Wang Kai, Joe Chen, Joe Cheng, Bosco Wong hit the runway for new fashion drama

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If we  replace Joe Cheng with someone from Macau, we would get a happy Greater China family.
  1. Joe Chen and Joe Cheng are finally collaborating! Cfensi gold stars for every time you catch us mixing their names.
  2. Leave Me, Catch Me 放弃我抓紧我 features Joe Chen as a fashion designer who all of a sudden lost her memories after the age of 23, is now engaged  a man who she doesn’t know, and competitors with the man who she thought was her boyfriend.  Can she rebuild her life and find her lost dreams?  The male cast includes Wang Kai, Bosco Wong, and Joe Cheng.
  3. Filming begins next month in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Milan, and Paris.  OMG Wang Kai in Paris in those gorgeous winter coats!  I’m going to be thinking about Ming Cheng’s college days during all those scenes.  Can we please have a scene where the girl leaves him so he runs out and then kneels in the snow while wearing only a white shirt?  I’m probably expecting too much …
  4. The drama has already been picked up by Sohu, so we won’t have to worry about death-in-the-storage-room .  The drama is produced by Tonghua (BuBuJingxin, Cloud Song, Desert Melody) of Dream Stardom  (Perfect Couple, Destined to Love You )   (more…)

Hawick Lau sings for The Cage of Love

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Garfield in a spiffy new grey outfit steals the show.

Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau, and Li Dongxue‘s Republican drama Cage of Love begins airing on May 26th, and has released the ending and opening themes and respective MV’s.   As the Dream Stardom Film and TV Culture Co.’s  second project following Perfect Couple 金玉满堂, I expect the first half to be hilarious and adorable, and the second half to be depressing.  See you in the first half!

Opening by Hawick Lau:

Ending by Xuanxuan: (more…)

Chen Qiao’en, Zheng Shuang switch places in “Destined to Love You”

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Guess which three of these seven people fight over a “kiss” in the trailer? (hint: Chen Qiao’en is not one of the three)

Tonghua seems to have hit the sweet spot for goofy and fun romances once more with Destined to Love You 偏偏喜欢你, this time starring Chen Qiao’en she tries to put order into the unruly military class of Jia Nailiang, Bosco Wong, Li Zifeng, Zhang Yunlong, Gao Weiguang, Zheng Shuang, etc.

I feel weird about making romantic comedies about the Republican era, but it does look right up my alley.

Chen Qiao’en will make a man out of you

Can you tell who is the  owner of the original body for the six identically-bodied men?
Can you tell who is the owner of the original body for the six identically-bodied men?

Shen Tai may be ready to defeat the Huns, but  Chen Qiao’en will make men out of the of  currently-filming Republican series Destined to Love You.   Character posters were released on Friday featuring Chen Qiao’en, Jia Nailiang, Bosco Wong, Zhang Yunlong and Gao Weiguang from Ancient Sword/Yang Mi Workshop, newbies Li Zifeng and Zheng Long, and guest star Zheng Shuang.

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The Song of Desert has a release date

… so I guess we’ll finally “hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon”

Desert Melody The Legend of the Moon and Stars Pocohantas?!? (actually more literally “Destiny Amid the Wind” but still… WTF?!?) The Song of Desert has a release date.  Notice the period… omg… this has dragged on so long and I’m so uninspired.  According to official Hunan TV/Tangren Weibo’s,  mark your calendars for October 8th, fans of Liu Shishi, Eddie Peng, and Hu Ge.  If they swallow their words, prepare to put some money together to get some ipecac to make them spit it out again because this is so not funny.  Personally, I think television network darling Yu Zheng kinda needs this drama to take off so his Song in the Clouds Love Yunge from the Desert can.

Another still below the cut (Hey!  I tried!! >:(  ).

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Internet novelists begin to take control of their own drama

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Chen Xiao in uniform? I’m sold.

Remember back in the days when novels were first being made into TV series? Now, these writers are skipping the novel part and going straight to TV.   With the famous Tonghua (Bu Bu Jing Xin, Cloud Song, Desert Melody) setting the way and now producing her third series  (Perfect Couple, Cage of Love, and an upcoming one), others are joining suit.  A number of upcoming series will be penned by their original authors, including Hai Yan for Nirvana in Fire and Gu Man for Wallace Chung and Tang Yan’s modern series 何以笙箫默.

Others have gone straight to script-writing, producing new works just for the screen.  Most noted for her books involving female secret agents time-travelling and pwning the ancient world,  Xiaoxiang Dong’er is writing a script for Yu Zheng featuring once again special force members, this time set in the Republican era. If anything, the thought of announced lead Chen Xiao in uniform is enough for us to be excited about.

Infamous novelist Vivibear is also working with Yu Zheng on a Palace spinoff.  Despite her notoriety for plagiarism, I’m kind of hoping that Yu Zheng will pick up her book on Lanling Wang because it explains the beauty of the Prince of Orchid Hills by saying she’s actually a girl crossdressing as a boy.

Finally, historical romance writer XiaoChun, who gets nightmares about scriptwriters ruining her books,  revealed she’s also working on a script. Although she’s only written two books, she’s known for her deep knowledge of her subjects and cramming a lot of history into her stories, which is why she’s one of my favorites.

While there’s been a good track record for novelists to advice rather than write their own scripts (the other Hai Yan, Yan Geling, Tonghua, etc.), it’s to be seen how these direct transition from internet novel to script will work. Will these new scriptwriters find success among their predecessors like Qiong Yao and Guo Jingming? What do you think?

 

Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau caught in The Cage of Love

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Do Yang Mi and Zhang Han know about this?

Republican series The Cage of Love 抓住彩虹的男人 released its first set of stills today, featuring Zheng Shuang, Hawick Lau, and Li Xuedong. The series is  scripted and produced by Tonghua (Bu Bu Jing Xin) and directed by the head director of Bu Bu Jing Xin.

The Republican-era series has Hawick Lau in what he does best – sadistic businessman seeking revenge – while Zheng Shuang plays the daughter of his “enemy” who instead has her heart set on her childhood love.   I’m now not sure if it’s based on FeiWoSiChun’ book even though the synopsis reads just like it.  (more…)

“Desert Melody” finally gets approval to air, continues to lack HQ posters

Does better quality stills mean an impending release?

I am getting this through indirect sources since I can’t really read Chinese.  Therefore, I’m not 100% sure if this is true so don’t shoot the messenger but according to  UDN  , The Song of Desert or Desert Melody, starring Liu Shishi, Eddie Peng, and Hu Ge, may be airing first in Taiwan as opposed to the mainland due to delays and the way contracts ended up being signed.  According to the source, the show was approved for airing in mainland late last year and have since then been brought by Taiwan’s CTI (Don’t all jump at once).  Hunan’s local entertainment channel also reported an impending broadcasting date.

On the other hand, the internet community can probably start preparing and give a cry of joy (or start calling all channels involved to try to boycott it again).  Apparently, no news on a release date yet but hopefully this means we’ll be seeing something sooner?  More released posters whose quality may mirror the likelihood of the drama ever airing in our lifetime below the cut.

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Modern dramas round-up

Round-up of recent modern series we haven’t had time to post on, including Love Shine, One Karat of Dreams, Little Daddy, Love on Tiptoe, Fiancée, and Best Time.

Cast: Kim Jeonghoon, Yao Di, Emma Pei Bei, Wu Diwen
Cast: Kim Jeonghoon, Yao Di, Emma Pei Bei, Wu Diwen

Love on Tiptoe  踮起脚尖吻到爱
Aspiring manager (Yao Di) finds a distraught former model (Kim) at her doorsteps, causing a string of events that shockingly ends in love. If nothing else, model Pei Bei is gorgeous here. The series airs 3 eps on weekdays and 2 eps on weekends. (more…)

“Legend of the Moon and Stars” travels forward in time, releases trailer

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Not to be outdone by Yu Zheng’s sequel “Cloud Ballad,” Shanghai Tangren releases a trailer.  source

After being set back a few hundred years, will Liu Shishi, Eddie Peng, and Hu Ge‘s  Legend of the Moon and Stars (formerly Desert Melody) finally air? The series about a girl raised by the wolf who becomes entangled in an ethnic war recently released a 15-minute trailer  in an attempt to sell itself next year, hopefully in time to air before its sequel Cloud Song by rival Yu Zheng.

It seems the period, originally set in the time of its male lead   Huo Qubing ,  has been re-worked into the Southern Dynasties following the fall of the Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms period.  Though costuming may conflict with the new “period,” let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Which drama do you think will do the Han Dynasty best: The Virtuous Queen of Han, Cloud Song, Realm of Love, or Legend of the Moon and Stars?