Pride and Prejudice in Republican China

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.” – Pan Zhilin stars as Elizabeth Bennet opposite Xu Zhengxi’s Mr.Darcy.

After Wuthering Heights, another classic of English literature has been adapted into the Republican era. Starring Pan Zhilin as Elizabeth Bennet, Xu Zhengxi as Mr.Darcy, Li Xian as Charles Bingley, and Zhu Zixiao as George Wickham, Pride and Prejudice 翩翩冷少俏佳人 the drama follows the book pretty closely but adds a business line for several leads to stretch it into a 30-episode drama.  The only major change is that George Wickham’s true love is Elizabeth Bennet, although he still keeps romantic plots with both Lydia and Georgina. He still mostly loves himself, though. (more…)

“Arrows on the bowstring” right on target with cast

Not rich enough for an all-star cast? Arrows shows that you can get an amazing cast without the A-list’ers.

I can’t express how  impressed I am with the casting director for Arrows on the bowstring 箭在弦上 .  They’ve managed to put together a perfect cast with both the looks, the charm and the acting at a bargain. (This was before Jiang Xin became popular for her role in Zhenhuan).

Starring Jiang Xin (Semi-Gods and Demi-Devils, Legends of Zhenhuan), Pan Zhilin (Old Home has Love, Fall in Love) and He Minghan as three siblings with amazing aims and a family to avenge, Jin Dong(Chuang Guan Dong), Wang Zirui and Zhang Na as the rich but righteous heirs of a local lord, and Chen Long (All Men are Brothers) as the bad guy, the drama will air on the 25th on Shenzhen TV.

Watch the trailer here and stills below the cut. (more…)