Hello everyone~ It’s been a while, but Chinese entertainment is still as vibrant and busy as always~ I’ll try my best to cover things.
Congratulations to the cast of Dilireba Dilmurat, Vengo Gao, Baron Chen, Dylan Kuo, Wayne Liu and others + the production crew of Three Lives Three Worlds: The Pillow Book as they have finished filming for the drama at Hengdian World Studios after 162 days~
Stills of the hard working production crew:
Behind-The-Scene stills of the cast ~
Past Life and Life started off as an announcement I made about the production at work.
Then there was official announcement of casting Chen Yu Qi and Alan Yu Meng Long as leads. The cast and crew held their booting ceremony on November 4th, 2018 and I collected all the released stills so far.
As for the story, it is based on the web novel written by Ji Yue Jiao Jiao and is set in ancient times with mystery or somewhat of a fantasy type elements as Chen Yu Qi plays the female lead who is amnesic. The female had a different identity, but through an accident of some sort, she took on the identity of a constable and avoided an arranged marriage. As a constable, she will help solve cases alongside the male character, Jing Ci (Yu Meng Long) whilst the looming threat of someone trying to obstruct the female. Not too sure how well they will follow the novel. Currently, they’re still filming, and we can expect a release sometime later next year.
Booting Ceremony pics:
Stills of Setting:
(Not really a still, but a behind the scene pic posted by Chen Yu Qi)
Stills of Wang Kai, Yang Shuo, Dong Zi Jian starring along others for Like A Flowing River that depicts the lives of those during China’s economic reforms and how each individual was able to take advantage and grow during the ever-changing economy. For example, Wang Kai’s character Song Yun Hui was bullied due to his background of his doctor father working for the Kuomingtang (a political party based in Republic of China on Taiwan). He took advantage of the reform for university entrance exams and he eventually worked his way up from a state-owned enterprise where he became part of the technical staff. Step by step, he paved the foundation for a successful life, but lost his way in the transformation of a new era.
The drama will premiere December 10, 2018 on many platforms such as Youku, Tencent, iQiYi, Dragon, Beijing TV and others with 45 episodes for part 1. There will be part 2, but as of right now, no update on the filming. This drama is licensed by Viki!
The Learning Curve of a Warlord starring Dicky Cheung will be premiering December 3rd, 2018 on TVB Youku in both Cantonese and Mandarin with 30 episodes. The drama will tell a story of transformation about the ruthless Di Qi who eventually become an exceptional warlord. This is Dicky Cheung’s return to TVB after 20 years and will likely be his last drama. As usual, you can expect some quirky comedy when Dicky Cheung is the main lead lol. Others in this drama include Sisley Choi, Tony Hung, and others.
Trailer for The Fated General starring Zhang Ruo Yun, Mao Xiao Tong, Bai Yu (as the friend and enemy), Alan Yu Meng Long and others. Directed by Zhang Jian, the 70 episodes historical drama will tell the life chronicles of famed general Huo Qu Bing during Western Han dynasty who was born from a lowly maid and rose up to be a great general after military victories at a young age.
There were a lot of stuff that have occurred these past months, but I’ll try to keep it short.
I wanted to do a separate post, but couldn’t due to being busy in real life. I wanted to give a brief remembrance to the recent passings (Oct-Nov) of famous wuxia writer Jin Yong (Louis Cha), actor Elliot Ngok Wah, actress Yammie Lam, and famous producer Raymond Chow Man-Wai. They have contributed to the Chinese cinema through either their acting, films, or writing works (in the case for Jin Yong who have influenced many people). May they rest in peace.
Unfortunately, Dolce & Gabbana posted a video on their instagram and twitter which you can find on several websites( I’m linking dramapotatoe twitter post) which is a very mocking video and has upset many C-netizens. However, what upset people more is the messages the designer, Stefano Gabbana, has made in an instagram direct conversation with model Michele Tranovo which were clearly derogatory (pretty racist imo) and showed the usage of negative stereotypes. They posted on instagram claiming the account was hacked, but people are not convinced.
Link to the messages here (courtesy of model Michele Tranovo via instagram)
Later, Shanghai fashion show was cancelled as many celebrities opt not to attend the show and Chinese models chose not to walk. Dilireba Dilmurat and Wang Jun Kai also terminated their contracts and endorsement of the brand. In addition, Chinese e-commerce sites such as Alibaba, Kaola, T Mall and others have removed the products of the brand from their websites. There were of course the backlash from netizens and celebrities such as Zhang Zi Yi.
Eventually, the two designers posted an apology video, which originally was posted on weibo, but then were posted on twitter, instagram, etc. after folks noted how they did not posted the video in other social media. I’m summarizing this controversy, but I recommend going on twitter to gain more information. I know many western news sites have penned the upset on the ad video, but messages were the ones that led to the eventual consequences for the brand.
This is bit of a late news, and some folks may have been aware of this. Jiang Jin Fu’s girlfriend posted a bunch of pictures depicting what are severe bruises on instagram (I think they’re now deleted on her instagram). Here’s the twitter link with the weibo link to the photos (trigger warning for abuse). The twitter post by TrendingWeibo revealed him admitting to the domestic violence. This situation is complex and we don’t know what really happened except the two individuals who are involved. Domestic violence is still wrong regardless of another individual’s past actions and since he has admitted to them, he is in the wrong and will be charged.
An update to this situation is that on November 28th (around that time), it was broadcasted on a Japanese station that Jiang Jin Fu has been arrested as he surrendered to Japanese authorities. His studio also wrote in an earlier post that he is in contact with the Japanese police.
In more lighter, positive news, actress Grace Chan and husband Kevin Cheng have announced that they’re expecting a baby! Congrats to the two and I’ve included the English message Grace has posted on her instagram.
Happy Belated Birthday to Bridgette Qiao Xin on Sept 23! Her Ode to Joy/ Ode to Joy 2 costars posted birthday wishes like they did for Yang Zi~~ Excuse my not-so-great translations >.<
Olivia Wang (Wang Zi Wen) : “Happy Birthday little sister Qiao, there’s a bright starry path, repeated good luck 🎂🎂🎂🎂❤️❤️❤️❤️”
Yang Zi: “Happy Birthday beloved bao bao (baby) Qiao. I will always accompany you and you will not be lonely as you have me. Forever your big backing/support ❤️Let’s race forward together❤️I will not say much as you’ve understand✌️”
Liu Tao: “Happy Birthday to the more and more wonderful Little Xin Xin (Happy Happy)! 🎂🎂🎂 Next time at the same place, let’s continue to eat “lambs” (“legs”) ah~ 😁😁😁
Jiang Xin: “Long legs Little Xin, happy birthday!🦄️🦄️ ”
Alyssa Chia and her husband Xiu Jie Kai married in 2015, and held their wedding ceremony on November 25th, 2018 in Bali with attendance of various Taiwanese stars. It was said that the Mark Chao and Gao Yuan Yuan attended as well. The couple shared their beautiful wedding photoshoot~
Here are photos of their gorgeous wedding ceremony where one of their daughters, three year old Bubu (nickname) got emotional for her parents’ special day ❤
Of course, Mark Chao was there and it got posted on weibo 😂
Lovely wedding video:
After party pics (that I could find)~ Congrats to those two and wish them more happiness to their marriage~
Here is Mark being his playful self and attempting to dance 😛
The wedding dinner/party video: