Xu Kai, Li Yitong, Tan Jianci cast in Tang dynasty panorama

Not caving into the recent trend of looking to Japan for inspiration for Tang Dynasty aesthetics is a focus of the drama, how well do the first stills do?

Aiming to be a panorama of early Tang dynasty life, the latest Yu Zheng-produced drama features merchants, pirates, the military, and princes finding love and success in the early Tang dynasty.  Based on the script by author Fengnong, A Promenade through the Tang Dynasty 大唐女儿行 (lit:  Promenade of Women in the Tang Dynasty)  began filming earlier this month with a young cast consisting of Xu Kai (The Legends) , Li Yitong (Bloody Romance), Tan Jianci (Secrets of the Three Kingdoms) , Fan Shiqi (Where the Lost Ones Go), Wu Jiayi ( Untouchable Lovers), and Jiang Mengjie (Sword Master) . The series has already been brought by Hong Kong channel TVB.

Xu Kai plays Cheng Chumo, the son of Cheng Yaojin and a profligate youth who chooses to make a name for himself after falling in love with Fu Rou (Li Yitong).    While he goes to fight pirates in the open waters, Fu Rou leaves behind her merchant family to become a master weaver in the palace.  There, she meets Prince Li Ke (Tan Jianci) and Marines General Yan Zifang and becomes entangled in the fight for the Crowned Prince. Fan Shiqi plays Cheng Chumo’s brother while Wu Jiayi plays his love interest, the Princess Qinghe.  Ma Yue and Miao Pu play the Emperor Li Shimin and the Empress Zhangsun. Together, the protagonists must fight on all fronts to save their families and the future of the Tang Dynasty.

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Review: Above the Clouds

Dragged down by typical Yu Zheng formula of being framed once per episode, Above the Clouds nevertheless shows promise for Chen Xiao and the scriptwriter.

How nice is it to actually have a female lead not fixed on romances? Despite a love triangle and the inability to learn, the female lead of Above the Clouds 云巅之上  was surprisingly unwavering in her acting dreams, something rare in recent dramas that makes even the most powerful women motivated solely by love.  The series tells of a romance between accidental actress by day and maid by night Jian Xi (Yuan Shanshan), her boss and the least-paparazzi-conscious actor Tang Fei ( Chen Xiao), his rumored girlfriend and her acting rival Ji Qing (Jiang Menjie),  and a pop star with terrible hair ( Zhang Zhehan). Continue reading

Sword Master set for release

Here it comes!

Sword Master 三少爷的剑 has changed its release date to December 2nd.  Directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark, this production stars Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Jiang Yiyan, finally a wuxia movie for those looking for one.

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Sword Master has more posters

Couple old posters I have been saving today.

Sword Master 三少爷的剑 has more posters.  Directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark, this production stars Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Jiang Yiyan and seems to still be working out a new release date or something so the ones in the posters may not be correct…

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Sword Master releases posters

Is this China, the Carnival of Venice, or a masquerade ball!?!… and I’m calling BS in case somebody tries to make a tie-in to the Prince of Lanling!!

Sword Master 三少爷的剑 has released posters.  Directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark, this production stars Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Jiang Yiyan and seems to be aiming for a release date sometime in July.

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Tsui Hark returns to wuxia

Tsui Hark, show them how it’s done!!

The Third Master’s Sword 三少爷的剑 (I am sure they will have a better English title sometime soon) has released a teaser, marking Tsui Hark‘s return to the wuxia genre.  Starring Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Ren Qingan, this seems to be based on the novel by Gu Long.

Modern dramas round-up

Round-up of recent modern series we haven’t had time to post on, including Love Shine, One Karat of Dreams, Little Daddy, Love on Tiptoe, Fiancée, and Best Time.

Cast: Kim Jeonghoon, Yao Di, Emma Pei Bei, Wu Diwen

Cast: Kim Jeonghoon, Yao Di, Emma Pei Bei, Wu Diwen

Love on Tiptoe  踮起脚尖吻到爱
Aspiring manager (Yao Di) finds a distraught former model (Kim) at her doorsteps, causing a string of events that shockingly ends in love. If nothing else, model Pei Bei is gorgeous here. The series airs 3 eps on weekdays and 2 eps on weekends. Continue reading