Princess Jieyou shows off character stills just in time for Halloween

On second thought, maybe long trains and hyper-extended robes aren’t the most suitable for nomadic life.

Princess Jieyou, starring Zhang Xinyi, Yuan Hong, Yuan Wenkang, and Ye Qing, has released character stills, revealing more about their costuming before the end of October.  The stills feature costumes drawing influence from Chinese, Turkic, Mongolian, etc. and most likely even some modern influences thrown into the mix.

For those of you late on your Halloween costume planning, perhaps you can draw some inspiration from the stills below.  Either way, more stills below the cut.

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Weibo Wednesday: October 29, 2014

Chen Xuedong on Grade One reality show

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Celebrities plus cute kids is always a plus, right? Hunan TV recently began broadcasting a new reality show called Grade One (一年级), in which actor Chen Xuedong and actress Song Jia are put in charge of a new first-grade class. Watch the show on Hunan TV’s YouTube account.

Me with my mouth full of plastic Mandarin*, I’m also intoxicated. Is Grade One fun to watch?

* “Plastic Mandarin” is a way of referring to Mandarin that is heavily influenced by the Hunan dialects.

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The Legend of Xiao Zhuang releases stills

Jing Tian or Yuan Shanshan? You decide!

The Legend of Xiao Zhuang (or more literally according to the Chinese title The Legend of Da Yu’er) has released stills.  Be prepared for more Qing dynasty fare starring Jing Tian, Geng Le, and Nie Yuan.

The story follows the life of Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang.  In this rendition, Mongolian princess Da Yu’er desires to spend the rest of her life with her true love Dorgon but through a series of events, ends up married to Hong Taiji.  Watch as she lives through the lives of three successive emperors (her husband, son, and grandson), struggles to balance love and responsibility, and follows through with her destiny in lifting the Qing dynasty from its founding to what many would consider its apex.

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Zhao Liying cuts her hair for Our Ten Years

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Directed by Joe Ma Wai-ho, Our Ten Years 我们的十年 is the latest youth film, this time starring Zhao Liying, Kimi Qiao Renliang, and Gui Gui.

I still think it’s weird we’re getting all these older, non-mainland directors trying to make films about mainland students in the 1980’s when the selling point of those films is memories, which those directors clearly do not share with the audience. On the other hand, Zhao Liying looks great with a bob!
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Fu Xinbo, Zhang Liang find Love in 1931

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Buddies Fu Xinbo, Zhang Liang pair up once more for upcoming Republican series 1931 Love Story 1931年的爱情. The series co-starring Han Chae-young, Li Xin’ai is still filming, and released a preliminary trailer last week.   Apparently Fu Xinbo plays a pair of brothers, but I can’t really figure out what the plot is from the trailer, anyone care to enlighten me?

Qi Wei gorgeous in more For the Holy Guiguzi stills

Now that I think about it, palace life isn’t THAT bad.

More stills have been released for the drama For the Holy Guiguzi.  Starring Duan Yihong, Qi Wei, Zu Feng, etc. , this drama is probably hoping to get out of the backed-up “upcoming Chinese drama artery” and finally be released.  Those looking forward to The Legend of Miyue can probably get a taste of the general time period through this drama, given this drama ends up released before the latter.

All in all, best of luck to this drama and others stuck in the backed-up upcoming Chinese drama artery.  More stills below the cut. Continue reading

The Lost Tomb releases stills

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Don’t worry, I’m military-trained in the skills of dandelion dances.

Internet series The Lost Tomb, based on the popular books of the same name, released its first set of stills featuring the tomb-raiding crew of  Li Yifeng, Yang Yang, Ken Chang, Liu Tianzuo, and Wei Wei.

Tang Yan has also joined the crew last month as the female “lead” Ah-Ning. This is her second collaboration with Li Yifeng following The Legend of Fragrance.

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Fan Bingbing fulfills her Empress dreams

Revealing the coronation outfit for Wu Zetian as the Queen, Fan Bingbing continues to be breathtaking in every photos from her self-produced bioepic, The Empress of China. Fan Bingbing said that the Empress Wu Zetian has always been an idol since childhood, and it would be a regret to not play her.

The Chinese paper-cutting style of the outfits are pretty unique for a drama, and the patterns are gorgeous, now if only they repurposed some of the train fabric so the top didn’t look like it was about to fall over any second.

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Sci-fi epic gets English release, Chen Kun to star in film version?

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Considered the masterpiece that revived Chinese science fiction, Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem trilogy will become the first modern Chinese sci-fi novel to be published in English (unless you count Cat Country)  on November 12th. The dystopia epic takes the reader through the cultural revolution, an alternative version of the ancient World, and finally a modern society whose disappointed in the modern world led them to invite the invasion of an alien invasion.   You can read English excerpts here, here, and here translated by award-winning author Ken Liu, and pre-order the book here and the sequel Dark Forest here.

On October 18th, actor Chen Kun made a Weibo hinting at his role in a film version of the novel, but then immediately deleted it. Later that day, an official Weibo announced the pre-production of a movie adaptation. Sina confirmed the news with production company Yoozo, who said more news will be released at the company’s press conference mid-November.   If successful, this could be the first dystopia Chinese sci-fi film and fill perhaps the biggest hole in Chinese film.

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