EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! If you guys are not excited about this movie, I don’t know what will. Look at those faces! How could you not??!
Mainland entertainment is making me a very satisfied shippy fangirl with its casting decisions for Shanghai Noir (Chinese title is literally translated to Runaway Detective). Shall I call them the baby-faced cast? After all Ethan Ruan is a man in his 30s already. He’ll be the senior leading the next generation of stars in Zhou Dong Yu, Yang Yang, and Yang Zi Shan.
Shanghai Noir takes place in Shanghai during the period of French Concession, well known as the Paris of the East for its fine buildings and fashionable designs. Ethan Ruan plays a detective in charge of protecting a rich young lady, portrayed by Yang Zi Shan. However, with her sudden disappearance, he becomes the prime suspect. In order to escape imprisonment, he enlists the help of a blind female student (Zhou Dong Yu). Now on the run, our Detective must find the girl to clear his name while evading the authorities and the rich girl’s unhappy boyfriend (Yang Yang). heh.
Stills from the Press Conference:
The beautiful cast. Yang Yang looks great in that shade of green!
Short new cut for Ethan. Happy back to work!
Teasing the girls. He treats Dong Yu like a baby sister. Aww.
Skinship with Yang Zi Shan. Many may recognize her as the female lead in Vicki Zhao‘s movie, So Young.
Picking up the girls. Okay, seriously, are they 50 pounds each?! 😛
Zhou Dong Yu admits the new role is challenging. Everyday she would practice by covering her eyes with a sheet in order to move more convincingly. She also draws inspiration from Tony Leung‘s performance in The Silent War and Andy Lau‘s performance in Blind Detective. What a hard-working girl. 🙂
More of our rich lady. She’s romantically entangled with the detective and Zhou Dong Yu in the new movie. Interesting. How could you cheat on Yang Yang?!!!
Last but not least, the cutie pie Yang Yang.
Ethan’s look in the movie. Down and dirty!
The film is directed by female director Clara Law (Like A Dream, Farewell China). She’s also in charge of the screenplay with Eddie Fong (Red Earth, The Goddess of 1967). Apparently, these two are husband and wife in real life. Aww. They have been working together for many years and are excited to work with a group of young talented stars in the industry.