Posts Tagged With: Tang Yan

Tony Yang Joins Tang Yan, Hawick Lau for “Lady and the Liar”

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From the makers of the beautifully executed period series Prince of Lan Ling come another period drama starring Tang Yan, Hawick Lau, Tony Yang and Lemon Zhang called Lady and the Liar千金女贼. What is more interesting about this production is that it brings back the art director responsible for the artistic scenery in Prince of Lan Ling, Gossip Girl artistic director Charles E. MacCarry and the South Korean team responsible for the awesome special effects in Painted Skin 2. If the producers are willing to spend as much and make sure that the technical aspects are well made, this could be another sure fire hit in the making.

The story took place in the 1930’s during the Shanghai Concession, at a time when chaos gripped the land. It tells the story of Jiang Xin (Tang Yan),the daughter of the richest man in Shanghai but lost all her memories due to a shipwreck. Her life was stolen by Du Xiao han (Yang Rong) posing as Jiang Xin. Their fates are interchanged. Two men helped her regain her memories but who would she trust, the man who lied to her, Bai Zheng Qing (Hawick Lau) or the man who constantly stood by her side, Wen Sheng jie (Tony Yang).

The boot camp will start in December and is slated for release next year. It is a 45 episode period-romance directed by Zhou Xiao-peng. The team gathered for the ceremonial peace offering and prayer lead by Tang Yan and Tony minus Hawick, who was absent due to prior filming commitments. I actually wonder how they manage their schedules. All 3 of them are currently doing other projects. It will also be Hawick and Tang tang’s second time working together but I’m pretty sure that no “love angle” is necessary since everyone knows that Hawick is engaged to Tang Tang’s real life BFF Yang Mi.

 

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Hu Ge and Liu Shi shi Arrives Hand-in-Hand at 2013 BQ Favorite List Awards

The 2013 BQ Red List Awards ceremony was held in Shanghai last week. The annual award is given to chosen individuals in the entertainment industry by virtue of popularity, influence and show’s success.

But the focus of the evening were Hu Ge and Liu Shi shi who arrived at the event holding hands. If I didn’t know any better, I would have been jumping with glee over this, thinking that something is brewing between them. But I know that this is all for show, because of their upcoming series Da Mo Yao aka Ballad of the Dessert or Legend of Sun and Moon, which after what felt like eons of waiting, its official trailer was FINALLY released. Many fans are rejoicing for sure.

What I really want to know is when the airing dates will be. I am hoping to see this series early next year if the drama gods permit. It has already been cleared by SARFT so I don’t see the reason for more delays.

 

Here are the winners:

  • Most Influential Actors of the Year: Liu Shi shi and Chen Bo Lin
  • Favorite Actor of the Year: Nicky Wu and Zhang Yuqi
  • Favorite Drama Actor: Hu Ge
  • Most Popular Actor: Tang Yan
  • Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Liu Tao and Yan Kuan
  • Popular Idol of the year: Chen Xiao
  • Most Valuable Actor of the year: Massu Gallen
  • New Movie Actor of the year: Chen Dong and Guo Biting
  • Most Popular Artist of the year: Li Wei
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Hu Ge, Tang Yan, Wallace Chung Considering TV Adaptation of “Lang Ya Bang”

A few days ago I’ve written about Long Ballad 秀丽江山, a popular novel which is about to hit the small screen with actress-producer Ruby Lin and Yuan Hong headlining the said series. At this point the shooting is almost about to wrap up and ready for the chopping block (board of censors)to give it a go signal for airing next year.

Shandong Television Media Group has acquired the rights to the novel Langya Bang琅琊榜, a highly popular internet novel known as the Chinese version of Count of Monte Cristo. The novel is about to get a live adaptation with two famed directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue at the helm. According to several sources, initial preparations are already under way. The script is ready, the costumes have been designed, the settings have been chosen and names of actors offered to play the lead roles are floating in the netosphere. If the rumors are to be believed, which I pray to the drama gods to be real, Hu Ge, Tang Yan and Wallace Chung might be the leads. Excited does not even come close to how I feel! I should probably start burning the midnight candle, add a little bit of incense and start chanting to make it work.

Hu Ge and Tang Yan have worked together in several projects in the past including the modern drama Unbeatable, a typical mainland workplace drama which also starred heart breaker Roy Chiu, and the RPG series Rift of the Sky 轩辕剑之天之痕, which was so ridiculously whack I laughed uncontrollably at some scenes. But it did have it’s saving grace, Yuwen Tuo’s (Hu Ge) tormented character and demoness Dugu Ningke‘s quest for redemption and love.

I have always been a big Hu Ge fan since forever. I love how he always works his chemistry with co-actors like Ariel Lin (Seven of the Sky, Legend of the Condor Heroes), Ivy Chen (Modern People), Liu Yi Fei (Chinese Paladin) among others. Oh well, save for Shangri-La which I could barely stomach despite of my love for Hu Ge. He may not be so young anymore to play Lin Shu but I have no doubt he can pull it off. Tang Yan, on the other hand, is one of my favorite mainland actress. She can be cute (Love Waking Up,The Xia Girls), kick-ass (Agent X,Storm Warriors), cunning (Chinese Paladin 3,Rift of the Sky), innocent (Gone with the Wind) and surely she portray Princess Ni Huang with aplomb. Wallace Chung, although I have only seen him in a series once, (The Magic Blade which I absolutely abhor) is a solid actor and I think he will be perfect as Jing Wang Xiao. If the three signs on they will start filming in February 2014.

 

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Chinese Paladin 5 in the Works with Jiang Jin Fu

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Fans of the RPG wuxia-fantasy series The Legend of Sword and Fairy or Chinese Paladin rejoice! Rumor has it that Chinese Paladin 5 is in the works. Can I just say, heck it’s about time! It’s been 8 long years since Chinese Paladin (2005) was released and launched the careers of then little known stars, Hu Ge, Liu Yi Fei and Ady Ahn. I still remember every detail of the series like I saw it yesterday. It can also be said that Li Xiao Yao is probably Hu Ge’s most memorable character. Now, Hu Ge is one of China’s most sought after actors, Liu Yi Fei and Ady Ahn have about 40 films and dramas between them. Even Eddie Peng who played funny Tang Yu has made a name for himself. However, I don’t know whatever happened to Ah Nu‘s Esther Liu. She’s probably around somewhere.

Chinese Paladin Official Poster

Chinese Paladin Official Poster

In 2009 Chinese Paladin 3 was released, again with Hu Ge as the lead character Jing Tian/Long Yang/Fei Pang, Yang Mi as Xue Jian, Liu Shi Shi as Long Kui and Wallace Huo and Tang Yan who played star-crossed lovers, soulmates and my favorite couple Chang Xing and Zi Xuan. This series is one of my all-time favorite. I’ve watched it so many times yet love it every single time. That’s how good it is. It’s probably because of what I can call a dream cast. We all know that Tang Yan, Shi shi and Yang Mi have become real-life BFFs after this. And I’ve become a solid Wallace-Tang Yan shipper! I still hurt recalling their “farewell scene”. Who could forget that scene? Tissue please!

Chinese Paladin 3 Official Poster

Chinese Paladin 3 Official Poster

 

Fans of the series have long campaigned for another installment and looks like that prayer is about to be answered. According to various sources, production will start around November and will star up and coming “it” guy Jiang Jin Fu as the main protagonist Jiang Yun Fan. I think Jin Fu’s career is following Hu Ge’s career path just like Chen Xiao following Huang Xiao Ming‘s. Although personally, I think the “Ge Ges 哥哥” look better than the “Di Dis 弟弟”. Interestingly, the lead female Tang Yu Rou is said to be played by Victoria Song Qian of the K-pop group Miss A. What whetted my appetite though is not this pairing but the possible cameo’s of original cast members Hu Ge, Wallace, Tang Yan and Shi shi. But I know this might be so far-fetched given their red hot careers now. Scheduling conflicts might prevent this from ever happening.

If production starts this year, we may see Chinese Paladin 5 next year!

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