Fun fact: The title of the drama is taken from one of Tsangyang Gyatso‘s romantic poems.
The upcoming webdrama Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You 不负如来不负卿 is based on Xiaochun’s’ time travel romance novel of the same name, and tells of the love story between a monk (Niu Zifan) and a historian (Rong Zhuo) who time travels back and forth between 4th century China and the year 2317.
Tentatively titled She Killed 她杀, the upcoming mystery thriller is the second film in Cao Baoping’s Burning Hearts 灼心 series, and stars Fan Bingbing (Sky Hunter) as a mysterious woman with a load of secrets. Huang Xuan (Tribes and Empires, Youth) costars as a man who holds the key to the truth.
It’s a vague synopsis, but the director does have a track record of producing solid thrillers – The Equation of Love and Death gave us one of Zhou Xun’s best performances to date, and The Dead End managed to deliver a gripping story despite the strict censorship laws.
She Killed is scheduled for a late 2018 / early 2019 premiere.
Red Rose 红蔷薇 is an upcoming republican drama starring Yang Zishan (Battle of Memories) as a naive noble lady who later joins the Communists, and Chen Xiao (Nothing Gold Can Stay) as her comrade and love interest. The theme song by Jane Zhang can be found here.
Youth and The Liquidator both cancelled their September/October air dates pretty abruptly, and it was reportedly because some of the scenes couldn’t pass by censorship board. Both movies have gotten new premiere dates – Youth will be released in cinemas on December 15th, while The Liquidator will follow on December 22nd.
It’s been ages since I last saw a Chen Man (and Zhou Dongyu) photo shoot that I liked. This is the second set to be released from the collaboration between Harper’s Bazaar Movie and The Thousand Faces of Dunjia. Female lead Ni Ni’s shots can be found here. Continue reading
It has come to my attention that China has yet to adapt Aladdin, and Dilraba would be perfect as Princess Badroulbadour.
I was again stricken by how gorgeous Dilraba is in this Dolce and Gabbana dress, and since I’m been in a Disney princess mood, I thought about how she could’ve been a decent Princess Jasmine.
Until I find enough money to produce a Chinese Aladdin, watch Dilraba in upcoming film Namiya in major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Also, here are some Princessy photoshoots of Dilraba.
Chen Kun just wrapped up historical drama The Rise of Phoenixes, and his Republican drama Lost in 1949 will premiere on Dragon TV in April next year.
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia 奇门遁甲 is an upcoming wuxia comedy set in a chaotic fantasy world overrun with demons and spirits, and will follow the exciting adventures of a group of young martial artists, played by Dapeng (Dong Chengpeng), Ni Ni, Aarif Rahman Lee and Zhou Dongyu.
English-subbed teasers and BTS (playlist):
The Qin Empire (I, II, III) is an ongoing series of historical dramas depicting the rise of the Qin Dynasty, from its beginnings as a state in the Warring States period, to its unification of ancient China and eventual collapse after the death of Qin Shi Huang. A fourth installment has been confirmed, though reactions are mixed.
Seven Versions of Myself is the official remake of Korean drama Kill Me, Heal Me and stars Zhang Yishan as a man with seven personalities. Cai Wenjing (Above the Clouds) plays a first year psychiatry resident and his love interest. Zhang Xiaoqian (Ode to Joy) plays her twin brother, and Gao Taiyu (Xuanyuan Sword: Clouds of Han) rounds out the main quartet as the hero’s cousin and main rival.
The 34 episode drama premieres on December 13th, and will release two episodes every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 10pm (Tencent).