Promo Round-up: The Great Craftsman

The Great Craftsman (Romance of Architecture) 筑梦情缘 / 巨匠 stars Wallace Huo as Shen Qi’nan, who was adopted and raised by Fu Jiancheng, a co-conspirator in his parents deaths. After reuniting with his siblings, they embark on a quest for revenge. Yang Mi costars as Fu’s daughter and heiress to his construction company.

The 60 episode revenge romance airs daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight.

Playlist of teasers:

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Yang Mi, Wallace Huo romance in latest The Great Craftsman trailer

The Great Craftsman 巨匠 released a new romance -themed trailer focusing on the love between its two leads, architect Fu Hanjun (Yang Mi) and construction worker Shen Qi’nan (Wallace Huo). I wasn’t really sold on the previous trailers, but this one’s really cute.

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Trailer and posters for The Great Craftsman

The Great Craftsman stars Wallace Huo and Yang Mi as architects wishing to develop high-quality residential and business buildings by integrating traditional Chinese and modern Western designs. For those wanting a peek into melodrama side of things, the first trailer gives a pretty good run down of the romance and revenge plot lines.

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Suddenly Seventeen is now free on YouTube legally w/ English subs

One of my favorite chick flicks, Suddenly Seventeen 28岁未成年, is now available with English subtitles for free on YouTube legally.  The directorial debut of Zhang Mo stars Ni Ni, Wallace Huo, Wang Ta-lu, and Ma Su in a charming tale of finding yourself.

Wallace Huo, Yang Mi’s The Great Craftsman releases first trailer

The new trailer for Republican-era drama The Great Craftsman makes it out to be a Romeo and Juliet story, where master builder Shen Qi’nan (Wallace Huo) breaks off his relationship with architect Fu Hanjun (Yang Mi) after discovering she is the daughter of the man who killed his father.

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Cast of Ruyi recreates vintage Qing dynasty photos

False history: The concubines scheming to overthrow the emperor together.

Photographer Yin Chao used  wet plate processing and large format cameras to recreate vintage Qing-dynasty looks for currently streaming series Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace.   (FYI The camera was invented after Qianlong’s death, but there are definitely photos of later Qing dynasty harems) . Watch the series starring Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo on Youtube here. Continue reading

Promo Round-up: Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

Not much material has been released for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace because the air date was announced on such short notice, but having this post up gives me some sense of closure (I’m pretty sure I’ve posted about this drama more than 20 times over the past two years).

A record of the failed marriage between the Step-Empress and the Qianlong Emperor.

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Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace to air online beginning August 20th

Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo’s Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace has confirmed a premiere date of August 20th!

Despite all the controversies surrounding this drama, I’m still pretty excited to see the final product. The ~88 episode drama will air 2 episodes on Tencent every Monday-Thursday and VIP members will get a 6 episode head start. No plans have been made for its broadcast on television.

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Review: Suddenly Seventeen

Verdict:  You would probably like it if you like chick flicks, and not if otherwise. 

A  cross between Freaky Friday and Seventeen AgainSudden Seventeen 28岁未成年 is a fun, heartwarming, albeit  cliched chick flick that surprisingly does not have a romantic message.  It’s also a monumental tribute to the beauty of Ni Ni.  

“Today is the tenth day of Summer (Ni Ni) being a perfect housewife.  Like the 3650 days before today, she got up at 7 am, had perfect hair and a perfect outfit, made breakfast, and is ready for her beau (Wallace Huo) to awake up. But today was different. She had seen a ring in his coat and he was going to propose.”

When it turns out the ring was for someone else, Summer breaks down and in the midst of her breakdown, sees an advertisement for chocolates that will make her happy again.  It turns out that a bite of the chocolate makes her … drumroll…. seventeen again.   Continue reading