Movie Recap: Painted Skin II – The Resurrection, part two

This was so pretty I had to include it.

This was so pretty I had to include it.

Look here for some golden stills from a scene that was cut from the movie (it’s the scene after young Princes Jing wakes up from her accident). Regardless of what you think of the movie’s plot and character development, there was an awful lot of eye-candy…

Anyway, Painted Skin II – the Resurrection, part two: 
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Movie Recap: Painted Skin II – The Resurrection, part one

Starring Zhou Xun as the fox demon Xiaowei, Zhao Wei as the Princess Jing, Chen Kun as General Huo Xin, Yang Mi as Qu’er (who I call Birdie), Feng Shaofeng as the demon exorcist, Chen Tingjia as the chieftess of the Tianlang Clan, and Fei Xiang as the Voldemort-With-A-Nose, Painted Skin II became the highest grossing domestic film in China with its release in the summer. I can’t screen cap the movie because the version I’m using is too low quality (I did watch it in HQ at the theater), so what pictures you find will be stills I find online. Part Two of the recap will be up next week.

The desert fox reawakens.

Five hundred years ago, a fox demon saved a mortal man’s life and thus broke the laws of the demon world. As punishment, she was trapped in an icy prison (more…)

Poll: Which production would you be interested in a recap of? (updated with descriptions)

Two modern, two ancient, and one in between (sort of.)

Which production (if any) would you guys be interested in a recap of? The options listed in the poll below are mostly movies (Double Exposure, Caught in the Web, Painted Skin II, The Assassins, Tai-Chi Zero…), but if there’s a particular drama you’re interested in, leave a comment and we’ll put that into consideration. (Just note that dramas are a lot more subject to my whims than movies are.) Descriptions of the movies have been added below the poll.
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“Painted Skin II” Sets New Records At the Box Office

JULY 3, 2012 | POSTED IN MAINLAND CHINA,MOVIES, TAGGED CHEN KUN, FENG SHAOFENG, PAINTED SKIN II, PAINTED SKIN: RESURRECTION, WUERSHAN, YANG MI, ZHAO WEI,ZHOU XUN

With a stellar cast and a rising director, love epic Painted Skin II: The Resurrection made over 70 million yuan (about 11 million dollars) on its opening day on June 28th, surpassingLet Bullets Fly (62 million yuan) to have the highest opening weekend box office for a Chinese film. It also doubled Aftershocks‘ record for the midnight premier for Chinese films, and halved the time for a Chinese film to make 300 million RMB (47 million dollars).

The original Painted Skin, kept alive only by the sheer abilities of its lead actors, is no comparison to the much superior sequel. The new revamped fantasy tale boasts a mix of the old and new. The trio of Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun and Chen Kun are still here, to be joined by rising leads Yang Mi and Feng Shaofeng, both of whom sparked in their roles.  The rather dull Gordon Chan is replaced with audacious new director Wu’ershan.  The dark grays of the original can still be seen in the surrounding city, but the shimmering gold of Zhao Wei’s armor and the serene shots of the water and sand  of Tibet makes Resurrection a pleasure to be seen.

As Derek Elley of Film Business Asia put it,  ” Whereas the rather old-fashioned Painted Skin, …  never knew exactly what it was …  Resurrection knows exactly what it is.   The script … has no connection with the famous Qing dynasty short story by Pu Songlingthat spawned Painted Skin. Instead, it takes its underlying theme — that beauty is only skin deep — and constructs an elaborate tale in which a seductive fox demon offers to switch her looks with a scarred princess so the latter can test the love of a general who was once her bodyguard. It’s a complex, multi-layered screenplay that mixes myth and witchcraft with eternal truths about love and attraction, as well as stirring in strong “sisterly” resonances in a story that’s female-focused throughout.”

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More stills from Painted Skin II – Resurrection JUNE 21, 2012

JUNE 21, 2012 | POSTED IN MOVIES, TAGGED CHEN KUN, PAINTED SKIN II, PAINTED SKIN: RESURRECTION, ZHAO WEI, ZHOU XUN

You’ll want to join her, once the summer heat rolls around.

Recently, some rather creepy stills from the upcoming movie Painted Skin II – Resurrection, were released. They feature the two female leads and it seems to be that there will be some actual skin painting again, but not by Zhou Xun this time.  There’s also a picture with Chen Kun, although the bloody eyes make me nervous – I’ll be very disappointed if there’s something in the plot involving “I don’t care about how beautiful you are, and I’ll blind myself to prove it.”  I recommend looking at the stills under the cut in a dark, quiet room.

The movie’s almost out, with little more than a week left until June 28 comes around. The theme song, a remix of Painted Heart (from the first movie) and still by Jane Zhang, was also released.

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