Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
Zhang Yimou’s Shadow 影 will get a limited release in North America on May 3rd. Starring Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, Guan Xiaotong, Wang Qianyuan, Hu Jun, and Wu Lei, the film is about a shadow or stand-in whose job is to be killed in place of his master.
With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
Below is the North American trailer. See list of theaters screening it here.
Raymond Lam, Zheng Kai play brothers on opposite side of the law in mystery thriller The Mask 也平凡.
When officer Ji Fan (Zheng Kai) begins investigating a series of murders, he connects the new murders to a 27-year-old case involving his family. After his father Ji Tingshan (Zhang Guolin) is captured for his involvement in the murders, his brother Ji Ping (Raymond Lam) flees abroad. There, Ji Fan tries to find hid brother while performing his undercover task to uncover the motives and identity of a gang. Things become even more complicated than he had thought as the two brothers becomes involved in an even bigger plot.
Zhang Yimu’s upcoming wuxia film Shadow has confirmed a premiere date of September 30th, and recently released a new trailer that seems to feature a monologue by Deng Chao‘s shadow:
No people. No light. No sound. All alone in the darkness, I moved my hands over every single crevice in the walls. It was proof that I wasn’t crazy. It was proof that I was still alive.
Which poster is your favorite so far?
Zhang Yimou’s Shadow 影 has released three more posters and ton of stills. Some of the images are quite stunning, and Zhang Yimou is a visual master, but If this film doesn’t get some major shadow reduction, no one’s going to see anything that’s going on in a dark movie theater.
Shadow 影 will be real-life married couple Deng Chao (The Dead End) and Sun Li’s (Legend of Mi Yue) third film collaboration, after Mural 画壁 and Devil and Angel 恶棍天使. Those movies were quite disastrous, so here’s to hoping Zhang Yimou (The Flowers of War, Coming Home) can work his magic this time round.
A selected list of airing times for dramas to air this spring. Everything is subject to change. Which ones are you looking forward to?
Stars to release include Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Dilraba, Wang Kai, Hu Ge, Liu Shishi, Zhang Ruoyun, Huang Xuan, Zhang Meng,William Chan, Jerry Yan, Im Yoona, Godfrey Gao, Yan YIkuan, Yang Le, Tang Yixin, Zheng Kai, Jin Dong, Wan Qian, Zu Feng, etc.
2016 Spring Airing Times
The Love of Happiness 因为爱情有幸福 , February 24
Featuring: William Chan, Tang Yixin (They dubbed themselves! Even William Chan with his major Cantonese accent!)
If you follow any of the younger Chinese actors, you probably already know about this news: Zhang Han more or less announced that he was dating Gulinazha, his costar from the upcoming The Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海经之赤影传说). The Weibo post is just a photo of the two kissing in front of a passing bus, with a simple message saying “Rat loves Monkey” (referring to their zodiac animals) and tagging Gulinazha, but it’s a low-key and sweet way to go public.