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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Journey of Flower releases long trailer

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Potential nomination for best idol drama production of 2015?  

Cute, funny, gorgeous, everything about the trailer for Journey of Flower 花千骨 is perfect. The camerawork is wonderful, Zhao Liying is adorable, Jiang Xin is the bomb, the male cast is pretty, the script seems good,  and even the special effects appear to be decent. I tried to avoid it for the longest time because the main characters are the worst, but the trailer is so good that I think I’m just going to pretend they’ll change the plot from midpoint on.      An English dubbed trailer is also available.

The Queens releases Tarot card posters

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Singer Annie Yi makes her directorial debut with The Queens 我是女王, which follows the lives of three best friends (Song Hye-kyo, Joe Chen, and Wu Junmei) as they try to gain control of their own lives. The film also stars Shawn Dou, Joe Cheng, Jerry Yang, Jiang Wu, and guest stars newly-weds Annie Yi and Qin Hao. The film is set for a November 6th release. Trailer below and character posters below the cut and here.


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More character stills from upcoming drama Qin’s Moon

Michelle Chen and the (absolutely adorable) child actress for the princess of Yan take a break from filming to take a selfie together (and prove that Michelle Chen suffered really bad photoshop in her character stills)

Tangren’s drama adaptation of QIn’s Moon has released another set of character stills. Lu Yi, MIchelle Chen, Jiang Jinfu, and Sun Yizhou show off more costumes/poses, but they’re also joined by Sui Yongliang as Gao JIanli, Gong Beibei as Snowlady, Song Ning as the senior “Controller of Fate”(Da Siming, who was female in the original), Qu Zheming as White Phoenix, You Jingru as the junior Siming, and Zhang Lei as Zhao Gao (a very powerful, and generally evil eunuch from the Qin dynasty). Look under the cut to see character stills.

Also, if you were interested in the animation series, the trailer for Season 5 was also recently released. HQ version of the season 5 trailer here; Youtube version below the cut. There was also a trailer showing off how nice the animation of the series is becoming, for another one of the special shorts (you can watch the full short here) (this one is particularly heavy on the fantasy). Continue reading

Weibo Wednesday: October 15, 2014

Zhang Han and nerdy Chen Qiao'en

陈乔恩: 閨蜜閨蜜王同鞋~生日大快樂內[蛋糕][蛋糕][干杯]這照片拿出來我也是醉了~義氣啊![哈哈]

In order to celebrate Zhang Han‘s 30th birthday on October 6th, Chen Qiao’en dug out this potentially embarrassing photograph.

Best friend best friend classmate Wang~ Big happy birthday. I’ll become intoxicated after taking out this photo ~ Loyalty!

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Vae, Huang Ling, Hu Xia sing in watercolor

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Huang Ling’s seductive voice joins Vae as a fox spirit for his latest ZhongGuoFeng  MV from his new album, Why not just drink tea 不如吃茶吧.  Huang Ling’s voice is always beautiful, and Vae’s production qualities has definitely increased tenfolds since joining OceanDisk, but just as impressive is the gorgeous watercolor MV’s from Vae’s entire album. Directed by JP Huang, the MV’s use a watercolor palette combined with lots of nature scenery and visual techniques to match Vae’s music style.

Huang Ling ft Vae in 惊鸿一面. The MV is probably my least favorite of the three, but it has my favorite song:

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Zhou Xun becomes a gentleman with Tong Dawei

Now there’s proof of what we’ve always assumed – Zhou Xun would be a really pretty boy (even with those hyper thick eyebrows). Look at more pictures under the cut, and look forward to her upcoming role in new drama Red Sorghum. If you’re wondering about Tong Dawei, he and Zhao Wei are working together again for upcoming movie “Darling 亲爱的”. (They’re also cooperating on upcoming drama Tiger Mother, Kitten Father).

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Rain and Liu Yifei star together in “For Love of Money”

 

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Directed by Gao Xixi and starring Rain and Liu YIfei in the lead roles,  upcoming romance film “For Love of Money” 落水红颜” will be hitting the silver screen on November 7th. (By the way, if you don’t care about Liu Yifei or Rain, you might be interested in seeing Joan Chen or Tang Yan in side roles).

Liu Yifei came from an aristocratic family, which has since fallen to ruin. With no other choice, she lives like an ordinary girl (oh, woe is her!). She meets and falls in love with a mysterious artist in a coffee shop, thus heralding the beginning of an uncertain love story.  Continue reading