355 isn’t the only film where Fan Bingbing is ready to kill. The actress finished up filming her crime thriller The Perfect Blue 她杀 this past week. The film stars Fan Bingbing, Li Qin, Xin Zhilei, and Wang Ziwen as four women, at least three of whom are suspected of a crime committed ten years ago. Huang Xuan stars once more as the only male character in major film. The film is a loose sequel to director Cao Baoping’s acclaimed (and highly recommended by me) The Dead End.
As a semi-Fu Xinbo stan, I must admit this is the only drama of his I’ve managed to half-way finish. The currently airing Happiness Chocolate 幸福巧克力 was a surprising fit for this drama drought. It’s far from revolutionary, but the leads are cute enough that it fits well in the category of established idol dramas full of chocolaty sweetness.
Happiness Chocolate is your standard idol drama featuring a happy-go-lucky poor girl and a rebellious rich boy (but super friendly instead of obnoxious). The story plays on a little twist in that at one point, no one liked the poor rich male lead.
Five up-and-rising actresses pose for a set of photoshoots with traditional Chinese embroidery for a new take on the traditional Chinese painting style of Beauty Portraits. The pieces borrowed from the Taizhou Museum of Embroidery isn’t featured that much, but at least the actresses are beautiful.
They are: Li Qin (Princess Agents) , Yang Caiyu (Youth), Zhong Chuxi ( Youth), Xin Zhilei (Brotherhood of Blades II), and Li Meng (A Better Tomorrow 2018).
Which photos are the best?
Yes! Chen Daoming is back in drama land, and as a main character no less. In Thankful for the Remaining Years / Qing Yu Nian Season 1, he’ll be playing the tyrannical Emperor of the fictional country of Qing (he may be known as Liu Yu in the drama), a martial arts grand master and biological father of our protagonist Fan Xian (Zhang Ruoyun). Extended synopsis can be found here. Continue reading
Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace costars Dong Jie, Xin Zhilei, Li Chun and Hu Ke feature in Bazaar’s February issue, though the drama itself is no closer to confirming an air date after getting stuck in SARPPFT’s censorship process. The show’s reputation has also taken a hit after novelist Feiwo Sicun (The Girl in Blue, Too Late To Say I Love You) accused author and screenwriter Liu Lianzi (Legend of Zhen Huan, Ruyi) of plagiarism.
Promotional tagline: Heals toothaches, as well as heartaches.
Jin Dong’s The First Half of My Life was rushed into broadcast without any fanfare, but was surprisingly very well-received by the general audience. Mr. Right has found itself in a similar situation – here’s to hoping this drama finds the same nationwide success.
Jiang Shuying plays a hotel lobby manager and Jin Dong’s true love, while Li Naiwen costars as Jin Dong’s business partner. Xin Zhilei plays Jin Dong’s dream girl / first crush and Li Zonghan rounds out the main cast as her ex-husband who is infatuated with the heroine.
The 45 episode rom-com begins airing tonight.
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 festivals. The historical romance drama is tentatively scheduled for a New Year premiere.
The Wolf 狼殿下 is an upcoming fantasy romance drama set in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period, and stars Darren Wang (Legend of the Naga Pearls) as a boy raised by wolves and Li Qin (Princess Agents) as his love interest.