Colorful posters and disguises in Ethan Ruan’s Shanghai Noir

Seems like a while since I last talked about this movie. They recently held a press conference to promote the film which is looking at a late November slot, or later. Aside from Yang Yang, who was not present, Ethan Ruan, Zhou Dong Yu, and Yang Zi Shan were all there to make dorky faces at the camera. It looks like there won’t be romance between the leads in here. I like that because they look and interact like siblings, which is sweet. I seldom resist the temptation to ship people. Here, it is natural. 🙂

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Nostalgic stills and posters for Ethan Ruan’s detective film, Shanghai Noir

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I mentioned this movie in June of this year and the release date is announced to be in…November. Anybody sensing a pattern here? November is the July of movies and dramas! BURR! A trailer will come out any moments now but first let’s dip our feet into Shanghai at the time, known as the Paris of the East during the French concession which lasted for about a century.

In the movie, Ethan Ruan plays the framed detective when the woman (Yang Zi Shan) he’s supposed to protect went missing. Now all the police forces are searching for him, including the said woman’s boyfriend (Yang Yang) as the prime suspect! Aid comes in an unexpected form – a blind young woman (Zhou Dong Yu). What’s a man gotta do to clear his name?

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Ethan Ruan leads Zhou Dong Yu & Yang Yang at press conference for new detective film, Shanghai Noir

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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.

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