Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
Never Gone 原来你还在这里 released a new trailer following the growth of its four leads – Li Landi and Yang Zishan, Hu Xianxu and Han Dongjun, Li Gengxi and Su Qing, and Bian Cheng and Tan JIanci. The series is set for a November 6th release date on Youku
Trailer below and posters below the cut.
Never Gone 原来你还在这里 released a new set of posters comparing the young and grown-up versions of its four leads – Li Landi and Yang Zishan, Hu Xianxu and Han Dongjun, Li Gengxi and Su Qing, and Bian Cheng and Tan JIanci.
Pretty much everyone but the two adult leads have gotten more well-known since the series was filmed. Lan Yingying, Li Landi, and Tan Jianci have all been applauded for their performances on I’m an Actor / The Birth of an Actor, Hu Xianxu failed on that show but did get his first girlfriend in college, Su Qing was a hit as the antagonist in The Story of Yanxi Palace, Bian Cheng in Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace, while Li Gengxi debuted in her first lead drama My Classmate From Far, Far Away.
Hopefully, the release of the posters means they’ll capitalize on the hype and release the drama soon. Meanwhile, here’s a promo song by Han Dongjun:
Actresses Ni Ni, Hai Qing, Yang ZIshan, Mei Ting, and model Bonnie Chen brings us to their childhoods in Nanjing in this series of photos by Nanjing-born photographer Yin Chao.
The first trailer for modern romance drama Never Gone has been released, and stars Yang Zishan (Red Rose) and Han Dongjun (Wuxin: The Monster Killer 2) as a young couple whose sweet romance through high school and university crumbles after getting hit by the harsh realities of life outside the school yard. Talented young actors Li Landi (of cult hit My Huckleberry Friends) and Hu Xianxu (Nirvana in Fire II) play the younger counterparts.
Never Gone: So You Are Still Here 原来你还在这里 is the drama adaption of Xin Yiwu’s youth romance novel of the same name, and stars Yang Zishan and Han Dongjun as a pair of high school frenemies turned lovers who break-up and make-up over the years due to a series of misunderstandings (involving money and in-laws, if I remember correctly).
Battle of Memories 记忆大师 is the much anticipated film from director Leste Chen and write Ren Peng, the duo behind to The Great Hypnotist and 20 Again, and features a brand new cast in Huang Bo (Mojin: The Lost Legend), Xu Jinglei (Somewhere Only We Know), Duan Yihong (The Dead End), Yang Zishan (Happy Mitan) and Tiffany Hsu (In Love).
Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (Chen Kun, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Yang Zishan) began screening in selected U.S. theaters on Feb. 27th. I’m guessing that the run has ended for most places, but it can’t hurt to check. Check times here and read the review by Variety’s Maggie Lee here.
The White Haired Witch of the Lunar Kingdom (Fan Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming) – FREE in selected U.S. cities via Well Go USA. More information on airing times here, and review here. The film is in general not hightly-rated, but you get to see the leads’ gorgeousness on the big screen, and hey, it’s free so why not.
Lost and Love 失孤 (Andy Lau, Jing Boran) screens with China on March 20th as a rare not-super-commercialized film distributed by China Lion Film in the U.S. and Canada. Read the overall positive review by Variety’s Maggie Lee here. More on screening information here. I’m mostly giddy that baby Jing got good reviews, and sad it’s not airing near a theater near me.
Although it soft-pedals the dire situation of human trafficking in China, the result provides poignant insight into the victims’ psychological scars. …Jing, on the other hand, outshines the rest of the cast by not sweating it, limning small-town insouciance while hinting at deep emotional scars.
Impressive CGI combined with a strong cast of Li Bingbing, Chen Kun, Yang Zishan, and Jiekejunyi bring alive the fantastical world of Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal. I was actually picturing this to be more like A Chinese Ghost Story, but the trailers and MV makes it look so much more epic. The CGI here is several steps up from previous major fantasy films like Painted Skin.
Watch the MV by Jiekejunyi and Liu Huan below and be pleasantly surprised.