Chen Kun and Zhou Xun are known to be very close friends in the Chinese entertainment industry. They’ve starred in numerous projects together, including the recent film, The Yin Yang Master. Plus, they even established an acting school known as Dome Studio with another A-list actor, Chen Kuo-fu. These two talented acts graced the February 2021 cover of GQ China. During the interview for this issue, they promoted their upcoming film at the time and spoke beautifully about their ongoing friendship of 20 years. This shoot’s theme is “Two bodies, one soul”, and the visual artist Chen Man was the creative hand behind each photo.
(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)
Both were also the cover images for the March 2021 Issue of COSMOPOLITAN China, and I believe Chen Man took these photos as well. Here are the individual spreads –
The Yin Yang Masteris a 2021 film adaptation of the acclaimed role-play mobile gameOnmyoji: Master of Yin and Yang. It premieres in cinemas today and should not be mistaken for Deng Lun and Mark Chao’s version that aired last year. That one was a first part adaptation of the novel series titled Onmyoji by Yumemakura Baku. The stories have similarities, but this new movie is from a different director, production company, and cast.
Synopsis – The world is on the verge of a devastating war with monsters trying to retrieve the Scaling Stone. Yin Yang Master Qing Ming’s life is in danger, which leads him on a journey to different worlds in preparation for the upcoming assaults. During his voyage, Qing Ming finds that the key to stopping all the calamities is embracing his human and monster hybrid identity (source – Netflix).
Now here’s a more detailed summary provided on imdb.com– Captain of the City Guard, Yuan Boya, is stripped of his rank after failing to guard an imperial tribute. Unwilling to let things lie, he searches for the thieves that stole the tribute, only to end up entering a mystical world of demons. Along the way, he becomes mixed up in a feud between the Yin Yang Master Qing Ming, humans and the demon worlds. Yuan Boya and Qing Ming’s relationship grows from mutual distaste to grudging respect, and eventually, they establish an unbreakable bond of master and familiar. The two work together to solve an old mystery and prove Qing Ming’s innocence while also unravelling a conspiracy to bring the Demon King back from the dead.(I’m not too confident of this summary’s accuracy since anyone can edit the imdb.com site.)
Main cast list for The Yin Yang Master:
We have one of my favourite Chinese actors ever, Chen Kun as Qin Ming, the yin yang master/Seimei –
Zhou Xun as Bai Ni/Yao Bikuni –
William Chan as Ci Mu –
Claudia Wang as the Peach blossom fairy –
Shen Yue as Shen Le/Kagura –
Cici Wang as the Snow lady –
Wang Yue Yi as the Butterfly monster –
And finally, Shaw Qu as Yuan Bo Ya/Hiromasa.
This stellar cast for The Yin Yang Master truly excites me, and I’m equally eager to get more insight into the world of Onmyoji. I’ve never played the game, but I have seen the 2020 animated series. Sadly, the anime episodes were too short; hence I’m very thankful for these live-actions that allow me to dive more into this intriguing fantasy world. Since Netflix also picked up the international distribution for this version, I’ll wait to watch both the 2020 and 2021 adaptation together. As of now, there’s no official date for the international release since this film just started airing in China.
Update: This film is now available on Netflix.
To close this post, here are all the teasers/trailers for The Yin Yang Master. I saved them for last just in case anyone prefers to go into a movie without knowing what sort of visuals to expect, so watch at your discretion –
I have always had an interest in photography, but recently, I have been obsessing over magazine pictorials. So I decided to post a few of my favourite photos on here. I will also add in movies/drama posters that I like. (Please Note: none of the pictures are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.) This post is just for fun.
First on my list of celeb editorial pictures is known other than the amazing Chinese actor – Chen Kun.
The way the light hits his face in this black & white photo is stunning.
Character Poster for Chen Kun’s upcoming film – Fengshen Trilogy. He looks good. The long hair and beard are doing him justice.
Character Poster for Ruyi (played by Zhou Xun) for the Chinese drama – Ruyi’s Royal Love In The Palace, everything about this poster screams elegance.
Lee Hi looks incredible in the June 2019 Issue for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea.
The beautiful Jisoo graces the latest issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Korea.
I am so glad that I discovered another amazing actor this year. After watching the Chinese drama – Love and Destiny, I am now a big fan of Chang Chen.
The glow is real for Jang Ki-Yong in this HIGH CUT shoot. I also love how the colour of his blazer blends into the background.
The details and colours for the costumes caught my attention. The title of this drama is Ming Dynasty. It just started airing, and I am excited to check it out. I have been waiting for this series for so long.
Han Hyo-Joo’s stance for these pictures is so good. She gives the feeling of power and control.
These are exclusive photos from GQ’s 10th birthday party. The main thing that won me here is the concept.
Yang Se-jong for Harper’s BAZAAR Korea. All I have to say here is – EYES AND LIGHTING, such an incredible shot.
The first poster for the 2020 Chinese drama – Love Is Sweet. I love how cozy they look in this picture. They seem very peaceful.
Taeyeon looks gorgeous in these shots for HIGH CUT. Blonde is her colour.
And last on my list for today is another stunning angel. Chinese actress of Uyghur descent – Gülnezer Bextiyar, also known as Nazha.She looks like a diamond, so shiny
Like I mentioned earlier, this post is just for fun. I wanted to share my recent interest with you all. I have more pictures saved on my phone, so I might be creating a similar post soon.