[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 byTang 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.
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.
Spy Hunter 天衣无缝 comes from screenwriter and author Zhang Yong (The Disguiser) and director Li Lu (In the Name of the People), and has cast up-and-coming actors Qin Junjie (The Glory of Tang Dynasty) and Xu Lu (Candle in the Tomb: Weasel Grave) as leads.
The new trailer for Great Exectations 远大前程 focuses on second generation mob bosses Huang Jinrong, Du Yuesheng and Zhang Xiaolin, played by veteran actors Ni Dahong(Intrude the Widow Village at Midnight), Zhao Lixin (Chinese Style Relationship) and Liu Yijun (Lost Love in Times) respectively.
Rather than the story, it was Tong Liya’s poster that caught my eye.
If it’s not already obvious from the title, Patriot 爱国者 focuses on the story of a loyal Communist agent and later guerrilla fighter, played by Zhang Luyi (The Devotion of Suspect X), as he weeds out all the enemy spies. After the Japanese invade Manchuria in 1931, he takes on the identity of legendary hero Yan Hongguang, and continues to defend his homeland until death.
Tong Liya (Heartfall Arises) plays his comrade and love interest, while Lu Fangsheng(Tribes and Empires) plays a carefree policeman by day, and a secret agent by night.
The 50 episode drama is directed by Gong Zhaohui (Royalty in Blood) and written by Wang Hailin (Murder at Honeymoon Hotel).
Here’s the 40 second teaser for Nirvana in Fire 2: The Wind Blows in Changlin, starringHuang Xiaoming(A Life Time Love),Liu Haoran (variety show Give Me Five), Tong Liya(variety show Takes a Real Man 2) and Zhang Huiwen (Crying Out in Love).
The Wind Blows in Changlin 琅琊榜之风起长林wishes everybody a Happy New Year! Starring Huang Xiaoming, Liu Haoran, Tong Liya, Zhang Huiwen, Sun Chun, Wu Haochen, Mei Ting, Zhang Bo, Guo Jingfei, and Qiao Xin, get a glimpse of the costumes and sets while you can!
I love how Daylight Entertainment just reveals the leads in one go.
Nirvana in Fire: The Wind Blows in Changlin琅琊榜之风起长林 has released posters for all its main actors, which include Huang Xiaoming (Mission Milano), Liu Haoran (Detective Chinatown) and Tong Liya (Run for Love) among others. The drama will be split into two seasons, and each one will have 15 episodes.