CBN Weekly’s Most Commercially Valuable Celebrities of 2018


CBN Weekly released their list of Most Commercially Valuable Celebrities in 2018 a few weeks ago, so this post is a bit late. My apologies! Topping the list of 2018 is Yang Mi, who was #3 in 2017’s list. Being one of China’s most popular actresses, Yang Mi has definitely established herself as an important figure in the Chinese entertainment industry. It makes sense for her to be at the top. See below for which celebrities made the top 100!

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[First Impression] The King of Blaze (火王之破晓之战)

I enjoyed watching this drama more than I thought I would. An Oriental Odyssey was an extreme disappointment, so I started this drama not expecting to be wowed by it. And, I was pleasantly surprised because I ended up liking it a lot. Even though it’s a bit confusing at first, I found myself drawn to this drama more and more as I continued to watch it. I’m still not convinced by the chemistry between the two main leads, but the chemistry between the second leads are definitely there and the fireworks for them are beyond high. They’re just so cute! Lai Yu Meng and Zhang Yi Jie are perfect at portraying young and mischievous characters.


Title: The King of Blaze (火王之破晓之战)
# of Episodes: 40 (Including Part 1 and 2)
Release Date: November 26th, 2018
Where to Watch: Viki

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[Review] Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (狄仁杰之四大天王)

So, I finally got a chance to watch this movie! As you know, not being in China, it’s much harder to watch C-movies, especially with English subtitles. So, when I got the opportunity to watch this, I knew I had to do it!

Anyhow, Mark Chao reprises his role as the witty and intelligent Di Ren Jie in Tsui Hark’s third installment of the Detective Dee movie series. The movie is the second prequel to the first movie, but follows after the events of the second movie. In this movie, Di Ren Jie and company go against a secret organization plotting to kill the Emperor and Empress after being betrayed and ordered to die by the previous Emperor.

The movie includes the typical usage of CGI, but also has awesome fight scenes between the characters. Not to mention, having Ye Hua, 8th Prince, Yuwen Yue, and even Zhangsun Wu Ji all together in this movie is already enough of a reason to check it out!

Title: Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (狄仁杰之四大天王)
Release Date: July 27th, 2018
Directed by: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Lin Geng Xin, Feng Shao Feng, Carina Lau, Sandra Ma, and Ethan Ruan


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[First Impression] An Oriental Odyssey (盛唐幻夜)

I have been anticipating this drama for a very long time, and so when it first came out, I went ahead and watched it to my heart’s content. I admit that I did have a few reservations about it, but I was left with nothing but amazement. My initial skepticism was flushed down the drain and I am totally captivated by Janice Wu’s character, Ye Yuan An. She totally drew me in with her badass attitude! Janice Wu has definitely stepped up from her usual portrayal of the cute and adorable girl into a more mature and grownup heroine.


Title: An Oriental Odyssey (盛唐幻夜)
# of Episodes: 50
Release Date: October 18th, 2018
Where to Watch: YouTube / Viki

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[Feature] Hu Ge’s Notable Roles

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If you are a fan of C-dramas, then the name Hu Ge should be very familiar with you. Not only is he a big star in the C-entertainment industry, but he is known to play many different types of roles. Initially, he started with doing wuxia and fantasy wuxia dramas, such as the Chinese Paladin series, but, in recent years, he’s been foraying into other types of dramas. As of now, he’s had a lot of both modern and ancient dramas under his name, both of which cover a wide range of genres. In my opinion, Hu Ge is a very talented actor. His portrayal as Li Xiao Yao in Chinese Paladin was every girl’s dream hero in the mid-2000s and his role as Mei Chang Su was marvelous and magnificent. He’s definitely one of those actors you know that will always leave you with a good impression. And, if you didn’t know already, he’s also one of my favorite Chinese actors. So that’s why I decided to write this post and dedicate it to my love for his acting. Read below to see some of the different roles that he’s had throughout the years.

To watch some of Hu Ge’s dramas check out Viki! Most of them are English subbed.

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[Review] Bloody Romance (媚者无疆)

Bloody Romance might be one of those dramas that you would probably skip over because of the cliché plot and unfamiliar cast. But don’t let that fool you. The story itself has extremely well written characters and a plot that is woven with intricate details. The drama is definitely geared towards an older and more mature audience due to its violent content. However, nonetheless, I think this drama deserves some special recognition, which is why I wanted to write a review of it. So here it is!


Title: Bloody Romance (媚者无疆)
# of Episodes: 36
Release Date: 7/24/2018
Where to Watch: YouTube (raw/subbed) / Viki

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[Quiz] Which Yang Mi Said It?

Happy Birthday to Yang Mi! She turns 32 as of today (September 12th)! I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been a fan of hers since the beginning of her career. My first drama of hers was Liao Zhai where she portrayed the infamous fox demon Nie Xiao Qian alongside Hu Ge. Her performance in the drama really left an impact on me (especially her chemistry with Hu Ge), and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. She may not be the best at acting or singing, but she’s definitely talented and smart. She’s established a good career for herself and she’ll forever remain a powerful icon in the Chinese entertainment industry.

Anyway, without further ado, I’ve created this quiz to showcase the many characters that Yang Mi has portrayed throughout her years as an actress. Similar to the Who Said It? quiz series, this quiz is filled with quotes from Yang Mi’s female characters. If you’re a big fan of Yang Mi, like me, it might be an easy breeze. If you’re not, you should try and test yourself anyway.

Good luck!

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[Review] The Taoism Grandmaster (玄门大师)

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I know it’s been a while since the drama finished airing, but I figured that I should write a review because I enjoyed it so much. So, here it is!


Title: The Taoism Grandmaster (玄门大师)
# of Episodes: 46
Release Date: May 21st, 2018
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