Chen Kun confirmed for The Rise of Phoenixes

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Fun fact: The posters were taken by Chen Man, currently the most sought after fashion photographer in the entertainment industry.

Chen Kun is returning to drama land in a big way – he confirmed a republican espionage drama as his first comeback project, and has now signed on as the male lead in The Rise of Phoenixes 凰权·弈天下, the drama adaption of Tianxia Guiyuan‘s novel of the same name.

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Chen Kun returns to drama land after nine years

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Seems like The Disguiser has reinvigorated the espionage genre.

A-list actor Chen Kun (Chongqing Hotpot, Mojin: The Lost Legend) will be returning to drama land with The One Who Escapes 脱身者 after working exclusively in film for almost a decade. He’s one of those really charismatic and attractive stars who also happens to be very good at his craft, so this is one drama I will not miss a single episode of, come hell or high water.

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Fashion Friday: Men’s Fashion Week

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“But leave it to Wang Kai and Chen Kun to bring a lighter touch to the week. … With fancy footwear and a double-breasted jacket, Kun elevated the baggy, 1980s silhouettes made popular in American Gigolo.” – Vogue.com

As a string of men’s fashion weeks concludes this week, here’s a round-up of some of the looks. We have Kris Wu Yifan in London,  Chen Kun, Wang Kai, Sheng Yilun, Chen Xuedong  in Milan, Yang Yang, Jing Boran in Paris. In particular of note is Kris Wu Yifan, who is the first male actor of Chinese descent to walk the runaways for a high-end fashion show (Burberry).

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In addition to appearances at shows, most of them also took some time for street style photoshoots, so you can expect more in the coming weeks.  So, which looks are your favorites?

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Chen Kun, “The Ghouls” Cast Cover Harper’s Bazaar

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It’s hard to resist posting pictures of Chen Kun when they look like this.

December 18 will see the release of Mojin-The Lost Legend (鬼吹灯之寻龙诀), an adventure/thriller film previously titled The Ghouls. The cast, which includes Chen Kun, Shu Qi, Huang Bo, and Xia Yu, recently graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and even though the cover itself is not that eye-catching, I had to share the rest of the pretty.

Shu Qi in Harper's Bazaar photoshoot

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Three films to screen in N. American theaters

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Pick us over the other two films! We brought Elsa, dreadlocks, and the Cheshire Cat back to ancient China.

Zhong KuiSnow Girl and the Dark Crystal (Chen Kun, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Yang Zishan) began screening in selected U.S. theaters on Feb. 27th.  I’m guessing that the run has ended for most places, but it can’t hurt to check. Check times here and read the review by Variety’s Maggie Lee here.

The White Haired Witch of the Lunar Kingdom (Fan Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming)  –  FREE in selected U.S. cities via Well Go USA. More information on airing times here, and review here. The film is in general not hightly-rated, but you get to see the leads’ gorgeousness on the big screen, and hey, it’s free so why not.

Lost and Love 失孤 (Andy Lau, Jing Boran)‬ screens with China on March 20th as a rare not-super-commercialized film distributed by China Lion Film in the U.S. and Canada. Read the overall positive review by Variety’s Maggie Lee here. More on screening information here. I’m mostly giddy that baby Jing got good reviews, and sad it’s not airing near a theater near me.

Although it soft-pedals the dire situation of human trafficking in China, the result provides poignant insight into the victims’ psychological scars. …Jing, on the other hand, outshines the rest of the cast by not sweating it, limning small-town insouciance while hinting at deep emotional scars.

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You know, usually people (and dogs) do this with things that are suppose to go in your mouth, like  spaghetti. This is a  gratuituous Love Across Time Time screencap
via Weibo.

Zhong Kui releases posters, MV by Jiekejunyi,Liu Huan

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Impressive CGI combined with a strong cast of Li BingbingChen Kun, Yang Zishan, and Jiekejunyi bring alive the fantastical world of Zhong KuiSnow Girl and the Dark Crystal.  I was actually picturing this to be more like A Chinese Ghost Story, but the trailers and MV makes it look so much more epic. The CGI here is several steps up from previous major fantasy films like Painted Skin.

Watch the MV by Jiekejunyi and Liu Huan below and be pleasantly surprised.

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Li Bingbing in B&W for latest film

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Maleficient meets the Snow Queen in a Disney villain showdown.

As the latest girl to go white, Li Bingbing literally goes off to the dark side with a duo white and black characters.  The first of a potental series of films about the ghost vanquisher Zhong Kui, Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal co-stars Chen Kun, Yang Zishan, Jiekejunyi,  Bao Bei’er, and Winston Chao.  More posters below the cut.

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Photoshoot Friday: Boys Night Out

If you don’t recognize Zheng Yacheng right now…you might, in the future. The star of this week’s cover photo was in Ancient Sword (one of the servants of the Fang household, I think ), and will also be in Ruby Lin’s Realm of Love, A Legend of Chinese Mortal (仙侠), and the Legend of Miyue (starring Sun Li). and The Journey of Flower (starring Zhao Liying and Wallace Huo). He doesn’t have any of the major roles there, but hey, Chen Xiao was once just a cameo as Emperor Wu in Schemes of a Beauty…

The others accompanying him in this photoshoot Friday are pretty well established by now: Zhang Jie, for Cosmopolitan; Hu Ge (with a pretty strange pose at one point) , Chen Xiao (dazzling), Chen Kun (should have asked him to sing something for the New ROCH series, join the Chen family…), and Qiao Zhenyu. Look under the cut to see more!.  Continue reading

Sci-fi epic gets English release, Chen Kun to star in film version?

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Considered the masterpiece that revived Chinese science fiction, Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem trilogy will become the first modern Chinese sci-fi novel to be published in English (unless you count Cat Country)  on November 12th. The dystopia epic takes the reader through the cultural revolution, an alternative version of the ancient World, and finally a modern society whose disappointed in the modern world led them to invite the invasion of an alien invasion.   You can read English excerpts here, here, and here translated by award-winning author Ken Liu, and pre-order the book here and the sequel Dark Forest here.

On October 18th, actor Chen Kun made a Weibo hinting at his role in a film version of the novel, but then immediately deleted it. Later that day, an official Weibo announced the pre-production of a movie adaptation. Sina confirmed the news with production company Yoozo, who said more news will be released at the company’s press conference mid-November.   If successful, this could be the first dystopia Chinese sci-fi film and fill perhaps the biggest hole in Chinese film.

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