Zhang Yimou’s Shadow gets North American release

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.

Friday Photos

Ju Jingyi in upcoming series  The Legend of White Snake

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Wang Junkai releases sea turtles back to the sea to raise awareness of plastic waste in the ocean as a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. Only about one in a thousand will reach adulthood.

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Friday Photos

The Legends‘ two female sect leaders have their own poster and theme song  to celebrate their friendship.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Photos this week includes Angelababy, Cai Xukun, Liu Haoran, Wu Lei, Bai Jingting, Dilraba, Chen Wenqi, Ouyang Nana, Guan Xiaotong, Zheng Yecheng, Zhang Yunlong, Xu Kai, as well as Bai Lu X Xiao Yan for The Legends, Song Qian X Song Weilong for Love Actually, Chen Feiyu and He Landou for film With You.

First moving look at Song Qian X Song Weilong for Love Actually

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A window into Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Ni Ni, etc. at fashion event

Tang Yan will see you now.

It seems like it’s now a thing for fashion event to take group photos now.  This time,  Marie Claire captures Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Ni Ni, Angelababy, Zhou Dongyu, Victoria Song Qian, Li Qin, Zhao Wei, Wu Lei, Cai Xukun, Fan Chengcheng, Huang Xuan, Song Weilong, Sun Yi, Zhang Tian’ai, Lisa Lu, Song Zu’er, Wang Ziwen, Chen Wenqi, Dong Jie, Tong Liya, Jolin Tsai, He Sui, and Xi Mengyao behind a window.  This time we’re at Marie Claire. How does this compare to the Cosmo, Elle, and Vogue photoshoots earlier this year?

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Celebrities field questions in Cosmo photoshoot

Liu Haoran rocking those construction worker + emergency vest colors.

Liu Haoran, Wu Lei, Li Yuchun, Cai Xukun, Yang Mi, Tong Liya, Han Geng, Kim Jaejoong, Zhai Tianlin, Yin Zheng, Gulnazar, Jing Boran, Zhou Dongyu, Xiao Zhan, Li Qin, Wei Daxun Dong Li,etc. pose as if they were at a press conference for a Cosmo event.  The photoshoot is probably one of the more interesting “event photoshoots” lately, although they didn’t even bother to change the color palette when they ripped off of a Ni Ni Gucci ad.

Who looked the best?
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29th Golden Eagle Awards

Feather Flies to the Sky has been continuously collecting well-deserved trophies for the past year, and this time screenwriter Shen Jie and male lead Zhang Yi received top accolades. Zhang Yi shared the award with Li Yifeng, who won for his performance in popular espionage drama Sparrow. He has improved since then, so I guess the theme this year is encouragement?

 

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Battle Through the Heaven Cast photoshoot

What a fangirl would give to be that tree between Wu Lei and Baron Chen

The cast of  Battle Through the Heavens / Fights Break Sphere 斗破苍穹, including Wu Lei, Baron Chen, Li Qin, Su Qing, Carmen Lee, and X-Nine’s Wu Jiacheng, Gu Jiacheng, and Peng Chuyue,  posed for a more modern (aka Chen Man-like) promo shoot for the series.

The series is currently available for streaming on Youtube here.


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Photoshoot round-up: couples

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Here are some recent photoshoots of people being cute together,  featuring Ma Sichun X Jing BoranWu Lei X Chun Xia, Zhang Tian’ai X Huang Zitao, Zhao Wei X Alec Su,  Wu Jinyan Xu Kai, Zhang Yuxi Kenji Chen, and Zhu Zhiling X Li Gengxi.   Which couple has the most chemistry?
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