Ma Yili will solve 15 murder mysteries as hopefully a Chinese flapper .
Ma Yili (The First Half of My Life) and Gao Weiguang (Candle in the Tomb: The Wrath of Time) star in either the Chinese remake of Australian murder mystery series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (based on the books by Kerry Greenwood). Ma Yili plays Su Wenli, a wealthy private detective in Republican China who solves all sorts of mysteries with the help of her maid, assistant, butler, and her best friend, a medical doctor. She’s joined by detective Luo Qiuheng (Gao Weiguang), who at first finds her behavior off-putting but eventually grow to admire her independence and wits.
Titled Miss S 爱思小姐探案集 , the series will initially feature 15 mysteries, but I’m guessing they’re hoping for a sequel if it does well. The series will be directed by Deng Ke (Seven Versions of Myself ) and produced by Tencent Entertainment.
Here’s two photoshoots of 42-year-old Ma Yili and 38-year-old Yao Chen from earlier this fall as they promoted their new film. At the press conference, the two were asked about difficulties in finding good roles as an older women. Yao Chen said the two are still considered young actresses while Ma Yili said that “Actresses don’t need to panic … The best period of your life is just around the corner.” It certainly is for the two of them, who has continued to have one popular work after another.
Although the two actresses play mothers in this film, I actually do see an increasing number of lead roles for women above 30 in non-mother roles, probably in line with increasing age of marriage in China. There’s also been a lot more of older woman- younger man relationships in idol dramas. For example, 38-year-old Dong Jie recently starred in an idoldramas opposite 26-year-old Han Dongjun and 31-year-old Zhai Tianlin, 33-year-old Tong Yao (her character is younger) liked 18-year-old Chen Feiyu’s character in Ever Night, the then-42-year-old Yan Ni paired with the then 31-year-old Hu Ge. As the latest and perhaps first crop of idol drama leads from mainland ( Tang Yan comes to mind) grows up, I can easily see many of them starring in rom-coms well into their 40’s and maybe even older.
White Deer Plain was nominated in every single category, and took home three awards. He Bing took home the top acting award for his performance in The Love of Courtyard, though he was equally impressive in White Deer Plain (I really need to pick this show up again).
Lu Yang is fast becoming one of my favourite up-and-coming directors thanks to the Brotherhood of Blades film series, and his short videos for Sina’s Best Performance 最美表演 series are the best of the lot.
Huang Xuan’s character loses his wife (Zhao Liying) to illness, though she returns to their home one last time in spirit:
Powerhouse actor Chen Daoming will be joining Jin Dong (Ode to Joy), Ma Yili (Chinese Style Relationship), Yuan Quan (Call of Heroes) and Lei Jiayin (Red Star Over China) in The First Half of My Life 我的前半生, a drama adaption of Yi Shu’s novel of the same name.
Round-up of recent modern series we haven’t had time to post on, including Love Shine, One Karat of Dreams, Little Daddy, Love on Tiptoe, Fiancée, and Best Time.
Cast: Kim Jeonghoon, Yao Di, Emma Pei Bei, Wu Diwen
Love on Tiptoe 踮起脚尖吻到爱
Aspiring manager (Yao Di) finds a distraught former model (Kim) at her doorsteps, causing a string of events that shockingly ends in love. If nothing else, model Pei Bei is gorgeous here. The series airs 3 eps on weekdays and 2 eps on weekends. Continue reading →
Lu Yi wants to take his daughter on adventures for the show
As “Where are we going? Dad” becomes the cutest show of the year, celebrity dads are all expressing interesting in taking their “little monsters” on adventures around China. So far Li Yapeng (daughter with Faye Wong) , Yu Quan‘s Chen Yufan (son with Bai Baihe), Wen Zhang (daughter with Ma Yili), Lu Yi (daughter with Bao Lei),Julian Cheung (son with Anita Yuen), Xu Zheng (daughter with Tao Hong), and Huang Lei (daughter with Sun Li) have all indicated to the press that they would be interested in going future seasons if their kids agree.
Hunan TV plans for two seasons of the show next year. Which pairs would you like to see the most? Which ones are your favorites this season? I’m personally hoping that one of the seasons will be the currently pair and then one season the new pair.
Women (and not girls) rule over their male counterparts in this drama
Director Zhao Baogang came out with massive hit Struggle in 2007, and returned in 2009 with another hit My Youthfulness that had the same sharp enjoyable dialogue. We were thus anticipating his follow up, supposedly entitled Beijing Youth, in this trilogy of dramas portraying the lives of young Chinese. But instead he’s next tackling next Hun Yin Bao Wei Zhan, which deals with the lives of three married women and their different struggles with their increasing power in the workplace, and how they balance their homelife with it. We’re disappointed, but the plot of this drama is interesting enough to interest to see where he goes with it.