I didn’t enjoy Zhang Yimou’s Shadow and One Second as much as I’d hoped, but Impasse / Cliff Walkers should be right up my alley. Granted, I’m not expecting the film to surpass The Message, but surely you can’t go too wrong with a cast like this?
Starring Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu, Zhu Yawen, Ni Dahong and the director’s latest starlet Liu Haocun, the film is slated to premiere on April 30th.
Impasse 悬崖之上 stars Zhang Yi, Yu Hewei, Qin Hailu, Zhu Yawen, Ni Dahong and new actress Liu Haocun, and follows the escape journey of a group of CCP agents who have obtained proof the Japanese are conducting unethical human experiments.
It’s pretty rare to use popular young actors for this period, but the casting for both seem spot-on . Wang Hedi and Zhou Ye look perfect for the wide-eyed university students of the era, and Li Xian and Chun Xia are both very solid actors who can blend flawlessly into the era. Plus, this is Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Chun Xia’s first leading drama role, so I’m actually really interested in the two projects. Whose stills makes you want to watch their dramas?
In Kidnapping Game 十日游戏, Zhu Yawen plays a game developer who holds a grudge against Shen Hui (Liu Yijun) after the latter suddenly stops investing money. He meets Shen Hui’s illegitimate daughter Lu Jie (Jin Chen), and the two begin to design an elaborate revenge plot. Geng Le costars as the detective.
The 12 episode iQiyi web drama just announced it will begin streaming in 2 hours (8pm CN time).
A Love Never Lost 人生若如初见 is set against the backdrop of The Boxer Rebellion and stars Li Xian as Liang Xiang, an ambitious and educated noble recently returned from Japan. Chun Xia plays Qiu Hong, a forward-thinking noble lady who is travelling to Shanghai to escape an arranged marriage.
The Lion’s Secret 赖猫的狮子倒影 (formerly The Lion’s Reflection of Laying Cat) stars Yang Zishan as a CEO and Zhu Yawen as a former special ops officer who now works at the heroine’s company as a security guard.
Tang Wei plays the Empress of the Ming Sun Ruowei, a former noble lady who puts her personal vendetta aside and becomes a respected empress with the help of her husband Zhu Zhanji (Zhu Yawen) and trusted advisor Xu Bin (Qiao Zhenyu).
Ming Dynasty 大明风华 (as it wants to be known as) runs for 62 episodes and airs daily on Hunan TV beginning tonight.