Princess Agents prepares to start filming

Oh gosh. This better not be as sickly stereotypical as it sounds…

Princess Agents 特工皇妃楚乔传 has started filming based on the novel Xiaoxiang Donger‘s novel Queen of No.11 Agent 11处特工皇妃.  Starring Zhao LiyingLin GengxinDou XiaoDeng LunLi QinKan Qingzi, and Niu Junfeng, those interested can check out a summary with POTENTIAL SPOILERS below the cut after the image.

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Sparrow releases heart-wrecking MV

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Those trees and flowers in the background must be really resilient to the cold.

I can’t tell if Sparrow  is actually epic or if it’s just the BGM (last heard breaking my heart here). Still do not see a sliver of life in Li Yifeng’s eyes (he’s also the only one being dubbed),  but everyone else is beautiful even while crying, and I’m impressed by a couple of the shots.  Also, I can’t wait for  Kan Qingzi to get lead roles.

Li Yifeng, Zhou Dongyu star in espionage series

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Even built-in English subs can’t make-up for a dubbed Zhang Luyi.

Set in the same time and place as last year’s hit The Disguiser, espionage series Sparrow 麻雀 released its first trailer today. This is both Li Yifeng and Zhou Dongyu’s first foray into the genre, and I have to say that Zhou Dongyu impresses a lot more than her co-star. Despite her babyface, she’s able to smile like an angel but cry with the pains of experience.  And of course, veterans Wang Jinsong,  Zhang Luyi and Li Xiaoran always bring their A-game.  The series co-stars Zhang Ruoyun, Kan Qingzi, and Yin Zheng.

Huang Jingyu, Kan Qingzi join Demon Girl


Demon Girl 半妖倾城 has released more character posters. The new set features Addiction star Huang Jingyu along with Kan Qingzi, Nan Sheng, Song Weilong, etc.  For better or for worse, I guess Yu Zheng has found solace in fashion which I guess could be a win considering how well things seem to be turning out.

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Storm of Prophecy continues to rule with new trailer

My most anticipated drama of the year, Empires and Tribes: Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记, released its second trailer today.  The cinematography is still jaw-dropping, and the longer trailer gives us a glimpse at the cast.  I’m especially impressed by the performance of antagonists Wang Qianyuan and Wan Qian.

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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy teases with key props

I have to admit I am pleased with what looks like more realistic-looking weapons for a change.

Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 has released images of what looks like key props for the production.  Starring Huang Xuan, Shawn Dou, Zhou Yiwei , and Wang Qianyuan, I guess we can some nice character posters pretty soon.

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“Legendary Di Renjie” releases another trailer

This is historical period-discrimination!!  You can’t make ALL Tang dynasty dramas have big heads!!

Legendary Di Renjie, starring Ren Jialun, Kan Qingzi, Andy Chen Yi, Jiao Junyan, and Theresa Fu. has released another trailer because one is not enough.  Watch and let me know how many props from other dramas you can spot.  So far, I am seeing some pieces from Ruby Lin’s own Young Detective Dee and even a piece from The Empress of China.  What else can you spot?

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Rotunda and SM collaborate

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“It’s okay if we’re not the leads, we have better photos than everyone who is.”

After the previously scheduled Chinese Paladin 5 flopped, Jiang Jinfu and Victoria Song quickly shifted to Legend of Cocoon Town, a Rotunda series co-starring only the cutest Yang Yang.   The series is directed by Li Shaohong (Dream of the Red Chambers, Da Ming Palace).

Other than Victoria Song, fellow SM’er Choi Siwon is also collaborating with Rotunda in another series, The Millionaire Heirs with Kan Qingzi and Yu Xiaotong . Yep, after years of playing the pouty second female lead to Li Qin and Li Sheng,  Kan Qingzi is finally get her first major lead! Meanwhile, poor Yang Yang is probably still stuck with the second lead. A few more stills below the cut, although they’re generally not very good.
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“Summer flowers never last” releases posters

“They were born like the flowers of summer, but the flowers never last to see the end of summer.”

Part innocent incestuous childhood love, part mafia and police intrigue,  Summer flowers never last 花开半夏 brings together two top companies run by women  – Mango Films (Fall in Love) of host-producer-Angela’s-mom Li Xiang  and Rosat (New Dream of Red Chamber) of producer Li Xiaowan and director Li Shaohong. The series, based on the book of the same name, currently airs two episodes per day on Saturdays and Sundays on Hunan TV. 

Two orphans raised together, Ruhua (Li Qin) and Rufeng (Lin Shen) have depended on each other and their adopted grandmother for all their lives. As the two slowly realize they’ve developed feelings for each other, they’re also faced with the trials of life.  When Rufeng becomes caught in the mafia while trying to save their grandmother, their lives turn upside down.

 Zhang Jiani plays the daughter of the mafia boss who falls for Rufeng, while Yang Yang plays a fellow piano student at Ruhua’s college who befriends her despite differences in their social status.  Kan Qingzi likes Yang Yang, while Ma Xiaocan plays the daughter of the detective seeking to solve the mafia case, and she likes Lin Shen.

  More of the soft posters below the cut, and darker ones here.  

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