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Ten Deadly Sins starts off a year of detectives

 Although this is like the fourth drama Zhang Han has produced, it's only the first one that's airing.  

Zhang Han’s just glad one of his four self-produced dramas is finally airing.

If you’re already paranoid by Brexit, just wait until you see the slew of psychopaths that the second half of 2016 will feature, starting with The Ten Deadly Sins 十宗罪.    Starring Zhang han, Yu Xiaotong, Eric Tsang, and newcomer Zhang Yamei, the series will air on July 20th on Youku.

Other upcoming detective series mostly focused on psychopaths include Wang Kai and Wang Ziwen’s When a Snail Falls in Love,  Yang Rong’s Memories Lost 美人为陷, Zhang Ruoyun and Jiao Junyan’s Medical Examiner Qin Ming 法医秦明 .  Upcoming films include Zhang Hanyun and Eddie Peng’s Operation Mekong, Liao Fan and Li Yifeng’s Evil Minds 心理罪, and the Alec Su-directed adaptation of The Devotion of Suspect X. 

The styling and cinematography is reminiscent of the classic Hong Kong cop films, with a nice blend of artistry and realism. The editing is creative, if not that suspenseful. But you can see for yourself:

Motion capture animation L.O.R.D. releases trailer

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Those puppy eyes almost make me want to  forgive them for everything.  gif :小介鹿里

Guo Jingming and China’s first motion capture animation film L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasty) finally released its first full-length trailer. It stars Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You know, if the CGI isn’t that great, you could’ve at least chose good voice actors to make up for it …

Song of Phoenix releases trailer for Duanwu Festival

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Written by Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan, the title borrows from the poem by Qu Yuan as he longs for his home and Emperor while in exile. The title literally means “Longing for the Beauty.”

Song of Phoenix commemorates the death of its lead character, poet Qu Yuan (Ma Ke, Yiyang Qianxi) by releasing its first trailer today.  The food associated with the Duanwu festival, the glutinous rice dessert zongzi, is eaten in honor of Qu Yuan.   The series also stars Qiao Zhenyu, Zhang Xinyu, Liu Yun, Lan Xi, and Lee Hyunjae.

May you have a healthy and prosperous Duanwu Festival from us, too!

Forget fanmail – young Chinese are finding a new way of paying tribute to their favorite stars: charity

On Weibo, the "Ming Cheng Road" sparked hot discussion and a hunt for the mysterious patron.

I ask myself, “What would you do if you had more time?”
You could have done so much more if only you had time.

Ming Cheng is best known as the handsome and diligent butler of the well-connected Ming family in 1940s Shanghai. He also happens to work for the KMT intelligence agency – and as an undercover operative for the Communist Party of China.

The fictional star of TV drama The Disguiser, a hugely popular spy drama that aired in China last year, Ming Cheng quickly became beloved by viewers as a brave and resourceful patriot. He was a character whose very appeal seemed to spring from the dramatic period in which he resided – until, that is, this spring, when Ming walked out from the screen into the real world.

In May, news began to spread online about the construction of a 1.5-kilometer dirt road in an impoverished, mountainous area of Sichuan Province that was to be a boon for the village, allowing for students to attend school and the local economy to develop. The project in and of itself wasn’t so unusual – what was, was the plaque naming its benefactor. It read, “Donator: Ming Cheng.”

Fans of the show were abuzz – who really donated that road on behalf of Ming Cheng?

I cried when I first saw news of this because Ming Cheng is so close to my heart, and it was incredibly touching to see that a fan chose to do this in his name.   Since then, a few of Wang Kai’s fans have individually donated roads in the names of Xiao Jingyan from Nirvana in Fire, Fang Mengwei from All Quiet in Peking, and a school library in the name of Qi Yong from Educated Youth in his home-province.

More on Global Times’ article on fans of Chris Li Yuchun,  Lu Han, Kris Wu, and TF Boys  doing charity here.

P.S. The caption is a hint to the next Disguiser Discussions post.

Love is More Than a Word, it’s a cosplay

...this is not Meichuang Su in the snow

This is not Meichang Su in the snow

Welcome to Love is More Than a Word 识汝不识丁, China’s first major BL ancient series, also known as, let’s do a giant Nirvana in Fire cosplay.

The net series, which has just finished filming, is based on the novel of the same name and tells of a new governor who lacks both brains and polish, but is aided by his cooler-but-wiser (boy)friend and sexy-but-shady (boy?)friend. It stars newcomers Jiang Zile, Yan Zidong, Lu Zhuo, Chen Yichen, and not-so-new BL actor Kong Chuinan.

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L.O.R.D. cast takes over the Cosmos

Of birds and men. Chen Man vs. Who wins?

Four of them are by Chen Man, four by Wu Ming.  Can you tell which one’s which?

L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasties) may have delayed its opening night to September, but they released their first magazine cover in time for June with a whooping 10 different Cosmos covers for you to chose from.

Featuring director/writer Guo Jingming with actors Fan Bingbing, Chen Xuedong, William Chan, TF Boys’ Wang Yuan, Amber Kuo, Aarif Lee , and Lin Yun,  the ten covers are shot by  Chen Man and Wu Ming.  Which ones are your favorites?

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More importantly … I downloaded and uploaded all the photos via Python! Yay, me!

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Buddhist chant trailer for The Great Shaolin

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With high-qualitied productions like Shaolin and  Storm of Prophecy, Zhou Yiwei seems to be en route to stardom this year.

Managing to be serene and action-packed at the same time, The Great Shaolin 少林问道 continues to stand in a league of its own with the release of the opening and an insert song MV below. The series stars Zhou Yiwei , Guo Xiaoting, and Guo Jingfei, and airs on a land channel tomorrow (aka we might never see it in HD). You can watch it live here at 7 p.m. Beijing Time every day beginning May 30th.

 

Seven Snail Shots that Surpass Silver Screen Standards

Number 10. This wallpaper worthy crime scene.

Number 7: This wallpaper worthy crime scene.

Creative angles and moving shots give  the When a Snail Falls in Love  trailer a film feel that I love. Here are my favorite shots and/or scenes from the trailer.

The  series is only 15 episodes and director Zhang Kaizhou promised a faster pace, better crime-solving, more combat, more soul, and less romance compared to the original. Let’s hope he delivers.  There is also a big train fight scene in Myanmar that should be a hoot.

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Number 6: moving shots that are too cool for TV.

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