Ni Ni, Deng Lun cast in time-travelling romance The Night Wanderer

iQiyi web drama Night Wanderer 夜旅人 follows the love story between a medical examiner in 2016 (Ni Ni) and a Republican-era lawyer from 1936 (Deng Lun). The magic happens in the old Shanghai apartment no.699, as the lovebirds take turns traversing between the intriguing world of Republican Shanghai and the fascinating modern era.

Directed by Wan Liyang (second director of Ordinary Glory) and written by Chen Maoxian (Ready or Not), the 36 episode web drama began filming yesterday.

Review: My Best Friend’s Story

“As close as we are, I can’t make your decisions for you. But when you do charge forward, know that even if you retreat in defeat, there’s someone to catch you.” – Jiang Nansun to Zhu Suosuo in My Best Friend’s Story.

A belated review for one of my favorite dramas of the past year, My Best Friend’s Story 流金岁月. The series by director Shen Yan is a rare Chinese modern series that romanticizes women and the relationship between them with an almost wuxia-like camaraderie.  The women are imperfect. They can be greedy and worldly, idealistic and naive, ambitious and ruthless, old-fashioned and spoiled, but they’re also humans who grow and change and who are there for each other.    They can be in-laws, sisters, friends, love rivals, or business rivals, but they rarely have innate jealousy for other women. Instead, unspoken loyalty (义气)  is prevalent throughout most of the female and some male characters.   Combined with gorgeous outfits and some enlightened casting choices, the drama is definitely one of my recent favorites.

Liu Shishi and Ni Ni star as Jiang Nansun and Zhu Suosuo, two best friends who seem to be polar opposites but are bound by their loyalty and willingness to give everything to people they love.  While Jiang Nansun’s plotline is better written in both character development for its star and her relationships, Zhu Suosuo’s line succeeds with its plethora of excellent actors who added so much complexity to their characters. .

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27th Magnolia Awards

The Magnolia Awards are here, and it’s another year of wishing that my favourite shows, or at least recipients deserving of the accolades, take home the awards. It’s always a delicate balancing act when it comes to giving out the awards, but I’m happy to report that there were no major surprises tonight (apart from the fact that Liu Lin didn’t win…again). Best Actress was the closest race this year, and Tong Yao edged out Reyizha to take home the award.

Judges include director Liu Jin (White Deer Plain), director Fu Dongyu (The Thunder), Tao Hong (A Little Reunion), Tong Dawei (A Love For Dilemma) and screenwriter Zhang Lei (Chinese Style Relationship).

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Actresses suit up for Marie Claire Power Trip

Tang Yan, Zhang Yuqi, Ni Ni, Li Bingbing, Sun Li, Yang Mi, and Liu Shishi by Feng Hai. No photoshop other than lighting.

Marie Claire has become the first magazine to host a fashion event exclusively for women, and has invited actresses, models and influential female executives. The dress code for the night was black and white suits – who do you ship? (Hint: the correct answer is everyone X everyone)

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