Well isn’t this an entertaining way to end 2020. Popular author / screenwriter / director Guo Jingming‘s second novel Never-flower in Never-dream was found by the court to have plagiarised Zhuang Yu’s In and Out of the Circle in 2003, yet has never admitted or apologised for plagiarism until today. Guo published a Weibo post at 12am describing it as an “unhealable wound” he was “loathe to face”.
Guo Jingming had offered to pay Zhuang Yu all the royalties he earned from selling Never-flower in Never-dream or alternatively if she didn’t accept his offer, he would donate all his profit to charity.
Guo Jingming’s Onmyoji 阴阳师 adaptation released its first trailer today to prepare for its Christmas opening. I don’t know why Hollywood continues to build crappy sets like this one for Shang-Chi when even a Guo Jingming CGI-fest looks like this.
Season 2 of acting competition Attention Actors features directors Chen Kaige, Zhao Wei and Guo Jingming from Season 1, and new joiner Derek Yee (Sword Master), who seems to be playing the role of the harsh (honest) judge.
Select contestants: Ren Min, Wang Churan, Guo Xiaoting, Wen Zhengrong, Huang Mengying, Liu Ruilin, Li Xirui, Zhang Ming’en, Zhang Yijie, Lou Yixiao, Wang Zhi, Cao Jun, Dong Siyi, Lamu Yangzi, Yan Zidong, Meng Ziyi, Ma Su, Myolie Wu, Zhang Yue, Li Zhinan, Huang Yi
Mark Zhao, Deng Lun, Wang Ziwen, Chun Xia, and Wang Duo are starring in director Guo Jingming’s latest film series, ancient fantasy Onmyoji 阴阳师, based on the novel series of the same name by Baku Yumemakura. Two films are currently scheduled in the series.
Tencent’s upcoming big-budget acting variety show Attention, Actors 演员请就位 (lit.) has hired directors Li Shaohong (Palace of Desires, Dream of Red Mansions 2010), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Legend of the Demon Cat), Guo Jingming (Tiny Times, L.O.R.D)and Zhao Wei(So Young) as judges who will assemble their own team from a group of 58 actors.
Trailers and stills have been released for the movie version of Cry Me A Sad River 悲伤逆流成河. Unlike the drama version, the film seems like it’s going to be a relatively faithful adaption of Guo Jingming’s source novel, which delves into bullying/peer victimisation, rape, teen pregnancy STD’s, and suicide. The movie has cast completely new actors Zhao Yingbo, Ren Min, Xin Yunlai, Zhang Ruonan and Zhu Danni as leads.
One major plus for the TV series: the actors will actually look like humans
The TV adaptation of fantasy Legend Of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹·临界天下 has already been filmed and released its first trailer. The people will definitely look more real than the film version, so already a plus. It’s shot partly in New Zealand, so the landscape will also look way better. The script is Bai Yicong (Candle in the Tomb, The Lost Tomb) , who is a hit or miss. The whole cast hasn’t been announced, but Joe Cheng and Zhang Ming’en should be playing the main duo of Yinchen and Qiling. Huang Mengying also plays a role.
I don’t know enough about art but William Chan looks like half-Middle Earth elf and half-Catholic church.
L.O.R.D. was such a let-down that I can’t believe it’s getting a sequel, but at least the posters are pretty. Here’s posters of four of the leads – Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu, Chen Xuedong, and William Chan. Not sure whether the rest of the cast will return.
In just a hour, her father told her, “don’t come to look for me again.” Her mother told her, ” After you die, don’t come looking for me.” Yi Yao patted her stomach and asked, “are you stupid? why did you come looking for me?”
Part 2 of translations of selected parts of Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河 by Guo Jingming. Part 1 here. Both translations were done like five years ago, so don’t judge, but feel free to comment on errors.