Yu Zheng joins in on the Qing Dynasty drama parade

First it was Gong vs. Bu Bu Jing Xin, then Gong II vs. Legend of Zhen Huan, and now this time it’s Yanxi Gonglue vs. Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. Yu Zheng may have toned down on the bright colours, but his lawsuit with Qiong Yao doesn’t seem to have killed off his bad habits of plagiarism.

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Kunlun Tower’s Past and Current Incarnation to air

Oh what the… XD

Kunlun Tower’s Past and Current Incarnation 昆仑阙之前世今生 the web-drama is set to air on January 12th.  Starring Zhang XinyuXu HaiqiaoSun JingjingSu Qing, Lv Yulai, and Li Ben, those look for a a time-travel/fantasy drama can give this a go.

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Song in the Clouds may actually be releasing soon

My main gripe with idol dramas and lots of Yu Zheng’s dramas is that at some point, I start singing “If I Only Had a Brain” nonstop… let’s hope that doesn’t happen again… even if I end up only clicking through this one… >.<

Song in the Clouds looks to be having a possible release on September 13th.  Starring Angelababy, Lu YiChen Xiao, Yang Rong, Du Chun,  and Su Qing, those who are still waiting for this drama will hopefully finally be able to see it air.  Stills, promotional trailers, music, and Yu Zheng’s usual barrage of promotional materials have been released.

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Song in the Clouds releases another trailer

At least it would be amazing of Yu Zheng got sued on this one as well…

Song in the Clouds has released a new trailer.  Starring Angelababy, Lu YiChen Xiao, Yang Rong, Du Chun,  and Su Qing, those still following Tong Hua’s novel adaptations can probably rejoice since this one seems to feature more than just Chen Xiao and Angelababy.

Cosmetology High injects humor and botox into the Tang

Bringing on the Tang dynasty grove.

Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty)  is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng.   The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles.  The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.

Song in the Clouds releases theme song

Leave it to Yu Zheng to market his drama by including the name of the original novel in the lyrics.

Li Yuchun’s theme song for Song in the Clouds has been released.  Starring Angelababy, Lu Yi, Chen Xiao, Du Chun, Yang Rong, and Su Qing, the series follow the plot of the popular Tonghua novel by the same name.   Tonghua’s Desert Melody, now known as Legend of the Moon and Stars in its drama form,  is the  inferior prequel.   Anyways, more stills below the cut.

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The Making of a Beauty features white-haired Yang Rong, will air in September

Yang Rong is incredulous that some dramas (ie, Desert Melody) get held back for years, and Making of a Beauty is broadcasting within a month.

Now that Fan Bingbing’s White Haired Witch (of Lunar Kingdom) has been broadcasted, Yang Rong can take a shot at the title. Featuring Jin Shijia, Dilireba, Kenny Kwan, Kristy Yang, Li Xin’ai, Luo Jin, Sheren Tang, Su Qing, Wang Li’ke, Yuan Shanshan, and Zhang Tian’ai, Yu Zheng’s upcoming production The Making of a Beauty continues to release stills.

Laure Shang Wenjie performs the theme song (listen to it on Youtube here) for the drama, “Waiting for Waist-long Hair 待我长发及腰 (wait for my hair to grow to my waist).” (Zhang Jie is supposed to sing another, Listen 听).

Incredibly, this drama (which began filming this July), will be broadcast on Hunan TV every Sunday…beginning September 7th!? in Paranormal Adonis’ time slot (source). More stills below the cut.  Continue reading

Yang Rong and Jin Shijia star in new Yu Zheng drama The Making of a Beauty

You can find concepts for the costumes here, although I don’t see Yang Rong’s gowns among them.

Yu Zheng‘s studios is coming out with another drama, which began shooting in Hengdian on July 1st. Starring Jin Shijia as a miracle doctor (who does things like catch mermaids when not mixing up a new treatment for his royal patrons…including Sheren Tang‘s Wu Zetian). Yang Rong, long time supporting lead for Yu Zheng’s dramas, finally nailed the protagonist role as the female lead, Jin Shijia’s love interest. Jin Shijia finds out that his son was actually fathered by his steward (it’s Yu Zheng, go with the flow), and takes to the streets; Yang Rong, who is the madame of a brothel and unabashedly in love with Jin Shijia (a Tang dynasty “superfan”), takes him in - though he causes her business to go bankrupt.

The story will play out in five chapters, each one a mini-story, and air on Hunan’s weekly spot after Paranormal Adonis
Yuan Shanshan will be Princess Yongning in one of them, falling in love with Luo Jin‘s young general; later, Su Qing‘s workaholic character realizes that Zhang Tianai’s interloper threatens her previously unappreciated relationship with her husband, played by Kenny Kwan. Later, a prince (Qiu Xinzhi) will demand that Jin Shijia’s doctor return his consort(Kristy Yang)’s youth, and unable to do so, they will bring in Hsin Ai Lee/Li Xinai as a substitute instead. Add Wang Like, a mermaid-assasin(???) to the mix, and you get the basic plotline for Yu Zheng’s new collaboration with Hunan TV, The Making of a Beauty 美人制造. Look under the cut for more posters from this series.

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Photoshoot Round up: Hong Niang, who’s red in China*?

Who should win the “best silver headdress” award – Zhang Xinyuan, with her classical beauty and ethnic minority hat, or Chen Yanqiu with her bejeweled Beijing opera headgear? Su Qing probably takes the prize for “cutest,” with her little Red Riding Hood get up and snowy backdrop. On the other hand, Bai Baihe is thoroughly modern (anyone else super excited for her upcoming movie Facelift Diary?) How  many of these actresses will become as “red (popular)” in China as the clothes they wear?  Look under the cut for more pictures!
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“Beauty at the crossfires” brings arranged marriage back to Republican era

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Behind every great woman, there is a fighter and a thinker, and a bunch of supporting characters.

If you thought arranged marriages only works miracles in modern idol dramas, think again.   Based on another novel from the author of the Schemes of a Beauty 美人心计 ,   Beauty at the Crossfires 烽火佳人 finally brings happily-ever-after arranged marriages to a time period where they actually happen. Despite having their own lovers, Shu Chang and Sammul Chan‘s characters are forced into an unhappy arranged marriage. But as we all know in idol drama world, this means the beginning of a beautiful relationship as the two slowly cross the boundaries they’ve set for each other.  

This is also selling as one of the best-looking Republican era casts in a long time.   Other than leads Shu Chang, Sammul Chan, Qiao Zhenyu, and Shi Xiaoqun,  even the sidekicks (Li Zhinan! Su Qing!) are good-looking.

The series currently airs three episodes a week on Shenzhen/Anhui TV.  What do you think? How does it compare to its sequel, Tang Yan/Luo Jin/Sammul Chan’s “Gone with the Wind 乱世佳人”?