“You Are My Sunshine” releases trailer

Can you believe it's been ten years since these two acted together?  @Liu Yifei

“If you’ve met the one, you never settle. ”  – Yang Mi’s  Guo Xiang  Zhao Mosheng

I was feeling iffy about the film version of   You Are My Sunshine,  but both the character posters and the trailer have looked so good that  I’m actually really looking forward to this.

The trailer released today focuses mostly on our leads played by Yang Mi and Huang Xiaoming, following them back in time through their seven years apart.  It also has glimpses of the supporting cast of Angelababy, Tong Dawei, model He Sui, EXO’s Huang Zitao, Xie Yilin, Li Chen, Ma Su, Sun Yizhou, and Joan Chen Chong.

“My Sunshine” unapologetically cheerful in character posters


“Sorry, I didn’t have an abortion. May 1st, return simplicity to love” – Yang Mi as the idealistic Zhao Mosheng

Unapologetic for the story’s simple and pure love story (I still don’t understand how the TV version managed to drag for 40+ episodes ) and poking fun at the recent surge in films about youth love stories that are a bit too similar,  the film version of Gu Man’s You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 released its first set of stills this week.

The  Enlight film stars Yang Mi, Huang Xiaoming, Angelababy, Tong Dawei, Xie Yilin, and film debuts by EXO’s Huang Zitao and model He Sui. The film is set for a May 1st release.

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Zhou Xun becomes a gentleman with Tong Dawei

Now there’s proof of what we’ve always assumed – Zhou Xun would be a really pretty boy (even with those hyper thick eyebrows). Look at more pictures under the cut, and look forward to her upcoming role in new drama Red Sorghum. If you’re wondering about Tong Dawei, he and Zhao Wei are working together again for upcoming movie “Darling 亲爱的”. (They’re also cooperating on upcoming drama Tiger Mother, Kitten Father).

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Thoughts on films “But Always” and “My Old Classmate”


My Old Classmate and But Always are both recent films following the nostalgic trend after the success of So Young and American Dreams in China, but did they succeed, or were they mere capitalistic ventures to ride on the commercial success of their predecessors? Warning: There might be spoilers.

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Zhao Wei is a “Tiger Mom” for her new drama with Tong Dawei

“We must fight for the sake of our daughter!””Who said it’s enough to be happy?”

I’m really hoping that Zhao Wei’s upcoming drama Tiger Mother and Kitten Father won’t take a candy-flavored “Tiger Mothers are foolish and wrong!” stance at the end, and that the plotline will be a little more (realistically) complex than a generic rom-com.
“Tiger Mother” Zhao Wei and “Kitten Father” Tong Dawei have always felt that they were very fortunate, having managed to moved to Beijing after their studies, having bought their houses before prices ballooned, having bought their car before license plates were restricted…the couple’s business seems to be doing well, and their precious daughter is adorable and clever. Everything is perfect, until their 00s generation daughter goes to elementary school…
They, who had attended and admired their daughter’s preschool performance not long before, are suddenly shocked to find how behind their daughter is. The Tiger Mother frantically looks for connections (“guan xi”), scrambling for insider information, a house inside a school district (in China, only some houses are guaranteed a spot in a school). The Kitten Father does his best to support his wife’s wishes.
As the Kitten Father feels he understands his wife less and less, the Tiger Mother feels increasingly that her husband is being irresponsible. At this time, the Kitten Tiger’s first love, an educational expert, returns to China (Dong Jie). Her beliefs are in contrast to the “fight hard” attitude that the Kitten Father is currently living by.

It’s a clan of animals: the stick-carrying, education-focused “lion” of a (maternal) grandfather, an aristocratic fox of a (paternal) grandmother, a fiercely protective (to the point of being “bull like”) sparrow of a (maternal) grandmother, a pig of a Sinology professor for a (paternal) grandfather…the list goes on. What type of upbringing would be best for the beloved granddaughter?

Stills of Zhao Wei below the cut.

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Gao Yuanyuan and Nicholas Tse star in upcoming movie “But Always”

Nicholas Tse and Gao Yuanyuan provide more pretty in one still than some dramas in forty episodes.

If If you liked My Ol’ Classmate with Lin Gengxin and Zhou Dongyu, you may also be interested in Gao Yuanyuan and Nicolas Tse’s upcoming movie But Always 一生一世. Joining the cast are Tong Dawei, Happy Camp’s Du Haitao, and Suet Lam.

Gao Yuanyuan’s An Ran and Nicolas Tse’s Zhao Yongyuan (his name is literally Zhao “Forever”) have a love story that plays out from 1972 to 2001. Their childhood friendship evolves into romance when they see each other years later, and although Youngyuan climbs from being a simple worker to becoming a successful entrepreneur, he continues to follow and protect (from Beijing to New York) his childhood friend. (The stills hold up to this promise so far…) The movie will be released on September 5th.  Continue reading

Looking forward to Upcoming Chinese films in 2014

Ge You and Jiang Wen as showmasters in the movie, Gone With the Bullets.

Ge You and Jiang Wen as show masters in the upcoming movie, Gone With the Bullets.

The year is almost a quarter over (I know!), but 2014 is a really exciting year for Chinese film and it would be a waste not to take a look at all the great stuff that’s going to be released soon. This year, as some have noted, will be the year of big director comebacks, from Red Cliff’s John Woo to Zhang Yimou and many others. (Thanks to Mookie for everything about this post, I’m just here to spread the word.)

(Also, you’ll soon realize that Huang Xiao Ming does not rest… I believe he has at least 4 films this year alone, excluding dramas!!)

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Photoshoot Friday: September 6, 2013

This is Ni Ni,who is ridiculously photogenic. Who else could pull off that hair?

Look, a magazine that actually chose a gorgeous photo for its cover! This is almost as rare as a round up with an almost proportional number of males and females…! LI Bingbing  and Mao Linlin (you may have seen her as the evil Zhen’er in Prince of Orchid Hills/Lanling Wang) are also gorgeous…they are joined by Feng Shaofeng (who posed together with Ni Ni for OK!, although Ni Ni has her own little casual shoot as well), and Tong Dawei for Bazaar.

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Theme song released for upcoming movie The Switch

There is a room of glowing blue fetuses in this film. We can safely argue that it will be somewhat interesting.

(jjss08: Credit for the following belongs to idarklight. This was from a post she did on the movie on the dramaddicts site, and was too well-written for me to ignore). One of the Ten Famous Chinese Paintings,  Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains also has symbolic value, although the advertising seems to avoid the political significance of the film.  It was burnt into two pieces in 1650. In the 1950′s, one of the pieces was taken to Taiwan, where it remains in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The other piece is currently in Hangzhou.  In 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao used the painting as a part of a response to a question on cross-strait trade relations by a Taiwanese reporter.

“In the Yuan Dynasty, there was a painter called Huang Gongwang. He painted a famous painting, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains . Hundreds of years later, the painting passed down many hands, but now I know that half is in the Hangzhou museum and part is in Taipei’s National Palace Museum. I hope that one day, the paintings could reunite to become one again. When even paintings are like this, what about people?” Wen said.

In 2011, with the help of Liu Changle, CEO of Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV, the two museums collaborated to unite the two pieces in Taipei for a special exhibit. Since then, Wen Jiabao has commented painting in both 2011 and 2012 in response to questions about Taiwan, each time with his signature poetic eloquence.

Look below the cut for gorgeousness from Lin Chiling, Tong Dawei, Zhang Jingchu, and Andy Lau. 

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Weibo Wednesday: May 22, 2013

高圆圆: 十五年,时间在流逝,青春在流逝,baby fat在流逝……但是友谊存,有增无减,一辈子的好姐妹![哈哈]@刘希媛real @江玲611 @许还幻

Fifteen years. Time’s flowing, youth is leaving, baby fat is losing …… but friendship remains, only increasing and not decreasing. Good sisters for life! @Liu Xiyuaan @Jiang Ling @Xu Haihuan

Gao Yuanyuan and co. shows that they haven’t aged at all in 15 years by striking a pose similar to a photo from 15 years ago, except they all look younger.

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