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.
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.
With a track record of supporting talented new directors by producing films like Dying to Survive, A or B, and How Long Will I Love U, Xu Zheng will hopefully continue this trend with his latest production, pet-themed ensemble film Adoring 宠爱 by new director Yang Zi.
Adoring finished filming early in the summer and is set for a Dec. 31, 2019 release date. The film feature six segments – Yu Hewei X Li Landi, Wu Lei X Zhang Zifeng, Yang Zishan X Wallace Chung, William Chan X Zhong Chuxi, Tan Jianci X Kan Qingzi, and poor Guo Qilin all by himself (but with a puppy!) . Can you name all the cast members from the Xu Zheng-judged Season Two of I Am An Actor?(more…)
Zhang Yimou’s Shadow 影 will get a limited release in North America on May 3rd. Starring Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, Wang Qianyuan, Hu Jun, and Wu Lei, the film is about a shadow or stand-in whose job is to be killed in place of his master.
With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
Below is the North American trailer. See list of theaters screening it here.