Writer of Burning Ice to work with Qin Hao, Liao Fan for upcoming iQiyi crime thrillers

Streaming giant iQiyi has bought the adaption rights to two more novels written by Zi Jinchen, the screenwriter and original author of critically acclaimed thriller Burning Ice 无证之罪. Both web dramas have already started filming, and will have twelve 60 minute episodes.

The Hidden Corner 隐秘的角落 is already in production, and stars Qin Hao, Wang Jingchun, Zhang Songwen and Ren Suxi.

A long-suffering live-in son-in-law (Qin Hao) hatches up an elaborate murder plot to kill his cheating wife and her family after she demands a divorce. His actions are recorded by three children playing nearby, yet he soon discovers that he was actually set up by the three young children. Consequently, he begins to work out how and why a thirteen-year-old boy is able to twist the truth to his advantage.

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Chang Chen, Liao Fan, Ni Ni brace themselves for the storm in Savage

The film will be screened in the US and Canada on May 3rd.

Action revenge thriller Savage 雪暴 stars Liao Fan, Zhang Yicong and Huang Jue as a group of robbers who intend to steal a truckload of gold bars. Chang Chen and Li Guangjie play a pair of cops who happen to get in their way, and the latter is killed in the process. Ni Ni plays doctor Sun Yan, who somehow gets entangled in the mess. The film won the New Currents Award at its debut at the Busan International Film Festival.

The film will be screened in select theaters in the US and Canada on May 3rd. See locations here.

 

 

 

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Hu Ge, Wan Qian reunite in director Diao Yinan’s new film

Hu Ge has been cast as the lead in The Wild Goose Lake 南方车站聚会, the latest project from art film director Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice). The movie will revolve around the redemption of a thief (Hu Ge) who is wrongly accused of a crime, and his attempts to escape prosecution before finally deciding to surrender himself to the authorities.

Gwei Lun-mei plays the protagonist’s girlfriend, and Liao Fan and Wan Qian round out the main quartet.

First stills for Chen Kun, Wan Qian’s Republican spy drama

Chen Kun (Beautiful Accident) and Wan Qian’s (Guilty of Mind) upcoming drama quietly wrapped up filming in mid-April, and is now going by the official title of Lost in 1949 脱身 (I assume they dropped ‘The/者’ to avoid comparisons with The Disguiser 伪装者).

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All Quiet in Peking releases trailer fit for the silver screen

After seeing trailers for this and Nirvana in Fire, I’m officially a fan of this team from Shandong TV Group, whose trailers are all film-qualitied.   All Quiet in Peking 北平无战事 features a truly all-star (i.e. not just pretty, but amazing actors) of Liu Ye, Berlin Film Festival’s new best actor Fan Liao, Chen Baoguo, Wang Kai (who is also a lead in Nirvana in Fire). The drama is directed by Kong Sheng and produced by Hou Hongliang, the duo behind Nirvana in Fire and Chuang Guandong. The script is by Liu heping of  Emperor Yongzheng 雍正王朝 and Ming Dynasty1566 大明王朝1566.

Flashback: “The Blue Lotus”

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It’s not often that actors retweet slash MV‘s of themselves, so when I saw Lu Yi and Ren Quan having an entire conversation reminiscing their friendship over The Blue Lotus 花样的年华 (cut version here and full version here), I immediately went and watched the series.  The Republican era series, featuring custom made couture suits that made the two leads look oh-so-handsome, director-approved shipping, and a compelling heterosexual romance,  is definitely worth a watch.  Also, it uses original voices!

Produced by Zhang Yibai, The Blue Lotus co-stars the two’s classmates at the Shanghai Drama Academy, Lu Yi’s wife Bao Lei and Ren Quan’s best friend Li Bingbing, as the two’s respective female love interests. Incidentally, all of the four leads were on Hunan TV today, with Li Bingbing and Ren Quan on Tian Tian Xiang Shang, and Lu Yi and Bao Lei on Where are we going? Dad.

Really low-qualitied but beautiful opening theme: 

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Looking forward to Upcoming Chinese films in 2014

Ge You and Jiang Wen as showmasters in the movie, Gone With the Bullets.

Ge You and Jiang Wen as show masters in the upcoming movie, Gone With the Bullets.

The year is almost a quarter over (I know!), but 2014 is a really exciting year for Chinese film and it would be a waste not to take a look at all the great stuff that’s going to be released soon. This year, as some have noted, will be the year of big director comebacks, from Red Cliff’s John Woo to Zhang Yimou and many others. (Thanks to Mookie for everything about this post, I’m just here to spread the word.)

(Also, you’ll soon realize that Huang Xiao Ming does not rest… I believe he has at least 4 films this year alone, excluding dramas!!)

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