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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An introduction to the characters in Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

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For Zhou Xun’s sake, I hope this drama will live up to expectations.

Historical romance drama Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传, also known as the sequel to Empresses in the PalaceLegend of Zhenhuan 后宫·甄嬛传, has finally released the full supporting cast list.

I have translated the plot, character descriptions and ranks below. All the information I have gathered is based on the original novel. A word of warning that some of the characters’ endings are also included, so do proceed with caution.

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Character stills from White Haired Witch (of Lunar Kingdom)

Fan Bingbing is every bit the vengeful betrayed lover here.

For those of you who were dying to see Fan Bingbing with white hair…you could have looked at her old stills form Double Exposure. But besides the cover photo, there’s another still of her in the actual movie, with white hair, at the very end of this post. For now, you can enjoy a post filled with character posters that have a hand-painted look: Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Wang Xuebing, Kevin Yan (Kuan), Vincent Zhao, Tong Yao, and Shera Li all make an appearance in costume. (Thank you, I love it when movies write the English name of the actor/ess for me, so I don’t have to wonder whether they have one~) You could read the synopsis of the novel by Liang Yusheng that the movie is supposed to be based off of here. and if you wanted to see who each actor is playing, you could look here. The movie will be released on August 1, so if you’re in China around that time, maybe you’ll see it in theaters!  Continue reading

Vic Chou Races Against Time in “Day of Redemption”

“Eight years of true love, nine hours of business war. Will I defeat you, or will we be together?”

“Money, love, or dignity?” is the question underlining the upcoming movie Day of Redemption (早见,晚爱), which opens in theaters on July 19th. The story follows Gu Bin (Vic Chou), a dropout turned first-rate negotiating expert who is not afraid to resort to trickery in order to climb the ranks of society. Favored by Alice (Bai Yu), the arrogant and bossy daughter of a rich businessman, Gu Bin is stunned to discover that his competitor in a business acquisition negotiation is none other than Zhou Ting (Tong Yao), his first love and with whom he was in a relationship for eight years. In the ensuing nine-hour acquisition case, which takes place during a seemingly normal nine-hour workday, both Gu Bin and Zhou Ting must make a choice between work and love.

Much like the American television series 24, in which each episode covers one hour in the life of the protagonist, Day of Redemption draws its suspense from the constant ticking of the clock. The Hollywood influences may be attributed to the fact that several members of the production team studied in America: director Lawrence Ah Mon and executive producer Chen Xun were both students at the University of Southern California, whereas Bai Yu, who is acting in and producing the film, was the first Chinese person to receive a Master’s degree in movie production from the California Institute/College of the Arts (it’s hard to tell which school it was from the Chinese name).

Still remembered for his good looks and gentle demeanor from his Meteor Garden days, Vic uses that to his advantage in Day of Redemption as he plays a fu hei nan (腹黑男). Literally translated as “stomach black man,” the term originated from Japanese comics and is used to describe a guy who looks sincere but is actually harboring evil intent. As someone who is willing to sacrifice anything to further his career, Gu Bin embodies the cold-blooded and worldly existence of the typical fu hei nan. At a recent press conference, Vic joked that he was afraid he would hate himself after watching this movie, since he dislikes people who give up love in order to pursue their career.

Check out the movie’s trailer below, as well as more stills behind the cut:

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Chinese Actors Enjoy Tokyo While at TIFF

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The two Chinese Films are in competition at the TIFF are getting extremely favorable feedback, which means heavy coverage from the  Sina website. Their cameras followed two young stars, actor Huang Ming and actress Tong Yao to their trips around Tokyo.

I’ve said before that Huang Ming is one of those actors who I really hoped would get a break because he’s awesome in acting and personality, but I didn’t think it’d be when he was only 23, because right now, for various reasons, most mainland Chinese actors only hit it big when they’re close to age 30.  And it is so gratifying to see someone I’ve been rooting to get famous all of a sudden get so many pictures, coverage, interviews…it’s just rare, and for some other actors I like it will probably never happen. Must savor the moment.

As for Tong Yao, all I know is she looks incredibly similar to Zhang Ziyi, except it’s  rumored her acting is better (They’re both from Central Academy of Drama, but I think Zhang Ziyi entered when she was too young.)

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