Two trailers for Tang Yan, Shawn Dou’s See You Again

Promotional tagline: “Only time is aware of the love buried deep in our hearts.”

See You Again stars Tang Yan (The Princess Weiyoung) as Shi Jian, a woman who time travels back a decade in her dreams after the plane she is on encounters heavy turbulence. The first one was released by broadcaster Dragon TV, and actually gives us some insight into the story, while the official teaser released by the production company goes for a dreamy concept.

Behind-the-scenes

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Dangerous liaisons in first trailer for William Chan, Bai Baihe’s upcoming modern drama

Only Side By Side With You stars Bai Baihe (Surgeons) as Nan Qiao, a cold fuerdai who has a passion for designing drones, and William Chan (Founding of An Army) as Shi Yue, an ex-soldier turned gigolo and bar owner who wants to exact revenge on Nan Qiao, believing she was the reason he got expelled from the army.

Li Xian (Tientsin Mystic) plays Shi Yue’s former colleague and friend who has a one-sided love for Nan Qiao, while the gorgeous Qin Hailu (White Deer Plain) plays An Ning, a mysterious woman whom Shi Yue owes his life to.

Promo Round-up: A Love So Beautiful

The teaser for A Love So Beautiful 致我们单纯的小美好 is SO CUTE. A young girl (the main couple’s daughter) narrates that she doesn’t understand how her parents interact, given her father Jiang Chen’s (Hu Yitian) cold personality. And then we rewind a few years, where we are given a glimpse of his warm and cheeky side when he’s with girlfriend Chen Xiaoxi (Shen Yue).

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First stills for Chen Kun, Wan Qian’s Republican spy drama

Chen Kun (Beautiful Accident) and Wan Qian’s (Guilty of Mind) upcoming drama quietly wrapped up filming in mid-April, and is now going by the official title of Lost in 1949 脱身 (I assume they dropped ‘The/者’ to avoid comparisons with The Disguiser 伪装者).

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Assassins has the first decent boyband debut in forever

Ever since Seven Sense, I’ve been waiting for a good zhongguofeng boyband, and the debut of Assassins / Men With Swords 刺客团  delivered.  The MV-song combo is easily one of my favorites from a Chinese idol group in a long time. The  zhongguofeng elements work well within the music arrangement and MV without seeming dated, something even Seven Sense couldn’t do this well. 

Delicious 舌尖美味 is written by the members  Li Wen, Wang Yaochen, Ruan Zeyi, Fang Yifei (names in order of solo parts in the song).

A New Meteor Garden, a new F4 cast

Yes, it’s that time again. Welcome to another version of one of the most adapted mangas in Asia – Hana Yori Dango / Boys Over Flowers / Meteor Garden .

Helmed by producer Angie Chai of the original Meteor Garden,  New Meteor Garden 新流星花园  recently announced its cast of the four male leads, members of the clique F4.  There’s no news on who’s who yet.  The four male leads – Connor Leong, Dylan Wang Hedi, Darren Chen, and Caesar Wu Xize  – average 21 years old and are all fairly new actors. The female lead is Shen Yue, whose first major drama is only airing this week.

Will the new cast get instant famous like every other cast so far?

Female lead is played by 20-year-old Shen Yue in her second major role.

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Promo Round-up: Game of Hunting

Hu Ge’s most anticipated drama since the end of Nirvana in Fire in 2015Game of Hunting follows protagonist Zheng Qiudong’s journey from an idealistic entrepreneur to a skilled headhunter.

However, the path is far from smooth – his business fails after Bai Liqin’s (Zu Feng) death, and the teaser suggests he also spends time in prison after being betrayed by girlfriend (Jian Renzi). Thankfully Qiudong befriends wise inmate Liu Liangti (cameo by Sun Honglei), who points him in the right direction after he is released. The 45 episode drama begins airing tonight.

Drama opening theme (I’m intrigued by all the symbolism):

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Angelababy to romance Wu Xiubo in Desire and the City

Desire and the City 欲望之城 comes from the production company behind this year’s hit drama The First Half of My Life, and stars Angelababy (General and I) as Lin Li, an optimistic young white collar worker who helps Wu Xiubo‘s (The Advisors Alliance) Jiang Nianhua walk out of depression.

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25 Under 25: Mango Little Actors

Rated 9.3/10 on the Chinese version of IMDb, the child actors’ version of Dream of the Red Chamber has the highest rating for a recent Chinese drama and fourth overall.

 A series  for some of my favorite up-and-rising young artists. Most of them aren’t big enough to have fancy photo shoots, but they’re cute. 

Actors who can read their own lines, do their own stunts, dance, and sing? Welcome to the world of Mango Little Actors / Star of Tomorrow 芒果小戏骨, a Hunan local show that features incredibly talented child actors who put many of their adult counterparts to shame.

The group came to fame after their cute rendition of Disney’s Mulanand then solidified their ability to nail serious roles in mini series  Dream of the Red Chamber.  They have also  recreated condensed versions of Hunanese tales like Liu Sanjie, as well as classics like Romance of the Three Kingdoms  and Madame White Snake.

Watch a side-to-side comparison of their recreation of Disney’s Mulan:

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