She Was Pretty remake stars Dilraba, Sheng Yilun

7dd6c5b98d89b039

Because Dilraba is sooo unattractive.

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.

Yang Mi speaks the language of love in The Interpreters

Huang Xuan and Yang Mi

That drama where the male lead is the only one who doesn’t work for Yang Mi.

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.

Continue reading

I spy … a lot of spies in 2016

58ee3d6d55fbb2fbf44114ed494a20a44723dce3

To get an idea of the extent of communist infiltration at the time, the head of the KMT’s central intelligence agency was at one time a communist mole. The character whom Ming Lou was modeled after in The Disguiser? A five-sided agent.

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 DongyuZhang RuoyunChen 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? Continue reading

Street Style Smorgasbord

Ou Hao and your friendly neighborhood manneqin in DSQUARED2

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.

Continue reading

“Micro Times” goes back to school with character posters

Micro Times, or more accurately translated as  : Wechat Times

Potential cast for Yang Mi’s adaptation of Gossip Girl?

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.

Continue reading

Micro Times brings Internet drama budgets to a new high

83576176

Who wears rainbow best? Micro Times, Ancient Sword, Seven Friends, or Ban Shu?

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.

“Micro Times” release cast of fresh faces!

71cf3bc79f3df8dc43d59582cc11728b4710283c

Every post involving Yang Mi could just be titled “Pretty people.”

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!

a686c9177f3e670958415bec3ac79f3df8dc555b

Anyone remember Dilraba from Shanghai Drama Academy?

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.