Sniper stars Huang Xuan and Chen He as a pair of assassins who part ways due to differing views and loyalties. The 60 episode drama airs daily on Zhejiang TV / Dragon TV beginning Oct 9th.
Sniper 瞄准 stars Huang Xuan (Entrepreneurial Age) as Su Wenqian, an agent who plans to assassinate an important figure in the Kuomintang government within 180 hours. Chen He (Mad Ebriety) plays Chi Tiecheng, a Kuomintang assassin and Su Wenqian’s older disciple brother.
In yet another Korean collaboration, She Was Pretty will be remade starring Dilraba, Sheng Yilun, Li Xirui, and UNIQ’s Kim Sungjoo. Korean companies co-producing remakes of their own dramas in China have tended to dump their second-tier production teams on those productions, but at least all the leads speak Chinese(ish) this time? Plus, who can say no to more Dilraba?
Plot from wiki, with names sino-fied:
Li Huizhen (Dilraba) was a very pretty girl from a rich family. After her family’s publishing company went bankrupt, she experienced hardships then lost her beauty too. Bai Haoyu (Sheng Yilun) was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem, but grows up as a handsome and successful editor.
The two decided to meet again as adults, but Haoyu was unable to recognize Huizhen . Ashamed to meet her first love and ruin his perception of her, Huizhen asks her attractive best friend, Xia Qiao (Li Xirui), to appear in her place. Things, however, soon get complicated as Haoyu was assigned to work at The Most magazine publishing office where Haoyu is the deputy chief editor. He openly mistreats and belittles her for her clumsy nature, not knowing that she was his real childhood friend. Xiao Qiao also continues to meet Haoyu, and soon develops feelings for him. On the other hand, Huizhen finds a good friend in her workplace, Lin Yimu (Kim Jongsoon), who slowly falls in love with her.
The Interpreters/Les Interprètes 翻译官 is produced by and stars Yang Mi. The series co-stars Huang Xuan, Zhou Qiqi, and a cohort of Yang Mi’s minions – Gao Weiguang, Li Xirui, and Zhang Yunlong, as a group of French interpreters/ambassadors to Switzerland with complicated love stories that I can’t synopsize because they clearly completely changed the story from the novel (which is good, fyi ).
The trailer surprisingly used their original voices, so I hope the actors actually learned some French for this series. It’s set to air in April.
As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas. Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou Dongyu, Zhang Ruoyun, Chen Xuedong, Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu, and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.
Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser. While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful. Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics, espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.
A round-up of some upcoming espionage dramas, in historical chronological order. Which ones are you looking forward to the most? (more…)
Street-style photoshoots from new movie stars Ou Hao, Huang Xuan, Yang Mi’s crew of Dilireba et al., Zhang Yimou’s new actress Zhang Huiwen, newly divorced Zhang Xinyi, and a flashback to the cuteness that is Cindy.
Welcome to Micro Times, the story of ridiculously rich students with nothing better to do with their lives other than date. Let’s be honest, we’re only watching because the cast of all fairly new actors is amazingly good-looking, and Yang Mi pulled in so many sponsorships (Maserati, Bvlgari, Dolce & Gabbana, to name a few) that Micro Times might have a bigger budget than Tiny Times.
Although the cast are never in uniform in the show (contrary to Meteor Shower world belief, college students do not wear uniforms), the cast put on school uniforms just to remind us how much idol dramas have improved in fashion taste and budgets since then. Or maybe it’s just because they look good in uniform.
Individual character posters below the cut.
Super busy Yang Mi‘s first produced drama, featuring all new actors with herself, Shawn Yue, Monica Chan, Bibi Zhou Bichang, Tan Weiwei, and Kim Beom as the guest leads, will finally be airing on July 21st. The series is the first high-budget drama produced for the Internet, and is one of a series of Internet series from QQ.
Although they’re all fairly new as of filming Micro Times, Dilireba, Gao Weiguang are also featured in Yang Mi’s upcoming series Ancient Sword, while Zhang Yunlong is a supporting lead in Zhang Han’s Paranormal Adonis. As a preview, next week is going to be Zhang Han week.
Featuring eight fresh new faces supported by six veterans, “Micro Times 微时代之恋·初恋篇” will be actress and workaholic Yang Mi’s first production. The six celebs will be Yang Mi, Shawn Yue, Zhou Bichang, Tan Weiwei, Monica Chan and Kim Bum, but the main leads will be the eight youngsters that Yang Mi handpicked from the major acting schools and other venues.
You might remember Dilraba from one of our previous posts, and I’m so happy she’s starring in such a big production!
The fashion of the drama is fresh and young like the cast, with a special costumes team hand-picked by Yang Mi and composed of mostly new graduates from major fashion institutes both in China and abroad. Watch the character intro for the actors below.