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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Liu Tao, Yuan Quan lead dramas commemorating 40 years of China’s open-door policy

Two new dramas celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s open-door policy have started filming, and there’s another handful ready to air (titles below). I’d say at least half of the shows are aiming for a Flying Apsaras award, which has a separate category for dramas relating to significant historical events.

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31st Flying Apsaras Awards

Sun Li once again reigns supreme as the queen of Chinese dramas

Flying Apsaras Awards represents the government branch of Chinese drama awards, and are usually held on odd-numbered years to avoid clashing with the Golden Eagle Awards.

Because the awards shows are government endorsed, the Flying Asparas are taken very seriously, and that means all nominees turn up, which makes the live stream that much more interesting. Red carpet round up and winners list below.

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The Monkey King 3: Land of Beauty releases stills and trailers

Monkey King 3: Land of Beauty 西游记之女儿国 is the third film in director Cheang Pou-soi’s The Monkey King series, and stars Aaron Kwok (Eternal Wave) as Monkey King Sun Wukong, Feng Shaofeng (The Starry Night, The Starry Sea) as his master Tang Sanzang and Zhao Liying (Eternal Wave) as ruler of the Women’s Kingdom. Henry Lau’s cover of Love of a Maiden has been chosen as the ending theme song, though all other arrangements pale in comparison to Jane Zhang and Li Ronghao’s theme song (MV).

 

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2017 Weibo Awards Ceremony

The four most bankable actresses (四小花旦) of the post-85 generation: Yang Mi, Angelababy, Ni Ni and Liu Shishi, as chosen by netizens and industry insiders.

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Promo Round-up: The Advisors Alliance Part 2

Out of all the subplots in The Advisors Alliance 2, I’m probably most excited about the showdown between Zhuge Liang (Wang Luoyong) and Sima Yi (Wu Xiubo), as well as the Sima family’s descent into darkness and coup against Cao Wei (that just made me sound sadistic).Growling Tiger, Roaring Dragon will begin airing tonight on Youku.

Character Teasers (playlist):

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National Treasures come alive in new CCTV program starring Tony Leung, Wang Kai and more

National Treasure 国家宝藏  will showcase 27 historical artifacts from 29 different museums across the country with the help of “protectors” (listed below), who will then present the story behind each piece in a short stage performance.

Actors / hosts featured: Zhang Guoli, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Wang Kai, Liu Tao, Li Chen, Duan Yihong, Wang Gang, He Jiong, Ma Su, Qin Hailu, Chen Xiao, Jackson Yi Yangqianxi, Liu Yijun, Guo Tao, Lei Jiayin, Guan Xiaotong, Sa Beining, Cai Guoqing, Ren Zhong, Ning Jing

Theme song: A Thousand Years in One Glance 一眼千年 – Na Ying

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Teasers for 2018 anti-corruption dramas starring Liu Tao, Zhang Fengyi and more

Puzzle 拼图 (previously known as Tempest of Anti-Corruption 反贪风暴)

40 episodes, daily drama on Dragon TV and Zhejiang TV
Director: Zheng Xiaolong 
(ER Doctors)
Writers: Ren Yun (Metamorphosis), Gong Xiangdong (Editorial Department Story)

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Zhuge Liang finally appears in new stills for The Advisors Alliance

The Advisors Alliance became less addictive ever since the awesome Cao Cao (Yu Hewei) and Yang Xiu (Zhai Tianlin) passed away, but these new stills have definitely piqued my interest for part 2 of the drama.

Part 2 will focus on Sima Yi’s conflict with Zhuge Liang (Wang Luoyong) and Cao Shuang (Du Yiheng). His deteriorating relationship with the Cao family eventually paves the way for the Sima family’s coup d’état.

The Advisors Alliance: Howling Tiger, Roaring Dragon is set to air sometime in the Fall.

Behind-the-scenes: (1), (2)

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