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).
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.
White Deer Plain 白鹿原 is based on Chen Zhongshi’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name and chronicles the feud between the Bai and Lu families during a time of political upheaval. Zhang Jiayi(The Young Marshal), He Bing (Anti-Japanese Hero Qi Jiguang) and Qin Hailu (Shopping Queen) lead the older generation, while the main characters from the younger generation will be played by Zhai Tianlin(Legend of Nine Tailed Fox), Lei Jiayin(Red Star Over China)and Li Qin (Love O2O).
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.
Powerhouse actor Chen Daoming will be joining Jin Dong (Ode to Joy), Ma Yili (Chinese Style Relationship), Yuan Quan (Call of Heroes) and Lei Jiayin (Red Star Over China) in The First Half of My Life 我的前半生, a drama adaption of Yi Shu’s novel of the same name.
Tong Liya’s new drama is a comedy. So far, its name at least is living up to the genre; it’s called “Weaning,” as in, “weaning a child from milk.” Starring Tong Liya, Lei Jiayin, Luo Jin, and Lin Yuan, the drama tells the story of a post 80s couple. Here, the prissy “An Qi” (Tong Liya) and her “It Boy” (played by Lei Jiyin) are to be married within weeks. Two young adults, who had once only needed to say the word to be given clothing and food, now face the difficulties of reality. They must start becoming adjusting to their new life, from the base up. And so, every week this couple will go to the An family home for food and for laundry, up until our female lead becomes pregnant. Then the family’s care and worry becomes even more overbearing…The problems of married life, conflicts over child rearing, and (what!) feelings outside of marriage begin to surface. Look below the cut for more pictures – even if you just want to see Tong Liya with fabulous styling. Continue reading →