Qi Wei gorgeous in more For the Holy Guiguzi stills

Now that I think about it, palace life isn’t THAT bad.

More stills have been released for the drama For the Holy Guiguzi.  Starring Duan Yihong, Qi Wei, Zu Feng, etc. , this drama is probably hoping to get out of the backed-up “upcoming Chinese drama artery” and finally be released.  Those looking forward to The Legend of Miyue can probably get a taste of the general time period through this drama, given this drama ends up released before the latter.

All in all, best of luck to this drama and others stuck in the backed-up upcoming Chinese drama artery.  More stills below the cut. Continue reading

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.

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

Sun Li, Jiang Xin reunite for upcoming drama The Legend of Miyue

Are you ready to see Zhen Huan – er, Mi Yue – lose that innocent look in her eyes, and harden into Zhen Huan again the first Empress Dowager?

Ready for an 80 episode series with Sun Li, Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, and Alex Fong?

In the Warring States period, Mi Yue (Sun Li) is King Wei of Chu’s favorite little princess, but after her father’s death, her life falls to chaos. Her mother is cast out of the palace by the Queen of Chu, and Mi Yue and her brother Mi Rong hide in the palace, avoiding disaster after disaster. Mi Yue had had a childhood sweetheart, but is instead sent as an attendant to the state of Qin when her sister (Liu Tao) marries there. Her sister becomes the queen of Qin, while Mi Yue becomes a consort. After Mi Yue gives birth to her son (Alex Fong), her relationship with her sister deteriorates (both begin to engage in harem politics). Later, Mi Yue and her sister are sent to the far away state of Yan, but unexpectedly, Liu Tao’s son dies, and Qin enters internal turmoil. Mi Yue’s son becomes the next king of Qin, and Mi Yue becomes the first empress dowager in history, “The Empress Dowager Xuan*.” (Fun fact: in order to make herself feel at peace when she died, the 71 year old Mi Yue ordered to have the first terracotta warriors made).

The Legend of Miyue is adapted from a novel.

*In the same type of “first” as Qinshihuang was the first emperor. Qin has a lot of firsts to its name! Continue reading

Shanghai Noir a flashback to comedies of the past

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Finally, a photo of Zhou Dongyu where she doesn’t look twelve.

Combining modern humor with the feel of a traditional noir film,  detective film Shanghai Noir 暴走神探 released an unconventionally clever trailer as it tries to ride the wave of interest in its supporting actor Yang Yang.

Watch the trailer of the Clara Law film starring Ethan Ruan, Yang Zishan, Zhou Dongyu, and Yang Yang below.