Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran learn to love in Us and Them

Rene Liu’s directorial debut Us and Them 后来的我们 stars Zhou Dongyu (Thousand Faces of Dunjia) and Jing Boran (Monster Hunt 2)  as two strangers who fall in love after meeting on the train when travelling back to their hometowns during the Spring Festival holidays.

Teasers: (1), (2)

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Kimberley Chen covers Ariana Grande on Produce 101

The Chinese version of Produce 101 创造101, a competition aimed at forming a girl group, began airing last night and this cover of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s Problem  was head and shoulders above every other group.

Kimberley Chen, Lucia Wu, and Mimi Lee  are all ethnically Chinese but born and raised in three different countries. Kimberley Chen is Australian, Mimi Lee is Thai, while Lucia Wu was born in Brazil. I don’t know the other two well, but  I’m a big fan of Kimberley Chen, and I’m psyched to see her getting more recognition on the mainland.

The other fun group performance last night was Plain Disco from what’s left of girl groups A’N’D and KOGirls.  Not sure how I feel about the show yet, but it’s always great to hear more from Kimberley!

Gulnazar, Yang Shuo, Xu Zhengxi gorgeous in Jane Zhang OP

The opening credits for Return the World to You 归还世界给你 is quite gorgeous in every way. Jane Zhang ‘s theme song is probably one of her most contemporary theme  recently, while the cinematography makes it look more like a beautifully executed MV.

The series stars Yang Shuo, Gulnazar, Xu Zhengxi, and Wang Dong.

Collection of new teasers for upcoming 2018/2019 dramas

Streaming site Youku recently held a press conference to promote a slew of upcoming dramas, most of which will air on the platform and TV stations this year. Links to new teasers and extended synopses (if any) are included.

Which shows are you looking forward to watching?

Historical dramas

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Concept teaser for Season 2 of Medical Examiner Dr. Qin

Based on the fourth book Scavenger 清道夫popular Sohu-produced web drama Dr. Qin Medical Examiner 法医秦明2: 清道夫 is returning for a second season, and stars Liu Dongqin (I’m Not A Monster) as Qin Ming, Liu Chang (Women in Beijing) as cop-buddy Lin Tao and Yu Shasha (The Imperial Doctress) as Qin Ming’s quirky new assistant Chen Shiyu.

I’m a bit disappointed the original cast couldn’t return, but this teaser looks pretty good.

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Cyberpunk film Dream Breaker trailer

“With hot young actors in a story about adventure, love and digital culture, this is the perfect film for China’s post-1990s generation” – Ivy Zhong, the head of the studio making this who clearly should get a PR person to sell it better.

 According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cyberpunk film by Han Yan, Dream Breaker 破梦游戏, “stars actress Chen Duling as a young woman who must fight her way through a mysterious, holographic game world designed by her late father to avenge his death. ” It co-stars Song Weilong, Tong Dawei, Cao Xiwen, and Archie Gao.

Xu Zheng, Wang Likun’s suspense thriller A or B gears up for release

Xu Zheng (Lost in Hong Kong) plays high-profile corrupt billionaire Zhong Xiaonian, who is kidnapped and held captive in a secret building after attempting to lock in another dirty deal. Zhong Xiaonian finds himself in living hell as the kidnapper begins to publish one dark secret about him a day.

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Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ win Singer 2018 with Bang Bang, Dragon Fist, and pipa

Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ Tangingan won Singer 2018 this weekend with the help of an awesome pipa arrangement of Bang Bang and Dragon Fist.  I thought this season was lackluster in general, with even Jessie J having boring song choices and arrangements, but this was easily one of the best performances of the show.