Stills have been released for Maritime Silk Road, starring Yan Yikuan, Ady An, Siqin Gaowa, and Zheng Yihan. This drama deals with maritime exploration during the reign of Wu Zetian, court intrigue, assassination attempts, mystery etc. There is a trailer but I did not find it to be that interesting so far. Some of the materials released so far have been a bit disappointing in my opinion…
The Assassin, directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien and starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Ethan Ruan, and Satoshi Tsumabuki, keeps releasing pretty pictures and I’ve been dying for it to be released. For once, I’m glad that there’s a production that can still focus on natural elements as opposed too much CGI, man-made elements like architecture, clothing styles, huge hair, etc. With August 27th just around the corner, I thought we should celebrate with stills… and the short film they made introducing the general story.
Trying to remind my self that by Chinese drama standards, this release date is relatively early…
Nirvana in Fire, starring Hu Ge, Wang Kai, Wu Lei, Chen Long, Liu Tao, etc., has released its latest theme by Hu Ge. If you are like me, this has not exactly made waiting for September 19th to roll around any easier.
I don’t usually do Republican era dramas but these stills are nice.
Tai-chi Master: The Ultimate Gateway has released stills for Kevin Cheng. Starring Kevin Cheng, Tang Yixin, Lin Youwei, Yuan Bingyan, Bai Bing, Ying Haoming, Huang Wenhao, He Zhonghua, Maggie Siu, Zou Tingwei, Hao Zejia, Wang Yao, and Jing Feng, this drama is another martial arts drama set in the Republican era feature plots such as revenge and dealing with Japanese occupation during the second world war.
I have always found some of Gao Xixi’s works and costuming to be a bit too stylistically bare for my preferences… here’s to changing my mind.
Gao Xixi’s The Legend of the Song Dynasty: Zhao Kuangyi is set to be released on August 10. Starring Chen Jianbin, Yin Tao, Shao Feng, and Wang Huichun, this drama follows the titular Zhao Kuangyin, the Song dynasty‘s first emperor, and the end of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. A very long trailer with lots of spoilers has been released here (I’ve warned you). Either way, since we are currently covering the Song dynasty in Sinology Sundays, I figure this is a good opportunity to take a look, assess the costuming, and see how clothing starts moving toward the characteristic Song dynasty look.
Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng recently graced the cover of Men’s Health, coinciding with the release of his sports movie, To The Fore (破风), which opens in theaters on August 7.
Directed by Dante Lam, To The Fore (which we will refrain from referring to as “Breaking Wind,” which the title can literally translate to) is set in the world of competitive cycling. Newbie bikers Wang Chouming (Eddie Peng) and Qiu Tian (Shawn Dou) find themselves wowed by the talented Korean cyclist Zheng Zhiyuan (Choi Siwon) and agree to sign on as his pacesetters (破风手).
Although the three of them form a perfect team, Wang Chouming and Qiu Tian soon discover that no matter how many races they win together, only Zheng Zhiyuan will be recognized as the official winner. As each of them becomes caught up in their pursuit of victory, they lose their solidarity and their achievements go plummeting. Will their team spirit ever return?
To The Fore features appearances from Wang Luodan and Carlos Chan. Interestingly, its August 7 release is the exact same release date as that of Shawn Dou’s other movie, Time to Love (新步步惊心).
Check out a teaser trailer below, as well as the rest of Eddie’s Men’s Health photoshoot.