0kuo0 in 2015: The Verdict

I know this comes a bit late but I wanted to at least finish or try to finish some stuff before I give suggestions.  I have avoided doing this in the past since I don’t really like ranking dramas.  I find that my opinion of them changes depending on what I am feeling like but I also realize that people try to read these posts as reference for what to watch.  Therefore, these are relatively “ranked” by my personal level of enjoyment… which may be inaccurate sometimes since I do click through dramas if I get impatient and may miss something good or critical…

Murder Mystery/Of Monks and Masters (侠僧探案传奇)

The top three would have to be one of the three major successes of the year for me.

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Weibo Wednesday: September 23, 2015

This is less of a Weibo Wednesday update and more of round-up of a bunch of celebrities who announced they were dating (or in one case, married) and whom we couldn’t bother devoting an entire post to. Let me know if there are any celebrities you’d like an update from, because the Weibosphere has been a little dry lately, tbh.

Chen Xiao dating Michelle Chen

陈晓: 总有一天,你会跟我姓 [鲜花][兔子][兔子][兔子]@陳妍希michelle

Michelle Chen dating Chen Xiao

陳妍希michelle: @陈晓 [心][心][心][兔子]

Whether you loved or hated The Romance of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣), you gotta admit that the way leads Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen went public with their real-life relationship is pretty cute.

Chen Xiao: There will be a day when you will share my surname.

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Hua Qian’gu release theme song, teasers, and stills

Poof!! We’re getting released!!

Hua Qian’gu has decided to release the whole she-bang on us before their June 9th release.  Starring Zhao Liying, Jiang Xin, and Wallace Huo, listen to their theme song “Fire of the Heart” by F.I.R.  feat Julia Peng here and watch the trailer below.

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Journey of Flower releases long trailer


Potential nomination for best idol drama production of 2015?  

Cute, funny, gorgeous, everything about the trailer for Journey of Flower 花千骨 is perfect. The camerawork is wonderful, Zhao Liying is adorable, Jiang Xin is the bomb, the male cast is pretty, the script seems good,  and even the special effects appear to be decent. I tried to avoid it for the longest time because the main characters are the worst, but the trailer is so good that I think I’m just going to pretend they’ll change the plot from midpoint on.      An English dubbed trailer is also available.

Weibo Wednesday: September 3, 2014

I hope none of you have been holding your breath for a Weibo Wednesday update, because that means you’ve been waiting for two. whole. months. Oops. Remember when we used to update this every week? Anyway, let’s go full speed ahead to this time’s round-up, which is on the shorter side, but hey, short and sweet, right?

Ni Ni cosplaying as Sailor Moon

倪妮V: 向头像致敬[haha]谢谢我"脑残"团队的礼物[泪]水手妮谢谢大家的生日祝福[哈哈]

Any Sailor Moon fans here? Ni Ni celebrated her 26th birthday on August 8 (yeah, last month) by cosplaying as Sailor Ni. She took several gorgeous shots, but of course I had to pick the classic “In the name of the moon, I will punish you” pose.

Pay respect to my portrait. Thank you to my “brain-dead” team for their present. Sailor Ni thanks everyone for their birthday blessings.

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“The Journey of Flower” releases trailer

I didn’t know J.J. Abrams was involved in this project…

Lesson of the day: everybody has a vendetta against Hua Qian’gu.  A trailer has been released for the drama starring Wallace Huo, Zhao Liying, Jiang Xin, Zhang Danfeng, Ma Ke, Li Chun, and Bao Tianqi.  From it, we can see the path of Hua Qian’gu (Zhao Liying) from the last God on earth to being the only apprentice under the Immortal Bai Zihua (Wallace Huo), her struggles to save her teacher, the factors leading to her eventual corruption to also become the Demon-god,  the build up to the War of the Worlds, her decision to force Bai Zihua to destroy himself, and their reuniting after reincarnation. Thehy They even provided a English-dubbed trailer here so you can appreciate the Chinese dubbing.

Showtime for Jiang Xin and co in Hua Qian’gu

Probably one of my favorite stills from this series so far.

Zhao Liying‘s titular character from Flowers of Bones/ Hua Qiangu isn’t the only female in the series…(although she shape out to be the only one who’s loved so far. An alternate ending to the book even featured her with a harem consisting of all her admirers). A set of stills specially released of Jiang Xin (whose character was once an immortal, but became corrupted after falling in love with Wallace Huo‘s character and turned to the demonic path) is proof of this…although the other female characters have yet to appear in stills that aren’t ignored character posters. There are plenty of guys, though – find them below the cut! Continue reading

More gorgeous stills from Hua Qian’gu

Skinship in the snow!

I really hope the camera work for Zhao Liying and Wallace Huo’s upcoming drama Hua Qian’gu is somewhat close to how lovely the stills seem, although the more I read about the plot synopsis, the more I dislike the story. Also, if the drama goes with the book’s original ending, you should prepare for a tragedy. Welcome to a world in which Wallace Huo’s character is always brooding and secretly in love with a much younger girl-become-woman, and yet Ma Ke‘s (first and last still under cut) imitation of Wallace (or Ctrl + F Chen Xiao) is supposed to be the most beautiful person in the six realms.

What’s your first impression after seeing the gorgeous stills below the cut? Mine was that it looked like Wallace’s character was pregnant…

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Hua Qian’gu releases scenic stills

Wallace Huo

It’s surprisingly difficult to catch a taxi in lakes.

More pictures of the ultra pretty Hua Qian’gu 花千骨 with Zhao Liying, Wallace Huo,  Jiang Xin, etc.  The photographer should win an award for most timely drama still releases.  Despite the over-use of photoshop that makes all the backgrounds look fake, many of these are actually filmed on location, so hopefully the scenery will look more realistic on TV.

Expect plenty more drama stills in the next few weeks as a part of the Shanghai TV Festival.

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Hua Qian’gu releases photos of Jiang Xin and co.

Who cares if you have the heads of human, fairy and underworld in love with you? Jiang Xin still pwns the world.

Who cares if you have the leaders of  the human, fairy, demon, and underworld in love with you?    Jiang Xin can still kill you with her looks alone.

Drama Hua Qian’gu 花千骨 continues to impress with their latest character profiles featuring co-stars Jiang Xin, Zhang Danfeng, Ma Ke, and Li Chun.  Jiang Xin’s role is more of a guest star as a fairy who is hopelessly in love with Wallace Huo, but the others are major characters.
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