Actress Ni Ni is paired with a group of males for Cosmo Bride‘s 7th anniversary special – model Zhang Liang, pianist Li Yundi, enterpreneur Chen Ou, singer Zhang Jie, and actor Bai Ke. How does this photoshoot compare with her Cosmo Bride shoot last year this time?
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 Princess, The 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.
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.
As the first modern film produced by a big studio that stars both Uyghur artists, Yu Zheng’s latest film will feature newbies and all 90hou Dilireba, Merxat, Yang Chengwen, Gao Yu’er, etc… No news of the actual plot yet other than Twilight meets angels in a high school setting.
Because the actual title “Love Against the Light” sound too fancy for an obvious Twilight-imitating name, I’m debating an alternate translation of “Waxing Crescent” or “Gathering Dusk”. What are you thoughts?
Following their sweet romance in Ancient Sword, Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu meets once more for upcoming series Beauty Private Kitchens (more literally A Beauty’s Secret Dishes). Also produced by H&R Century, this drama dates to the Song dynasty and follows
Chinese Martha Stewart’s Song Yudie’s trials and tribulations while attempting to find true love while pursuing her love of cooking. Like any drama nowadays, the drama synopsis provides hints at birth secrets and schemes involving the ruling family (so period costume designers can have their fun).
This is turning into something like a Song dynasty version of Korean drama Jewel in the Palace… except the female protagonist ends up finding out she’s a princess… and it seems like her dream is more to start a restaurant… and her third wheel love interest is actually her brother… ewwww…. Despite the commonly used story devices, I find the trailer pretty refreshing and the actors seem to really be bringing it to life. More stills below the cut.
Desert Melody The Legend of the Moon and Stars Pocohantas?!? (actually more literally “Destiny Amid the Wind” but still… WTF?!?) The Song of Desert has a release date. Notice the period… omg… this has dragged on so long and I’m so uninspired. According to official Hunan TV/Tangren Weibo’s, mark your calendars for October 8th, fans of Liu Shishi, Eddie Peng, and Hu Ge. If they swallow their words, prepare to put some money together to get some ipecac to make them spit it out again because this is so not funny. Personally, I think television network darling Yu Zheng kinda needs this drama to take off so his Song in the Clouds Love Yunge from the Desert can.
Another still below the cut (Hey! I tried!! >:( ).
Starring Zhang Hanyun, Peng Guanying, and Andy Chen Yi, be prepared for more of the shipping triangle between Yuwen Yong, the Prince of Lanling, and a hopelessly idealistic heroine with The Princess of Lanling‘s new long trailer. The trailer reveals more about the plot and will hopefully help us better gauge what to expect.
More stills below the cut because we simply can’t resist.
You guessed it! We’re in for another Di Renjie drama!! At two movies and now two dramas, he’s really raking in the popularity recently. Legendary Di Renjie stars Ren Jialun, Kan Qingzi, Jiao Junyan, Andy Chen, Theresa Fu, etc.
This drama follows Empress Wu Zetian, Emperor Gaozongand Di Renjie on his various exploits covering cases from the Buddhist Monastery to the events leading to the deposing of Empress Wang to plots to usurp the throne.
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After months of speculations, Tomb-robbing series The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记 finally revealed its cast. The H&R Century internet series, based on the second of the book series, follows the gorgeous cast of Li Yifeng, Yang Yang, Ken Chang, Wei Wei (the snake-dragon from Ancient Sword), and Liu Tianzuo as they explore the world of lost tombs across China.
Along with the film series of the same name, The Lost Tomb series is planned to be an eight-year endeavor, with one season released per year beginning next year. The project is co-produced by author Xu Lei (南派三叔).
Sleeper hit web-series, The Death Notice: The Darker 暗黑者, adds refreshing humor to a traditionally somber genre, and instead of restricting itself to the usual themes of revolutionary spies, drug wars, and efforts against localized corruption, the show actually challenges a number of social norms and stigmas, something new for c-dramas.
The Death Notice is best described as a crime thriller comedy. Season 1 based off the first book in Zhou Haohui’s Death Notice trilogy, which follows the main character, Luo Fei 罗飞 (played by the brilliant Guo Jingfei 郭京飞 of “Longmen Express 龙门镖局”), an idiosyncratic police academy professor with a hidden past, as he joins a team of misfits to discover and capture the mysterious killer, Darker, a vigilante who targets criminals that have otherwise escaped legal punishment.