The Legend of Kaifeng makes some improvements to stills

The stills do get a bit better… just click below the cut to see…

The Legend of Kaifeng has released a couple better stills.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan Tingting, Jiang Chao, Winston Chao, and Qi Ku , I am still a bit iffy on this drama but I guess I feel a little better…?

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Sword Master releases posters

Is this China, the Carnival of Venice, or a masquerade ball!?!… and I’m calling BS in case somebody tries to make a tie-in to the Prince of Lanling!!

Sword Master 三少爷的剑 has released posters.  Directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark, this production stars Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Jiang Yiyan and seems to be aiming for a release date sometime in July.

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Nicky Wu to Release First Solo Album in 13 Years

Nicky Wu Journey album cover

Though Nicky Wu started off as a member of The Little Tigers band and has been involved with the soundtracks of many of his projects, his last solo album release was in 2003, which was basically an EP collection of a few drama theme songs. Now, thirteen years later, he is preparing for the release of Journey (旅程), which will include his duet with wife Liu Shishi.

Scheduled for release this month, Journey will be Nicky’s 16th solo album (17th if you include the aforementioned EP). Recording for the album had actually already been completed more than a year ago, but because Nicky and Shishi’s wedding ceremony was delayed until this past March, the album’s release was also pushed back to April.

So far, I have yet to see an official confirmation of Journey‘s tracklist, but it’s a sure bet it will include “Hand in Hand” (手牵手), the song that Nicky and Shishi recorded together to celebrate their marriage. The song’s MV was recently released, and as expected, it features a lot of hand-holding, along with a dose of smooching at the end.

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Huang Weide stars as Bao Zheng

I feel like the Song dynasty has it’s own unique sense of beauty.  It’s a pity that dramas have not been able to capture it for me yet… :(

The Legend of Kaifeng has started filming.  Starring Huang Weide, Zhang Meng, Gan TingtingJiang ChaoWinston ChaoQi KuiJi ChenWang Wanzhong, and Zheng Siren, the plot will follow Bao Zheng in the Song dynasty.

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Tsui Hark returns to wuxia

Tsui Hark, show them how it’s done!!

The Third Master’s Sword 三少爷的剑 (I am sure they will have a better English title sometime soon) has released a teaser, marking Tsui Hark‘s return to the wuxia genre.  Starring Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Ren Qingan, this seems to be based on the novel by Gu Long.

Jaw-dropping promotional video for The Tenants Downstairs

Definitely appreciating the creative use of color in this one.  I guess it is to be expected if it has somebody involved from Flowers of War…

The Tenants Downstairs 樓下的房客, based on the novel by Giddens Ko (author of You Are the Apple of My Eye), has released an amazing promotional video and seems to have quite the team behind it.  Names include Amazing Film Studio (behind You Are the Apple of My Eye, Tiny Times, Tiny Times 2, and Cafe. Waiting. Love), Adam Tsuei (behind all those names with Amazing Film Studios and involved with people like F4, Jolin Tsai, Jay Chou, and lots more big names), and William Kong (co-producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon… erm… not the new one… and Flowers of War as well as producer of Rise of the Legend).

I Am A Singer Season 4: Haya Coco Lala… are names of contestants on this show

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Hwang Chiyeol does a lot of clapping on this show.

After presumably blowing all of this season’s budget on last years’s A-list lineup, Hunan
TV’s I Am A Singer returns for a fourth year with a stable of more—ahem—”affordable” singers.

The I Am A Singer crown has always gone to a Mainland Chinese act. Yu Quan in 2013, and the Hans Lei and Hong in subsequent years. Of course, that’s not a risky bet to make when five-out-of-seven singers are Mainlanders. This year, things are a bit different. There are only two Mainland performers in the starting lineup, and both tied for last place in this episode. A non-Mainland singer could very well take it out for the very first time, and Taiwanese diva Lala Hsu and Cantopop legend Hacken Lee are both in with a good shot.


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Wolf Earth 苍狼大地 by Tengger

Haya is something of a folksy, Inner Mongolian Nightwish. Lead singer, Daichintana,
plays a Native American flute in this performance. Oh, they’re a very worldly bunch.

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Celebrating with Jiangsu TV’s New Year Concert

It seems like a while since we have done a music-related post so here’s to Jiangsu TV’s New Year Concert, featuring some of the biggest artists in the greater China region and Asia including but not limited to A-meiStefanie SunJolin Tsai, Fenghuang ChuanqiLi JianHu YanbingSNH48The OneZheng ChunyuanLi YuchunJ.J. LinChi ChangxuLi RonghaoS.H.E.Fish LeongTan Weiwei, Piao ShuSha BaoliangTao JingyingEkin ChengLin XiaofengXie TianhuaQian JialeDeng LixinWu YufeiFu YingYang AijinT-araWu MochouWei ChenDong ChengpengLi Xiang, and singers from Yizhan Daodi.  All those people in that poster above.  Heck the freakin’ show comes in like FOUR OVER-ONE-HOUR SEGMENTS!!

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