The countdown to a New World begins for Sun Honglei, Wan Qian

We get our first glimpse of the three brothers in the first trailer for upcoming Republican drama New World. There’s the local gangland boss (Sun Honglei), the Kuomintang government official (Zhang Luyi) and the policeman (Yin Fang), and the three brothers go through various internal struggles before finally deciding to band together and welcome the Communists into Beiping. Weibo video here if the Youtube video doesn’t work.

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Zhang Luyi plays the first emperor of China in The Qin Empire

The fourth official installment of historical drama series The Qin Empire 大秦帝国之天下 has released a trailer, revealing an ensemble cast filled with veterans. Zhang Luyi (The Patriot) plays the main protagonist Ying Zheng, the man who would eventually unify China.

N.B: This is not to be confused with the other Qin Empire reboot by Ciwen Media.

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Character posters released for Sun Honglei, Wan Qian’s upcoming Republican drama

Set in the weeks before the liberation of Beiping by the Communists, the new Republican drama is aptly titled New World 新世界, and revolves around the lives of three friends, played by Sun Honglei (To Be A Better Man), Zhang Luyi (The Patriot) and Yin Fang (Operation Red Sea) and the conflicts that arise due to their different beliefs.

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Liu Yifei, Jing Boran in character for Records of Nanyan Studio

Records of Nanyan Studio has released pictures of its two leads Liu Yifei (Once Upon A Time) and Jing Boran (Monster Hunt 2), in character as the mysterious owner of a perfume shop who heals broken hearts and a member of a secretive organisation respectively.  Continue reading

Zhang Luyi, Tong Liya in The Patriot

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Rather than the story, it was Tong Liya’s poster that caught my eye.

If it’s not already obvious from the title, Patriot 爱国者 focuses on the story of a loyal Communist agent and later guerrilla fighter, played by Zhang Luyi (The Devotion of Suspect X), as he weeds out all the enemy spies. After the Japanese invade Manchuria in 1931, he takes on the identity of legendary hero Yan Hongguang, and continues to defend his homeland until death.

Tong Liya (Heartfall Arises) plays his comrade and love interest, while Lu Fangsheng (Tribes and Empires) plays a carefree policeman by day, and a secret agent by night.

The 50 episode drama is directed by Gong Zhaohui (Royalty in Blood) and written by Wang Hailin (Murder at Honeymoon Hotel).

Review: The Devotion of Suspect X

Verdict: Director Alec Su’s second attempt is an improvement from his first and benefits from a much better story, stunning cinematography, but the screenplay is still choppy and leaves more to be desired.

The brilliant story of The Devotion of Suspect X is recaptured for the Chinese audience in director Alec Su’s second film. Aided by a much superior story, a better cast, and more fitting cinematography, Alec Su unfortunately is handicapped by his poor control of the film.

The suspense/detective tale with a twist features Zhang Luyi as Shi Hong, a genius and a loner who tries to help his neighbor Chen Jing (Ruby Lin) to cover up her murder of her ex-husband. Unfortunately for the pair, their crime caught the eye of Tang Chuan (Wang Kai), a physicist and Shi Hong’s best friend in high school. Tang Chuan is called upon to help detective Luo Miao (Ye Zuxin) to solve the murder, but along the way gets caught in the crime itself.

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Devotion of Suspect X opens this weekend in U.S./Canada/U.K./Australia

You can usually tell who’s on the same side by the matching clothes.

The Devotion of Suspect X is one of three detective films airing this weekend, but viewers abroad will only have a chance to see one, so you should take it, if only so my local cinema will be motivated to air it next weekend.

The film stars Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, Ruby Lin, and Ye Zuxin, and is directed by Alec Su. Screening information here

Devotion of Suspect X trailer, NYC meet-up announcement

 

N.A. Poster by Yvonne_丫丫@Weibo

Lucky fans abroad will actually see the film before those in China, where the film airs on April 1st.  N.A. poster by Yvonne_丫丫@Weibo

Detective thriller “The Devotion of Suspect X” starring Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, and Ruby Lin,  has finally released an official trailer.  Its overseas distributor, China Lion Group, has also confirmed it will be released in the U.S. and Canada on March 31st, one day ahead of China.   London and Australian distributions are still in thetalks.

Also, a group of Wang Kai fans are meeting up in NYC on the morning of April 1st at AMC Empire near Times Square to watch it.  Let me know if you’re interested or join the group on Weibo.