Reasons why Zhang Ziyi is still a queen. Also, #BestCinematography
My most anticipated film since forever, Forever Young 无问西东 has finally set a release date for January 14th! I really hope someone picks it for a NA release.
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom, and Chen Chusheng, director Li Fangfang’s ode to Tsinghua University focuses on the coming-of-age of the school and the nation as depicted through five of its students through the year.
The movie’s had three trailers and all of them are extremely gorgeous, but I still have no idea what the plot is.
Forever Love trailer:
Presenting Chang Chen, an actor who looks gorgeous when he is all broody. His upcoming movies Forever Young (with Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming and Wang Leehom) and Savages (with Liao Fan and Ni Ni) have yet to secure premiere dates.
Promotional theme song: Deep love is as subdued as you by Zhou Shen (still on repeat in my playlist)
Aptly titled The Infernal Battlefield, the second instalment of the Brotherhood of Blades film series brings together a talented cast of actors in one of the best wuxia epics in recent years. The story formula hasn’t really changed since the first movie, but it’s worth watching for the cinematography and action choreography alone. Minor spoilers ahead.
Brotherhood of Blades II stars Chang Chen (Mr.Long) as Shen Lian, a member of the Ming Dynasty’s secret police (Jinyiwei) who becomes a scapegoat for a powerful and corrupt official. While on the run, he meets a mysterious painter with a painful past, played by Yang Mi (Reset).
Best Cinematography of the Year?
The second film from one of China’s best young directors, Li Fangfang (Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting), Forever Young 无问西东 has finally released a trailer after over five years . It’s tentatively set for a late 2017 release.
Starring Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Chang Chen, Wang Leehom, and Chen Chusheng, the ode to Tsinghua University focuses on the coming-of-age of the school and the nation as depicted through five of its students.
Brotherhood of Blades II 绣春刀修罗战场 has released new behind-the-scenes footage and character posters of the leads and extended cast. The first set of posters hints at the character relationships, and the second set are taken directly from costume designer Liang Tingting’s original sketches.
Brotherhood of Blades II 绣春刀II:修罗战场 has released posters and a preview. Chang Chen (Mr. Long) reprises his role as Shen Lian, a member of the Ming Dynasty secret police (Jinyiwei). The second film features a brand new cast in Yang Mi (TLTWTMPB), Zhang Yi (Feather Flies To The Sky) and Lei Jiayin (White Deer Plain) among others.
Our favorite Chinese-styled photographer Sun Jun is back again, this time with two photoshoots for men – Chang Chen and Han Dongjun
Period picture collage done right
The Assassin, directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien and starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Ethan Ruan, and Satoshi Tsumabuki, keeps releasing pretty pictures and I’ve been dying for it to be released. For once, I’m glad that there’s a production that can still focus on natural elements as opposed too much CGI, man-made elements like architecture, clothing styles, huge hair, etc. With August 27th just around the corner, I thought we should celebrate with stills… and the short film they made introducing the general story.
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Upcoming film The Assassin (Nie Yingniang) 刺客聂隐娘 , starring Shu Qi and Chang Chen, has recently released a trailer. The film is directed by Hou Xiaoxian, and is based off a story from the Tang dynasty.
Nie Yingniang (literally, “Hidden Lady”) was the daughter of a great general, who was taken away by a Daoist nun when she was ten years old. She is trained to become a peerless assassin, and returns home thirteen years later – but this time, her master has instructed her to kill her (second) cousin Tian Ji’an (Chang Chen)… Continue reading