Li Bingbing, Jason Statham, and The Meg by Chen Man

Chillin’ among the sharks

Chen Man proves she still nails fun, creative photoshoots with this new promo photoshoot for The Meg’s Jason Statham and Li Bingbing. Winston Chao also plays a leading role, while Mai Hongmei and upcoming Mulan-lead Yoson An make appearances. I watched it and thought it was a passable, fun shark movie with some cool shots. Li Bingbing’s English is still pretty lacking but she definitely has a bigger role than most other token Chinese females in co-productions. The movie is out in theaters in the U.S. and Europe on Thursday August 9 and August 30 in Australia.

Get your popcorn (shrimp) before you become fish food.

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Tingxue Tower trailer is a tribute to last decade’s wuxia masterpieces

In an age filled with xianxia (fantasy wuxia) adaptations and re-adaptations of  wuxia classics, Tingxue Tower is a rare adaptation of a contemporary wuxia novel.

The rare contemporary wuxia adaptation Tingxue Tower 听雪楼 shows with its new trailer that it’s not just an attempt to revive the dying wuxia genre with a new story, but also seems to be a tribute to last decade’s highly-stylized wuxia films. The trailer has scenes reminiscent of the rain fight in Hero and the bamboo forest fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and definitely perks my interest.

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Promo Round-up: Accidentally in Love

Poster and logo:  10/10

When heiress Chen Qingqing is out of funds after leaving home, she becomes accidentally involved in the life of her classmate and pop idol Situ Feng  in  Accidentally in Love 惹上冷殿下. The series stars Guo Junchen (Go Princess Go) and Sun Yining (The Eternal Love). I haven’t seen neither in leading roles, but the posters and trailers look super cute. The series airs two eps per day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays on Tencent here. It’s not region-blocked for me (US).

Trailer 1 below; Trailer 2; trailer 3 ; MV; OP

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The Rise of Phoenixes confirms air date, releases new previews and stills

Chen Kun and Ni Ni’s The Rise of Phoenixes has released two TV spots, a bunch of new stills, and also gotten itself a new native title of 天盛长歌 (lit. The Golden Age of Tiansheng). The 70 episode drama is confirmed to air as a daily drama from August 14th.

I am 95% confident the drama has a sad ending in store for us just based on the last line: “I swear upon my father’s grave that regardless of the circumstance I am in, I shall never marry Ning Yi.”

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Promo Round-up: Martial Universe

Martial Universe 武动乾坤 follows Lin Dong’s (Yang Yang) journey as he levels up to become the most powerful fighter in the land, and protects the world from an attack by the demons. Zhang Tian’ai and Wang Likun play his love interests. It’s also acclaimed historical drama director Zhang Li’s (Ming Dynasty 1566) first attempt at a fantasy drama, so I’m curious to see the outcome.

The 40 episode drama has been split into two parts, and will air in the 10pm time slot from Tuesday to Thursday on Dragon TV beginning tonight. Watch on Youtube here.

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Song Weilong romances Victoria Song in upcoming rom-com Find Yourself

Find Yourself 资深少女的初恋 is an upcoming drama that focuses on the romance between a thirtysomething white collar worker played by Song Qian (Moonshine and Valentine) and a twentysomething young man played by Song Weilong (Untouchable Lovers).

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Promo Round-up: Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost

Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost stars Yang Zi (The Destiny of White Snake) as a deity who initially doesn’t understand the concept of love, and Deng Lun (Sweet Dreams) as a prince of the Heavens who later becomes the demon lord. Luo Yunxi (Paediatrician) rounds out the love triangle as the Night Deity. [Extended Synopsis]

The 60 episode fantasy drama airs daily on Jiangsu TV beginning tomorrow night. On Youtube under Ashes of Love.

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Air date update, August 2018

Update: a couple more period dramas (Ruyi, The Wolf) may be on the way later this month!

Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 – Aug 2
Featuring: Yang Zi, Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi
Details: 60 episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
Tells of the romance between the daughter of the Flower Deity and the Prince of the Heavens.

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