Jackie Chan fights terrorists in latest co-production

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Jackie Chan v. James Bond, coming worldwide on October 13 and in China on September 30

Jackie Chan’s latest co-production, The Foreigner starring himself, Pierce Brosnan (007 franchise) , Liu Tao (The Advisors Alliance) and Katie Leung (Harry Potter), is directed by  Martin Campbell (Casino Royale ), and is the first co-production that   I actually want  to watch.

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Drama adaption of The Message begins filming

The Message 风声 is an upcoming web drama adaption set during the Japanese occupation period, and is based on Mai Jia’s novel of the same. Xu Lu (Be With You), Janice Man (Love Weaves Through A Millennium 2), Zhao Lixin (Chinese Style Relationship), Zhang Zhijian (In the Name of the People) and Tony Yang (Divas Hit the Road 2) as the leads.

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The Advisors Alliance review: ep. 1 -4

Cao Pi: Here’s your sword back.
Guo Zhao: This isn’t mine.
Cao Pi: It was mine. Now it’s yours.   #HowToGift101

Episode 3,  scene X:   Yang Xiu ,   the ambitious antagonist in the first few episodes, had just kicked off a dying Sima Yi into the river.  He is relieved, proud of what he has accomplished.

When he is left alone , he  turns to see his hands in the dimming night.  There’s blood on his hands.  He realizes what he has done, betraying his father’s trust and hope for a Han alliance, murdering at least two men.  He screams into the night.

The scene is representative of how The Advisors Alliance 军师联盟 has so far treated its characters – as complex and contradicting human beings.

With a rich set of characters, a fast-paced plot, thoughtful but colloquial dialogue, and just the right amount of romance and humor mixed in,   The Advisors Alliance is probably the best scripted ancient drama in the past couple of years. Continue reading

Trailer for Season 1 of Fights Break Sphere

Fights Break Sphere stars Wu Lei (The Magic Star) as a genius child who suddenly loses all his powers, Lin Yun (Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back) plays his love interest and Baron Chen (Extremely Urgent) stars as his martial arts teacher.

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Sheng Yilun reporting back on the Republic’s biggest actresses

Dear Chinese producers: I will come up with English titles for you for free if you fire your current ones.

Sheng Yilun is the youngest by a lot in “Shanghai Picked Flowers 十里洋场拾年花
“, a series that focuses on female celebs in the Republican era, except the main lead is male. Sheng Yilun plays a reporter reporting on all the happenings in the Republican Shanghai world of romance, and intrigue. The posters are nice, and the premise and cast seems promising, let’s hope they don’t botch it.

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Promo Round-up: The Advisors Alliance

The Advisors Alliance takes viewers to the ever-popular Three Kingdoms era, and this time the entire story will be told from Sima Yi’s (Wu Xiubo) perspective. Liu Tao (Ode to Joy 2) plays his fierce wife Zhang Chunhua while Janine Chang (Midnight Diner) plays Bai Lingyun, a spy from the Cao faction and Sima Yi’s concubine. Xiao Shunyao and Tan Jianci from M.I.C. costar as sons Sima Shi and Sima Zhao.

On the other side we have the Cao household, led by Yu Hewei (I Am Not Madame Bovary) as warlord Cao Cao and Li Chen (variety show Keep Running) as Cao Pi. Tang Yixin (Psychologist) and Zhang Zhixi (Three Heroes and Five Gallants) star as the latter’s consorts.

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