Youth romance film Never Gone releases trailer

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Everyone’s had a pig-headed classmate in their youth…(you’ll get this if you watch the trailer)

So Young 2: Never Gone 致青春:原来你还在这里 is a romance film based on the novel of the same name by Xin Yiwu (辛夷坞). The film stars Liu Yifei as the struggling student Su Yunjin and Kris Wu Yifan as the high school genius Cheng Zheng who takes a liking to her.

Minor spoilers below the cut.
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Motion capture animation L.O.R.D. releases trailer

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Those puppy eyes almost make me want to  forgive them for everything.  gif :小介鹿里

Guo Jingming and China’s first motion capture animation film L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasty) finally released its first full-length trailer. It stars Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You know, if the CGI isn’t that great, you could’ve at least chose good voice actors to make up for it …

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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“L.O.R.D.” Guo Jingming wants to shape Chinese sci-fi, fantasy, animation

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Gathering up the faces of China’s biggest fandom isn’t just a commercial ploy for Guo Jingming, but also  necessary to insure the success of the launching of an industry.

China’s most ambitious animation project to date, Guo Jingming’s Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (L.O.R.D.) is not only  China’s first motion capture animation film and first Western fantasy film, it’s also going to be made using exclusively Chinese animation teams in little over a year. The plan is one of many moves he’s made as a part of his aggressive entrance into the fields of Chinese science fiction and fantasy literature, film, and animation.

Unlike the other Chinese animation projects that are produced by one company, Guo  wants to shake the entire industry up, working with a dozen Chinese companies to simultaneously develop characters and backgrounds. Guo Jingming reportedly even gave a few million RMB to the primary team Original Force, just so they would upgrade their software instead of using foreign companies.

Human models for the ambitious project include Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You can tell Guo Jingming went straight for the biggest fandoms with this cast to insure his project succeeds.

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Kris Wu sings for new Xu Jinglei film

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Wu Yifan deep in thought about how he’s ever going to pass for Feng Xiaogang’s son.

First glimpses of Xu Jinglei‘s first romance, Somewhere only we know 有一个地方只有我们知道 starring Kris Wu, Wang Likun, Zhang Chao, and Nayizha, are shown in Kris Wu’s latest MV for the film. Being Xu Jinglei’s new favorite, Kris Wu is also expected to play Feng Xiaogang’s son for upcoming Guan Hu film Old Punk 老炮儿.

P.S. Anyone know who is the random white guy that Xu Jinglei is snuggling with?

Photoshoot Friday: September 26, 2014

Kris Wu Yifan looks so petulant in his photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar (woulld you prefer that he substitute for Kai Ko in Tiny Times 4, or that Guo Jingming just edits out Gu Yuan?) Other than that, there’s also Qiao Zhenyu of the recently finished Ancient Sword series, and Jiang Jinfu, of the upcoming but-who-knows-when-it’ll-come-out sword series QIn’s Moon also gets a shoot this week. Gao Yuanyuan is fairly stunning, as usual.

Trendshealth also asked several stars to shoot for thier breast cancer awareness shoot. There’s Lin Chi-ling, Zhang Xinyi, and Wu Modi – though, warning, there’s concealed nudity in some of those pictures.  Continue reading

Xu Jinglei returns with new film; are females more likely to cast new actors?

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After overspending on plane tickets, Xu Jinglei decides to film the entire movie via her iPhone.

One of China’s most successful chick flick directors, Xu Jinglei, returns after a two-year hiatus with “Somewhere only we know.”   As with before, she’s using all new film leads, including Wang LikunKris Wu YifanZhang Chao, and Reyizha  The script is written by Wang Shuo of the box-office record-breaking films Personal Tailor and  If you’re the one 2. More photos and musing below the cut.

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Ice Fantasy finally unfrozen, potentially stars Kris Wu

After making history with "Tiny Times", will Guo Jingming also spearhead the fantasy category in Chinese film?

After making history with “Tiny Times”, will Guo Jingming also spearhead the fantasy category in Chinese film?

If you follow Kpop, you’ll know that recently, another Chinese member of SM Entertainment – Kris Wu Yifan of Exo, has returned to China and filed suit for cancellation of his contract.  Most recently, an exchange between him and Guo Jingming on Weibo seems to indicate a collaboration between the two. More importantly, Tiny Times film series’ publicity company MaxTimes’ CEO confirmed that Kris had previously been tapped for Tiny Times 3 (but probably couldn’t be in it because of SM), and indicated that the collaboration will be for either Tiny Times 4.0 or Ice Fantasy.

Ice Fantasy is a fantasy-suspense novel featuring a pair of brothers, representing the Ice and Fire Kingdoms respectively, fighting in a world of illusions. The novel by Guo Jingming is a cross between ancient China with elements like the guzheng and reincarnation as well as Western fantasy, with elements such as mermaids and castles. The novel’s filming rights were previously brought by Huang Xiaoming circa 2010, but this seems to indicate that the rights have expired, and will be instead filmed by Guo Jingming with Huace.  I’m kind of beyond excited for this, since China haven’t had any good fantasy films despite a growing number of fantasy literature ready for film, and Guo Jingming seems to be the right person for the job.