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Three Kingdoms 2010 Trailer

By on July 12th, 2009 | Chinese Entertainment

The highly anticipated remake of Three Kingdoms is due out in 2010. The 1994 series by Mainland China “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” was wonderful in how faithful it was to the original source material and some of the key characters were casted superbly – especially Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhuge Liang, and Cao Cao. However, it suffered from cast replacements midway in the series because of the tight scheduling and severe conditions the actors were under while filming so that many fell sick. The producers also didn’t dramatize it in more layman dialogue and plotting and instead followed the novel’s approach of event storytelling, which can be confusing because of the many characters that come and go and the many events that happen over a long course of time. For purists though, this series was a masterpiece.

Now that John Woo had released the two-part “Red Cliff” movie, it seemed like the right time to remake this ambitious series. Hopefully, the series will adapt the novel more fittingly this time around so that it is more mainstream. Casting seems satisfying so far, especially Lu Yi as Zhuge Liang from videos – he has that cunning look. Peter Ho will be interesting as the powerful Lu Bu who falls for the maiden trap while Ruby Lin will once again be compared to the same role that Zhao Wei played in the movies.

Shu Han:
Yu Hewei (于和伟) as Liu Bei
Nie Yuan (聂远) as Zhao Yun
Yu Rongguang (于荣光) as Guan Yu
Lu Yi (陆毅) as Zhuge Liang

Eastern Wu:
Zhang Bo (张博) as Sun Quan
Sha Yi (沙溢) as Sun Ce
Ruby Lin (林心如) as Sun Shangxiang
Victor Huang (黃維德) as Zhou Yu
Zhao Ke (赵柯) as Xiao Qiao

Chen Jianbin (陈建斌) as Cao Cao

Peter Ho (何润东) as Lü Bu
Chen Hao (陈好) as Diao Chan
Lü Xiaohe (吕晓禾) as Dong Zhuo
Liu Jing (刘竞) as Da Qiao

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TVB Burning Flame III makes opening record in last 3 years

By on July 8th, 2009 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

Burning Flame III

The third installment of TVB’s firefighters drama, “Burning Flame III”, starring Wong Hei, Kevin Cheng, Bosco Wong, and Myolie Wu aired on 7/6/09 Monday and made viewership record history for a drama’s opening day in TVB’s last 3 years. It tied with the 2006 TVB drama “The Dance of Passion”. “Burning Flame III” averaged 36 points on the first day and reach 38 points since, the equivalent of over 242,000 viewers. And Myolie doesn’t even show up yet until episode 2.

Kevin Cheng seemed ecstatic over the news and when asked if he would don a swimsuit to celebrate if the drama reaches 40 points, he jokingly said it would be weird if he did it by himself and that Wong Hei and Bosco will have to do it together.

Source: Sina


Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 2009 trailers

By on July 8th, 2009 | Chinese Entertainment

Zhang Ji Zhong’s latest Jin Yong adaption on the last part of the Condor Trilogy – Yi Tian Tu Long Ji, or The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 2009. The landscape looks dreamy, epic, and beautiful – it reminds one of the fantasy-like world that was created for Return of the Condor Heroes 2006 (ROCH). Hopefully, the producers won’t spend all their budget on the scenery and forget to tell a proper story though as they did with ROCH. Some scenes look overly-CGI’ed, especially the introduction of Tse Sun and his lion’s roar wielding the Dragon Saber. The Dragon Saber also looks ridiculously huge and stunted in length. I realize that the Heavenly Sword didn’t make an appearance in the trailers either – marketing gimmick?

Ady An looks like a good choice for Zhao Min as she looks very pretty in the ancient outfits and fittingly arrogant for the Mongolian princess. Deng Chao as Zhang Wu Ji looked very much like a child in the poster but in the videos, he looks like he can pass as the character. Liu Jing, however, just doesn’t seem pretty or young enough to play Zhou Zhiruo. Xiao Chao played by He Zhuo Yan seems to be another good casting.

Each trailer is over 8 minutes in length.

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