Friday Photos

September and October are traditionally the most high-quality fashion covers, but it seems like November is way, way better this year. Perhaps because the magazines don’t feel so pressured to have the biggest (safest) names bound by restraints, November covers so far are so much more modern in aesthetics.

Here’s a round-up of photos that caught our eyes recently. If you haven’t seen it yet, I also love Chen Man’s Zhao Wei photoshoot.

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Drama promos: Sword Snow Stride, Legend of Fei, The Golden Hairpin, The Long Ballad and more

Zhang Tian’ai in Sword Snow Stride

Sword Snow Stride – Zhang Ruoyun, Hu Jun, Li Gengxi, Zhang Tian’ai

My #1 to-watch drama of 2021 just based on the trailer alone
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Lu Han, Wu Lei’s CrossFire releases trailer

I feel like Lu Han’s character would probably lose just because of the internet and computer speed difference over a decade.

Lu Han and Wu Lei play a pair of gamers separated by a decade who end up meeting each other in a video game.

I’m super impressed by Lu Han’s acting in this trailer. His acting is so natural in every scene. He’s shown he can act previously in movies, but hasn’t really brought that to dramas (expected since dramas tend to have less directing and time to perfect every scene). The trailer and premise both look great and I hope it’s good. The drama co-stars Wu Lei, Dai Luwa, and Cecilia Boey and is airing on July 20th.

Dilraba, Wu Lei confirmed for The Long Ballad

I’m having a hard time imagining Wu Lei as the powerful general, because he is still a kid to me. It’s unfortunate Qu Chuxiao was pulled from the role at the last minute due to a contractual dispute with his agency, because I really think he could’ve made the role his own.

Period drama The Long Ballad 长歌行 stars Dilraba as Tang-dynasty princess Li Changge, daughter of crown prince Li Jiancheng. Her father was assassinated at Xuanwu Gate in a palace coup by Li Shimin, and she has sworn to get revenge by overthrowing her uncle.

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Wu Lei, Song Zu’er, Wang Junkai’s ancient fantasy airs tonight

Chinese Bestiary 上古密约 is a co-production between Hunan TV and Beijing Film Academy and stars current students Wu Lei, Song Zu’er and Wang Junkai as siblings who are separated after their family is massacred by the Emperor of Yan. The 46 episode drama will release 2 episodes every Mon-Wed on Mango TV.

Friday Photos

Poster for Jia Zhangke’s latest film, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue, a journey of modern China via writers Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua, and Liang Hong

Photos, stills, and posters that caught our eyes this week.

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28th Golden Rooster Awards red carpet round-up

Liu Shishi x Ni Ni

Some of the photos the actors’ studios have released are comparable to magazine shoots.

Yang Mi
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Huang Xiaoming, Zhou Dongyu, and 15 celebs act out a decade of a Chengdu teahouse for microfilm

Glimpse into a decade of a Chengdu teahouse in this microfilm starring Huang Xiaoming, Zhou Dongyu Wang Ziwen, Zheng Shuang, Wang Kai, Qin Lan, Hu Yitian, Nazha, Ni Ni, Wu Xuanyi, Yamy, Wu Lei, Liu Yanchi, Li Xiaoran, Chen Zhengfei, Liu Xijun, and Jane Zhang.