Three billion RMB trilogy Fengshen announces cast

Most leads for the films are newcomers who have trained for six months in horseback riding, martial arts, archery, drumming, ancient Chinese music and etiquette for the film.

Wu’ershan(Painted Skin 2)-directed fantasy epic trilogy Fengshen, loosely based on the Investiture of the Godshas released the first set of character posters. Other than Chen Kun, the trilogy will star Huang Bo as Jiang Ziya, Li Xuejian as King Wen of Zhou, Xia Yu as Shen Gongbao, Kris Phillips as King Zhou of Shang, and introduces newcomers Hai Liang as King Yin Jiao and Yu Shi as King Wu of Zhou.

With 2000 crew members and a budget of over 3 billion RMB (445 USD), the trilogy is China’s biggest pre-budgeted film series yet.

The film’s meticulous aesthetic draws on Song dynasty landscape paintings, 16th-century Daoist art and elements from the Bronze Age Shang and Zhou eras. Elaborately carved screens and lintels, delicate jade bowls, chariots, leather armor and weaponry fill the studio’s soundstages and storage rooms. 

“I wanted every piece to be museum-quality,” Wuershan says. “We developed everything ourselves via an analysis of Shang objects, so even though it looks very antique, it’s actually all original.” 

Variety interview with director Wu’ershan
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Promo Round-up: Mystery of Antiques

Mystery of Antiques stars Xia Yu as Xu Yuan, a pawnshop owner who can tell apart fake and authentic antiques with just one look. Qiao Zhenyu costars as his mysterious new buddy, and the two embark on a journey to find the Jade Buddha Head and unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths of Xu Yuan’s father and grandfather.

The 36 episode drama releases two episodes every Wednesday – Friday on Tencent.

Trailer 2, Theme song by Wakin Chau

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First teaser for Xia Yu, Qiao Zhenyu’s Mystery of Antiques

Upcoming “adventure mystery” drama Mystery of Antiques is set in the 1990s, and stars Xia Yu (Wished) as the owner of an antiques store who embarks on several expeditions to find valuable treasures, Qiao Zhenyu (Song of Phoenix) as the heir of an antique appraisal firm, Cai Wenjing (My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend) as the heiress of the powerful Huang family and Chie Tanaka (52Hz, I Love You) as a good-natured Japanese lady who harbours a deep secret.

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Chen Kun, “The Ghouls” Cast Cover Harper’s Bazaar

Chen Kun in Harper's Bazaar photoshoot
It’s hard to resist posting pictures of Chen Kun when they look like this.

December 18 will see the release of Mojin-The Lost Legend (鬼吹灯之寻龙诀), an adventure/thriller film previously titled The Ghouls. The cast, which includes Chen Kun, Shu Qi, Huang Bo, and Xia Yu, recently graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and even though the cover itself is not that eye-catching, I had to share the rest of the pretty.

Shu Qi in Harper's Bazaar photoshoot

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Yuan Quan and Xia Yu Got Married

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I love weddings and these two kids were long overdue for one, having been together for ten years (ableit with a brief separation in between). Yuan Quan, who recently filmed a wedding scene for her film, Lian Ai Ba, and during it, told reporters that she would not want to marry as formally as she did was in the movie, because it was so exhausting, and she kept that promise by having a low-key marriage. The newly released shoot the happy couple did for the wedding also reflected that simplicity.

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