We get our first glimpse of the three brothers in the first trailer for upcoming Republican drama New World. There’s the local gangland boss (Sun Honglei), the Kuomintang government official (Zhang Luyi) and the policeman (Yin Fang), and the three brothers go through various internal struggles before finally deciding to band together and welcome the Communists into Beiping. Weibo video here if the Youtube video doesn’t work.
A round of applause for The SoundSeason 2, guys. The variety show has invited four of my favourite actresses – Wan Qian (Tribes and Empires, Lost in 1949), Liu Mintao(The Disguiser, upcoming The Love of Hypnosis), Qin Hailu(Red Sorghum, White Deer Plain) and LiQin(White Deer Plain, Princess Agents)– to participate in the fourth episode, which airs on the 15th.
Set in the weeks before the liberation of Beiping by the Communists, the new Republican drama is aptly titled New World 新世界, and revolves around the lives of three friends, played by Sun Honglei (To Be A Better Man), Zhang Luyi(The Patriot) and Yin Fang (Operation Red Sea) and the conflicts that arise due to their different beliefs.
This set of screencaps of Wan Qian sniffling in Lost in 1949 is so cute, I want to give her a big hug. She looks like she came out of an oil painting.
The series has a really slow, low-stakes plot and I ended up quitting a few episodes through, but started rewatching after I saw these screencaps. Wan Qian nails her character, a timid, simple woman who wants to avoid trouble, but at the same time wants to help her deceased husband’s cause. She doesn’t have big visions of the future or speak in slogans, but just wants to do what she can to help those around her. Chen Kun’s characters were a bit exaggerated earlier on but both have grown on me. Plus, the three leads now have great chemistry, and now I’m struggling between which Qiao brother I ship more with Wan Qian’s character.
In Lost in 1949(Lost in Love), Chen Kun plays a street smart wastrel who tries to escort his twin brother, a key person to the Communists’ secret plan, safely out of Shanghai. Wan Qian plays a rookie agent who befriends the brothers – it’s also her second time getting involved with twins after Secret of the Three Kingdoms.
Hu Ge has been cast as the lead in A Gathering at Southern Railway Station 南方车站聚会 (lit.), the latest project from art film director Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice). The movie will revolve around the redemption of a thief (Hu Ge) who is wrongly accused of a crime, and his attempts to escape prosecution before finally deciding to surrender himself to the authorities.
Gwei Lun-mei plays the protagonist’s girlfriend, and Liao Fan and Wan Qian round out the main quartet.
InSecret of the Three Kingdoms, Liu Ping (Ma Tianyu) is a secret prince who was raised outside the palace with Sima Yi (Han Dongjun). His twin brother Liu Xie, the last emperor of the Han Dynasty, summons him back to help save the country as the ambitious warlord Cao Cao (Tse Kwanho) begins to amass even more power.
He is helped by empress Fu Shou (Wan Qian) and Sima Yi, though the latter eventually decides to serve Cao Pi (Tan Jianci) to further his own ambitions. The 54 episode drama will air 2 episodes every Tuesday to Thursday on Tencent beginning tonight.
Lost in 1949has released more stills and a new teaser focusing on the tense relationship between the twin brothers, played by Chen Kun. Younger brother Qiao Lijie (slicked back hair) is a nuclear physicist who is a key figure in the Communists’ rescue plans, while older brother Qiao Zhicai just wants to live a carefree life.
Young Army Officer 尉官正年轻 is an upcoming military drama produced by Daylight Entertainment (Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser, Ode to Joy) and stars Wan Qian (Tribes and Empires), Qin Hao(Legend of the Cat Demon)and Li Jiahang(Surgeons)in leading roles. The drama is being marketed as a comical romance between a sophisticated young gentleman and a strong young woman.