First teaser for Liu Ye, Ariel Lin’s Old Boy

Filming is well underway for Oldboyand they’ve released a new teaser and more character stills. The drama tells of the ‘sweet romance’ between a pilot and a school teacher, played by Liu Ye (All Quiet in Peking) and Ariel Lin (The Mysteries Family) respectively.

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Liu YIfei, Liu Ye love and scream in psychological thriller

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Given that this is set partly in Chengdu, all I could think about was Chengdu’s famous ear cleaning services.

With a view to his mating, the one and only object of his life, the Night Peacock moth is gifted with a wonderful prerogative. He is able to discover the object of his desire in spite of distance, obstacles and darkness.

– Jean-Henri Fabre, The Life of the Caterpillar

The go-to mainstream actor for artsy films, Liu Ye, joins Liu Yifei in the first film to be screened in China by writer and director Dai Sijie since Balzac and the Seamstress in 2002.

Night Peacock 夜孔雀 tells of flute player Elsa (Liu Yifei) and her romantic escapades with first a scholar of silk (Leon Lai) and then a tattoo artist (Liu Ye).  Yu Shaoqun joins the cast as the silk scholar’s Leon Lai’s son, a Sichuanese opera singer who appears to be into cross-dressing and may be in a mental asylum based on the trailer.

I’m guessing that Liu Yifei is banking on this to be a career-changing film after a series of poor commercial flicks and poor acting. Hopefully she can prove herself this time.  The film airs on May 20th. 

Photoshoot Roundup: (belated) Happy Father’s Day!

Jia Yunxi is such a cutie – which isn’t surprising, given that her parents are Li Xiaolu and Jia Nailing (seriously, can you see the family resemblance?). Liu Ye’s half French, half-Chinese daughter Liu Nina is also adorable – you can find a photoshoot they did together under the cut. Her older brother Liu Nuoyi (age 4) will be appearing with their father for Season 3 of Dad, Where Are We Going? (look!). Look below the cut for more pictures! Continue reading

All Quiet in Peking releases trailer fit for the silver screen

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.

Weibo Wednesday: Merry Christmas!

For those of you who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! For those of you who don’t… have Wang Leehom in a Santa costume.

王力宏: 糜鹿放假了,留了聖誕老公公一個人坐上往濟南的飛機!

The reindeer all went on vacation, living Santa Claus to sit on a plane to Ji’nan all by himself!

Some more silliness, but also a solemn farewell, behind the cut.

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Photoshoot Friday: August 16, 2013

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This week in the petting zoo…

Saturday August 17, 2013 is International Homeless Animals’ Day. Though I don’t think there are many homeless horse running around in the big city near you, but the natural beauty of Li Fei’er is too good to pass up. To represent the disproportion of homeless felines compare other animals in the homeless shelter, this week’s photoshoot Friday has more puppies than kitties. Showing off their love for kittens are Jin Sha, Zhang Hanyun, and Wang Luodan. And on the puppy side we have Zhang Jiani, Huang Haibo, Qi Wei, and Liu Ye.

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Photoshoot Friday: June 19, 2013

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Wang Likun is getting her self ready… are you?

This summer is about to get a little hotter with this week’s photoshoot Friday. This post started out as a fancast for Feng Qiu Huang (凤囚凰), but with this many eye candies it’ll be a sin not to share. Today’s specials include Wallace Huo enjoying coffee, Huang Xiaoming learning how to ride a bike, Chen Xuedong and William Feng spending some down time at a bar, Shawn Dou and Ran Xu chilling at the beach, and more. Continue reading

Weibo Wednesday: April 10-17

郭敬明: 我的手太短了啦….本来想取个全一点的景….

Guo Jingming may be super busy with directing the Tiny Times film, but he’ll never be too busy to post pretty pictures of himself on Weibo. Unfortunately, he might have to reconsider doing selcas, hehehe.

My arms are too short…. Originally, I wanted to take a photo with more of the scenery….

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Characters for The Last Supper revealed

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With darker costumes and a solid cast, this movie strives to realistically paint a chapter from history.

More than a year after Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance was released, director Lu Chuan’s take on the famous feast of Hong gate will finally be released on November 29 (most likely this doesn’t have much significance to you, since unless you’re in China, it is very unlikely you will be able to watch a copy.) The film, somewhat ominously titled The Last Supper in English, stars Liu Ye as Liu Bang (founder of my favorite Han dynasty), Daniel Wu as Xiang Yu, Cheng Chen as Han Xin, and Qin Lan as an incredibly aged Lv Zhi. Daniel Wu, like Feng Shaofeng, thought that he needed to build himself up more for the role of Xiang Yu – so he did, and ate a lot. Earlier in the year, the men of the movie did a photoshoot with Esquire; look here to see them look spiffy in modern costume (it’s an Esquire shoot; that should give you a hint on what type of photoshoot it is). Lu Chuan did a lot of research for this series; look below the cut to see the character posters for the major players. Dramatic stills of the series can be seen hereContinue reading