Review: Forever Young is a poignant love letter to the world

 I cried three times in the process of editing this review. This sweepingly beautiful but simple ode to Tsinghua University is a tear-jerker for all seasons.

Set against one of the most stunning visuals of the year, Forever Young 无问西东 tells its simple tales with an incredibly romantic lens that makes it difficult not to admire.  Director Li Fangfang (Heaven Eternal, Love Everlasting) always manages to play my emotions just right to evoke all my emotions for the world she captures.

The film from centers around four loosely connected stories of six characters (played by Wang Leehom, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Huang Xiaoming, Tie Zheng, and Chen Chusheng) facing their true selves through making difficult choices, from scary ones like life-and-death decisions to the even scarier decision of picking a college major. (more…)

Chronicle of Life to air

… and I still long for this degree of production quality to be applied to other dynasties….

Chronicle of Life, starring Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang, Zhang Binbin, Michelle Yim, Zhang Zhixi, Zhang Xiaochen, Wang Ruoxin, and Cheng Yanqiu, will be releasing soon so here are the stills and promotional goodies being released.  This includes the much missed spoiler-trailer below so you have been warned.

Stills tsunami and other goodies below the cut.

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Chronicle of Life aims for release

I have heard that there have been some restrictions on the number of channels that a drama is allowed to air on at the same time now in China which might explain the sudden release flood.  Anybody able to confirm?

Chronicle of Life, starring Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang, Zhang Binbin, Michelle Yim, Zhang Zhixi, Zhang Xiaochen, Wang Ruoxin, and Cheng Yanqiu, is aiming for a release date on February 1st.  That means that we should be hit by a wave of promotional goodies soon.

More stills below the cut.

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Chronicle of Life releases more stills

See, Yu Zheng… Pink doesn’t HAVE to look overused and terrible!!

Chronicle of Life, starring Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang, Zhang Binbin, Michelle Yim, Zhang Zhixi, Zhang Xiaochen, Wang Ruoxin, and Cheng Yanqiu, has released more stills.  The costumes and set look so nice so please go light on the angst unless there’s a due need for it… pretty please… *puppy eyes*

More stills below the cut.

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Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau pretty in pastel in new trailer

It’s okay.  You don’t have to be decked like a peacock to be pretty…

Chronicle of Life, starring Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang, Zhang Binbin, Michelle Yim, Zhang Zhixi, Zhang Xiaochen, Wang Ruoxin, and Cheng Yanqiu, has released another batch of stills and its first trailer, showing mastery of color control and proving that not everything has to be colorful to be pretty.

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Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang reunite for Chronicle of Life

Chronicle of Life, following a single soul’s reincarnations from a man to a woman and back to a man during the Qing dynasty.

Chronicle of Life has released a promotional clip and stills.  Starring Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang, Zhang Binbin, Michelle Yim, Zhang Zhixi, Zhang Xiaochen, Wang Ruoxin, and Cheng Yanqiu, prepare yourself for another love story featuring love triangles, childhood love, revenge, forgotten memories, false identities, etc. based on Feiwo Sicun‘s novel.

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Stills Released for Golden Hair-Pins in the Palace

This is your weather forecast.  Today we can expect purple skies and thunder storms but none of this will deter cranes from flying around still.  Palace backdrop courtesy of Curse of the Golden Flower.

Seeing the amount of attention Han dynasty dramas have been getting, I thought we needed a breather.  Seeing the things that Yu Zheng gets away with and the number of installments he has added to his overdone Palace series, Lafeng Entertainment has decided to challenge this by making a sequel to their 2011 television series Mystery in the Palace.  Starring Ady An, Kara Hui, Michelle Yim, Jiang Yi, Chen Zihan, and Liu Tingyu, Golden Hair-Pins in the Palace 金钗谍影 (Who came up with this title?!?) is seeking to up Yu Zheng on the color palette and costume creativity, something they are starting to become famous for .

Set in the Qing dynasty, Golden Hair-Pins in the Palace seems to follow the typical story of an innocent girl as she navigates the plots and schemes in typical palace life and finds true love along the way, except with some detective stories added in like the sequel.  Anyways, more stills below the cut to ogle so I guess it’s a win.

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