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idarklight believes that entertainment is a window to culture and a bridge to understanding. She secretly wants to brainwash the world through entertainment, but mostly spends her time looking at pretty things.

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?

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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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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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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Dad, where’s Photoshoot Friday?

A mini PF of some dad members. Tiantian (Angela) and Tiantian are so cute promoting their upcoming movie “Daddy’s Vacation” at the Fusan Film that I might switch ship, while Tian Liang and Cindy are adorable in a forest/school photoshoot. Meanwhile, Bei’er of season 2 puts up her hair in a bun in a beautiful photoshoot for Grazia with mom Bao Lei. Continue reading