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Wang Kai, Wang Ziwen solve crimes and fall in love

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I will shot someone if they don’t change the super misleading title.

Daylight Entertainment has the best trailers.  They can build up suspense even where the actual series fails. Their latest work is detective series When a Snail Falls in Love 如果蜗牛有爱情 starring Wang Kai and Wang Ziwen in their third drama together.  The trailer looks great as usual, with movie-leveled cinematography, actually decent action sequences, and some moments of cuteness injected in the midst of suspense.

The series is based on the book of the same name by author Ding Mo and directed by Zhang Kaizhou (two of the three people behind the spectacular fail of Love Me If You Dare). Luckily, the scriptwriter is not Hai Yan, who can’t write for the screen to save her life.  If anything, it’s only 15 episodes, which hopefully means it’s faster-paced.

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Director Zhang Kaizhou’s shots.

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Sparrow releases heart-wrecking MV

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Those trees and flowers in the background must be really resilient to the cold.

I can’t tell if Sparrow  is actually epic or if it’s just the BGM (last heard breaking my heart here). Still do not see a sliver of life in Li Yifeng’s eyes (he’s also the only one being dubbed),  but everyone else is beautiful even while crying, and I’m impressed by a couple of the shots.  Also, I can’t wait for  Kan Qingzi to get lead roles.

Beauties in the Closet come out with posters

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Seriously, guys, stop beating around the bush and either come out or stop taking advantage of the market while actually queer erasing your stories. 

Tangren’s latest production is still stuck on the Foxes of Azure Hills as two foxes leave the hills and join the palace.  Beauties in the Closet 柜中美人 stars Chen Yao and Hu Bingqing as the two foxes and Vic Chou  as the male lead/emperor. More character posters below the cut and here.

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Ni Ni in Valentino

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It is a matter of constant curiosity how Ni Ni manages to look beautiful in literally anything. There’s absolutely nothing flattering about this nude Valentino dress she wore to a Warrior’s Gate event for Cannes, yet somehow when she wears it, she looks like a wood nymph.
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The Disguiser: Sequel News, and A Wonderful Thing

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If there was an award for best line delivery, this gets my vote.

First up – the script for the film has been completed. I was super excited for it, then  super against it, and now just conflicted.  (In the “drama version of the book” that advertised itself as “how the scriptwriter wants to present the story” , Ming Cheng was repeated kicked by the Ming’s and at one point felt ashamed that as a servant, he would dare to make fun of the young master. Yes, the USSR-trained and French-educated communist felt like he was acting above his class, and a family of righteous protagonists made a habit of abusing an abused child.  I’m counting on my suspicions that these parts were written by a ghost writer, otherwise I take back every nice thing I’ve ever said about Zhang Yong.)  

Now to the Disguiser series. I’ve done a painting, a dialogue, a line, and now – an expression. 

A lesser actor would’ve found it hard to express one emotion at a time, but  Wang Kai told Ming Cheng’s entire life story in 2 seconds in this scene here as he finds out the true identity of Ming Tai’s father.

Somehow Wang Kai is able to show that Ming Cheng feels genuinely happy for Ming Tai and his father  while  expressing emotions that are clearly not all joy.  While the first half of the sentence was intended to comfort Ming Tai’s father, as he shifts to the final phrase, his expression and tone of voice changes. The concerned, comforting voice of “this is a good thing” becomes distant in “A wonderful thing” as he is lost in his own thought. At the same time, his eyes also look away from Ming Tai’s father to the distance, perhaps to the father he had never met.

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Stay With Me releases dubbed sneak-peak

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How can we be together if you’re dubbed by someone else?

Not enough of Wang Kai in Ode to Joy?  We’re less than two months away from his upcoming series, Stay With Me! The series managed to steal the coveted Hunan TV summer slot, and before the Olympics, too, so at least we know the guys at Hunan TV like it.   Here’s a sneak-peak of the show from Mango TV, although it’s not an official trailer.  Also, don’t worry,  Wang Kai is using his own voice for the actual series, although co-stars Joe Chen and Qiao Renliang won’t.