Amber Kuo, Rhydian Vaughan Embark on “One Road of Surprises”

They did have insanely good chemistry in Tiny Times

If you wanted to see more of Amber Kuo and Rhydian Vaughan together after the first two Tiny Times films, you’re not the only one. The two will appear together in the currently filming movie One Road of Surprises (一路惊喜), portraying a couple that’s been together for the past seven years.

One Road of Surprises will focus on six stories happening on Lunar New Year’s Eve, with each of the protagonists attempting to realize their New Year’s wishes. Although filming has been going on for almost half a year, not much information has been released so far, and the media was only recently allowed on set to watch a scene in which Rhydian climbs over from a neighboring balcony in order to rescue Amber and their cat from their burning residence.

Thus far, four of the stories have completed filming, and it is rumored that the sixth and final story will feature a mysterious husband-wife combination. Since Fan Bingbing starred in director-screenwriter Eva Jin‘s previous two movies, Sophie’s Revenge and One Night Surprise, some suspect that Bingbing will form one half of the mystery duo, or at least deliver a cameo, but the director said they’ll publicize the news in due time.

One Road of Surprises is expected to open in theaters around the Lunar New Year season next year, so check out some more cute photos of Amber and Rhydian in the meantime.

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News Roundup 7/2/09 – 7/11/09

This is a really big post, so check it out !

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Chen Kun and Yuan Quan sponsor a jewelry brand in style at an event, with Yuan Quan in white riding a horse, and Chen Kun giving her a ring, like a modern day prince and princess, except that pretending to  marry was really awkward for them. Normally I wouldn’t care, but it’s two actors that I like, both of which whom actually have really nice singing voices and I’ve long wished they would collaborate in something like a musical. They will be working together, but instead will be in a HK film.

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10 Minutes Behind the Scenes of Sophie’s Revenge


The female director, and the ladies of the film talk about the film. Sorry, I have no subs, but you can always look at the pretty sets. I think I’m setting myself up for a great disappointment by looking forward to this film so much, but eh. What’s life without hopes?

The thing is, I really like this film because of the genre (aka fun chick flick), which was rather undeveloped until recently in China, but has endless potential at the moment. I don’t dislike the artsy films of China’s past when I look at them separately, but I also don’t think it speaks well of a film industry to be mainly comprised of those films. There should be a balance, a diversity and China’s slowly (or rapidly?) getting there.

I sort of blab about Zhang Ziyi a bit underneath the cut, so if that doesn’t interest you…

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The 12th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Opens

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Cast of Sophie's Revenge working the red carpet.

This is one of the two A-List film festivals in Asia, the other being Tokyo. Despite starting late (1993), organizers have been working hard to make this as prestigious as possible, a subjective measure, and it does seem to be a step up from last year with Danny Boyle heading the jury, and various other stars walking the red carpet. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of these pictures already, sorry for the lateness! I’ll post on the SIFF again later.

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Sophie’s Revenge Cast Promote Website Launch

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L-R Ruby Lin, Yao Chen, Zhang Ziyi, and Peter Ho

The Chinese/Taiwanese cast members of Sophie’s Revenge minus Fan Bingbing who was probably busy with one of her six upcoming movies, helped launch the official site for the movie yesterday.

Included on the websites is Sophie’s Revenge first teaser trailer. This was released at Cannes, and it did a pretty good job because the rights were sold to five countries. Although it’s not featured here, Cao Xuanbin will be writing the theme song. Can’t wait to see how will make it reflect the feel of this film.

A few more pictures from the launch and some new HQ stills from the movie below. The latter is my real reason for making this post.

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Film Productions Give Sneak Peaks At Cannes

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Cannes isn’t just the oldest, most venerated film festival in the world; it’s also a prime opportunity for film companies everywhere to hawk their upcoming productions and look for potential buyers. Those lucky enough to be part of a film chosen for selection will be certainly be pulling-double duty and promoting them to distributors as well as jurors. Others like Zhao Wei and Chen Kun came especially to Cannes to promote for an unfinished movie, in their case Mulan, for which a sneak peak and teaser poster was revealed. Other Chinese films giving first looks included Little Big Soldier (the Jackie-Chan Leehom Collab), Sophie’s Revenge, Confucius, and Falling in Love With You in Seven Days. However, I have to wonder if trying to scramble to get something together in time for Cannes is that wise of a tactic- if I had any interest in these movies before, these posters may have killed it.

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