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Devotion of Suspect X trailer, NYC meet-up announcement

 

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Lucky fans abroad will actually see the film before those in China, where the film airs on April 1st.  N.A. poster by Yvonne_丫丫@Weibo

Detective thriller “The Devotion of Suspect X” starring Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, and Ruby Lin,  has finally released an official trailer.  Its overseas distributor, China Lion Group, has also confirmed it will be released in the U.S. and Canada on March 31st, one day ahead of China.   London and Australian distributions are still in thetalks.

Also, a group of Wang Kai fans are meeting up in NYC on the morning of April 1st at AMC Empire near Times Square to watch it.  Let me know if you’re interested or join the group on Weibo.

 

Watch Hebe Tian, Jing Boran as Beauty and the Beast

Watch Hebe Tian and Jing Boran in their rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song for the upcoming live-action film. The translations are very non-literal and almost sounds more like a translation of Sun and Moon, but at least they both look gorgeous.  Also, if you haven’t heard, Disney’s live-action Mulan is set for a Nov. 2018 release date and is expected to begin filming in April. No news on Sony’s version yet.

Castin call for Wu’ershan’s latest film

Director Wu’ershan (Painted Skin II, Mojin: The Lost Legend) is one of the most consistent commercial film directors of his generation and imo the best Chinese-fantasy film director currently available. He has an open casting call for the leads of his next historical-fantasy film.

If you’re between the ages of 16-25, sign up with your cv and a photo or a video (I presume? It didn’t say in the casting call) at fengshen_casting@163.com or call at 18519159097 for more details.

source: Chen Kun’s Weibo

This ideogram shot from When a Snail Falls in Love is brilliant

囚 is the Chinese character for “prison”, depicting a person (人) trapped inside a frame.   See this depiction of a lead trapped in her circumstances in detective series When a Snail Falls in Love.

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Catch the series English-subbed on YouTube every Monday at midnight Beijing time.

screencap source:abutwater,胃Plus_VvHoney

FAQ: Why do people dub?

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Stay calm and just repeat after me – one two three, two two three, three two three

I used to make excuses for dramas that dub, citing restrictions on accents, technology, and all that good-stuff. Unfortunately, I’ve since realized that’s not really true. The only real reason? That lovely little thing called self-interest.

The voices you hear in a TV show came through one of the three ways:

  • Dubbed by a dubbing team –  ex. all of Empresses in the Palace,
  • Dubbed original voices – ex. some leads of Nirvana in Fire.
  • On-site Recording  –   ex. Ode to Joy, The Interpreters

Dubbing methods often vary character-to-character, and dramas can use a mix of all three.

Let’s go down the list of excuses I used to believe : Continue reading

Steampunk fantasy “Three Kingdoms” set for adaptation

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How much do you want to bet that none of the leads will be Asian?

Ken Liu’s steampunk (or as he calls it, silkpunk) fantasy epic series, The Dandelion Dynasty, has been picked up for a film adaptation by DMG, which has brought rights to the first three books.

The series is loosely based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  According to Variety, adaptation of the first in the series, The Grace of Kings, is currently being fast-tracked.

P.S. In case you’re wondering why the name sounds familiar, Nebula and Hugo winner Ken Liu is the English translator for The Three Body Problem.

Kimi Qiao Renliang passes away

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R.I.P. Kimi

According to Sina,  28-year-old singer, songwriter, and actor Kimi Qiao Renliang passed away at his home  on September 16, 2016.  Homicide has been ruled out.

Qiao was first loved by fans and many of us at Cfensi as a contestant on My Hero in 2007, and soon began his music career.  He also had a successful acting career, being featured in the films such as the critically acclaimed 11 Flowers  and in popular dramas such as Legend of Lu Zhen, New Detective Squad, Cruel Romance, and SOP Queen.

Update: His company has released a statement confirming the cause of death was due to suicide following many years of battling depression.