The Legend of Chusen II set for release

… and it’s officially that time a year where everything is getting a release date.

The Legend of Chusen II 青云志第二季 is preparing to come out on December 8th.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Cheng Yi, and Yang Zi, more for those who enjoyed this series.

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28th Golden Eagle Awards

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Please excuse me as I take a trip down memory lane…

The Golden Eagle Awards is a prestigious biannual television awards ceremony, and prides itself on being “the people’s award”. Unlike the Flying Apsaras Awards (government recognition) and Magnolia Awards (industry recognition), Golden Eagle spreads the love more evenly, and usually several dramas and actors are acknowledged.

In previous years, the Best Actor and Actress of the night were decided by online voters and a panel of judges, and presented with the Audience’s Choice award (golden statue) and Best Performing Arts award (crystal statue). This year the two awards were given to different actors, with the nominee that received the most votes from the judges winning the Performing Arts award.

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Princess Agents continues with decent production and costumes

I’m just here for the pretty production… not for the name that still makes me shudder…

Princess Agents 特工皇妃楚乔传 has released even more stills.  Starring Zhao LiyingLin GengxinDou XiaoDeng LunLi QinKan Qingzi, and Niu Junfeng, not exactly an expert on the costuming of this time period but at least some of the costumes seem to mimic some of the images I have seen in the past for this era with more modern styling as opposed to a “generic hanfu” look (1, 2, 3, 4).

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Zhao Liying, Lin Gengxin star in Princess Agents

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I was hoping the stylists would give Lin Gengxin a traditional topknot, because he just looks like Zhao Zilong lite here…

Princess Agents has released first stills of the leads just a month and a half into filming, and features Zhao Liying as Chu Qiao, Lin Gengxin as Yuwen Yue, Shawn Dou as Yan Xun and Li Qin as Yuan Chun. I recall being swept up in the high-stakes and torturous story of the original novel, though after a string of disappointing adaptions, I’ve learned to go into these types of dramas with zero expectations.

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Li Yifeng goes emo in The Legend of Chusen trailer

If ancient China had an equivalent of Hot Topic, I imagine they would sell clothes like this…

The Legend of Chusen 青云志, what we previously called Noble Aspirations,  has released even more stills and a trailer.  Starring Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying, Qin Junjie, Tang Yixin, and Yang Zi, after seeing some of the backgrounds the costumes look a bit less “mass produced” to me, especially after the trailer.  :)

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Princess Agents prepares to start filming

Oh gosh. This better not be as sickly stereotypical as it sounds…

Princess Agents 特工皇妃楚乔传 has started filming based on the novel Xiaoxiang Donger‘s novel Queen of No.11 Agent 11处特工皇妃.  Starring Zhao LiyingLin GengxinDou XiaoDeng LunLi QinKan Qingzi, and Niu Junfeng, those interested can check out a summary with POTENTIAL SPOILERS below the cut after the image.

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Zhao Liying poses for Noble Aspirations

If they keep this up, it will be hard finding a costume we haven’t seen when it gets released…

Noble Aspirations 青云志 has continued its onslaught of character posters, this time of Zhao Liying and Tang Jingmei.  This is becoming one of the most attention-needy productions I have seen in terms of character posters…

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Weibo Wednesday: April 13, 2016

A quick Weibo roundup this time, but with a good share of celebs getting silly, celebs getting hitched, and one celeb getting mistaken for his spouse’s parent.

Zhao Liying channeling her inner dragon

赵丽颖: 我是龙的传人

Some of you have probably heard of the song “Descendants of the Dragon” (龙的传人), originally written by Hou Dejian and later covered by several artists including Wang Leehom. Well, it seems being a descendant of the dragon also means having a voracious appetite, as adorably depicted by Zhao Liying.

I’m a descendant of the dragon

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I spy … a lot of spies in 2016

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To get an idea of the extent of communist infiltration at the time, the head of the KMT’s central intelligence agency was at one time a communist mole. The character whom Ming Lou was modeled after in The Disguiser? A five-sided agent.

As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas.   Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying,  Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou DongyuZhang RuoyunChen Xuedong,  Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu,  and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.

Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser.   While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful.   Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics,  espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.

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