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.
As the latest girl to go white, Li Bingbing literally goes off to the dark side with a duo white and black characters. The first of a potental series of films about the ghost vanquisher Zhong Kui, Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal co-stars Chen Kun, Yang Zishan, Jiekejunyi, Bao Bei’er, and Winston Chao. More posters below the cut.
They might just be 6 years apart in age, but Yang Zishan will be playing Luhan‘s granny in comedy Miss Granny when a visit to the photographer’s returns the main character’s looks back to her 20’s. And things get even weirder when Luhan’s best friend (Chen Bo-lin) begins to fall for his granny…
The film by director Chen Zhengdao is set for a January 2015 release. Watch the first trailer below:
Combining modern humor with the feel of a traditional noir film, detective film Shanghai Noir 暴走神探 released an unconventionally clever trailer as it tries to ride the wave of interest in its supporting actor Yang Yang.
Watch the trailer of the Clara Law film starring Ethan Ruan, Yang Zishan, Zhou Dongyu, and Yang Yang below.
Faye Wong sings the theme for “So Young,” Zhao Wei‘s directorial debut and masters thesis featuring Mark Zhao, Han Geng, Yang Zishan, Tong Liya, Zheng Kai etc.
I love how the bright colors of the posters blow the cut. They give this upcoming film So Young 致青春, directed by Zhao Wei a cheerful, youthful glow. Built on the melancholy theme “disappear with the wind,” the film will center around the trials and tribulations of youths as they struggle to find their way in this changing world. (A young girl pursues her childhood sweetheart, and finally gets into the college he went to, only to learn that he has left to study abroad. She makes new friends, becomes enemies with a cold but handsome man, and then falls for him – but wait, there’s more! She graduates college, and years later, both men return to her life….)
Look below the cut to see posters where people break things in pretty color schemes. The movie is adapted from a novel called In Honor of Our Youth, Which Will Ultimately Depart (that’s another hint about the tone of the film). The film stars Han Geng, Mark Chao, Yang Zishan, Cya Liu, Jiang Shuying, Zheng Kai and Tong Liya. Look below the cut posters where people break things in pretty color schemes. (more…)