Tong Liya goes back to Xinjiang, shows off beautiful pics


Tong LIya, who was born in Xinjiang, recently returned there to shoot for a commercial. These pictures aren’t stills from a drama, but they’re definitely gorgeous enough to be – look below the cut to see her archery poses and ability to ride a horse. (P.S.: We would have loved to see a photo shoot of her dancing in Xinjiang).  Continue reading

“The Hero Chi You” revisits prehistorical legends

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Why waste the spinal cords  of your enemies when you can use them for axes?

Unwilling to be one of the four upcoming dramas about Justice Bao or who knows how many with Wu Zetian, director Zhang Jizhong decides to go further in history for inspiration with his latest film/drama of prehistorical heroes. First up will be The Hero Chi You 英雄时代:魔尊蚩尤, about the legendary tribal leader who, after defeat by the Yellow Emperor, retreated South to become the ancestors of the Hmong.

The project was originally touted as a TV series titled The Age of Heroes 英雄时代, but now it’s taking a part of the story and calling it a movie.  Let’s hope it’s because the series was so good that they decided it was film-worthy.

The trailer is in English, and features surprisingly decent special effects:

Thoughts on films “But Always” and “My Old Classmate”

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My Old Classmate and But Always are both recent films following the nostalgic trend after the success of So Young and American Dreams in China, but did they succeed, or were they mere capitalistic ventures to ride on the commercial success of their predecessors? Warning: There might be spoilers.

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International posters of The Golden Era: what’s your favorite?

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Based on the life of  writer Xiao Hong and starring Tang Wei and Feng Shaofeng,  bioepic The Golden Era has released a slew of posters for audiences around the world, which one is your favorite?

 

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Luo Jin, Yuan Shanshan act out a romance of Mulan meets RoCH

I just really like this poster.

And apparently, the Butterfly Lovers?  We’re just glad Yu Zheng’s posters no longer look like this.

In a departure from the unexpectedly hilarious period comedy Cosmetology High, Luo Jin and Yuan Shanshan‘s chapter is a reversion back to the more conventional love tale, following Yuan Shanshan as the spoiled princess who decides to join the army for fun and falls for Luo Jin’s general.  Unfortunately for the pair, the prince of a neighboring country wants to marry her, and she must seek cosmetology help from Yang Rong and Jin Shijia’s characters to fake a ruined face.

But this being Yu Shanshan, not only do the pair get better posters than the actual leads, they get the better theme song by Zhang Jie and their own mini-MV below:

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Yang Mi returns post pregnancy

Yang Mi goes for a youthful look only three months after giving birth.

Despite two blockbusters and two TV series showing this summer, Yang Mi has been off the radar the entire summer while giving birth to a baby girl in June.   Only three and a half month later, she returns to the public eye for the Milan Fashion Show.

More photos of the actress for Sina below the cut, and a video of another shoot for Tencent here.

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Can you translate Cong Cong Na Nian?

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“Back in Time” not cool enough for Ni Ni?   Come up with you own!

The film version of Cong Cong Na Nian 匆匆那年 is calling for English titles with a reward! Can you come up with a better English title for the Zhang Yibai film starring Ni Ni (#beautiful), Eddie Peng, and Wei Chen?

Since we’re on the subject, what are some of your favorite English translations? Least favorites?  I nominate My Fair PrincessThe Last Supper, and upcoming drama All Quiet in Peking for the former and Love Yunge from the Desert, The Journey of Flower for the latter.

Mickey He becomes legendary doctor in latest series

After leaving Yu Zheng, Mickey He tries his hand at bringing legendary Chinese doctor Hua Tuo (seriously… some people worship him) to life.

Starring Mickey He and Li Yixiao in a drama about the turbulent Three Kingdoms that isn’t about the literary novel,  Half for the People, Half for Beauties has released a set of character stills.

The drama follows the famous doctor Hua Tuo, a Chinese doctor famous for surgery and anesthesia.  In order to help cure the governor’s daughter’s (Ming Xin) eyes, they travel searching for the anaesthetic mafeisan.  During his adventures, he meets Guan Yu, Cao Cao, and  and becomes embroiled in politics, including a drop by at the famous  Battle of Red Cliffs.

More stills below the cut.

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