jjss08 joined Cfensi in 2011, and will stay with Cfensi until she finds a method of time-traveling other than drama-stalking. She has an unhealthy bias for ancient dramas and pretty people in pretty clothes.
Upcoming film The Assassin (Nie Yingniang) 刺客聂隐娘 , starring Shu Qi and Chang Chen, has recently released a trailer. The film is directed by Hou Xiaoxian, and is based off a story from the Tang dynasty.
Nie Yingniang (literally, “Hidden Lady”) was the daughter of a great general, who was taken away by a Daoist nun when she was ten years old. She is trained to become a peerless assassin, and returns home thirteen years later – but this time, her master has instructed her to kill her (second) cousin Tian Ji’an (Chang Chen)… Continue reading →
Shu Qi rocks such an amazing “nv xia” (female knight-errant, female paladin) look in this new photo shoot for Bazaar – must have something to with her upcoming movie The Assassin (Nie Ying Niang – she plays the titular character). Bai Baihe chills at the beach, while Zhang Ziyi wears brightly colored furs. Fan Bingbing stuns a her self for Self magazine. Look below the cut for more pictures. Continue reading →
Remember this photoshoot, where Zhao Liying sported the short bob and Kimi Qiao taunted Chen Xiao? The two will be starring in the upcoming movie Days of Our Own 我们的十年. The movie is supposed to tell of the best ten years of a person’s life – you have the “poser” played by Zhao Liying and the “engineer boy” (or rather, STEM major) played by Kimi Qiao Renliang, together with the “piano goddess” (Wu Yingjie) and a “career man” (Van Fan). A toast to another youth story!
The film will be released on September 2. A short trailer, and more stills underneath the cut. Continue reading →
This post may be an excuse to post this picture – another one of the promo photos that Sun Jun took for Lady of the Dynasty.
Xi Shi of the Spring and Autumn period, Wang Zhaojun of the Han dynasty, Diao Chan of the Three Kingdoms era, and Yang Guifei of the Tang dynasty are considered the Four Great Beauties of China. Of these four, Yang Guifei is famed for being quite plump. If we skip all the actresses (and actors) who played her in the iconic opera Gui Fei intoxicated, we’re still looking at some ten different renditions of her character.
The historical Yang Yuhuan (Yuhuan being “Jade Ring”) was born during the Tang dynasty, and was initially married to a Tang dynasty prince. Coincidentally, this prince’s mother had once been a highly favored consort of Tang Xuanzong, and was unable to become empress because she was from the Wu clan, and the Tang court was still shaken from the memory of Wu Zetian’s rule. Tang Xuanzong became enamored of the beautiful Yang Yuhuan, and sent her to a Taoist nunnery so he could marry her instead. Thus, she became Yang Guifei (where Guifei is a title, the highest rank a consort of the Tang dynasty could be without actualy being the empress). When the An Lushan rebellion broke out, she and the emperor fled, but the soldiers blamed her for the chaos, and she died. Xuanzong later abdicated from the throne.
Zhu Yilong is finally on the better end of a love triangle!
I’ve had a soft spot for Zhu Yilong ever since he wooed Yang Rong in Love for Three Lifetimes, and now he’s starring with Zhang Xinyu in upcoming drama 边城浪子 (Border Town Prodigal).
The leader of the Divine Knife sect, Bai Tianyu, was mysteriously ambushed and killed in the border town Plum Nunnery. Twenty years later, Fu Hongxue (Zhu Yilong), leaves the western regions and returned to the central plains (China) in order to investigate his adopted father’s death. At the same time, Bai Tianyu and Hua Baifeng’s biological son, Ye Kai (Ye Qingbin), also left for the border town. The two find that it was Bai Tianyu’s sworn brother, Ma Kongqun (Qiu Xinzhi), who organized the assassination. (As luck would have it), Ma Kongqun’s beautiful daughter, Ma Suling (Zhang Xinyu) falls for Fu Hongxue, while Ye Kai falls for her…together, they will face Ma Kongqun. Look under the cut for more stills.
Other members of the cast include Chai Biyun, Vincent Jiao Enjun, Gong Mi, and Zhang Junning.
In which everyone is obsessed with Hu Ge, and for good reason.
I think that there’s no drama I’m looking forward to more than Nirvana in Fire – Hua Xu Yin, this is how you tastefully add fur to your costumes (it’s Hu Ge who wears the fur, not the other way around!) There’s such a quiet elegance to all of the costumes and the gorgeous filming. It helps, too, that the cast (Hu Ge, Wang Kai, Liu Tao) are amazing, and Hu Ge fits perfectly into his role as a calculating strategist with a major vendetta (and uh, gorgeous face).
Hu Ge is set to sing the (as of now) unreleased theme song, while Wang Kai (Blood, Eternally Crimson 赤血长殷）and Liu Tao （Beauty Bygone 红颜旧) have both contributed an insert song. They’re absolutely gorgeous. The drama will be released on September 18th.
Zheng Shuang is adorably pouty as Kangxi’s beloved consort.
Did anyone watch Zheng Shuang and Hawick Lau‘s drama, Cage of Love? The two are co-starring again in upcoming drama “Chronicle of Life,” travelling from the Republican era to the Qing dynasty as Hawick takes on the role of Kangxi. Chronicle of Life is adapted from the novel “A Lonely Space, A Night Longing for Spring 《寂寞空庭春欲晚》. The cast is rounded out by Zhang Binbin, as Nalan Rongnuo, Mi Xue as Kangxi’s grandmother the Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, and Zhang Xiaochen as Zheng Shuang’s older brother. You can look below the cut for more pictures. Continue reading →
Zhao Wei’s pretty brave for agreeing to this photo shoot, after someone tried to sue her for looking at him too intensely (through the screen). We kid – Zhao Wei is approaching forty this year, but this photo shoot attests that she’s ageless. Look under the cut for more pictures. Continue reading →
Yao Chen is cool in her new photoshoot for Elle – in more than one sense of the word (seriously, does she not have the greatest style?) Wish we could see that yellow dress out of the water. Look for more pictures under the cut. Continue reading →