All Is Well trailer hits all the hot topics

A victim of sexism in her own family, a spoiled youngest son, and a weak father finally freed from his  boss spouse  all walk into the same show…

From preferential treatment to sons to overly-protected sons to independent women to old people being scammed,  All is Well 都挺好’s trailer hits so many the hot topics that every episode is already guaranteed to set aflame a million internet forum. The series starring Yao Chen, Ni Dahong, and Guo Jingfei is set to air on March 1st.

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Ma Yili, Yao Chen: We’re still young actresses

Here’s two photoshoots  of 42-year-old Ma Yili and 38-year-old Yao Chen from earlier this fall as they promoted their new film.  At the press conference, the two were asked about difficulties in finding good roles as an older women.    Yao Chen said the two are still considered young actresses while Ma Yili  said that “Actresses don’t need to panic … The best period of your life is just around the corner.”  It certainly is for the two of them, who has continued to have one popular work after another.

Although the two actresses play mothers in this film, I actually do see an increasing number of lead roles for women above 30 in non-mother roles, probably in line with increasing age of marriage in China.  There’s also been a lot more of older woman- younger man relationships in idol dramas.   For example, 38-year-old Dong Jie recently starred in an idol dramas opposite 26-year-old Han Dongjun and 31-year-old Zhai Tianlin, 33-year-old Tong Yao (her character is younger) liked 18-year-old Chen Feiyu’s character in Ever Night, the then-42-year-old Yan Ni paired with the  then 31-year-old Hu Ge. As the latest and perhaps first crop of idol drama leads from mainland ( Tang Yan comes to mind) grows up, I can easily see many of them starring in rom-coms well into their 40’s and maybe even older.

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Yao Chen in the gardens

Actress Yao Chen is photographed in a Shanghai tea house for this Harper’s Bazaar shoot.  This might be one of my favorite photos lately set in a Southern garden. I love how the dress flows so well with the statues, and how both evoke a sense of the fluidity of nature.

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