Ode to Gallantry releases stills

 So... SARFT... how exactly are we going to release SO many period dramas that have started to build up.  Are we going to bazooka the audience?
So… SARFT… how exactly are we going to release SO many period dramas that have started to build up.  Are we going to bazooka the audience?

Zhang Jizhong is back and at it again with another Louis Cha novel.  Seeking to bring actors as opposed to using ones with an already established name, Ode to Gallantry stars Cai Yida, Zhang Jiani, Li Zixiong, Xu Shaoqiang, Liu Ximing, and Ma Ling.  Show Yu Zheng how it’s done, Zhang Jizhong.  The classics are famous in their original form for a reason.

More stills below the cut.

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“The Hero Chi You” revisits prehistorical legends

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Why waste the spinal cords  of your enemies when you can use them for axes?

Unwilling to be one of the four upcoming dramas about Justice Bao or who knows how many with Wu Zetian, director Zhang Jizhong decides to go further in history for inspiration with his latest film/drama of prehistorical heroes. First up will be The Hero Chi You 英雄时代:魔尊蚩尤, about the legendary tribal leader who, after defeat by the Yellow Emperor, retreated South to become the ancestors of the Hmong.

The project was originally touted as a TV series titled The Age of Heroes 英雄时代, but now it’s taking a part of the story and calling it a movie.  Let’s hope it’s because the series was so good that they decided it was film-worthy.

The trailer is in English, and features surprisingly decent special effects:

The New Water Margin and Journey to the West Series casted

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This picture made me laugh. It's okay Yan Kuan. You don't need to bulk up for your role in Water Margin as long as you ditch the facial hair.

Warning: Lots of Fangirling ahead because I couldn’t manage to write this without spazzing.

China’s really hitting the four classics this year. Two Journey to the Wests, two Dream of the Red Chambers, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and now even Water Margin has been pushed into production. But China’s drama industry rose pretty quickly in technique and visuals, so in that regard remakes are almost looked to. And apart from the cheap version of Journey of the West, I love the casts quite a lot so I’m happy. Two pretty Jia Baoyus, a hot Zhu Geliang, a hot Tang Shen, and now a shuai, hot, shuai dai le Yan Qing. Do I sound shallow enough yet? I hope so. The amount of eye-candy’s too great for one girl to handle. Share my enthusiasm!

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High School Musical still sings for BOBO; Lu Yi joins the brotherhood

Huayi's Jane Zhang and BOBO at the recent Baidu Awards, where they took away a combined number of five awards
Huayi's Jane Zhang and BOBO at the recent Baidu Awards, where the three took away five awards

Once upon upon a June night, news first surfaced about a High School Musical starring BOBO. After months of inactivity, when almost everyone forgot about the movie, today, in an interview during Huayi’s 2009 Plans Press Conference, BOBO mentioned the movie again.

BOBO’s “Always Ready” to climb the ladder of success

Also during the press conference, it was revealed that Huayi Brothers brought management company Long-D, which means that former Long-D stars like Lu Yi, Tian Liang, Jessey Meng and Annie Yi will now belong to Huayi.  It also announced its partnership with the Italian sportswear company Kappa.
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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’s the fairest city of them all?

West Lake of Hangzhou, Lake Tai of Wuxi and pandas of Chengdu
West Lake of Hangzhou, Lake Tai of Wuxi and pandas of Chengdu

While you’re recovering from being wowed by the beauty of Xiamen University due to Meteor Shower, here are a few more places that have recently been brought to the spotlight thanks to celebrity endorsement.

Crystal Liu’s extended commercial for Taihu, as mentioned earlier here, came out last week. click here to watch it

Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, has also been stepping up in advertising with movies and music. The official mv for its city theme song, “I love this city” by Jane Zhang, finally came out last week.

I love this city-Chengdu theme song


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