Michelle Chen, Yuan Shanshan, Li Xiaolu, and Jia Nailiang for Trendshealth

Michelle Chen, Yuan Shanshan, Li Xiaolu, and Jia Nailiang for Trendshealth’s breast-cancer awareness photoshoot. More here.

Michelle Chen will be starring in romantic comedy Bonjour, Paris 早安巴黎  opposite boyfriend Chen Xiao soon.  Li  Xiaolu and Jia Nailiang are currently filming a detective romantic comedy Housewife Detective 煮妇神探 from the team of Destined to Love You.
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Chinese Paladin 5: Clouds of the World begins filming

Compared to previous Tangren RPG dramas, I think I see improvements in costuming…

Chinese Paladin 5: Clouds of the World has released its first stills.  Starring Han DongjunGulnazar, Zheng YuanchangXiao Caiqi, and Jin Chen,  here is to another Tangren RPG-based drama.

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Jiang Xin, Liu Tao are bff’s in Ode to Joy


Who knew? Female bff’s who don’t cat-fight over some guy exists in Chinese dramas.

But you know who aren’t besties in this show? Jin Dong and Wang Kai. Having the two of them being in a show and not having a single scene together is almost as cruel as having Idina Menzel be in a musical and not have a song (I know, it’s been 8 years).

Known for producing dozens of amazing male leads in every show, Shandong TV and co. (The Disguiser, Nirvana in Fire, All Quiet in Peking) is unfortunately one of the worst in their ability to write good female roles. Usually if you’re a female character in one of their dramas, you’ll be lucky if your IQ is above 80 or if your life revolves around anything other than a male. If you’re both, then you are probably an antagonist.  Ode To Joy 欢乐颂  is hoping to change that as their first drama with a predominantly female leading cast.  Introducing the sisterhood that is Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Yang Zi,  Wang Ziwen, and Qiao Xin.   Opposite them are Zu FengJin Dong,  Wang Kai,  Zhang Lu, Zhang Xiaoqian and a mysterious male lead (rumored to be Luo Jin) who better be really amazing for anyone to pick him over Zu Feng and Jin Dong.


Going against the common trend of one strong woman, one girl-next-door, and one boyish friend, Ode to Joy features at least three independent women who all have their own love interests (that do not intersect).

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Border Town Prodigal releases more stills

Period cross-dressing, a venture still only believable to residents in the drama…

Border Town Prodigal has released more stills.  Starring Zhu Yilong,Ye Qingbin, Qiu Xinzhi, Zhang Xinyu, Chai Biyun, Vincent Jiao Enjun, Gong Mi, and Zhang Junning, I have to say that after seeing more stills, there are definitely some elements that work and others that I’m still sitting on the wall about.

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Translation Tuesday: Shu Ting’s To Oak


Love –
not only loving your majestic figure,
but also the stance you firmly hold,
the earth under your feet.

To Oak 致橡树 is a classic love poem that paints love as two trees standing side-by-side, supporting each other while remaining individuals, a love that is based on a common faith and goal that is beyond the surface.    Misty Poet Shu Ting wrote the poem in response to a traditional view of  love based on idolization and self-sacrifice, in particular by the female in the relationship.

I’m going to apologize in advance appropriating feminist poetry for a pair coming out of an amazing but unfortunately misogynist production team, but this poem fits the platonic love that is Ming Lou (Jin Dong) and Ming Cheng (Wang Kai) in The Disguiser so much.  So close are their dreams that they can finish each other’s paintings of their ideal home; so deep their trust that they have had absolutely no secrets to each other even though they’ve had not a single honest conversation with anyone else in the show; so connected their souls that the main mode of communication is gazing into each other’s eyes.

To Oak
by Shu Ting
translated by idarklight

If I were to love you —
I would never be the vines of the morning glory,
borrowing your tall branches to flaunt myself
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The Foxes of Azure Hills releases more stills

You get pointy ears!  You get pointy ears!  Every-body gets pointy ears! 2:40

The Foxes of Azure Hills has released more stills after its trailer.  Starring Jiang Jinfu, Gulnazar, Jin Chen,  Mike D. AngeloXiao Caiqi,  WuXin: The Monster Killer couple Chen Yao and Zhang Ruoyun, real-life couple Jiang Kaitong and Zhai Tianlin, and idarklight’s biases  Fu Xinbo and Wang Kai. It will be interesting to see Tangren return to making this type of drama after a while (Liaozhai Zhiyi and Liaozhai Qi Nvzi).

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