Season 2 of Novoland: The Castle in the Sky revolves around the romance between the queen of the winged tribe (Wang Yuwen) and her stone-faced teacher (Xu Zhengxi). The 34 episode drama releases 2 eps every Thurs-Sat on Tencent beginning tomorrow. English subs should be available a day or two later on WeTV/Youtube.Continue reading
Round-up of celebrity Novembers schedules put out by their workshops and what drama/film they’re working on right now, mostly selected based on if I liked their photo.
Ten Years Late stars Shawn Dou (See You Again) and Nazha (Return the World To You) as first loves that reunite after a decade. Xu Zhengxi, Song Yanfei, Wang Ziyun and Jin Zehao costar. The 30 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Thurs-Sun on iQiyi here (8 episode head start for members).Continue reading
Return the World To You is a fashion-mystery-melo that stars Gulnazar as Shen Yi’en, the CEO of a fashion empire. She befriends Lu Huai (Yang Shuo), the CEO of another fashion company, and slowly falls in love with him. Turns out that Lu Huai is actually Shen Yi’en’s boyfriend Ye Qilei post-surgery, who was believed to be dead after being framed by competitors. Xu Zhengxi and Zhao Yingzi complete the love square. The 40 episode drama airs on Jiangsu TV beginning tonight (Youtube).
The costumes and hair pieces fit their characters so much that this could be a Disney princess movie.
Period drama Legend of the Phoenix 凤弈 , starring He Hongshan, Cao Xiwen, Xu Zhengxi, , Liu Min, and Cui Peng, has released its character posters. I know they’re super modern, but I actually kind of like the costumes and headpieces in the posters. The headpieces, the Medici collars, and the fabrics are all pretty whimsical and seem to be designed to define their characters. Since it’s set in a fictional time and place, they can get away with the European-Chinese hybrid outfits. Not sure how I feel about the resurgence of the popularity of wearing buildings on your head (based on real artifacts), but it seems to work here.
Set in the fictional Eastern Liang dynasty, circus performer Ye Ningzhi’s (He Hongshan) troupe enters the palace and stages a performance to celebrate the empress dowager’s birthday. The ambitious emperor’s sister, the Grand Princess (Liu Min), decides to cause mischief by framing her for treason, though the heroine is saved by strategist Wei Guang (Xu Zhengxi), and falls in love at first sight with him.
When Ye Ningzhi enters the palace two years later as the empress’ maid, she stands up for her fellow servants, and refuses to sacrifice her conscience in the face of power. Ye Ningzhi also works together with Wei Guang to crush the grand princess’ plan to usurp the throne, and catches the admiration of the Empress (Cao Xiwen) and the eye of the emperor (Cui Peng) in the process.
The opening credits for Return the World to You 归还世界给你 is quite gorgeous in every way. Jane Zhang ‘s theme song is probably one of her most contemporary theme recently, while the cinematography makes it look more like a beautifully executed MV.
The series stars Yang Shuo, Gulnazar, Xu Zhengxi, and Wang Dong.
After Wuthering Heights, another classic of English literature has been adapted into the Republican era. Starring Pan Zhilin as Elizabeth Bennet, Xu Zhengxi as Mr.Darcy, Li Xian as Charles Bingley, and Zhu Zixiao as George Wickham, Pride and Prejudice 翩翩冷少俏佳人 the drama follows the book pretty closely but adds a business line for several leads to stretch it into a 30-episode drama. The only major change is that George Wickham’s true love is Elizabeth Bennet, although he still keeps romantic plots with both Lydia and Georgina. He still mostly loves himself, though. Continue reading
Promotional tagline: “Time is limited, so please don’t hide.”
Shawn Dou (Tribes and Empires) is reuniting with the director of See You Again in upcoming romance drama Ten Years Late 十年三月三十日, a loose adaption of Fumi Saimon’s manga series Asunaro Hakusho. Nazha (Fighter of the Destiny) has joined the cast as the female lead.