First Look at Nirvana in Fire 2 with Huang Xiaoming and Tong Li Ya

The drama adaptation of Nirvana in Fire was such a smashing critical and popular success it’s a no brainer to make a sequel, lesser received dramas have spawn follow ups but this one comes with heavy expectations that will be hard to match. The exact same production team is back for Nirvana in Fire 2 (Wind Rises From Chang Lin) but the cast from the original isn’t back for narrative reasons and because they’ve all moved on to bigger better things. So Nirvana in Fire 2 is set 30 years after the time period of the original and will be split into 2 stories of 24-episodes each. The first will have Huang Xiaoming and Tong Li Ya as the leads, the former as the General of the famed Chang Lin army, and his story will then be followed by young actor Liu Hao Ran playing his younger brother with his own narrative and love line with Zhang Hui Wen. I’ll keep my hopes measured but as long as the production team keeps the quality the same high level and the director imparts the same restraint then it’ll be a drama worth watching come this November even with a new cast. Continue reading

Hu Ge Wins Big at the Golden Eagle Awards and Reunites to Present with Former Costar Ariel Lin

The current roster of It Chinese drama stars were present at this past weekend’s 11th Annual Golden Eagle Awards in Beijing, the event started off with this year’s Golden Eagle Goddess Tang Yan striking the same pose as the statuette … Continue reading

Glamorous Stars Out in Full at the 2016 Annual Bazaar China Star Charity Night Event

Chinese-speaking entertainments best and brightest stars were out in mega force this past Friday for the annual Bazaar Star Charity Night. There were so many pretty faces and fashionable attire it’s impossible to pick a post topper so I’ll go … Continue reading

Bazaar China Touts Top C-actresses Attendance at Upcoming Star Charity Night Out

Harper’s Bazaar is holding it’s annual China Star Charity Night Out and with it comes the attendant promotional activities to garner as much interest as possible. It’s fine for fashion to mingle with entertainment and do it for charitable causes, … Continue reading

Actresses Personify the Ancient Chinese Beauty Look to Varying Degrees of Visual Success

Chinese period story fans are have very very high standards when it comes to opinions about onscreen period beauties. There’s modern beautiful which doesn’t always dovetail with period beauty wondrous, and in between plenty of pretty actresses have flailed in … Continue reading

Famous Chinese Actresses Try on the Cinderella Ballgown for Size

There’s a viral photo shop series going around this past week featuring a handful of the currently most popular Chinese actresses spliced into the iconic Cinderella live-action movie poster featuring Lily James. It’s totally worth checking out even if the photo shop skills … Continue reading

C-netizens Howling Over Four Beautiful C-actresses Turned Tacky CCTV Chinese Dancers

When I was growing up and watching tons of Chinese-language historical dramas, most of the time the leading ladies were always ethereally beautiful, but beyond that they always had this grace onscreen like they glided or floated with this out-of-this-world vibe. … Continue reading

Jerry Yan and Tong Li Ya Embark on a Deliciously Tortured Love for C-drama Loving, Never Forgetting

There is a genre of Chinese dramas called nie lian (孽恋) which basically translates as tortured love or tormented love. It’s probably a genre that closest aligns with the makjang K-melodrama. Tortured love C-dramas are all about the dysfunctional love of … Continue reading

C-remake of Legend of the White Snake Slated for 2013 with Leads Tong Li Ya and Yuan Hong

When it rains it pours – for Yuan Hong 2013 is starting to look like his breakout year. He’s already slated to headline the upcoming CCTV period drama Li’s Mansion about a real life epic turn-of-the-century family patriarch, but on top … Continue reading