Zhou Xun, Eddie Peng lead wartime drama film Our Time Will Come

Our Time Will Come 明月几时有 (previously known as The Great Escape) is the latest project from critically acclaimed director Ann Hui (The Golden Era) and stars Zhou Xun (Meet Miss Anxiety) as Fang Gu, a school teacher who becomes a guerrilla fighter in order to defend Hong Kong from Japanese occupation.

Eddie Peng plays Liu Jinjin, a legendary gunman who is also a master of disguise. He is a well-educated youth who can hold his own in a debate with scholars, as well as a skilled fighter capable of protecting his comrades.

Wallace Huo (Suddenly Seventeen) is the romantic idealist Li Jinrong, who only dreams of a peaceful future with his lover Fang Gu. Li Jinrong soon realises there is no place for naivety in a place torn apart by war, and joins a group of fighters to protect his homeland.

Our Time Will Come is slated to premiere on July 1st. 

List of upcoming 2017 films

Sina recently compiled a list of upcoming movies that are scheduled to premiere by the end of this year. Actors with multiple productions coming out this year include Eddie Peng, Huang Xuan, Ni Ni, Liao Fan, Shu Qi and Wan Qian. Which films are you looking forward to the most?

Translations and full trailers (if available) are below the cut. Some movies may have been omitted due to lack of information.

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Acting? The ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie has an open casting call

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Malaysian-born Australian model/musician Josh Kua seems like a shoo-in for the role of billionaire heir Nick Young.

Crazy Rich Asians, the best-selling Kevin Kwan novel, is getting a big screen adaption and director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D, Now You See Me 2) is on the lookout for acting talent.

The romantic-dramedy follows the story of Nick Young, a handsome, young, British-educated, Singaporean billionaire, and his Chinese-American girlfriend, Rachel, who only discovers his wealth during a trip together to Singapore.

This may sound like an Asian Fifty Shades of Grey, but I promise I’ve never seen Fifty Shades of Grey before, so I can’t tell you for sure. (Though, I’ve been assured that Crazy Rich Asians is substantially different to the Valentine’s-Day-release-date film trilogy.)

The casting directors are looking for English-speaking actors and actresses who can play Chinese-Singaporean or Asian characters, and are turning to social media in search of the best amateur or professional talent. The Warner Brothers production will be the “first all-Asian cast for an American Hollywood studio in a long, long time,” says Chu.

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Huang Xuan to lead Feng Xiaogang’s latest film

Huang Xuan (The Interpreter) is on a roll! He was part of Zhang Yimou’s action-adventure film The Great Wall, recently wrapped up filming for Chen Kaige’s Legend of the Demon Cat and now he’s headlining Feng Xiaogang’s In Youth 芳华. Huang Xuan definitely deserves his success, and I’m glad directors and producers are starting to recognise his talent.

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Super-short teaser for movie version of TLTWTMPB

A short post for an equally short teaser – here’s the 25 second sneak peek for Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, starring Liu Yifei (Never Gone) and Yang Yang (Love O2O) as deities whose love for each other transcends three lifetimes. The movie is tentatively scheduled for a summer 2017 release.

Ge You and Zhang Ziyi’s period noir film set for release

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Set in 1930s Shanghai, The Wasted Times 罗曼蒂克消亡史 stars Ge You (Gone with the Bullets) as Mr. Lu, a powerful and murderous gangster who embarks on quest for revenge after his wife and children are killed by Japanese officials.

N.B.: Some of the dialogue is spoken in the Shanghai dialect.

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Tony Leung joins Bai Baihe, Jing Boran in Monster Hunt 2

Monster Hunt was a commercial success when it premiered last year, and now a sequel starring original trio Bai Baihe (I Belonged To You), Jing Boran (Love O2O) and cute white radish Hu Ba has started filming. This will be Tony Leung’s (The Grandmaster) first comedy in 14 years, and it’s likely he will be playing the main antagonist.

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Sword Master to be released

Here it comes!

Sword Master 三少爷的剑 will be releasing on December 2nd.  Directed by Derek Yee and produced by Tsui Hark, this production stars Lin Gengxin, Peter Ho, Jiang Yiyan, Jiang Mengjie, and Jiang Yiyan, not too much longer now.

More below the cut.

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Asura begins filming

I usually try to avoid projects like these because sometimes they try too hard to prove themselves…

I guess there’s a new filming in the works named Asura 阿修罗.  I’m waiting on a comprehensive list of the main cast but the production and actors/actresses seem to draw from a pretty diverse background.  The film seems to be aiming for a release sometime in 2018.

More stills below the cut.

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