Fan Bingbing is one of the four great beauties of China in film Yang Guifei

We’ll need more stills to evaluate the costume budget of this production, but based on this still and the gorgeous first one below it, the visuals shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Master Fan’s other new movie, Woman of the Court: Yang Guifei 王朝的女人 - 杨贵妃 has plenty of star power. Her character is originally married to Prince Li Mao (Wu Zun), whose mother Consort Wu (Joan Chen) was once the beloved of Emperor Xuanzong (Leon Lai). Consort Hui (Ning Jing) was once greatly loved as well, but then with the encouragement of Gao Lishi (Wu Gang), Xuanzong fell for the young Yang Yuhuan, later Yang Guifei…

Of Xuanzong’s sons: Wu Zun plays Li Mao, Wu Yue plays Li Ying, Wu Chao plays Li Heng (the future Emperor Suzhong). Oh, and Liu Chao plays Li Wan. You’ve also got Chen Baoguo passing through as a doctor!  Continue reading

Character posters released from upcoming film Love Evolutionism

I thought this was a poster from Dad, season 2 at first. Also, it proves that I wasn’t the one who came up with the word “Evolutionism.”

Here’s another summer movie that you might be interested in keeping tabs on!

Love Evolutionism 爱情进化论 will star Duan Yihong (White Deer Plain), Bea Hayden (Tiny Times), Cya Liu (So Young), Xie Nan (Painted Mural), Xie Yilin (Tiny Times), and Zhang Xinyu (of upcoming Return of the Condor Heroes). In this story, post-doc Pan Xiaozhe (Duan Yihong) likes to use his knowledge of biology to solve any and all problems. His neighbor, the single woman An An (Bea Hayden) is secretly in love with her co-worker Li Xia. She asks Pan Xiaozhe to use his knowledge of biology to help her set up a successful romance…  Continue reading

Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming star in upcoming movie “Women Who Know How to Flirt Have the Best Lives”

Zhou Xun uses Huang Xiaoming to demonstrate why women who know how to sajiao have the best lives.

*Note: 撒娇(sa jiao)  is less like flirtng than acting like a spoiled child…sort of like flirting and whining?
Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming‘s upcoming film, Women Who Flirt Have the Best Lives撒娇女人最好命 recently had its release date set for January 1st. Here, life is compared to coffee, with the ability to “sa jiao” like sugar – life is bitter when there isn’t enough, disgusting when there’s too much. Thus, the premise of the film (and the book that it’s adapted from, 会撒娇的女人最好名** ) is that intelligent and successful women know how to use this strategy.
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Photoshoot Friday: Keeping cool?

Model Zhang Xinyuan wows again with her new photoshoot, in which she goes for an Ophelia (the Pre-Ralphaelite painting) theme with numerous pale blue hydrangeas. She’s followed by Gao Yuanyuan, who’s draped with sweaters of the same color (winter in Australia, after all…) Meanwhile, Qin Lan goes for clear cut black and white business clothing, and Zhang Zilin wants you to “stay cool” on Marie Claire’s cover. Look below the cut for more pictures! Continue reading

The Empress of China: Revenge of the Maids

I cannot express how much I love the maid’s dress behind Kathy Chow in The Empress of China. Everything from the design to the patterns to the colors are wonderful replicas of Tang-dynasty paintings. Much better than the random gold confetti dangling around  Kathy Chow. More photos of Kathy Chow, Zhang Xinyu, and their maids below the cut.

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Tiny Times 4: See you Spring 2015!

It’s not game over yet! Are you ready for Round 4 with Lin Xiao and Zhou Chongguang?

Tiny Times isn’t a trilogy after all…Tiny Times 4, Soul’s End灵魂尽头 is going to bring us back to the glamorous world of Guo Jingmings Tiny Times next spring. See the announcement at the end of Kris Wu’s rendition of Yu Kewei’s Time Boiled Rain, which includes clips from the new movie. (The lyric translations can be found here).

Looking forward to more glamorous stills; the fourth movie has already finished shooting. Cast should include Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Calvin Du, Chen Xuedong, Guo Jingming, Jiang Chao, Kai Ko, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Vivian Dawson, Xie Yilin.

P.S: Can anyone tell us how Rhydian Vaughan’s replacement for Gong Ming did in the third movie?

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The Voice of China returns for season three

This is the first time that I've written something 3,000 words long since graduating from college.

This is the first time that I’ve written something 3,000-words-long since graduating from college.

No A-mei or Harlem this year, but The Voice of China 中国好声音 comes back big with a new judge, an old judge, and a fresh batch of talent. The season three Voice premiere saw the introduction of first-time mentor, Taiwanese singer-songwriter Chyi Chin 齐秦, replacing Harlem Yu, and the return of Yang Kun who replaced A-mei (who replaced Yang Kun the year before). The mentor lineup now stands as:

  • Na Ying 那英
  • Wang Feng 汪峰
  • Yang Kun 杨坤
  • Chyi Chin 齐秦

With the addition of Chyi Chin, the judging panel now becomes 50% Manchu, much like the Qing Grand Council in the 18th century. The more you know.
Chyi Chin is a strange choice. He wasn’t especially popular on I Am A Singer. I would have liked Coco Lee. Speaking of whom, have you registered for auditions for Chinese Idol yet?

This post is the first in a series of weekly recaps for The Voice of China.


If you you’re the type of Voice viewer who only occasionally watches clips of performances, feel free to skip ahead for the videos.

The episode begins with Na Ying walking on stage, singing fellow mentor Wang Feng’s Braveheart 勇敢的心. Her placard-wielding teenage entourage seems a little bit lost and not at all excited to be on TV. In contrast, when fans get this close to The Voice UK judges, crotches get grabbed.
Yang Kun is the second judge to make an appearance, transitioning the medley into Chyi Chin’s Heartless Rain, Heartless You 无情的雨无情的你. Wang Feng then appears to sing Na Ying’s The Day Doesn’t Understand the Dark of Night 白天不懂夜的黑. I am sensing a trend here. If the next mentor sings a Yang Kun song, I am going to reward myself with a doughnut. Wang Feng is singing for a long time compared to the others before him.
Finally, Chyi Chin takes the stage with Yang Kun’s The Moon Can Represent My Heart 月亮可以代表我的心. I think I’ll go for cinnamon. The other judges, having taken their seats, tap their buzzers and swivel around to choose Chyi Chin, welcoming him into the fold. Ah, yes, very symbolic and creative. All four judges return to the stage and finish off with Braveheart.


Liu Zhijia 刘至佳
19, Chonqing
Girl On Fire by Alicia Keys

This university student kicks off the very first audition of the year with the introduction to the Black Eyed Peas’ Let’s Get It Started. It’s similar to Laure Shang’s performance on I Am A Singer. She then begins to rap an unknown song before finally settling on Girl On Fire. Liu half-yodels, half-grunts the Alicia Keys’ number, sounding a bit like the lovechild of Christina Aguilera and Shakira. Her voice is strong, but lacks control. All judges except Na Ying turn for her. Continue reading

Hu Ge Grows Beard for New Soccer Drama

Hu Ge with a beard

How do you think Hu Ge compares to these real-life soccer players?

It seems like World Cup fever is still going strong in China. Tangren recently began filming a soccer-themed drama titled Youth Soccer (少年足球), which stars newly bearded Hu Ge and So Young actress Maggie Jiang.

The plot is pretty similar to most sports-related stories you’ve seen: a losing soccer team gets a new coach, Mu Qi (Hu Ge), who turns out to be too tough on them for their liking. Mu Qi also clashes with the new intern teacher, Pei Duo (Maggie Jiang), but soon, his unique teaching practices transform the team, which finds itself competing not only in the city-wide games but also headed to the province-level tournament.

The team begins to thrive, not only in soccer but also in their studies and friendships, and Mu Qi and Pei Duo grow closer and closer. However, problems also begin to crop up, including some involving Mu Qi’s hidden past. Mu Qi ends up resigning at the end of the soccer season, but not before his fighting spirit shakes up the entire team.

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