Review: Detective Chinatown 2

[Image: Sorry there’s no image, I already wasted enough time to write a synopsis for this potentially great film tainted by too much poo. ]

Verdict:  A sequel whose quality lives up to the original, with a tight, intriguing detective story and almost no wasted plot points.  Unfortunately, the humor moves from voyeurism and verbal misogyny to straight-up sexual harassment from the leads, and ended with a  huge  f- you to the audience  from the director Chen Sicheng that made me decide to never see another movie by him again.

In Detective Chinatown 2, scriptwriter-director Chen Sicheng proves himself once more as a talented scriptwriters and directors, but also the  misogynistic jerk we all know he is. The sequel features a whodunnit story that’s just as compelling, full of plot twists, and sharply written as the first one.  Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang) and  ( Liu Haoran) once shine as the buddy cop pair, this time joined by the welcomed addition of Xiao Yang, the new guy framed for a series of mysterious murders in New York City.

Unfortunately, the story’s treatment of its female characters left me with so much bitter taste it’s hard to enjoy it.   With two women in fridges, multiple sexual harassments and one incident that I think looked like sexual assault by Tang Ren, a cheap plot of “she-left-me-for-money” to get rid of the former female lead (Tong Liya), the story was oozing with misogyny.

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Review: Detective Chinatown

Easily one of the best mysteries and best comedies of the past few years, Detective Chinatown is a sure crowd pleaser.

A belated review for one of my favorite films of 2016 to get ready for the sequel. Detective Chinatown 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros in the U.S. and will open in 48 markets (biggest in a long time for a Chinese film).

A clean and twist-filled mystery embellished with well-executed humor and splashes of romance kept me on the edge of my seats  for Detective Chinatown 唐人街探案. The buddy cop flick from actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng  proves that he continues to be one of China’s best young commercial directors.
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Actors for Marie Claire

Tang Yan and Yang MI

Marie Claire did a “Chinese Style” photoshoot featuring some of China’s hottest young stars, incluing Yang Mi, Li Bingbing, Chris Li Yuchun, Tang Yan, Angelababy, Huang Xuan,Wang Junkai and Yi Yangqianxi  of TF Boys, Liu Haoran, Sheng YIlun, Victoria Song Qian, and Song Weilong.

Whose photo do you like the best?

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First batch of stills for Novoland: Eagle Flag

Novoland: Eagle Flag has released character stills, and I can’t take my eyes off the supporting cast. I need them as leads in a political intrigue drama of their own right now.

If anyone’s become a fan of Liu Haoran in ancient garb after Nirvana in Fire 2, then this will be the perfect follow-up drama when it airs in 2019.

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Character posters for the main cast of Novoland: Eagle Flag

Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州·缥缈录 is an upcoming ancient fantasy drama that will chronicle the rise of a generation of young heroes, and has confirmed Liu Haoran (Nirvana in Fire II)Chen Ruoxuan (From tonight, the path will be white) and Song Zu’er (Nezha in Lotus Lantern Prequel, Boyhood) as leads.

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Last round of promotions for Huang Xuan’s Legend of the Demon Cat

Upcoming fantasy mystery film Legend of the Demon Cat stars Huang Xuan (Extraordinary Mission) as a poet who often dreams he is living in the era of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (Zhang Luyi). Shota Sometani costars as a monk, and the two work together to unravel the truth behind a series of strange events that all lead back to the death of the emperor’s favourite concubine Yang Yuhuan (Sandrine Pinna).

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Promo Round-up: Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin

Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin occurs nearly half a century after the events of Nirvana in Fire, and the safety of the Liang Dynasty is still being threatened by neighbouring kingdoms and corrupt politicians.

My expectations are pretty low given the fact that sequels never work, though with directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue at the helm, it’s bound to look gorgeous.The 50 episode drama will air two episodes every Monday to Wednesday on Dragon and Beijing TV beginning tonight. English subs will be available on Dramafever and Viki.

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Long trailer and new stills for The Wind Blows in Changlin

Screenwriter and novelist Hai Yan has teamed up with Daylight Entertainment again to produce The Wind Blows in Changlin, a sequel to 2015 hit drama Nirvana in Fire.

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Teens take over fashion magazines

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Teenagers take over the covers of fashion this year. Photographed by Chen Man, these youngsters have already shown that they’ve got both fame and the looks for the job.

On the cover we have actors Liu Haoran (19, Chinatown Detective), Chen Feiyu (17,Secret Fruit ), Ouyang Nana (17,Secret Fruit), Guan Xiaotong (19, The Left Ear), Yi Yangqianxi (16, TF Boys), and post-teens Xia Chun (24, Port of Call), Wang Jia (25), and Dilraba (25). Which group had the best photoshoot?

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