26th Magnolia Awards

Congratulations to Tao Hong for winning Best Supporting Actress! I absolutely loved her in A Little Reunion.

Even though the Magnolia Awards tend to favor actors/directors/dramas in the Shanghai circle, it is the awards show I enjoy watching most because the winners are usually worthy recipients. By all accounts, The Thunder winning Best Drama and Best Screenwriter was probably the biggest surprise of the night. A Little Reunion, Joy of Life and The Longest Day in Chang’an also took home two awards each.

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Tao Hong talks gender equality and the absence of meaty roles for mature actresses

Some of you may recognise talented actress Tao Hong as the dragon maiden from rom-com Sunny Piggy 春光灿烂猪八戒 (2000), which also propelled her husband and actor-director Xu Zheng to fame, or as Ji Xiaofu in Heaven Sword Dragon Sabre 2003. The actress recently returned to mainstream television as a controlling single mother in A Little Reunion, a critically and commercially successful slice-of-life drama that focuses on the stressful relationship between parents and teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation.

I’ve translated some excerpts from the actress’ recent interview, in which she shares her views on the entertainment industry and the situation faced by many older actresses in the industry.

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Over-protective parents grow up in upcoming family drama A Little Reunion

A Little Separation’s companion series, A Little Reunion focuses on three sets of families who all go to great lengths to ensure their children perform well in the university entrance exams, yet eventually realise that perfect scores are not the be-all and end-all.

Hai Qing is the strict mother who constantly compares her son (Zhou Qi) to her nephew (Liu Qi), while Huang Lei plays the father who is always responsible for defusing the situation.

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Celebrity parents line up for future “Where are we going? Dad”

Lu Yi and his 5-year-old cutie.
Lu Yi  wants to  take  his daughter on adventures for the show

As “Where are we going? Dad” becomes the cutest show of the year,  celebrity dads are all expressing interesting in taking their “little monsters” on adventures around China.   So far Li Yapeng (daughter with Faye Wong) , Yu Quan‘s Chen Yufan (son with Bai Baihe), Wen Zhang (daughter with Ma Yili), Lu Yi (daughter with Bao Lei), Julian Cheung (son with Anita Yuen),  Xu Zheng (daughter with Tao Hong), and Huang Lei (daughter with Sun Li)   have all indicated to the press that they would be interested in going future seasons if their kids agree.

Hunan TV plans for two seasons of the show next year. Which pairs would you like to see the most? Which ones are your favorites this season?     I’m personally hoping that one of the seasons will be the currently pair and then one season the new pair.