Fantasy epic Asura actually looks kind of epic

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When you underpay  the costume design team of Game of Thrones and get recycled looks.

Despite sounding like a Games of Thrones fanboy’s expensive money-laundering scheme initially,  the latest trailer for fantasy epic Asura 阿修罗  actually has me sold on watching  Wu Lei and  Daenerys Zhang Yishang falling in love and saving the world.  The CGI is great compared to other recent fantasy films, the music is on point, and the trailer makes it seem like it potentially has a plot. The film is set for a summer 2018 release and co-stars Tony Leung and Carina Lau as the antagonists.

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Carina Lau, Jiang Xin play sisters in remake of Eighteen Springs

Eighteen Springs / Half a Lifelong Romance 半生缘, the adaption of Eileen Chang’s eponymous novel, has released its first trailer featuring Carina Lau as older sister Gu Manlu (who seems to have gotten a personality makeover) and Jiang Xin as the younger sister Gu Manzhen.

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Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala red carpet round-up

Can you imagine how photogenic Jing Boran and Ni Ni’s babies would be. 

The guests at this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala is a who’s who of Chinese actors this year.  Here are some of the stars on the red carpet, including  Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Fan Bingbing, Li Bingbing, Yang Mi, Lu Han, Angelababy,  Yao Chen, Chris Li Yuchun, Ni Ni, Jing Boran, Zhang Ruoyun, Tang Yixin, Zhang Lanxin, Jiang Xin, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Wang Ziwen, Li Xiaolu, Jia Nailiang, Ying’er, Aarif Lee, Zhao Liying, Qiao Xin, Zhang Yunlong, Zhang Binbin, Li Yundi, Chen Xuedong, Ruby Lin, Wallace Huo, Ady An Yixuan, Shawn Dou Xiao, etc.   There were a lot more stars (like Fan Bingbing’s boyfriend Li Chen, Angelababy’s husband Huang Xiaoming),  but their outfits were boring.

Clothes identification from : Starstylefashion@Weibo , clothes from the Bazaar Weibo or the star’s own Weibo’s (this is fair because both are PS’ed anyways) .

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The Destiny of White Snake releases long trailer

Here’s the first trailer for The Destiny of White Snake, a re-imagination of the popular Chinese legend about a thousand-year old snake demon who falls in love with a human. Yang Zi (Legend of the Dragon Pearl) and Ren Jialun (Glory of Tang Dynasty) play a white snake spirit (what’s with the cartoon CGI?) and a deity respectively, who fall in love and are subsequently banished to the mortal world.

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Photoshoot Friday: Leading ladies for Vogue


Ten of China’s leading ladies graced Vogue, and each of them individually posed for 2 – 3 pictures (included inside the shoot). This makes for some thirty photos total, featuring actresses Zhao Wei, Carina Lau, Fan Bingbing, Tang Wei, Li Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi, Zhou Xun, models Liu Wen and Du Juan, and singer Li YuchunContinue reading

“Beijing Love ” conquers all box office records

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True love not only melts icy kingdoms, but also box office records.

If you thought a month was fast for breaking box office records, Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 is here to prove you wrong. The Chen Sicheng– film used the double holiday on Friday to their advantage to take in 120 million RMB on opening day, breaking the previous record for highest box office for a 2D film made by “Dad, where are we going?” just 15 days ago.

The romance (plotwise unrelated to the series of the same name) stars newlyweds Chen Sicheng and Tong Liya as well as Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Yu Nan, Wang Xuebing, Wang Qingxiang, Siqin Gaowa, Ouyang Nana, and Liu Haoran. As with the series, Chen Sicheng is both the director and head scriptwriter.   For those of you in North America, the film is currently showing major cities across the US and Canada.

Listen to the pretty theme song by new 2013 favorite Xiaoke below:

Chen Kun plays a father in new movie Crossing Borders

All the more reason for you to appear on the new Daddy show, Chen Kun…

In this upcoming movie Guo Jie 过界 (Crossing Borders), Chen Kun plays a middle-aged papa and Carina Lau’s chauffeur. Although the two are very different, they come to trust and rely upon each other in this precarious world.

The story takes place in Hong Kong, where Carina Lau is a high society lady with a disappeared husband. Chen Kun’s character is working to bring his pregnant wife and child from the Mainlan to Hong Kong (evading the one-child policy). In order to add to the believability of his character, Chen Kun purposefully tried to gain weight. (Meanwhile, his greatest fear for this movie are “smoking NGs.” Since his character is a chauffeur under great stress, it makes sense for him to smoke; Chen Kun himself hopes he won’t have too many NGs and end up feeling sick). More stills below the cut, mostly/all of Chen Kun.  Continue reading

TV and Film versions of Di Ren Jie in production

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Fu Dalong as Di Renjie in the upcoming TV adaptation

While I have to roll my eyes at how certain things in China get filmed in abundance around the same time (two versions of Hong Long Meng, countless Jing Yong) , I’ll give this some slack because Di Ren Jie has innumerable stories to base on, and new productions keep adding new material. Di Ren Jie was a high-level official during the Tang Dynasty, under Empress Wu Zetian, exiled at one point by her, and then recalled, a fact that the movie version takes off from. He is credited with advising during her ruthless reign, bringing the Tang dynasty order and efficiency, and has been through several later media adaptations portrayed as a crime-solver.

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