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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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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 :

Hugs and kisses of Love Across Time in gif form

Let’s face it. The only thing that holds this drama together is how cute these two are together.

A gif tour of all the love that is Zheng Shuang and Jing Boran  in   Love Across Time, presented to you by Fashion Bazaar.

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Chen Xiao: Perfect characters annoy me

Perfection is over-rated. This is why I rely on Yang Rong for everything.

Perfection is over-rated. This is why I rely on Yang Rong for everything.

Actor Chen Xiao talks about how he can’t help but add flaws to his characters in an interview with Men’s Uno.   He’s totally selling the acting-crazed but clueless-in-life personality for me.   Now I really want to watch him in  Love & Life & Lie 遇见爱情的利先生.

MU: Before, when mentioning Love & Life & Lie, you said you accepted this series because you don’t want to act in idol dramas after 30. Do you still feel so? 

Chen Xiao: Yes, that’s what I thought at the time. I’ve never filmed idol dramas before, and I felt like I should film one while young. …  However, after I received the first ten episodes I’ve changed my mind, because it doesn’t feel like an idol drama at all when I watched it.  My treatment of the character isn’t idol at all. I don’t know, when I see a character is too perfect, I get annoyed, so I always want to add some flaws to him when I’m working with him. Maybe it’s because I think if he’s too perfect, he’s not realistic enough. But a lot of girls nowadays seem to like perfect men when watching idol dramas, so I think if I have the opportunity, I want to film a real idol drama. I’m a bit conflicted, because I’m afraid when I do, I won’t be able to control myself and add things to his character again.

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“My Sunshine” unapologetically cheerful in character posters

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“Sorry, I didn’t have an abortion. May 1st, return simplicity to love” – Yang Mi as the idealistic Zhao Mosheng

Unapologetic for the story’s simple and pure love story (I still don’t understand how the TV version managed to drag for 40+ episodes ) and poking fun at the recent surge in films about youth love stories that are a bit too similar,  the film version of Gu Man’s You Are My Sunshine 何以笙箫默 released its first set of stills this week.

The  Enlight film stars Yang Mi, Huang Xiaoming, Angelababy, Tong Dawei, Xie Yilin, and film debuts by EXO’s Huang Zitao and model He Sui. The film is set for a May 1st release.

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The Guardians of Doors releases trailer

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What happens when the traditional Door Gods gets shut out from the modern household?

Think you never want to see another winter again? Not if you’re a fan of Chinese animation. After the long-waited Big Fish was picked up for release in November 2015, another great-looking Chinese animation film, The Guardians of Doors 小门神, has announced it’ll be airing in January 2016.  The film is expected to air in 2016, trailer below, with narration by Bai Ke. It’s the first from new animation studio  Light Chaser Animation.