On-location Scenic Shots from The Legend of Jade Sword

Reason #99 why China should develop Xinjiang into a filming location hotspot.

Here are some pretty scenery to enjoy from Hawick Lau and Wang Ou’s The Legend of Jade Sword 莽荒纪, which aired today on QQ (available outside of China).

It also has a couple of fairly impressive CGI for a TV series.

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First batch of stills for Novoland: Eagle Flag

Novoland: Eagle Flag has released character stills, and I can’t take my eyes off the supporting cast. I need them as leads in a political intrigue drama of their own right now.

If anyone’s become a fan of Liu Haoran in ancient garb after Nirvana in Fire 2, then this will be the perfect follow-up drama when it airs in 2019.

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Character posters for the main cast of Novoland: Eagle Flag

Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州·缥缈录 is an upcoming ancient fantasy drama that will chronicle the rise of a generation of young heroes, and has confirmed Liu Haoran (Nirvana in Fire II)Chen Ruoxuan (From tonight, the path will be white) and Song Zu’er (Nezha in Lotus Lantern Prequel, Boyhood) as leads.

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An introduction to the characters in The Rise of Phoenixes

The Rise of Phoenixes 凰权·弈天下 has released stills of the cast, and character descriptions have been translated below (updated 25/04/18).

 

Co-directed by Shen Yan (The First Half of My Life) and Liu Haibo (Chinese Style Relationship), and scripted by Zou Yue (Guardian of Beauty), Wang Pei (I’m Not A Monster) and Zhao Bin (Painted Skin II: The Resurrection, drama ver. Guns and Roses), the 70 episode drama is tentatively scheduled for a late 2018 premiere on Hunan TV.

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Supporting cast revealed for The Rise of Phoenixes

The casting is now finalised for The Rise of Phoenixes, the upcoming historical drama starring Chen Kun (Chongqing Hot Pot) as an ambitious prince who has his eyes set on the throne and Ni Ni (Suddenly Seventeen) as an intelligent young woman determined to restore her kingdom.

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The Disguiser: Dissecting a Dialogue

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Rule #76 of drama-verse: Although check your surroundings for paparazzis, because this hug could incriminate you for life.

This is a series of posts of me over-analyzing The Disguiser. Last time I looked at a painting, this time it’ll be a conversation, next time it will be exactly one line. Can you guess which one?

When a sample of Nirvana in Fire 2’s script was put up by producer Hou Hongliang last week, he got so many complaints about the awkward dialogue and requests to have a co-writer to work with author Hai Yan that  he deleted the post. With so many book adaptations, one of the worst aspect of many recent dramas is their inability to translate descriptive writing into scripts. Luckily, The Disguiser did not fall into that trap.

Here is a closer look into one of my favorite dialogues in The Disguiser, the reunion of Ming Lou (Jin Dong) and Wang Manchun (Wang Ou) here in episode 1. See how natural the dialogue flows while setting up the story and revealing character at the same time, and how much better it is than the lazy method of using a random bystander conversation to introduce the characters.

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The Disguiser releases stills of Hu Ge, Jin Dong, Wang Kai

If you have seen this show and did not fall in love with Jin Dong’s character, I will offer myself to let him shoot me. Actually, I’ll gladly have him shoot me anytime.

In the cutest family of double and triple agents, the Ming family must guard against each other while trying to protect each other at the same time. Even in their own home, each of the Ming family members must put on multiple disguises to hide their true identities.

Remaining funny and heart-warming while being fast-paced and intense,   The Disguiser 伪装者 is the best drama of the year for me so far.  This show is definitely a must even for those who avoids Republican-era shows at all costs (i.e. me) for their darkness and political overtones. With amazing acting (from some) and great character profiles, even the antagonists are clever, multi-dimensional, and worth-loving.
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Call me maybe? cr: Weibo

Call me maybe?                               cr: Weibo

Added to that is one of the most perfect character duos in a drama ever, Ming Lou (Jin Dong) and Ming Cheng (Wang Kai) .  The pair of triple agents got the looks, the style, the wisdom, the humor, and hearts of gold.  Despite my fondness for Hu Ge,  who heads the other plotline of the drama,  Jin Dong and Wang Kai’s plot provides so much contrast in the level of writing and acting.  Not a word of dialogue is wasted in their plotline, and a lot of their scenes consists of them just looking at each other, but  so many layers of emotion that comes through the screen that they really hit you. Their voice acting is so good that even the Peking Opera part in the show are voiced by the two themselves.

Publishing this post that jjss08 drafted in June but never got around to translating the plot since I still can’t find the words to express how awesome it is. (Seriously, I have almost 2000 words written on this show that will probably never be published) -idarklight

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