Promo Round-up: Entrepreneurial Age

Entrepreneurial Age focuses on the entrepreneurial journey of software developer Guo Xinnian (Huang Xuan), and his romance with colleague Na Lan (Angelababy), an analyst in the IT industry. The 54 episode drama airs daily on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV beginning tonight.

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This trailer focuses on Huang Xuan and Zhou Yiwei, as they go from friends to competitors:

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Black Widow Song Yi in comic book dress


The Disguiser‘s Black Widow may not be a comic book superhero, but her actress Song Yi worn an awesome dress decorated with one. This dress is fun but elegant at the same time, and Song Yi looks great in it.  I know I didn’t write about it, but both of her recent idol dramas are pretty cute in a brainless way.

On a side-note, Indiewire reported Chloé Zhao will not be directing Marvel’s  Black Widow film.

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First stills released for Zhang Ruoyun, Li Qin’s Thankful for the Remaining Years

Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, also known as Joy of Life, has released stills of the leading cast members. Fan Xian’s (Zhang Ruoyun) growth arc will stretch across the entire show, as he learns valuable skills from Chen Pingping (Wu Gang), head of the kingdom’s investigative agency.

Fan Xian gets embroiled in murder mysteries and strange cases in the pugilist world (jianghu), and ultimately makes his way into the political scene, where he decides to challenge the Emperor (Chen Daoming) and the feudal system he represents.

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Brief introduction to the characters in Thankful for the Remaining Years

Yes! Chen Daoming is back in drama land, and as a main character no less. In Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, he’ll be playing the tyrannical Emperor of the fictional country of Qing (he may be known as Liu Yu in the drama), a martial arts grand master and biological father of our protagonist Fan Xian (Zhang Ruoyun). Extended synopsis can be found here. Continue reading

Huang Xuan plays a struggling entrepreneur in new drama

Huang Xuan is everywhere these days thanks to Youth (definitely worth watching, in my opinion), Legend of the Demon Cat and Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy. In Entrepreneurial Age, he’ll be playing Guo Xinnian, a developer who is forced to sell his most successful app ‘Magic Crystal’.

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Huang Xuan, Angelababy get in a scuffle in Entrepreneurial Age

Entrepreneurial Age has released two sets of new stills featuring the main cast led by Huang Xuan (Extraordinary Mission) and Angelababy (General and I). The drama will focus on the IT profession, and the opportunities and difficulties that come with a career in the field. Continue reading

Song Yi goes from assistant to top actress in Stairway to Stardom, Orlando Bloom guest stars

Stairway to Stardom 逆袭之星途璀璨 is based on a RPG produced by I Am YT, and stars Song Yi (The Disguiser, Far Away Love) as Su Cheng, an earnest and hardworking young girl who has dreams of becoming an actress. Thai actor Push plays a company CEO who eventually falls in love with our main protagonist.

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Park Hae-jin, Li Fei’er, Wu Lei form a family in Faraway Love

Baby Wu Lei!

The tragedy of a baby Wu Lei in puberty is that he grows up so fast.

If you wanted to catch up on baby Wu Lei, Faraway Love 远得要命的爱情 is your chance!  Li Fei’er plays a single parent who all of a sudden finds love with a CEO (Park Hae-jin)  and an old classmate (model Zhang Lunshuo).    Wu Lei plays the sweetheart son who can sometimes be angsty. The series was filmed back in 2013 but is only airing now. Oh, how he’s grown.  Also, the female antagonist is Song Yi.

I spy … a lot of spies in 2016

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To get an idea of the extent of communist infiltration at the time, the head of the KMT’s central intelligence agency was at one time a communist mole. The character whom Ming Lou was modeled after in The Disguiser? A five-sided agent.

As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas.   Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying,  Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou DongyuZhang RuoyunChen Xuedong,  Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu,  and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.

Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser.   While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful.   Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics,  espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.

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Song Yi as The Black Widow in the Disguiser

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First a courtesan then an assassin, Song Yi’s character has the innocence of a child even in the most turbulent of times and the most tragic of lives.

Deadly and seductive yet sweet and innocent at the same time, Song Yi 宋轶’s character  won over the audience with her charm and beauty in The Disguiser.  Nicknamed The Black Widow for killing her husband on their wedding night, Yu Manli  was pardoned from a death sentence in exchange for becoming a secret agent.  She is paired with Hu Ge‘s character in her missions and the two become life-and-death partners.  Alas, his love is too idealistic and has no room for a girl from the streets like her.

The Central Drama Academy graduate recently signed under fellow alumni Zhang Han‘s workshop and will be collaborating with him in upcoming drama The Legendary Tycoon 传奇大亨  about the Shaw Brothers.  I also highly recommend the second part of The Lovebirds series , for which she plays a female lead in the second part.

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The best wedding photo.

Photo cr: xueqingdaren@Weibo
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