airing) dramas.  Happy Lantern Festival!

The Longest Day in Chang’an – Yi Yangqianzi

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Yao Chen, Ni Dahong lead ensemble cast for modern family drama All Is Well

All is Well 都挺好 is produced by Daylight Entertainment, and based on Ah Nai’s (River of Time, Ode to Joy) novel of the same name. Yao Chen will be making her small screen come back after 2014’s Divorce Lawyers, and this time she’ll be playing the estranged daughter of veteran actor Ni Dahong (Mr. Right).

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Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng reunite after six years in Hanson and the Beast

Liu Yifei (Once Upon A Time) and Feng Shaofeng (The Starry Night, The Starry Sea 2) played Yu Ji and Xiang Yu respectively in White Vengeance, and will be starring opposite each other again in fantasy rom-com Hanson and the Beast 二代妖精.

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Promo Round-up: Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin

Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin occurs nearly half a century after the events of Nirvana in Fire, and the safety of the Liang Dynasty is still being threatened by neighbouring kingdoms and corrupt politicians.

My expectations are pretty low given the fact that sequels never work, though with directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue at the helm, it’s bound to look gorgeous.The 50 episode drama will air two episodes every Monday to Wednesday on Dragon and Beijing TV beginning tonight. English subs will be available on Dramafever and Viki.

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Long trailer and new stills for The Wind Blows in Changlin

Screenwriter and novelist Hai Yan has teamed up with Daylight Entertainment again to produce The Wind Blows in Changlin, a sequel to 2015 hit drama Nirvana in Fire.

 

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