Love is Fate begins streaming

I Love You, That’s My Fate / Love is Fate / Love Happening 我爱你,这是最好的安排 stars Zheng Hehuizi (Rush to the Dead Summer) as an heiress who is able to see the future of whomever she touches. However, she only glimpses fragments and always suffers a piercing headache after her visions – until she meets the ordinary hero (Zhang Binbin).

The 48 episode drama releases one episode a day on Mango TV beginning tonight.

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Yang Mi, Zhang Binbin, Liu Ruilin star in espionage drama Storm Eye

Yang Mi is finally starring in a drama opposite one of her own employees!

Modern espionage drama Storm Eye暴风眼 released its first stills today featuring its leading team of investigators played by Yang Mi, Zhang Binbin, and Liu Ruilin.

Zhang Bingbin play a member of the national defense team who must collaborate with the local police department headed by Yang Mi to investigate a case of industrial espionage of a new material that is of vital national security importance.

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Ariel Lin romances Zhang Binbin in upcoming period wuxia drama

The show has kept a very low profile since news of the casting was first announced in February. The production team hasn’t opened an official drama account on Weibo either, hence the lack of official stills.

Ariel Lin (Old Boy) is returning to period dramas after 5 years with wuxia romance drama I Will Never Let You Go 小女花不弃, a very loose adaption of Zhuangzhuang’s novel of the same name.

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Flame’s Daughter males star in modern wuxia shoot

Where is this cyberpunk wuxia film that I’m totally ready for?

Vic Zhou, Zhang Binbin and Liu Ruilin of Flame’s Daughter team up separately pose for a modern wuxia photoshoot.

Harper’s Bazaar is really pounding the revamped wuxia concept recently, having done at least three other shoots in the past six months. After these and Liu Yifei’s shoot, I am even more ready than ever for a cyberpunk wuxia film (no, Jared Leto being creepy shifu in a world with fembots in cheongsam  does not count).

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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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Review: The King’s Woman Eps 1 -6

Love the costumes and the chemistry, not so much the plot.

With the perfect amount of bright colors and modern silhouettes without looking tacky,     The King’s Woman 秦时丽人明月心 first caught my eyes because of its look (and Dilraba).   The series  is adapted from the prequel to animation Qin’s Moon and retells the attempted assassination of Ying Zheng (Zhang Binbin), the king who’ll eventually become China’s first emperor,  by Jing Ke (Liu Chang), modified to become a huge love triangle featuring Gongsun Li (Dilraba).

The series opens with some classic clichés that they work in with mixed ability, including but not limited  to  having a  long-lost childhood true love that you’ve only met once,  no one recognizing the female lead is female, accidentally sharing a bed, the  rich guy pretending his underling is his superior because we all know relationships that start with lies end well,  and one or more lead’s guardian dying, but not before reminding them to hate their romantic interest for their parents’ sins.

Zhang Binbin is surprisingly (to me) the best actor of the bunch, and nails all the romance scenes, be it awkward first meetings, head over heels in love, or possessive creep.  (more…)