The Great Wall

As someone who reads way too much celebrity gossip, I often want to share what's trending despite failing horribly whenever it gets lost under a pile of stuff. To fix this, I'm trying out a new thing where I cram everything into one post. Please pardon the title until I come up with a better one. 

There were alarming reports that Chinese superstar Andy Lau (55 years old) who was most recently seen in the movie Great Wall was severely injured after being thrown off a horse while shooting a commercial in Thailand on January 17. 
Disguiser Hu Ge

This is turning out to be another I like Hu Ge, I click kind of post. He invested 5 million with some friends to open a fancy restaurant specializing in Japanese cuisine in Shanghai and I really really would love to go. The food looks too good to be eaten but it's supposedly really good and who knows, the boss may be in the house. He apparently gives huge discounts to friends (or used to) until he was informed that it was losing them money.

Oh My General Sandra Ma

Oh My General 将军在上 unveils the Ye Family Army and each one of them is a sight to behold including Sheng Yi Lun whose character is initially but a royal without a care for the world.

Sandra Ma (Soulmate) plays Ye Zhao, a martial arts expert cross dressing as a boy. She leads an entire army to victory at the age of sixteen and makes a name for herself as a ruthless killer, earning the title "living king of hell."
Angelababy give birth

Angelababy (General and I) gave birth to a baby boy on January 17, 2017 in Hong Kong. Interestingly enough, it is the third baby news in a short span of time and a big congrats to them just the same. Unless there is another expectant mom that I missed, it should be the last celebrity baby for the month. 
Journey to the West 2

The Lunar New Year is a busy time for the Chinese box office with always a handful of movies premiering on the same day. Duckweed, Kung Fu Yoga and Journey to the West 2 make my top picks though the latter's one of a kind humor piques my interest the most. 

Comedy can either become a big hit or a disappointing miss but it's hard not to harbor high hopes when it comes to a movie that brings together Stephen Chow and Tsui Hark, aka the king of comedy and the king of wuxia. 

But really, young hotties Kris Wu and Lin Gengxin are an added bonus in terms of eye candy though Stephen Chow films are hardly ever about looks and often go to great lengths to uglify the leads. Heh.. maybe not in this instance because everyone looks good to me. Catch the premiere on January 28, 2017.

Love and Passion 万水千山总是情 is the Chinese remake of the 1982 TVB series of the same name and it is headlined by Kevin Yan Kuan (New Xiao Shi Yi Lang), Qin Lan, Wang Guan Yi, Zhang Bo Jia and Vengo Gao Weiguang (Three Lives Three Worlds). 
New Dragon Gate Inn

The cast for the upcoming TV adaptation of New Dragon Gate Inn 新龙门客栈 has been announced and it includes Ma Ke, Qi Wei and Shen Meng Chen. I say yes to another classic wuxia coming our way but oh noes.. fantasy elements will be added. 

As a fan of the old school, it bothers me whenever a wuxia is turned into a xianxia so I'm still hoping that what I read isn't true. Regardless, expect a different kind of Dragon Gate Inn because in place of the familiar sand covered desert is an island, which also explains the concept used for the poster. 
Ode to Joy 2

Liu Tao posted on weibo a picture of herself and the girls with the caption, "Yes~we're back," and just like that the much-loved cast returns with Ode to Joy 2 欢乐颂2 starring Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Olivia Wang, Yang Zi, Qiao Xin, Wang Kai, Yang Shuo and more. 

Am I the only one who hasn't seen Ode to Joy 欢乐颂 because its cast of gorgeous ladies Liu Tao, Olivia Wang Zi Wen, Jiang Xin, Yang Zi (Legend of Chusen) and Qiao Xin are everywhere these days especially with the sequel coming up this year. 

Duckweed or Ride the Winds Break the Waves 乘风破浪 is a Chinese film directed and written by Han Han starring Deng Chao (I Belonged To You), Eddie Peng (Song of the Desert) and Zanilia Zhao (Princess Agents). 
Fights Break Sphere

Fights Break Sphere 斗破苍穹 is a 45-episode Chinese xianxia starring Wu Lei (Nirvana in Fire), Lin Yun (Mermaid), Baron Chen and Li QinIt is adapted from the popular novel Battle Through the Heavens by Tian Can Tu Dou 天蚕土豆 who also wrote Martial Universe.
The Game Changer

The Bund is one of the most iconic representations of a triad-ridden Shanghai in the 1930s. It has a theme song that has turned into a timeless classic and it is even dubbed as "The Godfather of the East." It skyrocketed Chow Yun Fat to stardom in the 1980s and also Huang Xiaoming in the 2007 remake. 
Kung Fu Yoga

It hasn't been a month since I did a post on Jackie Chan's movie with Huang Zi Tao and he already has another one slated to premiere on Lunar New Year, this time with Zhang Yixing Lay
Jing Tian The Glory of Tang Dynasty

Jing Tian (Legend of Banshu) headlines The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 as Shen Zhen Zhu, a proper lady from a noble family selected to become the concubine of Li Yu. She is but a frail woman who rises up to a position of power. 

Rebel Thief Who Stole the People

Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People 역적: 백성을 훔친 도적 is a 30-episode Korean drama starring Yoon Kyun Sang (Pinocchio), Chae Soo Bin, Honey Lee (Shine or Go Crazy), Kim Ji Suk and Kim Sang Joon

It is based on Hong Gil Dong, the thief who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. I still have a special place for Kang Ji Hwan's Hong Gil Dong so an entirely new cast determined to portray a serious take on the familiar story doesn't exactly spout excitement. I remember taking a liking to Yoon Kyun Sang once before but even that ship has sailed.

Nevertheless, an underdog's journey to become a hero is always a compelling tale to tell and even more intriguing back in the day when the lowest of the low had to fight great odds to overcome a wretched system. In this case, the noble thief is a formidable warrior who goes against the highest of the high to come face to face with the king.  

Ruler: Master of the Mask

Either sageuk roles are gearing younger and younger or it's simply a case of the child stars from yonder days growing up before we knew it. Ruler: Master of the Mask 군주 - 가면의 주인 is a 20-episode pre-produced Korean drama starring Yoo Seung Ho (War of the Son) and Kim So Hyun (Bring It On, Ghost). 
Hu Ge cats

What can I say, I'm one of those people who can watch endless dog and cat videos without getting bored. I can't help it because they're cute, cuddly and they make me happy.
The Glory of Tang Dynasty Press Conference

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 held a press conference in Beijing last week in anticipation of the series premiere this January 29, 2017, which happens to fall on the second day of the lunar new year.