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.
If If you liked My Ol’ Classmate with Lin Gengxin and Zhou Dongyu, you may also be interested in Gao Yuanyuan and Nicolas Tse’s upcoming movie But Always 一生一世. Joining the cast are Tong Dawei, Happy Camp’s Du Haitao, and Suet Lam.
Gao Yuanyuan’s An Ran and Nicolas Tse’s Zhao Yongyuan (his name is literally Zhao “Forever”) have a love story that plays out from 1972 to 2001. Their childhood friendship evolves into romance when they see each other years later, and although Youngyuan climbs from being a simple worker to becoming a successful entrepreneur, he continues to follow and protect (from Beijing to New York) his childhood friend. (The stills hold up to this promise so far…) The movie will be released on September 5th. (more…)
With the recent drama Prince of Orchid Hills/Lanling Wang coming to an end, most viewers have already reconciled themselves with Feng Shaofeng’s pretty-boy general. But on that note, which other actors might have made a convincing case for feminine beauty? (Sorry, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan. I can’t look at your female forms without wanting to laugh). Take a look below to see a selection cross-dressing men in Chinese entertainment. Wallace Huo dresses up as a Victorian lady (and puckers up for a kiss as his wuxia counterpart stares in disbelief). Nicolas Tse sports two braids and what looks like a schoolgirl outfit. Throw in Tony Leung, Du Haitao, Sammul Chan, Li Yugang, and Eason Chan, and it’s a field day – you’ll find a list of contenders to be the fairest of them all.
Although, if you’ll remember this music video (where Ma Tianyu, after being ditched by Deng Sha for her best friend on their wedding day, dresses up as a woman to seduce the said girlfriend, in the end winning back his own fiance/girlfriend…) you’ll know who the winner is before we even begin. Update: Chen Xiao (giving Ma Tianyu a run for his money), Kimi Qiao Renliang, and Jimmy Lin have joined our list of crossdressers. Du Haitao has a real schoolgirl costume, replete with little flowers in his hair… (more…)