Liu Yifei for Bazaar

Liu Yifei reminds you that she was once Xiaolongnv – look at the all white dress!

 

Liu Yifei has the same expression in three out of the five photos here, but she still looks fairly young, so I think she’ll be able to get by playing emotionless flower vases for a while yet. She’ll be playing a lawyer in her upcoming film The Third Type of Love (adapted from a novel of the same name, following a television adaptation that starred Zhang Xinyu). Look for more gorgeous pictures under the cut – the flowers definitely evoke spring! Continue reading

The Legend of Xiao Zhuang releases trailer

I get that you are running out of ideas on hairstyles but this is ridiculous.

The Legend of Xiao Zhuang has released a trailer and stills.  Starring Jing Tian, Geng Le, and Nie Yuan, let’s just say say that with the exception of Twilight of the Empire, it’s been a while since the outlook on upcoming Qing dynasty dramas has looked so bleak… and I am tired of overused plot devices… like doomed young love… and unreasonably feuding adults… and unexplained and persistent unconditional love…

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Photoshoot Friday: March 27, 2015

Girls, the jewels only get bigger.

 

I adore Amber Kuo‘s crown in this photoshoot for Bazaar Jewelry, though I won’t be able to afford it anytime soon (she and Tiny Times  I & II costar Rhydian Vaughan were recently in One Road Surprise together, but don’t go in expecting to see too many scenes of them). Yao Chen‘s jewelry doesn’t look to be quite as expensive, but she still strikes an intirmidating image, and He Sui is just as eye-catching. Zhao Liying, though, takes the cake as being the cutest of the bunch, even decked out in grayscale. Look below the cut for more pictures! Continue reading

The Empress of China, available in full body!

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Pop quiz: do you remember what this hair style is called?

After forced to watch bodiless ladies, you can now finally watch the original gorgeousness in full  because The Empress of China will be airing on TVB and CTV on March 30th.  TVB chose to PS an addition layer of cloth in front of boobs (because how can men control themselves when there are boobs), but CTV is airing it without any cuts!

To give you a refresher, here are a group of drawing of the show by @大葱君–.
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Tang Wei, Yao Chen,Cindy, Tiantian join “The Monster Hunt”

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I would watch this just for Cindy and Tiantian.

Cindy, Tiantian, Tang Wei, Yao Chen  join “The Monster Hunt”as guest stars.  The planned trilogy by Shrek the Third director Ramen Hui stars Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Wallace Chung, Sandra Ng, Eric Tseng, Jiang Wu, and Yan Ni.

Also, they have really pretty concept posters:

All ears for Alec Su’s directorial debut

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How many left ears can you count in this picture?

Alec Su’s directorial debut The Left Ear. released its first glimpses of the female lead, a new song, and a new set of posters featuring the leads Ou Hao, Chen Duling,  Yang Yang, Ma Sichun, Guan Xiaotong, Hu Xia, and Duan Bowen.

The film airs on April 30th in an attempt to get a head start on Yang Mi and Huang Xiaoming’s You’re My Sunshine  and Li Yu’s Ever Since We Love  starring Fan Bingbing and Han Geng, which one do you see doing the best?


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God of War releases stills

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Neither of them look comfortable because it’s really hard to ride a horse when you have to get both riders’ faces to show up in the photo.

Coproduction series God of War: Zhao Zilong released its first stills today, featuring Lin Gengxin as Zhao Zilong, SNSD’s Im Yoona as made-up character, Godfrey Gao as Lv Bu, Gulinazha as Diao Chan, Kim Jeonghoon as an angry bladesman, some girl who I can not identify Zhao Hanyingzi as another made-up character, Jia Qing as Maggie Cheung, and an older gentleman with a cool robe.

Jia Qing looking stunning in  a red dress in red leaves.  Already done, but props for trying to color-coordinate.


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Confucius Dance Drama

No… I don’t drink coffee… but I do have to have a daily dose of period pretty or things do not go well…

Clips of the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater’s production of Confucius has been released.  My favorites so far include Cai Wei (the lyrics are based on an ancient poem) and Incense.. Watch the whole thing here (can’t complain too much but hoping for a better quality release later).

It seems they may still be touring so maybe you will be lucky enough to catch a performance if they visit your city.  On the whole, there’s dance, music, pretty costumes, and bits people versed in Chinese history and literature will enjoy.  Something for everybody.

By the way, we don’t do posts like this often.  What do you think?  Should we continue if the opportunity presents itself?

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Chen Xiao to star in Twilight of the Empire

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Filmed in the Prince Gong Mansion itself, Chen Xiao’s first serious lead is looking amazing already.

Chen Xiao + director Hu Mei aka the master of bioepics like Yongzheng Dynasty + Prince Gong in the late Qing
=  Twilight of the Empire 帝国黄昏  aka  epicness in the making.

The series co-stars Chen Xiao’s college classmate Lin Peng  and is based on a non-fiction bibliography of the Prince.

For a glimpse of Prince Gong’s controversial  life, here is the New York Times report on his first international appearance, signing the unequal treaties after the burning of the Summer Palace and the fleeing of his brother the Emperor from Beijing.  Just thinking about the potential depth of this role makes me excited for Chen Xiao.

Prince KUNG is about 28, but looks older; his countenance is not devoid of intelligence, but there was an expression of anxious, nervous care, partly fear struggling with anger, no doubt at finding himself in a position so different from the one he had been accustomed to hold in the presence of the high officials of the Government; yet there was a curious mixture of familiarity and respect in the manner of the officers towards him.

The bioepic even had the promo MV is filmed in the Prince Gong Mansion itself!   It would be pretty awesome if the drama was partly filmed there, too.  Okay, enough talk, here’s the preview MV :