Thanks heavens! Chen Xiao, if you have escaped Yumama’s claws, never go back again! Please accept this offer! He doesn’t have anything line up except for that horror flick with Ariel Lin, and his other drama, Love & Life & Lie, might be airing in June. He’s been quite free lately as evident of his touring fashion shows in Milan these past few days. Which is good because a period in between each project is a healthy practice to me. Now he just needs to influence his friend to do the same thing…. 😉
The heavily invested ancient mythological drama, The Gods, is collaboratively produced by Cathay Media, CCTV, HunanTV, and San Sang Media, with a budget of over 120 million yuan. It is being helmed by Korean director, Shin Woo Chul, who did Gu Family Book, Secret Garden, and City Hall. Well, he definitely has experience with the fantasy genre so we are in good hands. The writing will be penned by Zhu Su Jin, whose works include Let the Bullets Fly (Movie), Three Kingdoms (TV Series), and The Opium War (Movie).
The credentials of the people involved are solid. Production begins in March and will run for 8 months.
The story is based on a Chinese novel about Gods and Demons, The Investiture of the Gods. Our hero is Yang Jian (often represented in creative works as Erlang Shen, the God with the third eye on his forehead and wanted to punish our Monkey King in various TV adaptations.) The heroine is Da Ji, a beautiful concubine of King Zhou, who is possessed by an evil fox spirit and causes the downfall of the Shang dynasty. I think we all know this story very well.
Notable drama adaptations of the same novel include Benny Chan’s God of Honour and Fan Bing Bing’s The Legend and The Hero. The only thing I remember about God of Honour is the heart-breaking mother and son scenes between Kingdom Yuen and Benny Chan. It slayed. Check out the opening theme below.
Our potential female lead, Claudia Wang Li Kun, is currently promoting her movie with Kris Wu, Somewhere Only We Know and filming a drama, Life is a Twice Blooming Flower, with Hawick Lau. While I’m not overly excited about her casting news, I should be fair and give the actress a chance to prove herself. I have seen her dramas before but not enough to give a fair comment.
Chen Xiao strolling in and out of fashion exhibits.
I’m hoping the boot in your hands is not for yourself…. Happy thoughts!
hehe. The lady on the left is star-struck. The funny thing is Chen Xiao’s I-know-you’re-looking-at-me face.
His photoshoots for Jan & Feb.