Feng Shaofeng, Chen Baoguo begin an empire in The Imperial Age

Finally, a Ming dynasty drama with expensive-looking costumes!

Feng Shaofeng plays the third emperor of the Ming dynasty in drama The Imperial Age 江山纪. He’s joined by Chen Baoguo as his father Zhu Yuanzhang, Ying’er as his empress, Chen Yuemo as his nephew, as well as Zhang Fengyi, Wang Jinsong, and Mickey He.  Director Gao Xixi (New Three Kingdoms, The King’s War)’s recent works have been a combination of hits and misses, but at least the costumes look amazing.
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Swords of Legends 2 streams today

How much chemistry will real-life couple Fu Xinbo and Ying’er have?

Ancient Sword/Swords of Legends 2 古剑奇谭2 begins streaming today on Youku here. Like most Youku dramas, it’s not blocked in the US. It’s eight episodes per week for members and one episode per day for free.

Starring Fu Xinbo, Ying’er,   Aarif Rahman, and Jiang Wen the series is loosely based on the video game of the same name and not a  sequel to the first one.  They’re joined by Ken Chang, Dylan Kuo, Zeng Li, Hu Bing, and Shao Bing.

Theme song by Jane Zhang; character posters ; stills ; Trailer below:

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Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala red carpet round-up

Can you imagine how photogenic Jing Boran and Ni Ni’s babies would be. 

The guests at this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala is a who’s who of Chinese actors this year.  Here are some of the stars on the red carpet, including  Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Fan Bingbing, Li Bingbing, Yang Mi, Lu Han, Angelababy,  Yao Chen, Chris Li Yuchun, Ni Ni, Jing Boran, Zhang Ruoyun, Tang Yixin, Zhang Lanxin, Jiang Xin, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Wang Ziwen, Li Xiaolu, Jia Nailiang, Ying’er, Aarif Lee, Zhao Liying, Qiao Xin, Zhang Yunlong, Zhang Binbin, Li Yundi, Chen Xuedong, Ruby Lin, Wallace Huo, Ady An Yixuan, Shawn Dou Xiao, etc.   There were a lot more stars (like Fan Bingbing’s boyfriend Li Chen, Angelababy’s husband Huang Xiaoming),  but their outfits were boring.

Clothes identification from : Starstylefashion@Weibo , clothes from the Bazaar Weibo or the star’s own Weibo’s (this is fair because both are PS’ed anyways) .

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I spy … a lot of spies in 2016

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To get an idea of the extent of communist infiltration at the time, the head of the KMT’s central intelligence agency was at one time a communist mole. The character whom Ming Lou was modeled after in The Disguiser? A five-sided agent.

As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas.   Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying,  Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou DongyuZhang RuoyunChen Xuedong,  Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu,  and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.

Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser.   While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful.   Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics,  espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.

A round-up of some upcoming espionage dramas, in historical chronological order.  Which ones are you looking forward to the most? (more…)

Ying’er takes a go as the foxy(?) Daji

Sigh… with the way things are going, eyeliner has come to indicate ravaging beauty in dramas…

Korean-Chinese collaboration The Gods has competition in the fantasy-comedy Ne Zha and Yang Jian, starring Wong Cho-lam, Gao Yunxiang, Ying’er, Linda Chung,and Chen Zihan.  Both dramas being based on Investiture of the Gods, it will be interesting to see the different takes on the story. Though, in my opinion, some of the costuming in this version varies widely from interesting to okay to groans…

More stills below the cut.

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Tang Yan, Ying’er join the tomb-raiding party

How does this compare to her cosplaying a Tomb Raider back in 2011?
Somebody’s been watching too much  X-Agents.

The second set of the tomb-raiding series The Lost Tomb released its stills with female additions Tang Yan, Ying’er, Sun Yaoqi, etc. They’ll be joining a growing group of actors playing tomb-raiders. This will be Tang Yan’s second drama with Li Yifeng since upcoming series The Legend of Fragrance.

In addition, news just came out that another team featuring Huang Ming and Su Qing  are simultaneously filming the story of the tomb set in the Warring States (?)  era.

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Yan Kuan, Du Ruoxi Wed in Bali

Yan Kuan in a blog post on the eve of the wedding: “I will take my stubbornness, loyalty, and courage toward marriage, and solidify them into a sapphire. They will become a wedding ring for you to wear on your finger.”

Actor Yan Kuan and actress Du Ruoxi, who got engaged in April of last year, held their wedding ceremony on Bali Island on March 22nd. Both the bride and the groom, who have been together since 2009, choked up when it came time to exchange their vows.

Yan Kuan, who officially changed his name to Yan Yikuan but whom we’re still calling Yan Kuan for continuity’s sake, arrived with an elephant to escort the bride, since elephants are an auspicious symbol in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the elephant devoured the bridal bouquet that it was supposed to give Du Ruoxi. Luckily, the groom had come prepared with a second bouquet.

Although the newlyweds aimed to keep their wedding open to only close friends and family, there were still a lot of celebrities present, such as Du Chun and Ying’er, who served as a groomsman and a bridesmaid. Other attendees included Jeff Bao Jianfeng, Shen Tai, and YOYO.

Check out the collection of pictures (taken by Z&L Studio) behind the cut, including this absolutely precious photo of Yan Kuan tearing up when addressing his princess, whom he called “the best gift that Heaven has bestowed upon me”:

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