Chen Kaige, Ning Hao, Xu Zheng, Wen Muyu, Xue Xiaolu, Zhang Yibai, Wen Yan team up for National Day film project

I don’t usually post these type of patriotic films since they’re usually just bad films, but the trailer for  this actually looks really good.  Me and My Motherland 我的我的祖国, a film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October, consists of eight parts separately shot by eight directors, ranging from veterans like Chen Kaige to rising talents like Wen Yan. Here’s what  we know of the cast so far for each part:

  1.  Guan Hu (Mr. Six)– Ou Hao, Huang Bo, Wang Qianyuan
  2. Zhang Yibai (Fleet of Time) – Zhang Jiayi, Zhang Ze
  3.  Xu Zheng (Lost in Thailand)  –   Liu Tao, Xu Zheng
  4. Xue Xiaolu (Finding Mr. Right).- Du Jiang, Zhu Yilong, Gao Yalin
  5. Ning Hao (Let the Bullets Fly) – Ge You
  6. Wen Muye (Dying to Survive) – Tong Liya, Song Jia, Lei Jiayin
  7. Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine)  – Liu Haoran, Chen Feiyu, Tian Zhuangzhuang
  8. Wen Yan (Angels Wear White) – Andy Lau, Zhuang Yinan

Trailer:

Friday Photos

Yu Menglong, Chen Yuqi in Happiness Over Two Lifetimes.

This week it’s mostly posters for yet another one of many Chinese homophone holidays celebrating love. Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Luo Yunxi in Princess Silver

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Best of National Treasure Performances

This Tang dynasty relief come to life under Song Jia and co. as they sing of a better life.

Using star power, original songs, and innovative stage performances, variety show National Treasure 国家宝藏 has made artifacts and museums come to life to the audience. A round-up of the best song and dance numbers, with performances from Chen Xiao, Song Jia, Purba Rgyal,   Zhai Tianlin, and Wu Tong.  Embedded videos are set to where the performance starts.

Students from the Beijing Dance Academy perform a dance that perfectly encapsulates the youthful playfulness and grace of young scholars.  Watch the viral practice room version here. If you like this style, I also recommend Zhao Lei, Yan Xujia, and Guo Zifan’s performance of  West Chamber here. I want a boyband with this style of performances.

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Friday Photos

Liu Yifei posing for The Return of the Condor Heroes

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

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Stills released for Jing Boran, Ma Sichun’s upcoming crime thriller

Director Lou Ye (Suzhou River, Blind Massage), best known for making films focusing on contemporary social issues that are often politically sensitive, is returning to cinema with upcoming crime thriller The Shadow Play 风中有朵雨做的云. 

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Hu Ge guest stars in upcoming mystery film

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Hu Ge finally returns to the silver screen after four years (two if his brief cameo in Just Another Margin is included).

I didn’t watch Go! Goal! Fighting! 旋风十一人 when it aired in April, so it’s been over a year since I last saw Hu Ge onscreen. Thankfully the drought is about to end with his appearance in new mystery film Cherry Returns 那年夏天你去了哪里.

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Photoshoot Friday: June 26, 2015

How do you like to relax (away from your computer?) Are you like Ni Ni, who plays with a goldfish, read on her roof (or porch?), and enjoys her garden in a new photoshoot for Trendshealth? Are you like Fan Bingbing, who reads while drinking milk in her photoshoot for Grazia? Liu Shishi, lounging about a tropical island? Gao Yuanyuan, putting on lipstick, ready to go out? A photographer like Song Jia?

…Or Ni Ni again, trying on different wedding dresses? Look below the cut for more pictures.  Continue reading