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.
Nicholas Tse and Gao Yuanyuan provide more pretty in one still than some dramas in forty episodes.
If If you liked My Ol’ Classmate with Lin Gengxin and Zhou Dongyu, you may also be interested in Gao Yuanyuan and Nicolas Tse’s upcoming movie But Always 一生一世. Joining the cast are Tong Dawei, Happy Camp’s Du Haitao, and Suet Lam.
Gao Yuanyuan’s An Ran and Nicolas Tse’s Zhao Yongyuan (his name is literally Zhao “Forever”) have a love story that plays out from 1972 to 2001. Their childhood friendship evolves into romance when they see each other years later, and although Youngyuan climbs from being a simple worker to becoming a successful entrepreneur, he continues to follow and protect (from Beijing to New York) his childhood friend. (The stills hold up to this promise so far…) The movie will be released on September 5th. Continue reading →
The cutest Zheng Shuang for “Legend of the Ancient Sword.” Zheng Shuang recently finished filming for The Cage of Love with Hawick Lau, is currently doing a guest appearance in a Huace drama, and will star in a drama about Tai-Chi by the team of Ancient Sword in September.
After seeing trailers for this and Nirvana in Fire, I’m officially a fan of this team from Shandong TV Group, whose trailers are all film-qualitied. All Quiet in Beijing 北平无战事 features a truly all-star (i.e. not just pretty, but amazing actors) of Liu Ye, Berlin Film Festival’s new best actor Fan Liao, Chen Baoguo, Wang Kai (who is also a lead in Nirvana in Fire). The drama is directed by Kong Sheng and produced by Hou Hongliang, the duo behind Nirvana in Fire and Chuang Guandong. The script is by Liu heping of Emperor Yongzheng 雍正王朝 and Ming Dynasty1566 大明王朝1566.
All Guo Jingming needs is to add HAGS to make this a middle school yearbook-themed photoshoot.
As the trilogy comes to a conclusion, Guo Jingming releases set of BFF, HAGS!Tiny Times Forever character stills of the leads Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Kai Ko, Chen Xuedong, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Calvin Du, Vivian Dawson, Lee Hyunjae, and Ren Youming. The film opens today in China.
Qiao Zhenyu’s face is sufficient reason for you to watch this.
Li Yifeng must have it really hard when both of the other two male leads are so much prettier than him. This week, we feature Qiao Zhenyu and Gillian Chung, the once happily married couple of currently-airing series The Legend of Ancient Sword. Qiao Zhenyu plays one of the two titular characters of the first game, the current life of an immortal master musician punished to the human world and caught in the wheel of reincarnation. In the process, his soul was split into four horcruxes parts, and the loss made him slowly lose his memory and rationality as he seeks to be whole again.
Stills of Qiao Zhenyu and Gillian Chung below the cut, and Qiao Zhenyu trailer below. Can you spot the Zhang Meng among the stills?
I feel a little hungry after looking at all the cute potato and pork bun shaped people.
Do you like Disney movies? China’s new animated film “The Magic Brush” is combining two things form your childhood – Disney technology, and the traditional Chinese story about a boy whose magic brush allows the things he paints to come to life. (Granted, the Disney part of this is from the China special division). In this story, Ma Liang is given the magic brush, and must use it to save his village. (Trailer below the cut, how cute!) This will be released on July 25th. There’s also the Qin’s Moon movie, made by China’s own animation studios in Hangzhou. The film is finally coming to theaters on August 8, two years behind schedule. In my honest opinion, the posters for this one are hideous…but they are below the cut anyways. They seem to have diverged in animation for the series and the movie (or so I hope); their new mini-series/season 5 preview series, which is supposed to release its third and final episode on July 8, sports gorgeous animation that looks less like it was pulled from a generic RPG game. Below the cut: the cute, the pretty, and the…other.
Not sure how many polygons this was made with, but it’s the next stage in the progression mentioned in this post.
You can find concepts for the costumes here, although I don’t see Yang Rong’s gowns among them.
Yu Zheng‘s studios is coming out with another drama, which began shooting in Hengdian on July 1st. Starring Jin Shijia as a miracle doctor (who does things like catch mermaids when not mixing up a new treatment for his royal patrons…including Sheren Tang‘s Wu Zetian). Yang Rong, long time supporting lead for Yu Zheng’s dramas, finally nailed the protagonist role as the female lead, Jin Shijia’s love interest. Jin Shijia finds out that his son was actually fathered by his steward (it’s Yu Zheng, go with the flow), and takes to the streets; Yang Rong, who is the madame of a brothel and unabashedly in love with Jin Shijia (a Tang dynasty “superfan”), takes him in － though he causes her business to go bankrupt.
The story will play out in five chapters, each one a mini-story, and air on Hunan’s weekly spot after Paranormal Adonis
. Yuan Shanshan will be Princess Yongning in one of them, falling in love with Luo Jin‘s young general; later, Su Qing‘s workaholic character realizes that Zhang Tianai’s interloper threatens her previously unappreciated relationship with her husband, played by Kenny Kwan. Later, a prince (Qiu Xinzhi) will demand that Jin Shijia’s doctor return his consort(Kristy Yang)’s youth, and unable to do so, they will bring in Hsin Ai Lee/Li Xinai as a substitute instead. Add Wang Like, a mermaid-assasin(???) to the mix, and you get the basic plotline for Yu Zheng’s new collaboration with Hunan TV, The Making of a Beauty 美人制造. Look under the cut for more posters from this series.
How the Boss Fed Me to Eat Me, aka Witch & Gretel Boss & Me
True to its original name Shanshan Come and Eat, Boss & Me released stills consisting entirely of the leads Zhang Han and Zhao Liying eating. Zhao Liying said she gained 4 kg during the filming of the series because her character is constantly eating. The series begins airing today. Are you hungry yet?