A belated Happy Chinese New Year to all of our beloved Cfensi readers! Who else stuffed themselves silly with delicious food? It looks like Ruby Lin did too, although I hope y’all had better food than pizza. (I mean, no offense to pizza, which I love, but it just can’t compare with good Chinese food.)
It’s one day before the day of love, but since it’ll probably already be February 14 by the time this is posted, what better way to celebrate it than by showing off some couple photoshoots?
First, we have Zhou Xun and Archie Kao looking amazing and cute despite doing nothing other than standing around a car. After that are Yan Yikuan and Du Ruoxi in some outdoors-y shoots, followed by Daniel Chan and wife Wang Yuxian (now three months pregnant with their second child). There are also some pretty solo shots of model-actress Mi Lu (Viola Mi), whom you may recognize as the insufferable model Xiao Xiao from the My Sunshine drama, and Ma Tianyu, just because.
For those of you who were dying to see Fan Bingbing with white hair…you could have looked at her old stills form Double Exposure. But besides the cover photo, there’s another still of her in the actual movie, with white hair, at the very end of this post. For now, you can enjoy a post filled with character posters that have a hand-painted look: Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Wang Xuebing, Kevin Yan (Kuan), Vincent Zhao, Tong Yao, and Shera Li all make an appearance in costume. (Thank you, I love it when movies write the English name of the actor/ess for me, so I don’t have to wonder whether they have one~) You could read the synopsis of the novel by Liang Yusheng that the movie is supposed to be based off of here. and if you wanted to see who each actor is playing, you could look here. The movie will be released on August 1, so if you’re in China around that time, maybe you’ll see it in theaters! (more…)
Actor Yan Kuan and actress Du Ruoxi, who got engaged in April of last year, held their wedding ceremony on Bali Island on March 22nd. Both the bride and the groom, who have been together since 2009, choked up when it came time to exchange their vows.
Yan Kuan, who officially changed his name to Yan Yikuan but whom we’re still calling Yan Kuan for continuity’s sake, arrived with an elephant to escort the bride, since elephants are an auspicious symbol in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the elephant devoured the bridal bouquet that it was supposed to give Du Ruoxi. Luckily, the groom had come prepared with a second bouquet.
Although the newlyweds aimed to keep their wedding open to only close friends and family, there were still a lot of celebrities present, such as Du Chun and Ying’er, who served as a groomsman and a bridesmaid. Other attendees included Jeff Bao Jianfeng, Shen Tai, and YOYO.
Check out the collection of pictures (taken by Z&L Studio) behind the cut, including this absolutely precious photo of Yan Kuan tearing up when addressing his princess, whom he called “the best gift that Heaven has bestowed upon me”:
Round-up of recent modern series we haven’t had time to post on, including Love Shine, One Karat of Dreams, Little Daddy, Love on Tiptoe, Fiancée, and Best Time.
Love on Tiptoe 踮起脚尖吻到爱
Aspiring manager (Yao Di) finds a distraught former model (Kim) at her doorsteps, causing a string of events that shockingly ends in love. If nothing else, model Pei Bei is gorgeous here. The series airs 3 eps on weekdays and 2 eps on weekends. (more…)
While the leads of The Condor Heroes are getting all sorts of hate, the rest of the cast still get pretty stills. The latest set released are of name-changed Yan Yikuan as Wang Chongyang, the founder of the Quanzhen Sect, and Dong Xuan as Lin Chaoyin, the founder of the Ancient Tomb Sect of the main character XiaoLongNv. The pair of star-crossed lovers has a rather beautiful love story, which you can read more about here.
Queen of SOP II (胜女的代价2) began airing last month, giving us ample time to soak in its gorgeous cast. Male lead Zhang Han also took the opportunity to tease fans about his relationship with female lead Zheng Shuang, calling her his “idol” in this Weibo post.
Taking a photo with my idol. Click!
Kai Ko decided to hop on the bandwagon and take a picture with his idol as well. (more…)
Ben Affleck may be the next Batman, but guess who the next Xiaolongnü (Little Dragon Maiden) is going to be? Producer-screenwriter Yu Zheng finally announced who he’d selected to play the female lead in his upcoming adaptation of Return of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣). Amid heavy speculation that the role would go to Angelababy, Guo Biting, or even Yuan Shanshan, Yu Zheng decided on the one name no one would have thought of: Michelle Chen.
The revelation led to much criticism online. Although Michelle shot to fame after starring in the 2011 Taiwanese romance film You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年，我们一起追的女孩), many netizens feel she lacks the physical characteristics requisite to portray Xiaolongnü. “The string on which Xiaolongnü sleeps will be crushed by her weight,” some wrote.
The hashtag “Yu Zheng, get out of the entertainment industry” soon became a hot topic on Sina Weibo, but like always, Yu Zheng has stuck to his guns. “I dare to guarantee that after Michelle’s costume photos are released,” he said in an interview, “no one will say she doesn’t look like Xiaolongnü.”
Now that the photos have been released (there’s another one behind the cut), you can take a look and decide for yourself. Does Michelle Chen fit your image of one of the most ethereal beauties in the wuxia universe?