Dilraba, Zhang Binbin play lovers in upcoming period drama

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. 

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The Advisors Alliance: Howling Tiger, Roaring Dragon trailer

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

Zhang Luyi, Tong Liya in The Patriot

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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).

Catch Wang Kai on Times Squre 07/28-08/02

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 gears up for premiere

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).

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Zhao Liying, Jin Han begin filming Our Glamorous Time

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.

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Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen comes of age with a young nation

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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.

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