Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Niancomes from Wang Juan, the writer of cult hits Turbulence of the Mu Clan, Legend of Southwest Dance and Music and Young Blood. Zhang Ruoyun is a forward-thinking noble intent on pushing through political reforms, most of which are opposed by the tyrannical ruler of Qing (Chen Daoming).
It’s rumoured Season 1 of 3 will premiere in less than a week. [Character Intros]
The Chinese Pilot 中国机长 is based on the emergency landing of a Sichuan Airlines aircraft on its way to Lhasa, and stars Zhang Hanyu as the heroic pilot who safely lands the plane at Chengdu Airport. Ou Hao, Du Jiang, Yuan Quan, Zhang Tian’ai and Li Qin costar as crew members.
Two new dramas celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s open-door policy have started filming, and there’s another handful ready to air (titles below). I’d say at least half of the shows are aiming for a Flying Apsaras award, which has a separate category for dramas relating to significant historical events.
Yes! Chen Daoming is back in drama land, and as a main character no less. In Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, he’ll be playing the tyrannical Emperor of the fictional country of Qing (he may be known as Liu Yu in the drama), a martial arts grand master and biological father of our protagonist Fan Xian (Zhang Ruoyun). Extended synopsis can be found here. (more…)
Powerhouse actor Chen Daoming will be joining Jin Dong (Ode to Joy), Ma Yili (Chinese Style Relationship), Yuan Quan (Call of Heroes) and Lei Jiayin (Red Star Over China) in The First Half of My Life 我的前半生, a drama adaption of Yi Shu’s novel of the same name.
Set in 1930s Shanghai, The Wasted Times 罗曼蒂克消亡史 stars Ge You(Gone with the Bullets) as Mr. Lu, a powerful and murderous gangster who embarks on quest for revenge after his wife and children are killed by Japanese officials.
N.B.: Some of the dialogue is spoken in the Shanghai dialect.
Author and now director Han Han’s new movie, Continent 后会无期 （”We Won’t Meet Again”) will be hitting theaters on July 24. This is another coming-of-age story that Han Han is adapting from one of his own works, featuring Feng Shaofeng, Wang Luodan, Chen Bolin, Joe Chen, Wallace Chung, and Yuan Quan in its central cast (not bad!) They play a set of childhood friends, who have all grown up together on the east side and now set off for a somewhat reckless journey. Han Han recently released the theme song on Weibo, titled “Song of Dongji Island.” I’ve posted the video below, if you want a sneak peek at some scenes from the film, but be warned – it sounds more like the Marseillaise than a theme song for a movie! (The Dongji islands on the very easternmost border of mainland China).
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In the meantime, here’s a list of modern day romance movies to look forward to in 2010, because these films are covered less than the ancient/wuxia/martial arts films by English-language media and yet, China has completely nose-dived into this genre in the past year. Cinema goers in China want the choice of light-hearted entertainment from the cinema, and the Chinese film industry is rapidly accommodating that niche in the market.
Last year, there was only a small selection – this year there’s much much more. With China’s total box office up 44% in 2009, and 1.65 cinema screens added per day, with no signs of slowly down, this should only be one sign to look forward to of the growing diversification of China’s rapidly rising film industry.