Chen Kun and Zhou Xun’s New Film – The Yin Yang Master, Hits the Big Screens

The Yin Yang Master is a 2021 film adaptation of the acclaimed role-play mobile game Onmyoji: 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.

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 –

Chen Linong Explores Shanghai for Condé Nast Traveler Magazine

Recently, Taiwanese singer and actor Chen Linong posed for an exploration photoshoot with Condé Nast Traveler China. These pictures were for the cover of the Magazine’s November 2020 Issue.

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)


Chen Linong has a movie and one drama slotted for 2020/2021. The current title of his upcoming drama is Seizing Dream(2021). There’s no confirmed airing date yet.

His upcoming movie – Soul Snatcher (also known as Red Fox Scholar), is set for a December 4th, 2020 theatre premiere –

Synopsis: To achieve immortality, fox spirit Bai Shisan disguises as a young man and travels to the human world, searching for a divine pill. There he befriends the innocent scholar Wang Zijin whom he later realizes is the key to his transcendence. To keep Wang safe, Bai must bond with him on his road to the imperial examination while fending off threats from mythic creatures and evil spirits. (source – MyDramaList)

Trailer

Deng Lun Takes The Cover of L’Officiel Hommes – November 2020 Issue

(Please Note: none of these images are mine. I got them from official magazine websites and social media sites.)


Deng Lun has a few projects coming up in 2020/2021, many of which have unconfirmed airing dates. The one project I’m super excited about is a film slotted for December 25th, 2020. This movie is called Onmyoji or Qing Ya Ji.

Synopsis – Set in a mystical fantasy world where humans and supernatural beings co-exist together. The film tells how cosmologist Qing Ming and his friend Bo Ya, who he met while taking part in celestial rituals up in heaven, investigate baffling and weird cases. During their many adventures, the pair uncover a century-old secret and end up saving humanity.

The other cast members include Mark Chao, Wang Duo, Olivia Wang, Jessie Li, etc.

Since this film will play first in theatres, I’ll probably have to wait a while before getting an English subbed version online, but I’m still excited.

Here are some trailers –

Greg Han Poses for Men’s Uno Magazine

Greg Han takes the cover of Men’s Uno China – May 2020 Issue. Ever since his Taiwanese hit series Someday Or One Day, he has been getting a lot of deals.

(Please Note: none of the images are mine. I got them from official websites and social media sites.)

These are my favourite picks from the photoshoot. img_4965img_4955img_4954img_4963img_4953

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Greg Han is set to play the lead role in a 2020 Chinese remake of the Korean film – On Your Wedding Day, which starred Park Bo Young and Kim Young Kwang. This remake is called On Our Wedding Day, and the female lead is Chinese actress Zhang Ruonan.

Just for fun, here is the Korean movie’s poster – 

And here are teaser images for the Chinese Version – 

Finding Mr. Right: Chinese Movie Review

Finding Mr. Right is a 2013 Chinese Film that starred Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo as leads.

Synopsis: The story follows a pregnant woman, JiaJia. She is trying to avoid the scandals of her sinister, already-married boyfriend. Hopping a plane to Seattle, Jiajia meets Frank, a handsome taxi driver and divorcee who makes her see love, and herself, in a new light. (source – Amazon Prime)

Expectations: I just started watching the Chinese drama – Ming Dynasty. I was really impressed by Tang Wei’s natural approach to acting, so I decided to check out more of her works. Coincidently Finding Mr. Right was already on my Viki watchlist. After reading the plot summary and watching the trailer, I had a feeling that it was going to be an exciting watch.

(warning – spoilers ahead)

Review:

This is going to be a quick breakdown.

Finding Mr. Right is not the biggest masterpiece out there, but it is definitely a heartfelt gem. It showcased a charming story, and I genuinely enjoyed every moment.

The movie focuses on JiaJia as she learns about love in different forms and creates the family that she has always wanted. So if you need a touching story of growth, this is for you.

Wen JiaJia started out as a very annoying character. She was ignorant, arrogant, and extremely rude, but by the end of the film, she became more understanding and appreciative of the people around her. She also learnt to love herself and realized that her worth was not to be based solely on wealth. Her character growth was incredible.

Another appealing aspect of Finding Mr. Right was the chemistry between Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo. They didn’t have intense, intimate scenes, but you could feel their love for each other. I sincerely appreciate a couple that can have deep conversations about life, family, and future plans. It doesn’t always have to be about the kissing scenes and bed scenes. Hence why I give more value and praise to productions that portray couples with an excellent balance of intimacy and communication.

This film also has excellent comedic scenes, and the cinematography is beautiful for a 2013 production. I adore the soundtracks they used. Every song was perfect for the chosen scene. My favourite soundtrack is “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan, it is an old song but still a beautiful classic. –

Overall, Finding Mr. Right was an emotional story with great actors, and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Therefore my rating is 9/10. To get a better understanding of how I rate each movie or drama, click 👉🏼 Drama|Movie Rating Guide

And for anyone interested in seeing this movie, it is available on Viki 👉🏼 Finding Mr. Right with Eng Subs