First Character Stills for Nirvana in Fire 2 with Huang Xiaoming and Tong Li Ya

Most sequels tend to disappoint regardless of whether the original cast comes back. It’s hard to make lightning in a bottle twice but I’m mildly optimistic about the upcoming period C-drama Nirvana in Fire 2. It’s from the same production crew from screenwriter to director but with a completely unrelated story and new cast. The setting is fifteen years about the events of Nirvana in Fire and things in the Liang dynasty continue to be crappy towards patriotic warrior families that protect the crown but get stabbed in the back. This time it’s the Xiao family led by the patriarch father and his two sons. Huang Xiaoming plays the elder son with Tong Li Ya as his wife, and his story will take place in the first half of the drama before Liu Hao Ran‘s younger brother character becomes the focal point of the story. The first set of character stills are out and have the same costuming and brings back the feels from the epic original even without leads Hu Ge and Wang Kai. The drama has finished filming and aims to air in 2017. 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