“Realm of Love” releases trailer, stills

Attaboy, Yuan Hong!  Go Get ’em, Cowboy!  The handsome warrior rides his… water buffalo?!?… into town.  Sun glasses at the ready, he leaves the ladies dumbstruck.

Actress Ruby Lin’s 3rd production,  Realm of Love – The Long Ballad, has launched filming, much to our glee.   The first trailer (below) was recently released.

In addition to the leading cast of Ruby Lin and Yuan Hong, Reyizha (Ning Ping from Zhen Huan Zhuan) has landed the role of Ding Rou, love interest of Feng Yi played by Li Jiahang (Er Kang from the New Huan Zhu Ge Ge).  Feng Yi was a general famous for his modest behavior, and was part of Emperor Yuan Hong’s trusty group of 28 generals (among the others from that list who will appear in the drama is Deng Yu, who also vies for Ruby Lin’s Mary-Sue love. Looks like Feng Yi is going to be a dreamy male character who, hopefully, will eventually find happiness through Reyizha. Apparently, Reyizha’s role has been expanded for this drama.  As long as it makes for a good story, we approve! (…It just better be a good story.) Find more pictures below the cut!

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More stills from Realm of Love – Long Ballad

Ruby Lin plays the model empress Yin Lihua.

Ruby Lin, starring in her latest self-produced drama has picked herself a cast full of eye candy again. Not only does she have Yuan Hong, she also has Kenny Kwon looking very good so far as the hypotenuse in that love triangle; there are also plenty of other gorgeous men in armor. Fun fact: Ruby Lin’s character, Yin Lihua, is the empress who gave birth to the greatest number of imperials sons in Chinese history (five!). …She shares this “honor” with Guo Shentong, who was her husband’s other empress.

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Stills released for Ruby Lin, Yuan Hong new drama “Realm of Love – The Long Ballad”

Ruby Lin, back as an empress of the Han dynasty.

Guess what? Ruby Lin is historically entitled to a Mary-Sue character in her latest drama, “Realm of Love – The Long Ballad”* 秀丽江山 长歌行 with Yuan Hong. For her character, Yin Lihua, was historically noted to be beautiful, demure, sweet, gentle, humble, modest…everything that would make her the paragon of virtue. As a little background information, Liu Xiu (Yuan Hong) fell in love with Yin Lihua the moment he laid eyes on her, commenting that his ideal job would be as a chamberlain of the imperial insignia, and the ideal wife would be Yin Lihua. He actually ended up becoming the founder of the Eastern Han dynasty, reinstating the House of Liu as the imperial family after Wang Mang had usurped the throne in 9 AD. 

Also joining the cast is Kenny Kwan who plays Yin LIhua’s childhood friend and Liu XIu’s trusted general Deng Yu. Mao Zijun (he was the young Han Wudi in Schemes of a Beauty), and iPartment’s Li Jiahang are also part of the cast. The drama is adapted from a book of the same name.  (more…)

Mermaid Zhao Liying swims, smiles, and scores

Zhao Liying trying really hard to smile, but all she really wants is to be with Chen Xiao again, which’ll be soon as their movie gets ready to air next month.

Despite the doubious CGI and underwater fashion, Zhao Liying‘s Mermaid Legend 追鱼传奇 turned out to be much more cute than one would’ve expected from its trailer.

Zhao Liying plays a carp fish who’s training to become a dragon, and you’re constantly reminded of her fishiness whenever she puffs her mouth in the most adorable and least annoying way possible. After upsetting the Dragon King, she must proof the joys of human love by helping  Kenny Kwan’s character get married to his betrothed (Dai Jiaoqian), who unfortunately turned out to be from a gold-digging family who want her to be the crowned princess. Added in the mix are mini-detective stories as Kenny Kwan’s character passes his time  solving crimes, with the occasional help from the great Justice Bao himself.

The series airs two episodes per day on Saturdays and Sundays on Hunan TV, with its cast going on Happy Camp this week.

Stage of Youth Preview + NGs + Wrap Up Celebration Pics

It’s basically like half mainland stars and half EEG people. What…is the point of Kenny Kwan? His acting looks so exaggerated, and while I don’t really seem to mind Joey Yung and Yumiko Cheng’s accents when they speak in mandarin, his bothers the heck out of me. That + the exaggerated acting is very, very painful to watch.

I have a feeling I’ll be disappointed with Zhang Junning’s part…he just looks pensive in this, and it doesn’t seem like his role is very big. And he seems to be paired with Yumiko. Ugh. I’m going to fast forward to those parts anyway.  

/useless commentary about a show that I’ve posted too much on.

Edit: Whoops. I put up the wrong video before.

Edit 2: Wrap up celebration for the series took place at Han Geng’s mom’s new restaurant. Junning looks cute peering over Han Geng’s shoulder in the background. More pics.

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Han Geng and Zhang Junning Start Filming Dancing Drama

Today there was a lots of news all semi-related to each other and all involving hot guys so I’ll take this one at a time.

First of all, CCTV is starting the production on a new autumn drama (basically fun, non serious drama like the lunar new year movies, but for tv), called Stage of Youth, which may as well be an idol drama, with its cast. It is about competitive dancing, with Han Geng, the only Chinese member of the Korean boyband Super Junior in the lead as a dancer. Zhang Junning is playing his rival. Both have dancing experience, with Han Geng having graduated from a dance academy and Zhang Junning having learned dance for the series that brought him to fame, “Five Star Hotel”, and was a contestant on “Strictly Come Dancing”. He didn’t win that but I’ve seen him dance on variety shows and I think he’ll definitely be able to pull off this role. And the fact that he’s one of the hottest guys I’ve ever seen doesn’t hurt either. The drama will be twelve episodes.

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