Produce Camp 2019 : First Impressions

Chinese-American contestant Yu Haoran looks like a cross between Vic Zhou and Jerry Yan in this photo.

An intro to my favorite performances/ contestants so far based on the first round of Produce Camp 2019 创造营2019 aka the Season 2 of Produce 101, where 11 winners will be chosen to form the male equivalent of Rocket Girls 101.

The Wajijiwa boys – Xia Zhiguang, Yan Xujia, Zhao Lei,  Peng Chuyue, Zhou Zhennan, Zhai Xiaowen –  are clearly the stand-outs of the show so far. Honestly I just want them to get enough popularity for the four teens (Xia Zhiguang, Yan Xujia, Zhao Lei, and Guo Zifan) of X-Nine to keep being a group. Edit: I double-checked and Zhao Lei turned 20 earlier this year.

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Promo Round-up: Old Boy

Old Boy is a rom-com about a forty something single father (Liu Ye) who finds love again after meeting a feisty high school teacher (Ariel Lin). Fingers-crossed the adults don’t act like immature teens in this drama.

Lei Jiayin, who got his big break playing the ex-husband in The First Half of My Life plays Liu Ye’s best friend, and Guo Shutong (Yesterday Once More) plays the heroine’s outspoken housemate and good friend. Talented child actor Hu Xianxu, of Nirvana in Fire 2 and A Love for Separation fame, costars as Liu Ye’s rebellious son Xiao Han, who shows up on his father’s doorstep after the death of his mother.

The 45 episode drama will air daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight.

More teasers: Clips 1 – 15

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Liu YIfei, Liu Ye love and scream in psychological thriller

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Given that this is set partly in Chengdu, all I could think about was Chengdu’s famous ear cleaning services.

With a view to his mating, the one and only object of his life, the Night Peacock moth is gifted with a wonderful prerogative. He is able to discover the object of his desire in spite of distance, obstacles and darkness.

– Jean-Henri Fabre, The Life of the Caterpillar

The go-to mainstream actor for artsy films, Liu Ye, joins Liu Yifei in the first film to be screened in China by writer and director Dai Sijie since Balzac and the Seamstress in 2002.

Night Peacock 夜孔雀 tells of flute player Elsa (Liu Yifei) and her romantic escapades with first a scholar of silk (Leon Lai) and then a tattoo artist (Liu Ye).  Yu Shaoqun joins the cast as the silk scholar’s Leon Lai’s son, a Sichuanese opera singer who appears to be into cross-dressing and may be in a mental asylum based on the trailer.

I’m guessing that Liu Yifei is banking on this to be a career-changing film after a series of poor commercial flicks and poor acting. Hopefully she can prove herself this time.  The film airs on May 20th. 

Photoshoot Roundup: (belated) Happy Father’s Day!

Jia Yunxi is such a cutie – which isn’t surprising, given that her parents are Li Xiaolu and Jia Nailing (seriously, can you see the family resemblance?). Liu Ye’s half French, half-Chinese daughter Liu Nina is also adorable – you can find a photoshoot they did together under the cut. Her older brother Liu Nuoyi (age 4) will be appearing with their father for Season 3 of Dad, Where Are We Going? (look!). Look below the cut for more pictures! Continue reading

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.

Weibo Wednesday: Merry Christmas!

For those of you who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! For those of you who don’t… have Wang Leehom in a Santa costume.

王力宏: 糜鹿放假了,留了聖誕老公公一個人坐上往濟南的飛機!

The reindeer all went on vacation, living Santa Claus to sit on a plane to Ji’nan all by himself!

Some more silliness, but also a solemn farewell, behind the cut.

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Photoshoot Friday: August 16, 2013

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This week in the petting zoo…

Saturday August 17, 2013 is International Homeless Animals’ Day. Though I don’t think there are many homeless horse running around in the big city near you, but the natural beauty of Li Fei’er is too good to pass up. To represent the disproportion of homeless felines compare other animals in the homeless shelter, this week’s photoshoot Friday has more puppies than kitties. Showing off their love for kittens are Jin Sha, Zhang Hanyun, and Wang Luodan. And on the puppy side we have Zhang Jiani, Huang Haibo, Qi Wei, and Liu Ye.

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Photoshoot Friday: June 19, 2013

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Wang Likun is getting her self ready… are you?

This summer is about to get a little hotter with this week’s photoshoot Friday. This post started out as a fancast for Feng Qiu Huang (凤囚凰), but with this many eye candies it’ll be a sin not to share. Today’s specials include Wallace Huo enjoying coffee, Huang Xiaoming learning how to ride a bike, Chen Xuedong and William Feng spending some down time at a bar, Shawn Dou and Ran Xu chilling at the beach, and more. Continue reading