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.

Preview

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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.