22nd Shanghai International Film and TV Festival Part 2

Can’t believe I’m doing Part 2 for this darn festival! If yesterday was for local TV dramas, today is the hottest star gathering in the movie world.

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Press conference for the cast of A Journey through Time with Anthony

Another star-turned-producer and this time it’s Zhou Xun (Painted Skin, Red Sorghum). It’s based on a novel of the same name, A Journey through Time with Anthony, written in the form of a diary by Anthony as he detailed his life during the ages of 20-23 as a newly graduate being shipped to study overseas, where he gains perception of life and grows as a person. The titular role is handed to top model, Liu Chang, as his movie debut and his leading lady is a face frequently seen in theaters this past few weeks – Bai Bai He (Monster Hunt).

Does the premise remind some of you of a Japanese movie?

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Li Qin and Kimi Qiao round out Love Rectangle in So You’re Still Here


As previously mentioned in February, the movie adaptation of So You’re Still Here, written by by Xin Yi Wu (So Young), secured its female and male lead in Liu Yi Fei (For Love or Money) and Kris Wu (Somewhere Only We Know). Filming began this past week and the first stills are out of our leads still in their high school uniforms. Liu Yi Fei looks the part of a quiet student but I think they could have styled Kris differently… Last time, their casting announcements weren’t received warmly by many here but what can we do, it’s all done and over, so let’s just see what they have up their sleeves!

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Filming begins for Chen Xiao and Yuan Shan Shan’s Love Up In The Air

Yu Zheng’s first modern drama (he’s the producer), tentatively called Love Up In the Air (or Cloud in the Air) has a booting ceremony to begin filming on April 18th. I think he’s only interested in messing with the wuxia world; Modern world is enough of a chaotic place without his paws on them. Chen Xiao (Romance of the Condor Heroes) and Yuan Shan Shan (City of Angels) are the leads. I did not remember these two were paired up way back in Beauties of the Emperor! I hated her character so much in that drama…..she literally got every single man she wanted in there! Truth be told, I’m not a fan of this pairing. Yuan Shan Shan has yet to capture me with her performance. Might this be the one?

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Ten-minute trailer of Yumama’s Creating Beauty with Yang Rong

Hmmm. Not sure what Yu Zheng is pulling here. The fact that he had to announce about giving Yang Rong a lead role kinda diminishes her talents. The stills are gorgeous but then I heard her dubbed voice in the trailer…and I want to yank Yumama’s collar. If you’re gonna give her the lead role, do it right. Get a female adult to speak her lines!

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