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    Chinese and HK Television Series

    We sort of got something started about this on our Grace Under Fire thread. Hopefully, this will make a good index thread for future posts about this TV genre.

    Here's a new one: The Lost Tomb 盜墓筆記
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    Tentatively titled "Yip Man and Bruce Lee."

    You say Beom. I say Bum.

    Posted : 2015-10-08 15:46
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    Korean actor scores role of Bruce Lee in Chinese show


    Kim Beom from tvN's "Hide your Identity" and the late Bruce Lee (inbox)

    Actor Kim Beom will play the late Bruce Lee (1940-1973), the legendary martial artist, in a new Chinese TV show, media reports said Thursday.

    Kim, 26, will feature as the Hong Kong-American martial artist and action film star in the Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation show tentatively titled "Yip Man and Bruce Lee."

    Kim, who leaves for China this month for the show, is the only Korean in the cast, the reports said.


    Kim featured in Chinese movies "Lovers and Movies," above, and "The Beloved" this year. / Courtesy of Naver

    This will be Kim's debut in a Chinese TV series, but he has featured in two Chinese movies, "Lovers and Movies" and "The Beloved," a hit this year.

    Kim began his career in 2006, in a Korean TV series. His latest work in Korea was TV series "Hide your Identity" on tvN in June, in which he played a violent detective.
    Copied from our K-star-Kim-Bum-as-Bruce-Lee thread.
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    Slightly OT

    ATV, World's Oldest Chinese TV Channel, Closes Down
    by Reuters APRIL 2, 2016, 2:17 PM EDT



    Its frequencies were snapped up by government-owned Radio Television Hong Kong.

    Asia Television, the Hong Kong TV channel that was the world’s first Chinese-language TV broadcaster, closed down a few seconds before midnight on Friday April 1.

    ATV, which was born as Rediffusion and operated for 59 years, put out its last live newscast in Chinese at 10.30pm. It filled the remaining time with the partial rerun of a Miss Asia beauty pageant, programming which had latterly become the channel’s staple.

    The company was stripped of its broadcast license by the Hong Kong government, due to a series of mismanagement incidents, and, broke, has been in the hands of court-appointed administrators for the since February.

    ATV’s ownership over the past decade has been continually in turmoil and did not stabilize long enough for management to turn around ATV’s declining audiences and plunging advertising income.

    Within minutes of ATV’s last transmission, its frequencies were taken up by government-owned Radio Television Hong Kong (RTKH). At roughly the same time PCCW-backed HKTVE also started to transmit its digital free television program channel, ViuTV Channel 99, through radio waves.

    “These new free TV services will provide additional program choices for TV viewers,” said Greg So, government Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development.

    “ATV has been broadcasting in Hong Kong for 59 years, producing a wealth of classic television programs. With the launching of new free TV services, I hope that the television industry of Hong Kong will be brought to a new height.”

    The company’s current shareholders have pointed to a new life for ATV on the Internet after free-to-air broadcasting has ended, but that may put it at odds with the liquidators who issued redundancy notices in February. Some 400 former ATV staff have applied for compensation from a government fund after ATV failed to pay their salaries for January and February.

    Uncertainties remain as to whether ATV can still make use of its right to broadcast in the Cantonese-speaking Guangdong region of China, known as ‘landing rights,’ and the fate of its vast news and program libraries.
    What a sorry ending for such a longstanding network.
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    God of War: Zhao Zi Long

    Yoona's new Chinese historical romance beats strong competition to win #1 in China
    by Nancy Z on Sun, Apr 17, 2016



    Girls' Generation's Yoona is starring in a new Chinese historical drama, God of War: Zhao Zi Long, which has achieved a formidable showing by beating out even the extremely popular Descendants of the Sun. Check out photos from the drama, and find out more about the epic romance between Yoona and her leading man Lin Geng Xin.

    If you've missed Yoona (Im Yoon Ah) after her last TV drama The Prime Minster and I, it's because she has been busy filming God of War: Zhao Zi Long, also known as God of War: Zhao Yun and Chinese Hero Zhao Zi Long.

    The story about a real-life military hero was inspired by the famous Chinese literature classic, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, about the turbulent times of the Three Kingdoms period following the fall of the Han dynasty. Many movies and dramas have been made to recount the dramatic stories and historical figures depicted in the beloved novel.

    Thanks to Yoona's popularity in China, the new drama has been getting huge buzz. The beautiful singer-actress from Girls' Generation has long been popular in China. Take a look at the lovely Yoona dressed in beautiful costumes to portray her character Xiahou Qing Yi, who would capture the heart of a heroic warrior.




    Yoona is surrounded by at least three handsome leading men in the historical romance.

    Top Chinese actor Lin Geng Xin plays the legendary general Zhao Zi Long. Lin rose to fame as the 14th prince in the iconic time-traveling romance, Scarlet Heart (aka Bu Bu Jing Xin).





    Kim Jeong Hoon, the prince in Kdrama Goong, plays the romantic rival:




    Godfrey Gao, hot model-turned-actor, plays another famous general Lu Bu.

    Here's Godfrey strutting his awesome physique in costume at the press conference:



    With an attractive cast and a story that is well known by the Chinese public, no wonder the new epic romance has garnered strong interest and even won the ratings war when it started broadcasting on April 3.



    The above list was released on April 6 by VLinkage, a Chinese entertainment data agency. The chart shows God of War: Zhao Zi Long in the #1 spot, followed by The Classic of Mountains and Seas in #2, and Descendants of the Sun in #3.

    Congratulations to Yoona and her new drama!

    ~ NancyZdramaland
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    Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So & Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Yin

    HBO Asia, China Movie Channel to Co-Produce Martial Arts Flicks for TV
    1:05 AM PDT 7/11/2016 by Patrick Brzeski


    HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink
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    The project will be HBO's first Chinese-language production starring Chinese talent, said HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink.
    HBO Asia is partnering with China Movie Channel to develop and co-produce an anthology of Chinese-language martial arts action movies for television.

    The project marks HBO and its affiliates' first co-production in the massive Chinese TV sector, which counts an estimated 1.2 billion viewers. China Movie Channel (CMC), also known as CCTV6, is the flagship entertainment channel of state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).

    Set to premiere at the end of 2016, the first two films under the partnership will be executive produced by veteran Hong Kong action director Corey Yuen (co-director of the first Transporter film and action director of the first X-Men movie, among many other martial arts credits).

    Set in ancient China at the end of the Qing dynasty, the movies — titled, Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So and Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying — will feature "gritty combat sequences executed by a cast of Chinese actors professionally trained in mixed martial arts, kung fu and muay thai," says HBO Asia.

    They will be air simultaneously on CMC’s channels in Mainland China and across 23 Asian territories on HBO and RED by HBO.

    THR first reported the plans of a development and production partnership between HBO and CMC at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

    “Apart from being HBO Asia’s very first Chinese language production and approach to the genre, this also marks the network’s first collaboration with talents from China and Hong Kong,” said Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia.

    Production on the first two flicks is now underway at China’s Hengdian studios. Action choreographer and director Guo Jian Yong (So Close) is directing, while Singaporean screenwriter, Koh Teng Liang, is part of the writing team behind the screenplay for Shadowless Kick.

    China Movie Channel is the official Chinese broadcaster of the Oscars. The state-backed company also has invested in several Hollywood films, such as Paramount's Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Skydance Production's Mission Impossible — Rogue Nation (2015).

    "This is the first time CMC is doing a co-production of original TV movies," said Cao Yin, president and managing director of CMC, adding: "Through this partnership, we hope to exchange knowledge and know-how in the production of original content, and together with HBO Asia, introduce the essence of our culture through martial arts.”

    HBO Asia previously collaborated with filmmakers in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia on various English-language productions, including the fantasy series Halfworlds, recently renewed for a second season, which is concurrently being shot in Thailand.
    Hope there's an easy way to stream these in the U.S.
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    Ice Fantasy

    This randomly popped up on my newsfeed. I know nothing about it. It reminds me of Frozen.

    Did you know Ice Fantasy was written by a 19-year-old?
    by Nancy Z on Mon, Jul 25, 2016



    A Chinese idiom says "water and fire cannot co-exist," and the eternal conflict of the two forces of nature is never reflected more powerfully than as depicted in the battles of the Ice and Fire tribes in new drama Ice Fantasy, starring Feng Shao Feng and Victoria Song. The original story arrived 14 years ago from a writer who creatively fused elements from Chinese Taoist mythology and Wu Xia legends, where immortals fought among themselves and interacted with mortals on Earth, combined with Eastern influences of reincarnation and retribution. Would you believe that charismatic young writer Guo Jingming was only 19 years old when he first published Ice Fantasy?



    Born in the Sichuan province of China, Guo Jingming started writing when he was young. Even in childhood, his parents (an engineer and a bank clerk) supported his seemingly insatiable thirst for reading by buying him more and more books to read, in particular, many Wu Xia classics written by such masters as Jing Yong and Gu Long.

    When he entered elementary school, he expanding his interest into writing. At 14, he published his first poem titled "Loneliness" in a national magazine. Although he was only paid 10 yuan (or 1.5 USD), it was a meaningful reward and motivation for the burgeoning writer, who continued to hone his writing skills by participating in writing contests.



    In 2002, Guo Jingming first published Ice Fantasy (Chinese title 幻城 is literally "City of Fantasy") as a short story and received popular reception. He was only 19. He then expanded the story into a novel, which became a runaway bestseller, selling over 500,000 copies within just a few months. Anime versions of Ice Fantasy were also published to great popularity. Guo's writing style is praised as lyrical, surreal, and sophisticated in a story that is considered something never-before-seen in modern Chinese novels.

    In 2006, the 23-year-old writer became the youngest member in China's Writer Association. By this time, Guo Jingming had dropped out of Shanghai University, opened his own writers' studio, and continued to write popular novels. He was also listed #92 in the 2005 Forbes list of Chinese celebrities.

    His biggest achievements were still to come.



    Today, Guo is not only praised as one of the most representative of China's writers of young adult fiction that spans from romance to science fiction, he has also branched out to be a screenwriter, film director, and successful entrepreneur. He wrote and directed the movies Tiny Times, Tiny Times 2, and Tiny Times 3, all based on his novels. Needless to say, he has also become very wealthy. He is ranked in the top among a list of richest writers in China based on royalties. He is also the CEO of his publishing company, which is invested in by China's famous media company Huace Film & TV.

    In Ice Fantasy, Guo Jingming is seeing his imagination transformed into a vivid and thrilling epic. He is also the art director for the visually stunning drama.

    As a writer, it certainly gives me the pleasure to write about another writer, albeit one that I cannot fathom to compare with and can only admire from afar. At the ripe old age of 33 now, Guo Jingming has accomplished a fantastic career, and it appears that his future is still shining super bright with more ambitious projects to come. His dual excellence in creativity and business acumen will certainly continue to take him far, and hopefully, the readers and viewers will also continue to enjoy the fruits of his work.

    Ice Fantasy stars Feng Shao Feng (Prince of Lan Ling) and f(x)'s Victoria Song as lovers caught in the battles between the Ice and Fire tribes. The new drama is on-air on DramaFever with 6 episodes in the first week, followed by 4 episodes each week.
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    TV adaptation

    The Mermaid goes to Chinese TV.

    China's $500M Blockbuster 'The Mermaid' Getting TV Adaptation
    1:58 AM PDT 6/13/2017 by Patrick Brzeski


    Courtesy of Sony Pictures
    'The Mermaid'

    Beijing-based iQiyi has paid an historic $61.8 million for exclusive streaming rights to the show, which sources in China say will be scripted and produced by Stephen Chow.

    China's biggest movie ever, Stephen Chow's blockbuster The Mermaid, which earned an astonishing $527 million in 2016, is set to be remade for television.

    Chinese production company Shanghai New Culture Media Group revealed in a regulatory filing that it has sold the exclusive online streaming rights to the forthcoming show to Beijing-based SVOD company iQiyi for $61.8 million (420 million RMB) — a record for streaming video rights in the country.

    Local Chinese media sources are reporting that Chow will script and produce the TV drama adaptation himself.

    New Culture Media also said in a second filing that it has sold to iQiyi the exclusive broadcast and online streaming rights to another forthcoming TV drama based on a Chow blockbuster — 2017's Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which was released over Chinese New Year in late January and earned $240 million in China. iQiyi paid $42.4 million (288 million RMB) for those rights, the filing said. Both of the new shows will be developed and produced by New Culture Media.

    A representative from iQiyi declined to comment.

    In early 2017, Shanghai New Culture Media Group, whose stock is listed on the Shenzhen exchange with a market capitalization of $1.3 billion, acquired a 51 percent stake in Premium Data Associates Limited, a production and rights management company founded and owned by Chow, for $195.7 million (1.33 billion RMB). Chow retained a 49 percent stake in the entity.

    iQiyi, a subsidiary of Chinese search giant Baidu, has been on a Netflix-like buying spree since raising $1.5 billion in February. While the company continues to beef up on high-value local content like the new Chow shows, it also has been buying prestige U.S. content aggressively.

    In March, iQiyi acquired exclusive Chinese online rights to 2017 Oscar favorites La La Land and Moonlight (it's unclear whether the latter will be able to clear Chinese censorship, however). And in April, iQiyi inked an output agreement with Netflix, which has been barred from setting up its service within China by Beijing's regulators. iQiyi said it hopes to import such Netflix originals as Black Mirror, Stranger Things, Mindhunter, BoJack Horseman and Ultimate Beastmaster — as soon as the necessarily government approvals are granted.
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    Rakshasa Street

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    Tvb金禧晚宴暨2018節目巡禮 - 《兄弟》預告片



    This is a new show starring Philip Ng (NOV+DEC 2016). I think the English title is Fist Fight but the Chinese is xiongdi (elder brother/junior brother).
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    Day and Night (白夜追凶)

    Netflix Picks Up Chinese Detective Drama ‘Day & Night’
    by Peter White
    December 1, 2017 5:21am


    Youku

    Netflix is to launch a Chinese detective drama in more than 190 markets after striking a deal with Alibaba-owned Youku. The SVOD service has picked up Day and Night, a 32-part series.

    The series, which launched in August and has secured more than 4B views in China, follows a detective who attempts to clear his twin brother from a murder charge. After recusing himself from the case, he is hired as a secret consultant by the new investigator. It stars Pan Yueming, Wang Long Zheng, Liang Yuan, Lu Xiaolin and Yin Shuyi.

    It is the latest Chinese original that Netflix has picked up: in 2015 it bought Empresses In The Palace for its U.S. service, cutting down the original series’ 76 x 45-minute series into six 90-minute episodes. The show, which first aired in China in 2011, follows the the emperor’s concubines in the imperial palace of the Qing Dynasty.

    “The cultural industry is undergoing robust growth in China, and I believe the export of high-quality content will help people around the world gain a better understanding of the soft power of China,” said Yang Weidong, president of Youku, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group. “I’m delighted that Youku can become a pioneer in driving this initiative with this overseas distribution of our Day and Night series.”
    Interesting move for Netflix. K-dramas are popular on streaming services, but not as many Chinese TV shows.
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    The Eight

    Chen Kaige to Shoot Series for iQIYI
    By Patrick Frater
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    CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

    Leading Chinese auteur, Chen Kaige (“The Legend of the Demon Cat,“ “Farewell my Concubine“) is to shoot a series for mainland Chinese streaming service iQIYI.

    “The Eight“ is Chen’s first foray into long form series. He will also act as executive producer of the show.

    The story is set in China and Paris, France in the early Chinese revolutionary period at the beginning of the 20th Century. It features a young man who has both Chinese and Western roots. He becomes sucked into the underworld while simultaneously attempting to save the Chinese revolution, which could easily be stifled by opposition forces.

    “The rise of premium Internet drama has opened up a huge space for creative innovation,“ said Chen in a prepared statement.

    IQIYI, which has been spun out of China’s leading search engine group Baidu, recently raised some USD2.5 billion from an IPO on Nasdaq.

    The company is now engaged in a wide ranging campaign to develop and acquire original content. In addition to giving it unique properties that are unavailable to its competitors, original IP is used to attract and convert users of its free to use advertising-supported tiers into paying subscribers.

    It’s series “Tientsin Mystic“ and “Burning Ice“ were among 2017 commissions that will play on Netflix, following a content licensing deal.
    I've clicked on the Netflix Tiensin Mystic icon several times, but have yet to actually watch it.
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    netflix

    Netflix Expands Chinese Content With Series, Film Additions
    By PATRICK FRATER
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    CREDIT: COURTESY OF CHANGHE FILMS

    Global streaming giant Netflix is growing its Chinese-language content with six new licensed titles. These will arrive on the service in the second half of 2019.

    Netflix is not permitted by China to operate its video streaming platform there. But it nevertheless perceives an appetite for Chinese-language content that can be accessed by international audiences, viewers in Chinese-speaking parts of Asia, and overseas Chinese. Netflix’s first Chinese-language original series are expected to launch over the next few months, including “Nowhere Man,” “Triad Princess,” and “The Ghost Bride.”

    The six upcoming Chinese-language licensed series and films lean heavily on productions from Taiwan and Hong Kong. They include an expansion of “A Thousand Goodnights,” from Taiwan’s Sanlih TV; the previously announced pickup of Taiwanese art house thriller “Cities of Last Things”; and”Sexy Central,” a female-led drama from Hong Kong’s China 3D Digital.

    “Goodnights,” the story of a daughter carrying out her father’s wish, discovering her roots and embarking on a journey around Taiwan, is already available on the platform. Episodes 11-20 will launch on Aug. 10. “Cities” is an award-winning dystopian thriller, told in reverse chronological order, that launched at the Toronto festival last September. It will be available on Netflix from Thursday.

    “Pili Fantasy: War of Dragons,” Season 1, is a popular glove puppetry show from Taiwan that has run since 1988. The first season depicts a story where turmoil looms in the Martial World, and the Eight Wonders of the Evil Dragon unleashes dark forces. The show is licensed from Pili International Multimedia, and available on Netflix from Friday.

    The “Mayday Life” fact-based movie follows Taiwanese mega-band Mayday on its “Life Tour” concert series, recorded live in 55 cities and 122 shows. Shot over two years across four continents, the show attempts to link together four stories. The movie chronicles the beginnings of one of Asia’s biggest and most popular bands, allows viewers along for the ride, and reflects upon life and friendship. Licensed from B’in Music, “Mayday” will be available on Netflix in August.

    “Til Death Do Us Part,” licensed from MirrorFiction, is a suspenseful anthology series spanning seven stories that explore one’s fears and desires when everything we have is at stake. It will be available on Netflix from Aug. 15.

    Over the past year, Netflix has acquired Chinese-language content including films and TV series including “Dear Ex,” “Green Door,” “Us and Them,” mainland Chinese sci-fi hit film “The Wandering Earth,” “Meteor Garden” “The Defected,” “On Children,” and “The Rise of Phoenixes.”
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    Myolie Wu

    Sort of random but it's a slow KFM news day

    Actress Myolie Wu says working at TVB was like training at Shaolin Temple
    By KENNETH CHAW
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    Tuesday, 29 Sep 2020
    2:02 PM MYT


    The heaviest workload she experienced was working 20 hours a day and barely getting any time left to sleep. Photo: Myolie Wu/Instagram

    Myolie Wu is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable TVB actresses of the 2000s. But Wu revealed there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears that went into carving an illustrious career.

    The 40-year-old is currently taking part in the Mainland China reality series Everybody Stand By, where established actors including Vicki Zhao compete to be named "Best Actor" by famed directors through a series of tasks.

    Prior to the competition, Wu gave an interview, summarising her showbiz journey so far.

    Wu, who won third place at Miss Hong Kong 1999, said she entered showbiz as a way to lighten her family's financial burden.

    "My father had just retired. I was the youngest in the family and I didn't want to depend on my family members for money."

    After the pageant, Wu was signed to TVB for 16 years, where she often played the "happy-go-lucky, younger sister roles". She left in 2015.

    "There was no choice. Whatever role the company wanted me to play, I played. Even towards the end, it was like this. But that's how it is for everyone."

    She added the heaviest workload she experienced was working 20 hours a day and barely getting any time left to sleep.

    Still, Wu is grateful for the experience she had:

    "At the same time, having this experience was a good thing. I feel like my time there was like being trained at Shaolin Temple. When you get out, you're not afraid of anything."
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