Gong Li is almost 50, but she’s still China’s silver screen queen in this new photoshoot for L’Officiel (Fun fact: the magazine she’s done the most photoshoots for is ELLE, at 13 total: 4 times for the China, 7 for the Hong Kong, 1 for the Taiwan, and 1 for the Singapore editions. The more you know!) Continue reading
You guessed it! We’re in for another Di Renjie drama!! At two movies and now two dramas, he’s really raking in the popularity recently. Legendary Di Renjie stars Ren Jialun, Kan Qingzi, Jiao Junyan, Andy Chen, Theresa Fu, etc.
This drama follows Empress Wu Zetian, Emperor Gaozongand Di Renjie on his various exploits covering cases from the Buddhist Monastery to the events leading to the deposing of Empress Wang to plots to usurp the throne.
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After months of speculations, Tomb-robbing series The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记 finally revealed its cast. The H&R Century internet series, based on the second of the book series, follows the gorgeous cast of Li Yifeng, Yang Yang, Ken Chang, Wei Wei (the snake-dragon from Ancient Sword), and Liu Tianzuo as they explore the world of lost tombs across China.
Along with the film series of the same name, The Lost Tomb series is planned to be an eight-year endeavor, with one season released per year beginning next year. The project is co-produced by author Xu Lei (南派三叔).
Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty) is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng. The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles. The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.
Yao Chen makes me think that cloudy beaches might be more perfect than sunny ones – but then, Li Xuedong turns up a heat not long afterwards, revealing that the 17th prince has a pretty nice set of abs. Meanwhile, Minna Yang (Huang Rong for the upcoming ROCH 2014) goes for our favorite newspaper look ( “black, white, and red all over”). Gillian Chung looks much more sophisticated than she does in Ancient Sword in her photo shoot here, while “her” pet kitten Zhang Yunlong (from the same drama) is quite manly, even in a butterfly covered blouse. Also, Kai Ko plays basketball with a baseball cap on in his photo shoot for Elle Men (probably the last for a while). Continue reading
One would hope that Liu Shishi‘s next dual role in a production would be better than her last (Bu Bu Jing Qing. Kudos if you can name another production she played “two” characters in). In her next movie Five Minutes to Tomorrow, adapted from a Japanese novel, Shishi plays a pair of twins who fall in love with the same man (Joseph Chang). Meanwhile, the apprentice watchmaker played by Miura Haruma – who lives to the rhythm of a watch that’s always five minutes late – is attracted to the two twins because of an unexpected occurrence. While vacationing outside the country, the two sisters get into a car accident, and only one survives. But who is it that really returned to the side of the man they love? Continue reading
Sleeper hit web-series, The Death Notice: The Darker 暗黑者, adds refreshing humor to a traditionally somber genre, and instead of restricting itself to the usual themes of revolutionary spies, drug wars, and efforts against localized corruption, the show actually challenges a number of social norms and stigmas, something new for c-dramas.
The Death Notice is best described as a crime thriller comedy. Season 1 based off the first book in Zhou Haohui’s Death Notice trilogy, which follows the main character, Luo Fei 罗飞 (played by the brilliant Guo Jingfei 郭京飞 of “Longmen Express 龙门镖局”), an idiosyncratic police academy professor with a hidden past, as he joins a team of misfits to discover and capture the mysterious killer, Darker, a vigilante who targets criminals that have otherwise escaped legal punishment.
Li Yuchun’s theme song for Song in the Clouds has been released. Starring Angelababy, Lu Yi, Chen Xiao, Du Chun, Yang Rong, and Su Qing, the series follow the plot of the popular Tonghua novel by the same name. Tonghua’s Desert Melody, now known as Legend of the Moon and Stars in its drama form, is the inferior prequel. Anyways, more stills below the cut.
Crystal Liu Yifei plays a Song dynasty princess, daughter of a deceased emperor, (she’s got Andy On as her brother) in their upcoming movie Outcast. Pay attention, though – this movie, about crusaders in ancient China, also stars Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen. The movie will be released in China on September 26th, and will be released in America (?) in February. It’s an English language film, but Liu Yifei is still Liu Yifei. Look below the cut for more pictures. Continue reading