Thoughts on films “But Always” and “My Old Classmate”

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My Old Classmate and But Always are both recent films following the nostalgic trend after the success of So Young and American Dreams in China, but did they succeed, or were they mere capitalistic ventures to ride on the commercial success of their predecessors? Warning: There might be spoilers.

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My Ol’ Classmate releases stills

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“Someday, I’ll take you to a place that belongs only to us…” The young actors Zhang Zifeng and Li Jiacheng show off how adorable they are.

Bu Bu Jing Qing finally got a release date attached to it, but I’m disappointed that we won’t be getting out 14th Prince back…but hey, at least we’ll get to see Lin Gengxin costar with Zhou Dongyu (another really tall prince of the Qing dynasty for the Mou girl!) for upcoming movie My Ol’ Classmate. (It’s been such a long time since our last post, you can refresh your memory with regards to the synopsis). The two go through junior high, high school, and college together: and somehow, with Zhou Dongyu’s eternal youth and the playful mischief on Lin Gengxin’s*  face, you can (kind of) believe it! Parts of the movie take place in America.

*Yeah, right. Have you ever seen a 186 cm tall junior high school student? Lin Gengxin and Zhou Dongyu are actually played by younger actors (Zhang Zifeng and Li Jiacheng) for parts of their youth…and you’d be surprised by how similar those kids look to their grown-up counterparts. Look for stills below the cut, and look forward to a movie with a simple, but pure love. The movie will be released on April 25th. Continue reading

Zhou Dongyu and Lin Gengxin begin filming for “My Ol’ Classmate”

Just knowing that it's Lin Gengxin carrying Dongyu on his back.... love the mood that this theatrical poster gives

It’s Lin Gengxin carries Dongyu one-handed over his back – gives you the warm fuzzies

Zhou Dongyu and Lin Gengxin are collaborating for the first time, starring in a teen romance movie. The film “My Ol’ Classmate/同桌的你” is produced by Du Yang. The filming is taking place in Beijing, Xiamen, and the United States.

In the summer of 1993, quiet and delicate, glasses-wearing transfer student Zhou XiaoZhi (portrayed by Zhou Dongyu) meets her table partner. Sitting in the classroom’s infamous back row is troublemaker Lin Yi (portrayed by Lin Gengxin). They go through junior high, high school, and college years together. Lin Yi said to Zhou Xiaozhi: “One day, I’ll take you to a place that only belongs to us.” Fast forward ten years…
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