Like a Flowing River releases stills, casts Jin Chen as female lead

I don’t think this was in the book, so taking bets now on if Song Yunhui wrote anything on that paper airplane.  

I didn’t think it would be possible to cast people more like a character than the book portrayals, but here we are with  Like a Flowing River 大江大河. Wang Kai, Zhou Fang, Yang Shuo and Dong Zijuan actually have the perfect qualities to fill out what I think are inconsistencies in the characters in the books (Tong Yao’s character is already perfect).  

My only concern is Jin Chen. Imo she’s  the actress who has the most on-screen chemistry with Wang Kai, but her character was so unrealistically perfect and unlikeable that she would need a major overhaul to work. I will likely be rooting for Zhou Fang’s character.

80’s fashion making China rethink its decision to open  doors.

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Like a Flowing River’s Trailer is Perfect

“Freedom to humans is light to the eyes.” – Like a Flowing River

The trailer for Like a Flowing River 大江大河 only covers like the first two episodes of the TV seriesand I’ve already cried at least three times re-watching it.

The book was already nuanced, but the drama per the trailer seems to have elevated the theme.  Wang Kai, Tong Yao, Yang Shuo, Dong Zijian’s acting are perfect, the music poignant, the sets impeccable, and the lighting is Daylight Entertainment’s best yet. 

The trailer opens with the Song siblings (Wang Kai, Tong Yao) running in the fields as they’re given their first whiff of freedom, only to have the door slammed in their face by cruel remnants of the Cultural Revolution. The trailer doesn’t hide the tragedies, the shut doors to the Song sister , but also opens to so much hope to other characters.  From the re-opening of colleges, to the splitting of public land to private ownership, to the rise of new factories, and to the dream of being able to eat meat everyday that will one day come true, the trailer is a short but poignant reminder of how much potential humanity has when finally given the freedom to use their talents. 

The cast of Ruyi don regal attire in new posters

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is a 90 episode epic that will chronicle the failed marriage of Ruyi (Zhou Xun) and the Qianlong Emperor (Wallace Huo), and has just released grand posters of its cast in formal court robes (chaofu / 朝服), which is worn strictly during state ceremonies and important festivalsThe historical romance drama is tentatively scheduled for a New Year premiere.

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Gorgeous new stills and poster for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

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“Besieged love of the imperial marriage.”

Here are some wonderful new stills for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palacea 90 episode historical romance drama which focuses on the deterioration of Ruyi (Zhou Xun) and Hongli’s (Wallace Huo) relationship once the latter ascends the throne as the Qianlong Emperor. Really, the tagline says it all.

The stars featured below include Janine Chang as best friend Hailan, Dong Jie as Qianlong’s jealous first Empress, Tong Yao as the feisty Gao Xiyue, Xin Zhilei as Jin Yuyan, Vivian Wu as Zhenhuan, Li Chun as the scheming Wei Yanwan and Hu Ke as the naive Su Lvyun.

I think I’ve said all I can about this drama in previous posts, so bask in the pretty below!

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Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace releases more

The attention to detail on all of these is just… O_O

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传 has released more images of the wide cast of characters.  Starring Zhou XunWallace HuoJanine ChangLi ChunDong JieTong YaoChen HaoyuXin ZhileiZeng YixuanWu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen XiaoyunHuang MingJing ChaoLi QinYuan WenkangHu KeZhang JiazhuCao XiwenYu Yang, and He Hongshan, I am assuming these are simply costumes for more minor characters but that in itself is pretty mind-blowing.

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Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace releases new batch of stills

Feast your eyes!

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传 has released stills.  Starring Zhou XunWallace HuoJanine ChangLi ChunDong JieTong YaoChen HaoyuXin ZhileiZeng YixuanWu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen XiaoyunHuang MingJing ChaoLi QinYuan WenkangHu KeZhang JiazhuCao XiwenYu Yang, and He Hongshan, wow these costumes and backgrounds are extravagant.

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New Year Greeting from Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传 has released a New Year Greeting.  Starring Zhou XunWallace HuoJanine ChangLi ChunDong JieTong YaoChen HaoyuXin ZhileiZeng YixuanWu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen XiaoyunHuang MingJing ChaoLi QinYuan WenkangHu KeZhang JiazhuCao XiwenYu Yang, and He Hongshan, unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much to look at in terms of sets or costumes.

Production teaser for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传 has released a production teaser.  Starring Zhou XunWallace HuoJanine ChangLi ChunDong JieTong YaoChen HaoyuXin ZhileiZeng YixuanWu Junmei (Vivian Wu), Chen XiaoyunHuang MingJing ChaoLi QinYuan WenkangHu KeZhang JiazhuCao XiwenYu Yang, and He Hongshan, a quick look for those interested.

 

New stills for Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

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This drama will chronicle their “besieged love” as the pair go from young lovebirds to estranged husband and wife.

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace has released its first batch of official stills, and the costumes look exquisite. Featured above are the leads Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo, in character as Ruyi and Qianlong Emperor respectively.

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