Zhang Meng in fighting outfit in The Legend of Kaifeng

Don’t give me that… I didn’t have any part in this costume…

The Legend of Kaifeng has released more stills.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, Qi Kui, Ji Chen, Wang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, I really don’t know where I am leaning on this drama.  Some stills look great, some gaudy, and some are just plain wtf…

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The Legend of Kaifeng shows some battle scenes

No CGI explosion in the background? I’m proud.

The Legend of Kaifeng gives us a peak at battle scenes.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, Qi Kui, Ji Chen, Wang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, more costuming and sets coming our way.

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The Legend of Kaifeng makes some improvements to stills

The stills do get a bit better… just click below the cut to see…

The Legend of Kaifeng has released a couple better stills.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, and Qi Ku , I am still a bit iffy on this drama but I guess I feel a little better…?

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The Legend of Kaifeng shows of palace interiors

When palace protocol requires you to wear tacky bright colors despite being able to choose from all the clothes in the land…

The Legend of Kaifeng gives us a look at more stills this week.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, Qi Kui, Ji Chen, Wang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, this weeks stills seem to focus more on the palace.

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The Legend of Kaifeng shows off costuming

Song dynasty headgear, the art of turning your head into an antenna…

The Legend of Kaifeng gives us a look at the different costuming and set locations this week.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, Qi Kui, Ji Chen, Wang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, costume coloring seems to be either bright or bland with very little in between.

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The Legend of Kaifeng releases stills

… and we’re piling on the headgear with a Phoenix Crown

The Legend of Kaifeng has released more stills.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan TingtingJiang ChaoWinston ChaoQi KuiJi ChenWang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, those looking forward to this rendition can get a better look at the costuming.

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The Legend of Kaifeng releases more stills

There was a time not long ago when Chinese drama costuming wasn’t where it was today… now that I can be picky, I’ve discovered I increasingly dislike overly-bright sets and clothes…

The Legend of Kaifeng has released more stills.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan TingtingJiang Chao,  those looking forward to this rendition can get a better look at the costuming.

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Huang Weide stars as Bao Zheng

I feel like the Song dynasty has it’s own unique sense of beauty.  It’s a pity that dramas have not been able to capture it for me yet… :(

The Legend of Kaifeng has started filming.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan TingtingJiang ChaoWinston ChaoQi KuiJi ChenWang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, the plot will follow Bao Zheng in the Song dynasty.

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HQ Stills from The New Three Kingdoms Drama

Despite the economic downturn, it seems that Chinese TV dramas are still plunging ahead with bigger and bigger budgets. Admist a lineup of already opulent productions for 2009 including The Legend of Bruce Lee and Dream of the Red Chamber, a new drama adaptation of the Three Kingdoms has already an estimated 100 million yuan budget (around 14 million USD), the highest budget for any drama ever made in China. Even its fairly famous cast, including Lu Yi, Peter Ho, Chen Hao, Ruby Lin, Victor Huang, and Nie Yuan, and what it must have cost to pay them,  does not seem to have affected the quality of the production.

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This seems to be the scene where Zhao Yun (played by Nie Yuan) retrieves the infant A Dou. More below, along with a little information on who is playing what. Click on each for bigger.

Edit: This seems so out of place next to the happy Alan/Wei Chen picture.

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First Look at the Newest Adaptation of Three Kingdoms

Yesterday, the actors in costume were revealed for their respective roles. The cast list boasts impressive names, that is if you like young hotties. While nobody is quite a teeny-bopper idol (most being in their early thirties), the list still certainly screams “idol series”. Poor sage and master strategist Zhuge liang has been getting younger and younger, having first been played by Takeshi Kaneshiro in the movie Red Cliff and now by baby-faced Lu Yi who’s yet to crack a smile in any of the press photos. Why so glum Lu Yi? This actually marks an improvement from the most recent roles you’ve done.

This marks the second series in production of one of China’s Four Great Novels, the other being Dream of the Red Chamber, who’s reception has been more of a mixed bag, mixed referring to the mix of insults towards not only the horrific outfits but also the young, unknown and unexperienced cast.

From L to R, Lu Yi as Zhu Geliang, Victor Huang as Zhou Yu, Nie Yuan as Zhao Yun, Chen Hao as Diao Chan and Peter Ho with a ‘stache and glare juxtaposed to give quite a ridiculous/endearing look. Take Your pick. Ruby Lin although not pictured, is playing Sun Shangxiang.