Promo round-up: Upcoming iQiyi dramas

Luoyang – Huang Xuan, Wang Yibo, Song Qian, Song Yi

iQiyi has released a handful of trailers and posters for its upcoming dramas. The successful Light On programme is back for a second round, and the streaming platform has also lumped its romance dramas into a Sweet On schedule, which is set to begin this month. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?

First up is Luoyang, and the trailer is giving me huge The Longest Day in Chang’an vibes. Huang Xuan‘s character seems pretty similar to Lei Jiayin’s, in that they’re both former government officials who are tasked with solving intriguing mysteries.

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First look at Sun Li, Mark Chao in The Ideal City

The Ideal City 理想之城 stars Sun Li (I Will Find You A Better Home) as Su Xiao, a quantity surveyor who claws her way back up the ladder in the male-dominated architecture industry after undergoing various tribulations. Mark Chao plays her love interest Xia Ming.

Based on the novel by Ruohua Ranran and directed by Liu Jin (The Perfect Partner), the 40 episode drama recently wrapped up filming.

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Mark Chao, Deng Lun star in Guo Jingming’s Onmyoji adaptation

Mark Zhao and Deng Lun solve crimes between the living and the dead in this fantasy series.

Mark Zhao, Deng Lun, Wang Ziwen, Chun Xia, and Wang Duo are starring in director Guo Jingming’s latest film series, ancient fantasy Onmyoji 阴阳师, based on the novel series of the same name by Baku Yumemakura. Two films are currently scheduled in the series.

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The Legends set to the Wicked soundtrack, or why Zhaoyao is Elphaba

“Are people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”

A photographic essay on why Lu Zhaoyao (played by Bai Lu)  from The Legends 招摇 is Elphaba.

update: this is only true up to when she explodes the first time. After that, the series goes into original content and all consistent characterization and plot also explode.

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Photoshoot Round-up: Actresses over 50

These Chinese actresses over 50 are timelessly beautiful no matter what their age

Last time I posted the photoshoot of over 40 celebs together, a couple of you guys mentioned being in interested in photos of celebsover 40, so here it is featuring Gong Li, Kara Hui, Jiang Wenli, Vivian Wu Junmei, Carina Lau, and Joan Chen. I did 50+ instead of 40+  because there was simply too many otherwise.

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Mark Chao, Bai Jingting cast in Chinese remake of Misaeng

The remake of acclaimed slice-of-life Korean drama Misaeng / Incomplete Life is titled Ordinary Glory 平凡的荣耀 (lit.), and stars Mark Chao (Midnight Diner) as Wu Kezhi, the workaholic team leader who has a strained relationship with his superior. Bai Jingting (Rush to the Dead Summer) plays Sun Yiqiu, the newbie office worker who is turned away by multiple employers due to the lack of a tertiary degree.

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U.S./Canada CNY Film Releases

Chinese New Year is coming up, and that means some of the year’s biggest blockbusters will be coming. Watch out for a post on all the films premiering, but for those of you in U.S./Canada, here’s a list of films you might catch near you. I’m pretty sure all of these will also show in Australia, and a few in the U.K.     Go on the distributer’s sites to find more about whether they’re playing at a theater near you.

HCollective

A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色2018 –  Jan 19

  • Director: Ding Sheng
  • Starring: Wang Kai, Wang Dalu, Ma Tianyu

Monster Hunt 2 捉妖记2 – Feb 18

  • Director: Raman Hui
  • Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-wai Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Li Yuchun

China Lion Film

The Ex-File 3: The Return of the Exes 前任攻略3:再见前任- now 

  • Director: Tian Yusheng
  • Cast: Han Geng, Zheng Kai


Youth 芳华 – now

  • Director: Feng Xiaogang
  • Cast: Miao Miao, Huang Xuan, Zhong Chuxi, Yang Caiyu

Till the End of the World 南极绝恋   – Feb 2

  • Director: Wu Youyin
  • Cast: Mark Zhao, Yang Zishan

I’m going to guess that they’re also going to pick up Chinatown Detectives 2 唐人街探案2 as well, but there has been no official announcements.

Well Go USA:

Goldbuster 妖铃铃 -now

  • Director: Sandra Ng
  • Cast: Sandra Ng, Francis Ng, etc. 

The Monkey King 3 西游记之女儿国   – TBD

  • Director: Cheang Pou-soi
  • Cast:Feng Shaofeng, Zhao Liying

Operation Red Sea 红海行动  – TBD

  • Director: Dante Lam
  • Cast: Zhang Yi, Du Jiang, Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing and Prince Mak