Chinese Romance Movies to Watch for in 2013
Before I say anything, I want to apologize for the lack of updates. It has been difficult getting back into the swing of blogging after winter break and final exams. I shall try and try and try some more. Thank you to all the readers who has checked back for new posts for the last two months.
To: All romance lovers, c-novel readers, and fans of Eddie Peng/Yang Mi/Han Geng/Zhao Wei/Ke Zhen Dong (and the list goes on), you are in for a treat this spring. Without doubt, two high profile novel-to-film adaptations Tiny Times and So Young are making their marks in the box office. Adding to the fun is A Wedding Invitation starring Bai Baihe (Love Is Not Blind) and Eddie Peng (Hear Me), will be released early this April. For for more information on these films and my commentary
The story chronicles four women from university to post-graduation, touching upon friendships, love and career in a modern, materialistic setting. Yang Mi headlines the series as Lin Xiao, a college student who interns at a fashionable magazine company and meets cold but handsome Gong Ming. – adapted from Global Times
Lately, I’ve picked up Tiny Times again. Underneath all the carefully-worded imagery and literary devices Guo employs, it comes back to me again and again as one of those fluffy taiwanese idol series. However, the tone of the newly-released movie posters seem to indicate a more serious and even surreal quality which confuses me. They show the characters standing with unsmiling faces set in front gray backgrounds (like in the first photo upper left). What gives? Anywho, I’ll still be watching for some of that Gu Li – Gu Yuan plotline – Ke Zhen Dong and Amber Kuo – which from what I have read in the novel, is heartwarming and sweet. Also, Yang Mi and the French-Taiwanese Rhydian are adorable from the Tiny Times press conferences, so there’s that! Before we get our movie teaser, this is the extent I can speculate.
So Young is about a young girl, Zheng Wei, who has to make a choice between her first love and her boyfriend from college, when both men return from their studies to seek her love. – Asia Pacific Arts
So Young is actress Zhao Wei’s directorial debut (this is literally the tagline for all the news reports for this movie). Former SJ-member Han Geng is obviously the spotlight, with Mark Chao (Black & White) being the other to-watch-for male lead. Up to now, I still have no idea who the female lead is. I’ve seen her from the movie teaser but that hasn’t piqued enough interest in me to do research on her. Anyways, So Young has that nostalgic quality that gives off a You Are the Apple of my Eye vibe – definitely for viewers who want to relive their youth and I’ll bet a lot of post-80s Chinese adults can relate to this story. But the trailer also hints melancholy, so viewers can probably expect a lot of heartbreak and crying Han Geng and crying Mark Chao.
A Wedding Invitation
Li Xing and Qiao Qiao grew up together and are in love. When the two are about to graduate from college, Li Xing proposes to Qiao Qiao but is rejected. She says that the reason is “Li Xing can not meet her material conditions”, but he does not know there is another reason behind this. So the two angrily reached an agreement …… “If five years later, both are single they would get married”. Upon the expiration of five years, Qiao Qiao believes that Li Xing is still waiting for her, but unexpectedly receives a call from Li Xing that he is getting married. – TheUnderratedGems
If Eddie Peng is the king of comedy, then Bai Baihe is the equal when it comes to witty banter. Granted, this is given that the script is good. But it can’t be denied that both actors have extremely good timing and emotional range in the respective series and movies I’ve seen them in. As their first collaboration work, I hope they can do well in the box office.
I am happy for Bai that her rising career doesn’t seem to be compromised unlike a lot of young, married actresses in China. After her box office hit Love is Not Blind with costar Wen Zhang, Bai Baihe is making a smooth transition from the small screen to silver screen fame.
Let me know in the comments below which movies you are looking forward to!