Oy! The nostalgia! Witness to a Prosecution is a TVB series released back in 2000 with two Seasons. The story is a re-imagination of Song Ci’s life, a physician and forensic medical scientist who wrote the book Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified, considered as the earliest documentation of forensic science; a handbook for coroners. It’s been 20 years and Bobby is now at the age of 60! He’s been a beloved actor in my family for his roles in TVB comedies for years and it’s nice to see him in a drama again. This is produced by China and filming began a few days ago.
The stills for this movie are so lovely, beautiful, and romantic, they hit all the right notes for me. Romance film Love You Forever (我在时间尽头等你) stars Li Yi Tong and Li Hong Qi and it has finally snatched a theater release date after being delayed due to the pandemic. The story follows our aspiring ballerina who helps out an older theater attendant, and in doing so discovers his diary. The content stuns her; his diary details their romance through his memories since childhood; the timeless romance that is concealed in another dimension. As it turns out, our male lead was given the chance to travel back in time and he did it to correct a mistake in the past. However, fate doesn’t let you tamper with it without consequences.
I rarely watch films so it’s nice to see two actors in dramaland reunited in the big screen, hoping that it will make up for their lackluster chemistry in Love Me If You Dare. Lol. The movie is inspired by Chyi Chin’s song and he later contacted Rao Xue Man to write a novel, which the movie is based on. Our two characters meet each other at a Chyi Chin concert and thus begins a 30-year romance across three cities.
I recently moved back to my hometown to be near my family and am fortunate enough to be able to have lunch with my mom and my 98-year-old grandmother every Thursday. My grandmother has been my biggest fan and supporter my entire life and it’s been great for me to be able to spend more time with her after living far from home for so long.
The Farewell (the Chinese title, 别告诉她, translates to “Don’t tell her”), stars comedienne and rapper, Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Oceans 8), in a drama about a Chinese family trying to spend what time they have left with their dying matriarch without letting her know she is dying. I knew I had to see it, partly because of my own relationship with my grandmother which made the topic even more relatable to me, but also because I was eager to see a Chinese movie that takes place in everyday life as most of the ones I’ve been able to see so far have been much more centered in fantasy (see all my previous movie reviews).
This is interesting. Jade Dynasty (诛仙) is the movie version of the novel we have seen adapted into the small screen before. Remember….The Legend of Chusen with Li Yi Feng, Zhao Li Ying, and Yang Zi? Well. Here ya go, the condensed version. Lol. It stars some popular and pretty faces with the current Xiao Zhan from the drama The Untamed, Li Qin as Lu Xue Qi, singer Meng Mei Qi as Bi Yao, and Tang Yi Xin replaying her role from the drama version as the first love. xD
Mark Chao, Kenny Lin Gengxin and William Feng Shaofeng reprise their roles as the crime-solving trio from Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon in this sequel, directed by Tsui Hark (who is quickly becoming my favorite Chinese director). Joining them are Sandra Ma (“Oh My General”) and Ethan Ruan (“Legend of Fuyao”) in this mystery involving magicians, sorcery and an Empress eager for power. It’s a fun, summer flick with laughs and plenty of action.
Book 2 in Tang Qi’s Three Lives Three Worlds series is The Pillow Case, a dedicated love story between Bai Feng Jiu (Bai Qian’s niece, played by Dilraba) and Dong Hua Dijun (played by Vengo Gao). If you have watched Yang Mi’s Eternal Love, you’ll remember these two characters. First set of posters are out!