Ode to Joy 3 returns with brand new cast

The drama about an unlikely friendship between five women who share a floor in a Shanghai apartment complex is back for a third season. Ode to Joy 3 will star Jiang Shuying as biologist Ye Zhenzhen and Yang Caiyu as the mysterious and elegant HR manager Zhi Heng, who each have their own apartments. The third apartment will be shared by hotel manager Zhu Ji (Zhang Jianing) and young white-collars He Minhong (Zhang Huiwen) and Yu Chuhui (Sun Qian).

I enjoyed Season 1 and raised eyebrows at Season 2, so here’s to hoping Season 3 brings something new to the table. Directed by Jian Chuanhe (Ode to Joy 2) and written by original author A’nai, the series is yet to begin filming.

Actresses suit up for Marie Claire Power Trip

Tang Yan, Zhang Yuqi, Ni Ni, Li Bingbing, Sun Li, Yang Mi, and Liu Shishi by Feng Hai. No photoshop other than lighting.

Marie Claire has become the first magazine to host a fashion event exclusively for women, and has invited actresses, models and influential female executives. The dress code for the night was black and white suits – who do you ship? (Hint: the correct answer is everyone X everyone)

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Promo Round-up: Legend of Fei

Legend of Fei depicts the growth of a female warrior (Zhao Liying) in a time when the influence and power of the pugilist world (wulin) is on decline. Wang Yibo costars as her love interest and the Prince of Duan. [Extended]

Zhao Liying made her disappointment with the script very obvious on Weibo during filming, and now I’m really curious about the final product. Members can stream the first 8 episodes at 9am tomorrow (CN time) and then watch 2 episodes every Mon-Thurs.

I still think all the trailers released so far are pretty average.
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First look at Jiang Qinqin, Zhang Huiwen, Yang Rong in The Matriarch

The Matriarch 当家主母 (lit.) focuses on the art of kesi (silk weaving) during the early Qing dynasty. Jiang Qinqin (Tribes and Empires) plays the decisive Shen Cuixi, a resilient woman who props up the Ren household after her husband, played by Xu Haiqiao, goes missing.

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First teaser for Ren Jialun, Zhang Huiwen’s period romance

Love A Lifetime 暮白首 stars Ren Jialun (Under the Power) as the hero with a double identity. As Nalan Yue, he is the shrewd and rational young master of Lingxu Pavilion. As Lin Jing, he is a proud and witty leader of Longyin City. A master of swordplay, he only has eyes for Rong Hua (Zhang Huiwen), an intelligent and bubbly noble lady who is a jack of all trades.

The 40 episode drama is directed by Ren Haiyao (Demon Girl) and written by Han Peizhen (Destiny of White Snake), and is likely to be released within the month.

New stills for Zhao Liying, Wang Yibo’s Legend of Fei

Wuxia drama Legend of Fei has released new stills of the cast. Starring Zhao Liying, Wang Yibo, Zhang Huiwen and Chen Ruoxuan, the 58 episode drama will wrap up filming within the month.

Character introductions | Extended Synopsis

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Teaser and character introductions for Zhao Liying, Wang Yibo’s Legend of Fei

Zhao Liying as Zhou Fei, the stubborn heroine who is a natural at martial arts. She travels across wulin and begins to learn powerful skills from the grand masters she meets along the way.

Wuxia drama Legend of Fei has released stills and a short preview of leads Zhao Liying and Wang Yibo in action. I loved the original novel, so am keeping an open mind about the adaption. See below for more character introductions (spoilers ahead) and here for extended synopsis.

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