Ren Suxi’s live performance in Hunan TV’s new live musical show, Phantacity 幻乐之城，is full of childhood wonder but also made me cry like an idiot at the airport.
The series features Faye Wong as she overlooks the production of four 10-minute mini-live musicals per episode. Episode one featured Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu, Huang Xiaoming, Ren Suxi, and Lei Jia. Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu’s work with Peng Youlun was visually stunning and a decent watch, but the breakout performance was definitely director Xin Shuang and actor Ren Suxi’s “Time Machine.”
The Patriot, starring Tong Liya and Zhang Luyi , is airing today. I have no idea if the story is good, but the logo, poster, and trailer have had been some of the most original for a Republican era drama of late. Here’s the trailer with the aesthetic of 1930’s China being hit by Thanos.
Zeng Shunxi as Zhang Wuji the 9th, at your service.
Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber the 9th 倚天屠龙记has released its first set of stills. I’d always thought this is the perfect Jin Yong novel to adapt for melodramas with idol actors. Glad someone finally took the advice and went for it. The cast is at least pretty and young , and I already like this Zhou Zhiruo more than the last one.
You wanted less supernatural beings in modern China? We’ll just make them all aliens!
Telling the tale of a thousand-year-old fox-spirit/alien royalty who has fallen in love with the same person over and over again for a thousand years, The Love Knot: His Excellency’s First Love 结爱 : 千岁大人的初恋 airs today, May 9th.
The first two episodes look promising. Easily the best Song Qian drama since she’s acted in, and a great first foray for Huang Jingyu into network TV. Watch it here on YouTube.
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!
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.
Glad to see more series taking advantage of China’s diverse geography for on-location shoots.
Visually the most expensive-looking The Lost Tomb series so far, Sea of Sand沙海 released its first trailer. The series stars Wu Lei as the protagonist, a high school’er who becomes entangled in a suspenseful adventure after meeting Wu Xie from The Lost Tomb series (Qin Hao). They’re joined by Yang Rong and Zhang Meng.
The Sound 声临其境, as the name implies, is a variety show where viewers are treated to a feast for the ears as actors showcase their voices and prove just how important line reading is to acting. Dubbers’ contributions to Chinese dramas should not be overlooked, but it makes a huge difference when you have good actors who are able to use their own voices.
Each week, four actors are invited to dub a wide variety of characters behind the stage, and the two most popular guests make a brief appearance before all four of them prepare a short stage performance.
Disclaimer: This may look like a Zhu Yawen fangirling post, but it’s not, I swear.
Episode 3: A Gentleman’s Voice (one-off recap)
Guests: Li Jianyi, Gao Yalin, Zhu Yawen, Zhai Tianlin
“Taste life through food, taste China through film. A Bite of China returns.” – Season 3 slogan
Season three of the documentary series that tells the story of China and its people through their food, A Bite of China 舌尖上的中国, has released a trailer. The series will air during the 2018 Chinese New Year to maximize the number of ugly cries they get from those of us who are away from our families.
After a four-year hiatus, the series was revived under a new producer. Like the previous seasons, it’ll feature eight themed episodes, each directed by a different director. Based on the trailer, the most interesting food so far is the fried chrysanthem. Hopefully the new season will live up to the previous two.