Promo Round-up: My Mowgli Boy

Ma Tianyu plays Mowgli (Mogeli), a boy who grew up with wild animals in the forest. He is accidentally taken into the city by budding entrepreneur Ling Xi (Yang Zi), and after some cohabitation shenanigans, they eventually fall in love.

Produced by the team behind Rush to the Dead Summer, the 50 episode drama will release 2 episodes every Thursday to Sunday on iQiyi. VIP members get an 8 episode head start. It looks like it’ll be English Subbed on Viki soon here.

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Promo Round-up: Cry Me a Sad River aka River Flows To You

Cry Me a Sad River has changed its Chinese name to Stream of Joyful Memories, so here’s a happy picture in Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu’s third collaboration.

Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu play a pair of childhood friends whose paths separate in their third drama together, River Flows To You 流淌的美好时光 (formerly Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河). The series, so loosely based off the original book that its title is literally the opposite, begins air daily beginning July 1st. It should be available on Youtube here.

In semi-related news, Ma Tianyu and Zheng Shuang are currently regulars on new variety show We’re Growing Up 我们长大了, which is available on Youtube here.

New trailer below; stills and first teaser, more stills, translated excerpts of the book here.

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Ma Tianyu, Qi Wei are robots in the Humans remake

Humans uses the same English name as the British remake of the Swedish series.

In a remake of Swedish sci-fi series Real Humans, Humans 你好,安怡 (literal translation: Hello, Android), Qi Wei and Ma Tianyu head a team of conscious robots trying to adjust to the world as the world adjusts to them.  The series co-stars   Lin Ludi, Zeng Kelang, and Sun Anke as fellow robots, and Wang Cong, Zhang Heng, Han Xiuyi, Wu Yuyao, Chen Youwei as humans.

Two trailers released today shows the two leads’ plots.  Qi Wei plays An Yi, a service robot who  is actually a conscious robot  kidnapped and hacked with new software.

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First trailer for romantic melo starring Wallace Chung, Sun Yi, Ma Tianyu

Fun fact: They’ve had to re-film a portion of the show and cut a chunk of Ma Tianyu’s scenes because the censorship board wasn’t happy with the fauxcest storyline.

All Out Of Love 凉生, 我们可不可以不忧伤 is an upcoming melodrama based on Le Xiaomi’s novel of the same name, and stars Sun Yi (Because I Met You) as a young woman who has fallen in love with one man but can’t leave her childhood sweetheart behind.

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Promo Round-up: Secret of the Three Kingdoms

In Secret of the Three Kingdoms, Liu Ping (Ma Tianyu) is a secret prince who was raised outside the palace with Sima Yi (Han Dongjun). His twin brother Liu Xie, the last emperor of the Han Dynasty, summons him back to help save the country as the ambitious warlord Cao Cao (Tse Kwanho) begins to amass even more power.

He is helped by empress Fu Shou (Wan Qian) and Sima Yi, though the latter eventually decides to serve Cao Pi (Tan Jianci) to further his own ambitions. The 54 episode drama will air 2 episodes every Tuesday to Thursday on Tencent beginning tonight. 

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First heartwarming teaser for Zheng Shuang, Ma Tianyu’s Cry Me A Sad River

The latest teaser for Cry Me A Sad River shows the childhood friends, played by Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu, each going about their own lives before finally reuniting at the end. Perhaps the only thing worth crying about is how vastly different this adaption is from the original?

[Extended Synopsis]

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Secret of the Three Kingdoms releases opening and second trailer

The popularity of stylish openings has exploded ever since Nirvana in Fire and The Disguiser premiered, and Secret of the Three Kingdoms doesn’t want to get left behind: HD Opening.

The second trailer isn’t as interesting as the first, but gives us more insight into the friendship between the two male leads.

Introduction to the Female Characters | Extended Synopsis

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Review: A Better Tomorrow 2018

A Better Tomorrow 2018 is a bold visual and auditory delight and a boatload of fun.

From some of the boldest music choices to drastic switches in tone of cinematography to one of the most interesting shootout scenes in a while,   A Better Tomorrow 2018英雄本色 2018 felt like a firework so  bursting with life that  it left me too busy savoring every minute details of brilliance to think about its flaws. You can just feel how much love and thought director Ding Sheng and the cast put into every scene.  Even all the jokes avoid lazy one-liners but instead are all carefully set-up earlier to land perfectly.

Spoiler level: little more than what you would know from the trailers

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A Better Tomorrow 2018 to screen in U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand

This movie has already won for having some of the prettiest posters yet (ignore the 0119).

Known for his action flicks that often reminds one of the golden days of Hong Kong cinema, director Ding Sheng pays tribute to a Hong Kong classic in A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色 2018.  The film will be shown in select theaters in  North America (US and Canada) beginning January19th and in Australia and New Zealand beginning the 24th.

If you’re one of the rare Cfensi readers who live in Asia,  the film will screen  in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, India and other unnamed parts of South Asia.  

Synopsis –   Zhou Kai (Wang Kai) is a reformed smuggler trying to make amends with his up-and-rising police star brother (Ma Tianyu). While he struggles  between his love for his little brother and loyalty to his former partner-in-crime Ma Ke (Darren Wang), the three all become entangled in a smuggling plot by the new leader of Zhou Kai  and Ma Ke’s old gang.

Teaser 1; Teaser 2 ; Teaser 3 ; song by Wang Leehom ; only good song; song by Wang Kai