Liu Tao and Vic Chou are photographed by Chen Man in this Song Dynasty – inspired photoshoot to promote upcoming drama Poetry of the Song Dynasty, where they play the Emperor Zhenzong of Song and his empress Liu E.Continue reading
I don’t usually post these type of patriotic films since they’re usually just bad films, but the trailer for this actually looks really good. Me and My Motherland 我的我的祖国, a film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October, consists of eight parts separately shot by eight directors, ranging from veterans like Chen Kaige to rising talents like Wen Yan. Here’s what we know of the cast so far for each part:
- Guan Hu (Mr. Six)– Ou Hao, Huang Bo, Wang Qianyuan
- Zhang Yibai (Fleet of Time) – Zhang Jiayi, Zhang Ze
- Xu Zheng (Lost in Thailand) – Liu Tao, Xu Zheng
- Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right).- Du Jiang, Zhu Yilong, Gao Yalin
- Ning Hao (Let the Bullets Fly) – Ge You
- Wen Muye (Dying to Survive) – Tong Liya, Song Jia, Lei Jiayin
- Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine) – Liu Haoran, Chen Feiyu, Tian Zhuangzhuang
- Wen Yan (Angels Wear White) – Andy Lau, Zhuang Yinan
Liu Tao and Yao Chen are featured on the July cover of ELLE. Both actresses saw a career resurgence with Daylight Entertainment dramas Ode to Joy and Nirvana in Fire and All is Well respectively. Photos by Li Qi.
Modern drama Hope All Is Well With Us stars Liu Tao as a divorcee who reenters the workforce after her marriage with Xiang Qian (Yang Shuo) breaks down. Jin Chen plays Liu Tao’s new boss, yet finds herself falling in love with her subordinate’s ex-husband. Liu Duanduan plays Xun Zhao’s new love interest.
Director Li Shaohong’s latest historical drama, Poetry of the Song Dynasty 大宋宫词, released its first trailer today. The series stars Liu Tao as Empress Liu E and Vic Chou as the Emperor Zhenzong of Song, and follows their love story and ascent to power.
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》.
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.
Sun Li once again reigns supreme as the queen of Chinese dramas
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.
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).