Friday Photos

Gorgeous still for upcoming series A Promenade through the Tang Dynasty .

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Feng Shaofeng, Huang Xiaoming, Li Yifeng, Deng Chao, Shen Teng, Han Geng, and Zheng Kai selfie at the Asian Film and TV Week. Who’s your favorite?

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Creative character posters for Liu Tao, Vic Chou’s upcoming historical drama

Liu Tao becomes a figure in the painting Night Revels of Han Xizai

Director Li Shaohong, best known for Palace of Desires and Dream of Red Mansions 2010, has a new female-centric historical drama Poetry of the Song Dynasty 大宋宫词 (previously La Royauté 女君纪) in the works, and has cast Liu Tao (The Advisors Alliance) as empress Liu E. She is depicted as a jealous concubine who swapped the emperor’s son for a commoner’s baby in folk legend Civet Cat Exchanged for Crown Prince 《狸猫换太子》.

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Rotunda and SM collaborate

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“It’s okay if we’re not the leads, we have better photos than everyone who is.”

After the previously scheduled Chinese Paladin 5 flopped, Jiang Jinfu and Victoria Song quickly shifted to Legend of Cocoon Town, a Rotunda series co-starring only the cutest Yang Yang.   The series is directed by Li Shaohong (Dream of the Red Chambers, Da Ming Palace).

Other than Victoria Song, fellow SM’er Choi Siwon is also collaborating with Rotunda in another series, The Millionaire Heirs with Kan Qingzi and Yu Xiaotong . Yep, after years of playing the pouty second female lead to Li Qin and Li Sheng,  Kan Qingzi is finally get her first major lead! Meanwhile, poor Yang Yang is probably still stuck with the second lead. A few more stills below the cut, although they’re generally not very good.
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Drama and film news round-up

Drama news

  • Chen Xiao, Zhou Dongyu collaborate again in modern series Glass Slipper 玻璃鞋.Filming begins in March.
  • ee-Media musical  Glee Club Song of Vengeance  唱战记 finally begun filming last week . The series stars Super Girl and current Beijing Film Academy student Fu Mengni, Huang Yida, Ou Hao, Qin Lan, Chai Biyun (Saiya from NHZGG), etc.
  • Luo Jin, Lv Yi collaborate once more for new drama, Daddy Father Pa 爸爸父亲爹, also from Ciwen Entertainment (X-Agent) .  Stills here.
  • Jiang Jinfu, Song Qian, and Yang Yang  begun filming for Li Shaohong’s latest Republican-era suspense drama 茧镇传奇. Stills of the two male leads here.
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“Summer flowers never last” releases posters

“They were born like the flowers of summer, but the flowers never last to see the end of summer.”

Part innocent incestuous childhood love, part mafia and police intrigue,  Summer flowers never last 花开半夏 brings together two top companies run by women  – Mango Films (Fall in Love) of host-producer-Angela’s-mom Li Xiang  and Rosat (New Dream of Red Chamber) of producer Li Xiaowan and director Li Shaohong. The series, based on the book of the same name, currently airs two episodes per day on Saturdays and Sundays on Hunan TV. 

Two orphans raised together, Ruhua (Li Qin) and Rufeng (Lin Shen) have depended on each other and their adopted grandmother for all their lives. As the two slowly realize they’ve developed feelings for each other, they’re also faced with the trials of life.  When Rufeng becomes caught in the mafia while trying to save their grandmother, their lives turn upside down.

 Zhang Jiani plays the daughter of the mafia boss who falls for Rufeng, while Yang Yang plays a fellow piano student at Ruhua’s college who befriends her despite differences in their social status.  Kan Qingzi likes Yang Yang, while Ma Xiaocan plays the daughter of the detective seeking to solve the mafia case, and she likes Lin Shen.

  More of the soft posters below the cut, and darker ones here.  

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The New Dream of the Red Chamber Trailer and Photoshoot

Li Qin (Young Xue Baochai), Jiang Mengjie (Lin Daiyu), and Yang Yang (Older Jia Baoyu) in InStyle

Even though there have been many trailers already for The New Dream of the Red Chamber, the previous ones tried to only convey an moody ambiance. This new trailer actually had dialogue, and shows off the beautiful camerawork and sets. The total costs of production for the 50-episode  series reached 118 million yuan (for comparison, even the elaborate sets of  The Message cost around 50 million yuan), but the producer, sounding much more confident than in previous reports, said that the costs should be definitely recoverable.

Vid thanks to fountainpark723.

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The New “Dream of the Red Chamber” Cast Dances on Water in Shanghai

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As if they haven’t thrown enough money into this project (50,000 yuan per episode, for 50 episodes) the production behind Li Shaohong’s upcoming Dream of the Red Chamber prepared a water and lights ballet version of the drama that was performed October 3-5 to coincide with the mid-autumn moon festival, in Silver Pickax Lake in Changfeng Park, Shanghai. It featured bursts of lights, water and fire surrounding the actors as they danced above the lake. The show will be performed again for the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Clip of the part where Baoyu realizes he got tricked into marrying the girl that he doesn’t love.  If someone does find the whole thing, please tell me!

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