First trailer for Zhang Yimou’s wuxia film Shadow

In the first teaser for Shadowwe’re introduced to the son of an official Ziyu (Deng Chao), who has been sharing a life with his stand-in Jingzhou since the age of eight. It seems like that Jingzhou takes over everything at some point, including his wife Xiao-Ai (Sun Li).

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More black and white stills for Zhang Yimou’s period wuxia film Shadow

Shadow is all about opposites – light and dark, yin and yang – and I’m hoping the future teasers will be as stylish as the posters. Deng Chao (The Liquidator) will be playing two characters, and Sun Li (Nothing Gold Can Stay) costars as his wife.

Plot summary:

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Sun Li, Deng Chao to romance each other onscreen in upcoming period film

Shadow 影 will be real-life married couple Deng Chao (The Dead End) and Sun Li’s (Legend of Mi Yue) third film collaboration, after Mural 画壁 and Devil and Angel 恶棍天使. Those movies were quite disastrous, so here’s to hoping Zhang Yimou (The Flowers of WarComing Home) can work his magic this time round.

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What’s airing, Spring 2016

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A selected list of airing times for dramas to air this spring.  Everything is subject to change. Which ones are you looking forward to?

Stars to release include Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Dilraba, Wang KaiHu Ge, Liu Shishi, Zhang RuoyunHuang Xuan, Zhang Meng,William Chan, Jerry YanIm Yoona, Godfrey Gao, Yan YIkuan, Yang Le, Tang Yixin, Zheng Kai, Jin Dong, Wan Qian, Zu Feng, etc.

2016 Spring Airing Times

The Love of Happiness 因为爱情有幸福 , February  24
Featuring: William Chan, Tang Yixin  (They dubbed themselves! Even William Chan with his major Cantonese accent!)

Because of Love 因为爱, February 28
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Weibo Wednesday: August 12, 2015

Zhang Han and Gulinazha kissing in front of a bus

张翰: [rat] [heart] [monkey] @我是娜扎

If you follow any of the younger Chinese actors, you probably already know about this news: Zhang Han more or less announced that he was dating Gulinazha, his costar from the upcoming The Classic of Mountains and Seas (山海经之赤影传说). The Weibo post is just a photo of the two kissing in front of a passing bus, with a simple message saying “Rat loves Monkey” (referring to their zodiac animals) and tagging Gulinazha, but it’s a low-key and sweet way to go public.

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Weibo Wednesday: April 8, 2015

Funnily enough, since our last round-up, Weibo got a huge boost in Western media when BuzzFeed writer Matt Stopera blogged out about how Chinese netizens helped him find the man who ended up with his stolen iPhone. The story is pretty long, but it’s a good read for anyone who likes a dose of bromance. C: Everything else in this round-up seems pretty tame in comparison.

Kimi Qiao with giant bear plush

乔任梁: 福利来啦、送你们、、熊孩子[害羞]

Kimi Qiao with a giant bear! He and Cruel Romance costar Huang Xiaoming recently showed up on Happy Camp, which ended up being one of the highest-rated episodes in recent years. You can also catch him romancing actress Xu Lu in the upcoming reality show, We Are in Love (我们相爱吧), a.k.a. the Chinese version of We Got Married.

Benefits are here! Sending you all… a little devil [literally, a bear child].

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“Running Man” the movie join the holiday competition


Running Man has succeeded in ratings, but will people pay to watch?

Hoping to replicate the record-breaking success of the film version of Daddy? Where are we going? last year, this year’s variety hit Running Man 奔跑吧!兄弟 will join the holiday box office competition. The film, an extension of the show, stars Running Man regulars Angelababy, Chen He, Wang Baoqiang, Wong Cho-lam, Zheng Kai, and Li Chen  as well as guests   Xie Yilin, Lynn Xiong, and Guo Jingfei .

International distributor China Lion has picked up the show for North American and Oceania audiences.

Photoshoot Friday: September 13, 2013

Ni Ni has outshone herself again, although Zhou Dongyu didn’t lose the cover photo without a fair fight. Zhao Wei, too, has a few gorgeous shots for this post, although a few of them make me wonder if she’s secretly a vampire; Zheng Kai cuddles a stuffed animal. Can you spot Fan Bingbing among all the other women in her photoshoot for nude lipstick? Wang Zhi and Wang Likun both deck out in white – which one pulls pulls off the look better? Look below the cut for more pictures.  Continue reading