The first half of The Longest Day in Chang’an is mesmerising, and has a very meaty setup – Zhang Xiaojing (Lei Jiayin), former police detective (buliangren) and currently a prisoner on death row, is given the near impossible mission of uprooting a terrorist group within twenty four hours. He sacrifices close friends and subordinates and willingly puts himself in mortal danger in order to save the people of Chang’an, yet is easily thrown under the bus by those in power when things get out of control.Continue reading
Within minutes of The Untamed airing, historical suspense drama The Longest Day in Chang’an 长安十二时辰 released twelve episodes without any warning. You can watch it here (update: now region-blocked; update 2: it will be up on Amazon, Youtube and Viki sometimes in July). Only the first four episodes are available for non-VIP members. I’m not sure when/if the rest will be available for non-VIP members.
I already love the trailer for The Longest Day in Chang’an, and despite director Cao Dun’s terrible track record in controlling the pacing of a show, I’m still hoping this will turn out to be a solid mystery drama. Lei Jiayin plays a former officer turned prisoner on death row who is hired by Yi Yangqianxi to find the culprit behind a terror plot within 24 hours. [Extended Synopsis]
Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released character posters for the female cast. Starring Shawn Dou, Huang Xuan, Zhou Yiwei, Janice Man, Wan Qian, Xu Lu, Zhang Jianing, Jiang Qinqin, and Wang Qianyuan, at least these costumes seem to show more color than the male ones…
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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released character posters for the male cast. Starring Shawn Dou, Huang Xuan, Zhou Yiwei,, and Wang Qianyuan, I have to say I am not exactly impressed nor am I exactly disappointed either…
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My most anticipated drama of the year, Empires and Tribes: Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记, released its second trailer today. The cinematography is still jaw-dropping, and the longer trailer gives us a glimpse at the cast. I’m especially impressed by the performance of antagonists Wang Qianyuan and Wan Qian.
Also, I finally finished the book and wrote an actual synopsis for the story! Continue reading
One of China’s most successful chick flick directors, Xu Jinglei, returns after a two-year hiatus with “Somewhere only we know.” As with before, she’s using all new film leads, including Wang Likun, Kris Wu Yifan, Zhang Chao, and Reyizha The script is written by Wang Shuo of the box-office record-breaking films Personal Tailor and If you’re the one 2. More photos and musing below the cut.
Actress Ruby Lin’s 3rd production, Realm of Love – The Long Ballad, has launched filming, much to our glee. The first trailer (below) was recently released.
In addition to the leading cast of Ruby Lin and Yuan Hong, Reyizha (Ning Ping from Zhen Huan Zhuan) has landed the role of Ding Rou, love interest of Feng Yi played by Li Jiahang (Er Kang from the New Huan Zhu Ge Ge). Feng Yi was a general famous for his modest behavior, and was part of Emperor Yuan Hong’s trusty group of 28 generals (among the others from that list who will appear in the drama is Deng Yu, who also vies for Ruby Lin’s Mary-Sue
love. Looks like Feng Yi is going to be a dreamy male character who, hopefully, will eventually find happiness through Reyizha. Apparently, Reyizha’s role has been expanded for this drama. As long as it makes for a good story, we approve! (…It just better be a good story.) Find more pictures below the cut!