Posters for Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying’s Held in the Lonely Castle

Character posters are out for Daylight Entertainment’s next big historical production Held in the Lonely Castle, which stars Wang Kai as the emperor who constantly finds himself between a rock and a hard place, and Jiang Shuying as his virtuous empress.

[Character information and extended synopsis]

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Jiang Shuying plays Wang Kai’s empress in Held in the Lonely Castle

Held in the Lonely Castle has unveiled its main cast, and Jiang Shuying (Mr. Right) will be playing the female lead Empress Cao, a woman who abides by her duties but is distrusted by her husband (Wang Kai).

Fourteen-year-old Bian Cheng (Yong Qi in Ruyi’s Royal Love, young Luo Chi in Faithful to Buddha) plays eunuch Liang Huaiji, while new actress Ren Min (Cry Me A Sad River) plays the princess Huirou. [Extended Synopsis]

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Promo Round-up: Age of Legends

Age of Legends stars William Chan as the amnesiac Liu Ziguang, a man who returns to his hometown under a new identity and helps to bring mob boss Nie Wanfeng (Liu Yijun) to justice. Ma Sichun costars as the policewoman in charge of his case, while Chen Yao plays a CEO and single mother who has an unrequited love for the hero.

The 47 episode drama airs daily on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV beginning tonight.

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Devotion of Suspect X opens this weekend in U.S./Canada/U.K./Australia

You can usually tell who’s on the same side by the matching clothes.

The Devotion of Suspect X is one of three detective films airing this weekend, but viewers abroad will only have a chance to see one, so you should take it, if only so my local cinema will be motivated to air it next weekend.

The film stars Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, Ruby Lin, and Ye Zuxin, and is directed by Alec Su. Screening information here

Weibo Wednesday: November 5, 2014

Hope everyone had a good Halloween last week! Some celebrities got in on the fun as well, though I haven’t seen any truly outlandish costumes yet. Here’s three of the cutest ones I saw — do you have any of your own to share?

Jimmy Lin with wife Kelly Chen at son Kimi Lin‘s school’s Halloween party. They’re dressed as a SWAT team. Excuse me while I express shock over the fact that they’re allowed to bring to fake weapons into a school. My workplace didn’t even allow lightsabers!

Jimmy Lin, wife Kelly Chen, and son Kimi Lin dressed up as SWAT officders for Halloween

夢想家林志穎: Happy Halloween day! 今天我们是“特警家族”参加Kimi学校的party,Kimi在台上看到爸比妈咪,表演的更加卖力边唱歌边跳起舞来了![嘻嘻]

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Cosmetology High injects humor and botox into the Tang

Bringing on the Tang dynasty grove.

Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty)  is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng.   The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles.  The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.

“Incisive Great Teacher” to Air on June 4

Will the Longshi fanservice in Incisive Great Teacher cover up the bitter aftertaste left from Bu Bu Jing Qing?

If you’re like me, you’re totally bummed out at missing the first broadcast of Incisive Great Teacher (犀利仁师), which aired on a city-wide channel last month and saw all of its YouTube episode uploads wiped out within the past week. Luckily, Dragon TV has picked the drama up for a satellite airing, which will begin on June 4.

Recently, Incisive Great Teacher unveiled some new montage posters showcasing leads (and real-life couple) Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi, along with supporting cast members Huo Zhengyan, Ye Zuxin, Gui Gui, and Yue Yueli. Interestingly, on the posters, these six characters are introduced in both Chinese and English, though the font is so tiny that it’s probably more for artistic effect than for practical purposes.

Dragon TV will broadcast three episodes of Incisive Great Teacher every weekday, with Saturdays and Sundays getting two episodes apiece. More posters behind the cut, including an angsty love triangle!

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Nicky Wu, Liu Shishi Turn from Silly to Serious in “Incisive Great Teacher” Trailer

Huo Zhengyan attempting to rise above his third wheel status when hanging out with Nicky and Shishi.

If you thought Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi‘s upcoming collaboration, Incisive Great Teacher (犀利仁师), was going to be nothing but romantic slapstick, the drama’s newest trailer might not change your mind… until two-and-a-half minutes in, that is.

The trailer quickly walks us through the drama’s set-up: Liu Aotian (Nicky Wu) is dispatched to become an wushu instructor at Hong Wen Academy in order to ensure that the school follows the emperor’s new edict allowing female students. He accidentally messes up a marriage-partner-seeking martial arts tournament set up by Lu Yufei (Liu Shishi), who chases him to Hong Wen Academy and becomes a teacher there as well.

Bickering and flirting ensue, with a rival love interest (Huo Zhengyan) making an appearance and even the students (Gui Gui and Ye Zuxin) getting in on the romantic atmosphere. But then Yufei accidentally starts a fire at the school, and then she discovers that her father has been ensnared in a trap designed by Aotian. Cue the angst!

Check out the trailer below for some fun-turned-angst-turned fun, as well as Wallace Huo‘s cameo, which seems to pay homage to a certain scene from Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步惊心).

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