The voices of the Chinese dub of Spirited Away – Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang, Wang Lin, and Tian Zhuangzhuang – posed for a set of posters inspired by their animated counterparts. The film will receive a belated wide release in theaters in China on the June 21st. FYI, it was previously available online/via DVD, not banned as some headlines seem to imply.
The Promise of Chang’an 长安诺 stars Zhao Yingzi (Spy Hunter), Cheng Yi (Noble Aspirations) and Han Dong (Beauties in the Closet) in a love triangle spanning decades, and follows the heroine’s journey from the daughter of a respected tribal leader to the empress dowager of a kingdom.
Upcoming palace intrigue drama The Legend of Haolan stars Wu Jinyan as Li Haolan, a former noble lady of the Zhao state who is first a concubine to merchant-turned-politician Lv Buwei (Nie Yuan) before marrying the future ruler of the Qin state Ying Yiren (Mao Zijun).
The 63 episode drama will release two episodes every Saturday to Tuesday on iQiyi / MZTV beginning tonight. Members get an 8 episode head start.
Riding on the popularity of The Story of Yanxi Palace, Beauty Hao Lan / Legend of Haolan 皓镧传 has secured a November 15th release date. The Yu Zheng-helmed palace intrigue reunites Yanxi stars Wu Jinyan and Nie Yuan. They’re joined by Mao Zijun, Ning Jing, Tan Zhuo, Tong Mengshi and Wang Lin.
English-subbed final trailer below:
Brighten your Monday up with a fun tune from Aarif Rahman, a cute family zoo song from Fan Weiqi, a powerful rock ballad from A-mei, songs of friendship from RTA Xu Hao X Zhu Yuanbing, Ma Haisheng and M.I.C.‘s Tan Jianci.
A-mei sets fire to the patriarchy in her epic song and MV Matriarchy 母系社會
Always ready to ride off his popular series, Yu Zheng workshop begins filming the counterpart to Female Prime Minister, this time titled Female Royal Tutor 女傅/The Legend of Ban Shu 班淑传奇. Yu Zheng announced partial casting today, including Jing Tian (Police Story 2013), Li Xin’ai (The Rooftop), Fu Xinbo (!!!), Li Sheng (Flowers in Fog), Li Jiahang (New My Fair Princess), up-and-coming Yu Zheng artist Zhang Zhehan and Zhang Xueying, Zhang Meng, Mao Xiaotong, Zhang Xinyu, Deng Sha, Wang Lin, Jiao Junyan, etc. The rest of the male cast is yet unannounced.
Who are you looking forward to?
I’m always super excited when new genres are explored, especially when one with such a great photoshoot and cinematographer. Han Xue workshop’s latest work, Home of a lady 淑女之家, is based on the mystery novel of the same name by author Ma Yiwei. Han Xue plays the lead female who, with the help of her friend and amateur detective (Liu Ennuo), enters then Shen family to find out the truth about her father’s death, only to find the new lover (Ma Tianyu) of the head of the household (Cecilia Yip) soon dead. Who could’ve done it? Is it the maid? The sisters? The brother-in-law? The mother? Or even Han Xue’s character herself? The series also stars Chen Xiang, Mao Xiaotong, Lei Yang, Liu Yanchen, and Wang Lin.
Yang Mi will reprise her role as Lin Xiao in Tiny Times 3.0 (小时代3), the third installment of author/director Guo Jingming‘s series, which is set to air in summer 2014. Most of our favorites from the first two movies will be returning, with the unfortunate exception of Rhydian Vaughan, who will be replaced by Vivian Dawson. Tiny Times 3.0 will also introduce two new male characters, both of whom are related to Amber Kuo‘s Gu Li. Check out the complete cast listing behind the cut.
Following Palace I and II, Palace III: The phoenix returns/Lian Cheng tells of a (shock) birth mix-up that has the real princess (Yuan Shanshan) replaced with a commoner (Lu Yi) for inheritance reasons. The new drama from Yu Zheng Workshops features Lu Yi, Yuan Shanshan, Yang Rong, Gao Yunxiang, Alyssa Chia, Dai Jiaoqian, and Wang Lin.