Like a Flowing River releases stills, casts Jin Chen as female lead

I don’t think this was in the book, so taking bets now on if Song Yunhui wrote anything on that paper airplane.  

I didn’t think it would be possible to cast people more like a character than the book portrayals, but here we are with  Like a Flowing River 大江大河. Wang Kai, Zhou Fang, Yang Shuo and Dong Zijuan actually have the perfect qualities to fill out what I think are inconsistencies in the characters in the books (Tong Yao’s character is already perfect).  

My only concern is Jin Chen. Imo she’s  the actress who has the most on-screen chemistry with Wang Kai, but her character was so unrealistically perfect and unlikeable that she would need a major overhaul to work. I will likely be rooting for Zhou Fang’s character.

80’s fashion making China rethink its decision to open  doors.

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Concubine Meng Arrives prepares for filming

At least now there’s some more light-hearted period dramas going into production.

Concubine Meng Arrives 萌妃驾到 has started filming, seemingly based on the novel of the same name by Mu Yu.  Starring Jiro WangJin ChenXia YiyaoHan JiunuoMi NuoTang MengjiaShen YaoZhang HaiyuLiu Guanlin, and Chen Dexiu,

(WARNING!!) Spoilers below the cut.

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Jin Chen out, Wang Likun in for Martial Universe

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If I do end up watching this drama, it would be for Wang Likun.

Martial Universe 武动乾坤, the upcoming fantasy drama starring Yang Yang (I Belonged To You) is the latest drama to get embroiled in a public casting shakeup. Zhang Tianai and Jin Chen were initially slated to play female leads Ling Qingzhu and Ying Huanhuan respectively, though it was announced today that Zhang Tianai will be taking on the role of Ying Huanhuan instead, while Wang Likun (Somewhere Only We Know) will play Ling Qingzhu. (more…)