30 actresses and singers join girl group reality show

Ning Jing

Now this is my type of show! Woman Like Me / Sisters Who Make Waves 乘风破浪的姐姐 (lit. translation) is aimed at forming a mature-age girl group, and I am loving all the contestants (full list below) and producer Huang Xiaoming after watching the first episode.

The variety show airs every Friday at 12pm on Mango TV, and will be up on YouTube shortly thereafter.

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Promo Round-up: Kidnapping Game

In Kidnapping Game 十日游戏, Zhu Yawen plays a game developer who holds a grudge against Shen Hui (Liu Yijun) after the latter suddenly stops investing money. He meets Shen Hui’s illegitimate daughter Lu Jie (Jin Chen), and the two begin to design an elaborate revenge plot. Geng Le costars as the detective.

The 12 episode iQiyi web drama just announced it will begin streaming in 2 hours (8pm CN time).

Bai Lu, Jin Chen, Yang Rong, Qiao Xin cast in Ming Dynasty female ensemble comedy

Based on this oddly PS’ed poster, I’m guessing Yu Zheng will try to sell on historical aesthetics once more.

Song of Youth 玉楼春 is Yu Zheng’s latest period drama, a comedy starring Bai Lu, Jin Chen, Yang Rong, Huang Xinyao, Zheng Qiuhong, Lamuyangzi, Qiao Xin, and Wen Zhengrong. Their male love interests will be Wang Yizhe, Hao Lei, Chang Long, Zhou Lu, Zhu Zhiling, and Zheng Kai. According to Yu Zheng, the drama’s main focus will be fast-paced humor, but will include elements of traditional arts like pipa, guqin, dance, flower arrangement, the art of and fragrances and the like. It’ll also include actors from acting competition Real Actor.

This is Yu Zheng’s first attempt at comedy since Cosmetology High in 2014, which was not that well received (although idarklight enjoyed it).

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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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