Castin call for Wu’ershan’s latest film

Director Wu’ershan (Painted Skin II, Mojin: The Lost Legend) is one of the most consistent commercial film directors of his generation and imo the best Chinese-fantasy film director currently available. He has an open casting call for the leads of his next historical-fantasy film.

If you’re between the ages of 16-25, sign up with your cv and a photo or a video (I presume? It didn’t say in the casting call) at fengshen_casting@163.com or call at 18519159097 for more details.

source: Chen Kun’s Weibo

List of upcoming 2017 films

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Sina recently compiled a list of upcoming movies that are scheduled to premiere by the end of this year. Actors with multiple productions coming out this year include Eddie Peng, Huang Xuan, Ni Ni, Liao Fan, Shu Qi and Wan Qian. Which films are you looking forward to the most?

Translations and full trailers (if available) are below the cut. Some movies may have been omitted due to lack of information.

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2015 films preview

From animations 5 years in the making to comedies shot in 3 days, 2015 brings a bigger range of films than ever.
From animations 10 years in the making to comedies shot in 3 days , 2015 brings a bigger range of films than ever. But the real questions is, how many of their minutes are solid?

An incomplete list of films distributed in 2015 announced so far by the big five, which covers over half of the distribution market share in China.

I ignored a couple that had little to no information on story/production/cast and/or children’s films that you probably don’t care about.

Angelababy, Bai Baihe, Lin Gengxin, Jing Boran, and Amber Kuo seem to be the breakout young actors among the list.  Adaptations are even more popular, especially in the youth category, with two competing film versions of My Sunshine alone.  While popular series like Tiny Times 4.0 continues, we also see  the beginning of four new series – Zhong Kui, The Ghouls, The Lost Tombs, and the first major animation-live action film Monster Hunt. I was the most excited by animation Big Fish, one of an increasing number of animations for older audiences,  finally finding a distributor.

Which films are you looking forward to the most?


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Grave-robbing books to be made into movies

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Whose tomb are you visiting today?

The two book series that set off the tomb-raiding craze will be both made into a series of films.

Among the two,  The Ghouls: Code of the Dragon 鬼吹灯之寻龙诀 will be directed by Wu’ershan (Painted Skin II). The film, based on the first book of the second series, is produced by Huayi Brothers, Wanda, and Enlight Media, and is set for a December 2015 release.

Meanwhile,  The Lost Tombs 盗墓笔记 will be produced by our favorite Huanrui along with Filmko Entertainment. Part 1 of 8 is planning for a summer 2016 release.

What do you think? Which one are you looking forward to the most?

The Ghouls concept trailer:

sources: sina, sina

P.S. For those of you faint in the heart,  The Lost Tombs actually has real ghosts while The Ghouls does not.  And for those of you who are righteous in the heart, The Ghouls feature archaeologists who are forced to search the graves rather than actual grave robbers.

Want to model in China? Huayi Brothers is hiring

Huayi Fashion models

If you’ve ever thought about breaking into the fashion industry, this might be for you. Chinese media juggernaut, Huayi Brothers Media Group, is looking for models to sign under its Huayi Fashion agency.
A successful candidate would share a label with industry veterans Lisa S. and Patina Lin, alongside international catwalkers Sui He (Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana), Ming Xi (Vogue Italia, Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood), and Shu Pei (Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton). (more…)

The Many Faces of Chen Xiao

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Yu Zheng seems to have a talent for finding and turning talented, but underrated, actors into overnight commercial successes. Whether it is due to his script or the chemistry between the leads, the popularity of Yu Zheng dramas seems to go hand-in-hand with the popularity of the lead couple. This is no different in his recent work; in The Legend of Lu Zhen 陆贞传奇, the cute onscreen interaction between Chen Xiao and Zhao Liying made this intrigue melodrama much more enjoyable.


Chen Xiao showing off his preschooler mentality on the four emotions segment of Women vs Men in the video above. Continue reading below the cut for a small summary of Chen Xiao’s road to success and teasing teaser photos from recent photoshoots. (more…)

Can you solve these two mysteries?

Huayi Music has announced that it would sign a new male artist who is an already famous competition(?) winner. This time, they decided to show off his voice before revealing his name. The choices given in the official guessing game are Shin, Jam Hsiao, Yoga Lin and Aska Yang.  From the choices given, Shin and Aska Yang are more likely since Shin has worked with BOBO before and Aska Yang has been trying to leave his old company. Of the four, it also sounds most like Aska Yang. But on second thought, it sounds like Allen Su without his signature style.

Can you guess who’s the lucky man to join Jane Zhang and Laure Shang’s company?

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High School Musical still sings for BOBO; Lu Yi joins the brotherhood

Huayi's Jane Zhang and BOBO at the recent Baidu Awards, where they took away a combined number of five awards
Huayi's Jane Zhang and BOBO at the recent Baidu Awards, where the three took away five awards

Once upon upon a June night, news first surfaced about a High School Musical starring BOBO. After months of inactivity, when almost everyone forgot about the movie, today, in an interview during Huayi’s 2009 Plans Press Conference, BOBO mentioned the movie again.

BOBO’s “Always Ready” to climb the ladder of success

Also during the press conference, it was revealed that Huayi Brothers brought management company Long-D, which means that former Long-D stars like Lu Yi, Tian Liang, Jessey Meng and Annie Yi will now belong to Huayi.  It also announced its partnership with the Italian sportswear company Kappa.
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