Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
Photos this week includes Angelababy, Cai Xukun, Liu Haoran, Wu Lei, Bai Jingting, Dilraba, Chen Wenqi, Ouyang Nana, Guan Xiaotong, Zheng Yecheng, Zhang Yunlong, Xu Kai, as well as Bai Lu X Xiao Yan for The Legends, Song Qian X Song Weilong for Love Actually, Chen Feiyu and He Landou for film With You.
Liu Haoran is the freshest of meats (fresh meat = young, pretty actor) in this new photoshoot by Liu Song. Liu Haoran hasn’t been filming for a while and has been focusing on college ( Central Drama is a lot stricter on skipping school for work) . Continue reading →
Liu Haoran rocking those construction worker + emergency vest colors.
Liu Haoran, Wu Lei, Li Yuchun, Cai Xukun, Yang Mi, Tong Liya, Han Geng, Kim Jaejoong, Zhai Tianlin, Yin Zheng, Gulnazar, Jing Boran, Zhou Dongyu, Xiao Zhan, Li Qin, WeiDaxun Dong Li,etc. pose as if they were at a press conference for a Cosmo event. The photoshoot is probably one of the more interesting “event photoshoots” lately, although they didn’t even bother to change the color palette when they ripped off of a Ni Ni Gucci ad.
A couple of travel photoshoots as Chinese actors use work as an excuse to travel. The set features the Jing Boran pondering life in Geneva, streetstyle HouMinghao in NYC, Liu Haoran skipping around in Turkey, and Huang Xiaoming lying in trees, fields, and shirtless in a trailer in Morocco.
Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州缥缈录 shows off its stunning sets and on-set location in Xinjiang. This is the second Novoland drama to be filmed in Xinjiang, the previous one being Storm of Prophecy. After three drama and one film disappointments, hopefully this series will finally do Novoland justice.
[Image: Sorry there’s no image, I already wasted enough time to write a synopsis for this potentially great film tainted by too much poo. ]
Verdict: A sequel whose quality lives up to the original, with a tight, intriguing detective story and almost no wasted plot points. Unfortunately, the humor moves from voyeurism and verbal misogyny to straight-up sexual harassment from the leads, and ended with a huge f- you to the audience from the director Chen Sicheng that made me decide to never see another movie by him again.
In Detective Chinatown 2, scriptwriter-director Chen Sicheng proves himself once more as a talented scriptwriters and directors, but also the misogynistic jerk we all know he is. The sequel features a whodunnit story that’s just as compelling, full of plot twists, and sharply written as the first one. Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang) and ( Liu Haoran) once shine as the buddy cop pair, this time joined by the welcomed addition of Xiao Yang, the new guy framed for a series of mysterious murders in New York City.
Unfortunately, the story’s treatment of its female characters left me with so much bitter taste it’s hard to enjoy it. With two women in fridges, multiple sexual harassments and one incident that I think looked like sexual assault byTang Ren, a cheap plot of “she-left-me-for-money” to get rid of the former female lead (Tong Liya), the story was oozing with misogyny.
Easily one of the best mysteries and best comedies of the past few years, Detective Chinatown is a sure crowd pleaser.
A belated review for one of my favorite films of 2016 to get ready for the sequel. Detective Chinatown 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros in the U.S. and will open in 48 markets (biggest in a long time for a Chinese film).
A clean and twist-filled mystery embellished with well-executed humor and splashes of romance kept me on the edge of my seats for Detective Chinatown 唐人街探案. The buddy cop flick from actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng proves that he continues to be one of China’s best young commercial directors. Continue reading →