Flashback: Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003 stills

This still looks exactly like the illustrations in Jin Yong books.

Often lauded as director Zhang Jizhong’s best Jin Yong drama, his adaptation of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils has all of his fortes without any of his weaknesses. A perfect combination of solid hand-to-hand combat and artistic license in the action choreography, a stunning cast in equally stunning on-location scenery, a focus on the grandeur of the stories but finally with nuanced relationships and chemistry between the characters. Hu Jun is truly one of the few actors who pulls off the rugged-at-large-soft-in-the-heart Xiao Feng, while Jimmy Lin’s idol-drama-take on Duan Yu makes him much more likable than the original character. Liu Tao’s Ah-Zhu was the first TV character who made me cry, while Jiang Xin’s Mu Wuantong remains her most gorgeous role to date. Chen Hao and Shu Chang also gave amazing performances as two complex female antagonists.

The impeccably cast series stars Hu Jun, Jimmy Lin, Gao Hu, Liu Tao, Chen Hao, Jiang Xin, Shu Chang, Liu Yifei, Yang Rui, Xiu Qing, Tong Chun-Chung, Christy Chung, Diana Pang, etc.

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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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