Members of the women’s national volleyball team will be making an appearance in Chinese Women’s Volleyball, which stars Gong Li as coach Lang Ping. Costars include Wu Gang as the coach for the 1984 Olympics team and Huang Bo (with Peng Yuchang as the younger counterpart) as the coach for the 2004 Olympics team.
Here’s our first look at Gong Li as legendary player and coach Lang Ping in Chinese Women’s Volleyball 中国女排 (lit.), an upcoming sports film directed by Peter Chan (Dearest, American Dreams in China). Wu Gang (The Thunder) and Huang Bo (Crazy Alien) costar as the coaches that led the team to victory at the 1984 and 2004 Olympics respectively. The film is scheduled for a 2020 Chinese New Year release.
Wu’ershan(Painted Skin 2)-directed fantasy epic trilogy Fengshen, loosely based on the Investiture of the Gods, has released the first set of character posters. Other than Chen Kun, the trilogy will star Huang Bo as Jiang Ziya, Li Xuejian as King Wen of Zhou, Xia Yu as Shen Gongbao, Kris Phillips as King Zhou of Shang, and introduces newcomers Hai Liang as King Yin Jiao and Yu Shi as King Wu of Zhou.
With 2000 crew members and a budget of over 3 billion RMB (445 USD), the trilogy is China’s biggest pre-budgeted film series yet.
The film’s meticulous aesthetic draws on Song dynasty landscape paintings, 16th-century Daoist art and elements from the Bronze Age Shang and Zhou eras. Elaborately carved screens and lintels, delicate jade bowls, chariots, leather armor and weaponry fill the studio’s soundstages and storage rooms.
“I wanted every piece to be museum-quality,” Wuershan says. “We developed everything ourselves via an analysis of Shang objects, so even though it looks very antique, it’s actually all original.”Variety interview with director Wu’ershan
Crossing the Sea of Anger 涉过愤怒的海 is the third film in director Cao Baoping’s Burning Hearts 灼心 series, and stars Huang Bo (Crazy Alien) as a fisherman who finds out his daughter was murdered while studying in Japan. Meanwhile Li Miaomiao, the victim’s boyfriend and biggest suspect, has avoided persecution by returning to China with the help of his parents.
In Laohuang’s original novel, the protagonist is a man determined to avenge his daughter, though the film will focus more on family, reconciliation and redemption. Zhou Xun (Last Letter) and Zu Feng (The Mask) costar.
Crazy Alien is an upcoming black comedy starring Huang Bo as Geng Hao, a monkey trainer whose act goes wrong after an alien crash lands on Earth and injures his monkey. Desperate to perform the act, he attempts to train the alien instead, though is punished after the alien regains his powers.
The alien’s plans to return home are complicated by American scientists searching for alien life and Dafei’s (Shen Teng) desire to make some traditional medicated liquor. Lei Jiayin costars as a policeman.
Ning Hao’s new film is scheduled for a February 5th release.
The Island 一出好戏 is Huang Bo’s directorial debut, and revolves around the protagonist’s (also played by Huang) attempts to leave the island with his fellow travellers Shu Qi, Wang Baoqiang, Zhang Yixing, Yu Hewei, Wang Xun, Li Qinqin and Li Youlin.
Out of the current crop of film actors, Zhou Xun and Huang Bo are two of the best. Cosmo has rightly pointed out that it’s partly because they know when to stop and hone their craft, which is extremely hard to do in an industry that constantly brings in new blood. Photos by Chen Man.
The Conformist 冰之下 is an upcoming crime movie set in a small town on the China-Russia border, and stars Huang Bo (Battle of Memories) as Wang Haibo, a lumber mill worker turned police informant.