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. 

Review: A Better Tomorrow 2018

A Better Tomorrow 2018 is a bold visual and auditory delight and a boatload of fun.

From some of the boldest music choices to drastic switches in tone of cinematography to one of the most interesting shootout scenes in a while,   A Better Tomorrow 2018英雄本色 2018 felt like a firework so  bursting with life that  it left me too busy savoring every minute details of brilliance to think about its flaws. You can just feel how much love and thought director Ding Sheng and the cast put into every scene.  Even all the jokes avoid lazy one-liners but instead are all carefully set-up earlier to land perfectly.

Spoiler level: little more than what you would know from the trailers

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2017 Weibo Awards Ceremony

The four most bankable actresses (四小花旦) of the post-85 generation: Yang Mi, Angelababy, Ni Ni and Liu Shishi, as chosen by netizens and industry insiders.

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A Better Tomorrow 2018 to screen in U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand

This movie has already won for having some of the prettiest posters yet (ignore the 0119).

Known for his action flicks that often reminds one of the golden days of Hong Kong cinema, director Ding Sheng pays tribute to a Hong Kong classic in A Better Tomorrow 2018 英雄本色 2018.  The film will be shown in select theaters in  North America (US and Canada) beginning January19th and in Australia and New Zealand beginning the 24th.

If you’re one of the rare Cfensi readers who live in Asia,  the film will screen  in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, India and other unnamed parts of South Asia.  

Synopsis –   Zhou Kai (Wang Kai) is a reformed smuggler trying to make amends with his up-and-rising police star brother (Ma Tianyu). While he struggles  between his love for his little brother and loyalty to his former partner-in-crime Ma Ke (Darren Wang), the three all become entangled in a smuggling plot by the new leader of Zhou Kai  and Ma Ke’s old gang.

Teaser 1; Teaser 2 ; Teaser 3 ; song by Wang Leehom ; only good song; song by Wang Kai

Wang Kai, Yang Shuo, Dong Zijian confirmed for River of Time

Fun fact: All three leads graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, which has a reputation of producing well-known actors who are also good at their craft. 

Like A Flowing River / River Of Time 大江大河 is a drama produced by Daylight Entertainment to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China’s open-door policy, and stars Wang Kai, Yang Shuo and Dong Zijian as representatives of a whole generation of people who took advantage of the economic reforms that were being rolled out.

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National Treasures come alive in new CCTV program starring Tony Leung, Wang Kai and more

National Treasure 国家宝藏  will showcase 27 historical artifacts from 29 different museums across the country with the help of “protectors” (listed below), who will then present the story behind each piece in a short stage performance.

Actors / hosts featured: Zhang Guoli, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Wang Kai, Liu Tao, Li Chen, Duan Yihong, Wang Gang, He Jiong, Ma Su, Qin Hailu, Chen Xiao, Jackson Yi Yangqianxi, Liu Yijun, Guo Tao, Lei Jiayin, Guan Xiaotong, Sa Beining, Cai Guoqing, Ren Zhong, Ning Jing

Theme song: A Thousand Years in One Glance 一眼千年 – Na Ying

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Catch Wang Kai on Times Squre 07/28-08/02

Ever wanted to see Ming Cheng, Xiao Jingyan, or Doctor Zhao on the big screen? Now’s your chance. Design by: @长期搬书气自华

If you’ll be  around New York City this  07/28-08/02, catch Wang Kai’s ads in two locations, above Europa Cafe on 7th and 43rd at the 11th minute of every hour.  Wang Kai’s fans won this in some sort of Yinyuetai version of Portal.   I don’t really understand the Chinese obsession with Times Square ads, but at least these are pretty.