Hidden Man 邪不压正 is Jiang Wen’s sixth directorial feature, and stars Eddie Peng (Our Time Will Come) as a fighter who is intent on avenging his master’s death.
Hu Ge has been cast as the lead in A Gathering at Southern Railway Station 南方车站聚会 (lit.), the latest project from art film director Diao Yinan (Black Coal, Thin Ice). The movie will revolve around the redemption of a thief (Hu Ge) who is wrongly accused of a crime, and his attempts to escape prosecution before finally deciding to surrender himself to the authorities.
Gwei Lun-mei plays the protagonist’s girlfriend, and Liao Fan and Wan Qian round out the main quartet.
Guilty of Mind 心理罪 is based on the first book in Lei Mi’s crime thriller novel series, and stars Li Yifeng (Noble Aspirations) and Liao Fan (Only You) as an unlikely student-detective duo who are tasked with solving a serial murder case.
After seeing trailers for this and Nirvana in Fire, I’m officially a fan of this team from Shandong TV Group, whose trailers are all film-qualitied. All Quiet in Peking 北平无战事 features a truly all-star (i.e. not just pretty, but amazing actors) of Liu Ye, Berlin Film Festival’s new best actor Fan Liao, Chen Baoguo, Wang Kai (who is also a lead in Nirvana in Fire). The drama is directed by Kong Sheng and produced by Hou Hongliang, the duo behind Nirvana in Fire and Chuang Guandong. The script is by Liu heping of Emperor Yongzheng 雍正王朝 and Ming Dynasty1566 大明王朝1566.
It’s not often that actors retweet slash MV‘s of themselves, so when I saw Lu Yi and Ren Quan having an entire conversation reminiscing their friendship over The Blue Lotus 花样的年华 (cut version here and full version here), I immediately went and watched the series. The Republican era series, featuring custom made couture suits that made the two leads look oh-so-handsome, director-approved shipping, and a compelling heterosexual romance, is definitely worth a watch. Also, it uses original voices!
Produced by Zhang Yibai, The Blue Lotus co-stars the two’s classmates at the Shanghai Drama Academy, Lu Yi’s wife Bao Lei and Ren Quan’s best friend Li Bingbing, as the two’s respective female love interests. Incidentally, all of the four leads were on Hunan TV today, with Li Bingbing and Ren Quan on Tian Tian Xiang Shang, and Lu Yi and Bao Lei on Where are we going? Dad.
Really low-qualitied but beautiful opening theme:
The year is almost a quarter over (I know!), but 2014 is a really exciting year for Chinese film and it would be a waste not to take a look at all the great stuff that’s going to be released soon. This year, as some have noted, will be the year of big director comebacks, from Red Cliff’s John Woo to Zhang Yimou and many others. (Thanks to Mookie for everything about this post, I’m just here to spread the word.)
(Also, you’ll soon realize that Huang Xiao Ming does not rest… I believe he has at least 4 films this year alone, excluding dramas!!)
This list is in no way exhaustive. Continue reading