Luo Jin, Yuan Shanshan act out a romance of Mulan meets RoCH

I just really like this poster.

And apparently, the Butterfly Lovers?  We’re just glad Yu Zheng’s posters no longer look like this.

In a departure from the unexpectedly hilarious period comedy Cosmetology High, Luo Jin and Yuan Shanshan‘s chapter is a reversion back to the more conventional love tale, following Yuan Shanshan as the spoiled princess who decides to join the army for fun and falls for Luo Jin’s general.  Unfortunately for the pair, the prince of a neighboring country wants to marry her, and she must seek cosmetology help from Yang Rong and Jin Shijia’s characters to fake a ruined face.

But this being Yu Shanshan, not only do the pair get better posters than the actual leads, they get the better theme song by Zhang Jie and their own mini-MV below:

Continue reading

Cosmetology High injects humor and botox into the Tang

Bringing on the Tang dynasty grove.

Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty)  is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng.   The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles.  The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.

The Making of a Beauty features white-haired Yang Rong, will air in September

Yang Rong is incredulous that some dramas (ie, Desert Melody) get held back for years, and Making of a Beauty is broadcasting within a month.

Now that Fan Bingbing’s White Haired Witch (of Lunar Kingdom) has been broadcasted, Yang Rong can take a shot at the title. Featuring Jin Shijia, Dilireba, Kenny Kwan, Kristy Yang, Li Xin’ai, Luo Jin, Sheren Tang, Su Qing, Wang Li’ke, Yuan Shanshan, and Zhang Tian’ai, Yu Zheng’s upcoming production The Making of a Beauty continues to release stills.

Laure Shang Wenjie performs the theme song (listen to it on Youtube here) for the drama, “Waiting for Waist-long Hair 待我长发及腰 (wait for my hair to grow to my waist).” (Zhang Jie is supposed to sing another, Listen 听).

Incredibly, this drama (which began filming this July), will be broadcast on Hunan TV every Sunday…beginning September 7th!? in Paranormal Adonis’ time slot (source). More stills below the cut.  Continue reading

Stills released from the Making of a Beauty

This, and the first picture below the cut definitely qualify as one of my favorite Tang dynasty stills recently.

Did upcoming drama The Making of Beauty take a leaf from Empress Wu Zetian‘s book – er, bamboo scrolls? Yang Rong look stunning in these recent stills, in which she plays a courtesan (who ends up going bankrupt at the beginning of the series. You can read more about the plot summary here).  Don’t be fooled by her appearance here; she’s (supposed to be) a very tough lady.

Longtime Yu Zheng favorite Yuan Shanshan has s cameo in this series. You can see her opposite her love interest, a general played by Luo Jin, after the Yang Rong stills below the cut.   Continue reading

Yang Rong and Jin Shijia star in new Yu Zheng drama The Making of a Beauty

You can find concepts for the costumes here, although I don’t see Yang Rong’s gowns among them.

Yu Zheng‘s studios is coming out with another drama, which began shooting in Hengdian on July 1st. Starring Jin Shijia as a miracle doctor (who does things like catch mermaids when not mixing up a new treatment for his royal patrons…including Sheren Tang‘s Wu Zetian). Yang Rong, long time supporting lead for Yu Zheng’s dramas, finally nailed the protagonist role as the female lead, Jin Shijia’s love interest. Jin Shijia finds out that his son was actually fathered by his steward (it’s Yu Zheng, go with the flow), and takes to the streets; Yang Rong, who is the madame of a brothel and unabashedly in love with Jin Shijia (a Tang dynasty “superfan”), takes him in - though he causes her business to go bankrupt.

The story will play out in five chapters, each one a mini-story, and air on Hunan’s weekly spot after Paranormal Adonis
Yuan Shanshan will be Princess Yongning in one of them, falling in love with Luo Jin‘s young general; later, Su Qing‘s workaholic character realizes that Zhang Tianai’s interloper threatens her previously unappreciated relationship with her husband, played by Kenny Kwan. Later, a prince (Qiu Xinzhi) will demand that Jin Shijia’s doctor return his consort(Kristy Yang)’s youth, and unable to do so, they will bring in Hsin Ai Lee/Li Xinai as a substitute instead. Add Wang Like, a mermaid-assasin(???) to the mix, and you get the basic plotline for Yu Zheng’s new collaboration with Hunan TV, The Making of a Beauty 美人制造. Look under the cut for more posters from this series.

Continue reading