For some reason, many dramas have chosen to go with a poetic seven-character title format, and The King’s Woman 秦时丽人明月心 is the latest show to follow suit. Starring Dilraba and Zhang Binbin (costars in Pretty Li Huizhen, TLTWTMPB), the upcoming drama tells of the fictional love story between Concubine Li and China’s first Emperor.
Drama costars turned real-life couple Tang Yan and Luo Jin are confirmed for The Way We Were 归去来, a drama revolving around the life of exchange students. This will be their fourth collaboration after A Beauty in Troubled Times, Agent X and The Princess Weiyoung.
Nothing Gold Can Stay is set in the years leading up to the fall of the Qing Dynasty, and stars Sun Li as a young girl who later transforms into a respected businesswoman.
The new posters for Legend of Fuyao make it seem like Yang Mi (Brotherhood of Blades II) and Ethan Ruan (Begin Again) are endorsing some online game – hopefully the leads will look better in action.
Part 2 of The Advisors Alliance 大军师司马懿之虎啸龙吟 has released a trailer, and it looks much more exciting than how the first one ended. The quality of part 1 went down half way through when Cao Cao died and Sima Yi got involved in a love triangle, though I still recommend it for Cao Cao and the cute Cao Pi-Guo Zhao ship. Hopefully season 2 will focus more on strategy and nation-building (and the Sima sons) instead of unappetizing love triangles
Rather than the story, it was Tong Liya’s poster that caught my eye.
If it’s not already obvious from the title, Patriot 爱国者 focuses on the story of a loyal Communist agent and later guerrilla fighter, played by Zhang Luyi (The Devotion of Suspect X), as he weeds out all the enemy spies. After the Japanese invade Manchuria in 1931, he takes on the identity of legendary hero Yan Hongguang, and continues to defend his homeland until death.
Tong Liya (Heartfall Arises) plays his comrade and love interest, while Lu Fangsheng (Tribes and Empires) plays a carefree policeman by day, and a secret agent by night.
The 50 episode drama is directed by Gong Zhaohui (Royalty in Blood) and written by Wang Hailin (Murder at Honeymoon Hotel).
Ever wanted to see Ming Cheng, Xiao Jingyan, or Doctor Zhao on the big screen? Now’s your chance. Design by: @长期搬书气自华
If you’ll be around New York City this 07/28-08/02, catch Wang Kai’s ads in two locations, above Europa Cafe on 7th and 43rd, and in front of the Reuters HQ on 43rd. Wang Kai’s fans won this in some sort of Yinyuetai version of Portal. I don’t really understand the Chinese obsession with Times Square ads, but at least these are pretty.
Brotherhood of Blades II stars Chang Chen (Mr.Long) as Shen Lian, a member of the Ming Dynasty’s secret police (Jinyiwei) who becomes a scapegoat for a powerful and corrupt official. While on the run, he meets a mysterious painter with a painful past, played by Yang Mi (Reset).
Fun fact: Jin Han recently joined Zhao Liying’s studio.
Our Glamorous Time 你和我的倾城时光 has confirmed Zhao Liying (Princess Agents) and up-and-coming actor Jin Han (Chiyun Nan in The Princess Weiyoung) as leads. The drama will revolve around the romance between young white-collar worker Lin Qian and former military officer turned CEO Li Zhicheng.
Best Cinematography of the Year?
The second film from one of China’s best young directors, Li Fangfang (Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting), Forever Young 无问西东 has finally released a trailer after over five years . It’s tentatively set for a late 2017 release.
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom, and Chen Chusheng, the ode to Tsinghua University focuses on the coming-of-age of the school and the nation as depicted through five of its students.