Zhang Zifeng falls for two different Xiong Ziqi’s in One and Another Him

Following the now common tale of a cold, brilliant soul  and a friendly, goofy soul living in the body of one hot love interest, One and Another Him 我和两个ta looks like a dupe of a bunch of other similar dramas like Fool in Love with You^2 and Two Spirits’ Love. Zhang Zifeng (Chinatown Detective) can be a brilliant actress at times, though, so it might be good.

Xiong Ziqi plays the male lead while  Liu Jianyu, Liu Yichang, and Xia Ruoyan round up the rest of the cast.  I don’t know the supporting cast but they look cute.

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Music Monday: Huang Ling’s Suzhounese tune

Shanghainese  Singer Huang Ling tugs at your heart with a Suzhounese tune .   Her voice is probably the embodiment of the tender, soft sounds of Wu-Yue dialects and I’m fine if she never sang in mandarin again.

Poseidon, Amphitrite reincarnated in My Poseidon

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Who says the God of the Sea has to be Greek? Why can’t he ride bikes in China?

Idol drama My Poseidon 我的波塞冬, starring Zhang Yunlong as Poseidon and Eleanor Lee as a marine geologist who is the modern reincarnate of Amphitrite, has finished filming and released some stills. The drama features the two re-falling in love in modern times while they also try to save the ocean, but mostly falling in love. Zhang Junning and Sui Yumeng play fellow scientists.

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Zhang Xueying, River Villages of China

” I know you want to hear stories of bridges over gentle streams, narrow alleys past ancient buildings, but that’s not my home. ”    -Zhang Xueying on her hometown Yiwu

Actress Zhang Xueying, who is the best Xiamo yet in the new Summer’s Desire, did a photoshoot recently in her hometown of Yiwu.  The photoshoot is part of a  series of photos set in four river villages in the Jiangnan region  – Yiwu, Jinxi, Jinhua, and Zhouzhuang.

I was pretty impressed with her interview, which unfortunately consisted mostly of this one quote that whoever wrote the intro clearly ignored.

I know you want to hear stories of bridges over gentle streams, narrow alleys past ancient buildings, but that’s not my home. Yiwu is a very commercial city. Old markets are being torn and new markets are being built everyday. I return whenever I have the chance. Every modern amenity and fun that Beijing has to offer, so does my hometown.

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Like a Flowing River’s Trailer is Perfect

“Freedom to humans is light to the eyes.” – Like a Flowing River

The trailer for Like a Flowing River 大江大河 only covers like the first two episodes of the TV seriesand I’ve already cried at least three times re-watching it.

The book was already nuanced, but the drama per the trailer seems to have elevated the theme.  Wang Kai, Tong Yao, Yang Shuo, Dong Zijian’s acting are perfect, the music poignant, the sets impeccable, and the lighting is Daylight Entertainment’s best yet. 

The trailer opens with the Song siblings (Wang Kai, Tong Yao) running in the fields as they’re given their first whiff of freedom, only to have the door slammed in their face by cruel remnants of the Cultural Revolution. The trailer doesn’t hide the tragedies, the shut doors to the Song sister , but also opens to so much hope to other characters.  From the re-opening of colleges, to the splitting of public land to private ownership, to the rise of new factories, and to the dream of being able to eat meat everyday that will one day come true, the trailer is a short but poignant reminder of how much potential humanity has when finally given the freedom to use their talents. 

“Soul Mate” is Being Adaptation Into a Series

“The most beautiful encounter in the world, is meeting another me.”      –  Soul Mate/Another Me

Award-winning film Soul Mate 七月与安生 is being made into a drama called Another Me, starring young actress Shen Yue, Chen Duling, and Xiong Ziqi.  The drama follows the story of two girls seemingly destined to be together forever as they grow up, apart, and then recall the stories of their youth.  Trailer below:

 

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Melodrama Goodbye My Princess releases second trailer

Torturous melo Goodbye My Princess has released a trailer that actually shows the faces of the leads Peng Xiaoran and Chen Xingxu, who play the main protagonists Xiao-Feng and crown prince Li Chengyin (Gu Xiaowu). [Extended Synopsis]

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Liu Tao, Yuan Quan lead dramas commemorating 40 years of China’s open-door policy

Two new dramas celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s open-door policy have started filming, and there’s another handful ready to air (titles below). I’d say at least half of the shows are aiming for a Flying Apsaras award, which has a separate category for dramas relating to significant historical events.

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Black Widow Song Yi in comic book dress


The Disguiser‘s Black Widow may not be a comic book superhero, but her actress Song Yi worn an awesome dress decorated with one. This dress is fun but elegant at the same time, and Song Yi looks great in it.  I know I didn’t write about it, but both of her recent idol dramas are pretty cute in a brainless way.

On a side-note, Indiewire reported Chloé Zhao will not be directing Marvel’s  Black Widow film.

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