Yu Zheng’s variety show Real Actor is all about improvisation

Screenwriter / Director Yu Zheng and mentors Zhang Jingchu, Francis Ng, Zhang Songwen

The first episode of Real Actor 演技派 is all about the fundamentals of acting, and runs through the auditions and evaluations of 30 up-and-coming actors in just over 2 hours. The scenarios Zhang Songwen gives the actors does a great job of revealing their strengths and weaknesses as they are forced to perform on the spot.

Francis Ng doesn’t mince his words but his honest opinions are definitely a breath of fresh air. Yu Zheng will probably have more to do in future episodes, as the final twelve actors will be competing for roles in his variety show-drama Royal Kitchen in the Qing Dynasty 紫禁城里的小食光.

Actors I’m looking forward to seeing more of include Wu Jiayi, Lamu Yangzi, Wang Yuwen and Fan Jinwei (their skit at 1:22:51 is adorable) and Zhang Lula.

Wu Xize, Wang Yuwen, Yu Mengmeng attend a Tang Dynasty academy in new show

How believable is Wang Yuwen’s crossdressing?  

Wang Yuwen, Wu Xize, Xie Bingbing, Liu Yichang, and Qi Peixin become students at a Tang Dynasty academy in currently filming series The Chang’an Youth 长安少年行. Here’s the first set of character posters featuring their various outfits. The series is produced by Tencent Entertainment and directed by Chow Ka-Man (The Wife’s Lie).

Talented chef Shen Yiyi (Wang Yuwen) accidentally becomes a student at the Shangyi Academy in Chang’an.  There, she befriends Yang Zi’an (Wu Xize), who is there undercover for the Emperor, sword master Dugu Muxue, youth Tang Jiuqi, , and Prince Li Xinyuan. The five all have their own secrets in this seemingly normal school. How will they reveal their true selves and feelings to each other?

 

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Promo Round-up: Secret of the Three Kingdoms

In Secret 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. 

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