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EXO & Twice win top prizes at 1st Soribada Best K-Music Awards

  September 22, 2017  
Soribada, one of the major digital music platforms in Korea, held its first music awards on September 20, 2017, in Seoul. Based on music releases launched from September 2016 to August 2017, winners were selected through online voting and ratings from the judging panel and critics.

The biggest winner EXO garnered three awards including the Grand Prize, Main Prize and Popularity Award. The Digital Grand Prize went to Twice, who also won the Main Prize. Other Main Prize winners include GFriend, B.A.P, Mamamoo, T-ara, BTOB, Hwang Chi Yeol, Monsta X, Red Velvet and VIXX.

BTS, who didn't attend the ceremony, received the Artist Award and gave their acceptance speech through a video. Popular newcomer Wanna One took their first Rookie Award together with Pentagon, as well as the Rising Hot Star Award along with Cosmic Girls. NCT 127 and Gugudan emerged victorious in the Performance category.

Ailee gained her third OST Award with "I Will Go to You Like the First Snow" from the soundtrack of sensational drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. Han Dong Geun was recognized for his vocal performance. Tae Jin Ah and Hong Jin Young walked away with the Trot Awards. Songwriting duo Leegi Yongbae, who has created songs for GFriend, Pristin and Astro, picked up the Producer Award. Singer-songwriter Eru was honored with the Global Career Achievement Award.

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31st Golden Rooster Awards

  September 21, 2017  
China's 31st Golden Rooster Awards were held on September 16, 2017. Operation Mekong, Dante Lam's crime action blockbuster about Chinese anti-narcotics agents fighting a drug cartel in the Golden Triangle, was crowned Best Film at the biannual award ceremony. Following wins at the Golden Horse and Asian Film Awards, Feng Xiaogang's satirical comedy-drama I Am Not Madame Bovary garnered him another Best Director prize, as well as Best Actress for Fan Bingbing. Deng Chao won Best Actor for his role in Cao Baoping's crime drama The Dead End.

I Am Not Madame Bovary's Yu Hewei shared Best Supporting Actor honors with Wang Qianyuan, who played a kidnapper in the crime thriller Saving Mr. Wu. Meanwhile, veteran Wu Yanshu won Best Supporting Actress for Relocate. Actor-turned-director Wen Zhang's romantic comedy When Larry Met Mary was named the Best Directorial Debut, and Guan Hu's Mr. Six won for Best Screenplay.

Technical prizes were spread out amongst Bangzi Melody (Cinematography), Chongqing Hot Pot (Sound Recording), The Wasted Times (Art Direction), Saving Mr. Wu (Editing) and Cairo Declaration (Music). Pema Tseden's Tharlo and Degena Yun's A Simple Goodbye were recognized as the Best Low-Budget Features.

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Amuro Namie announces decision to retire in September 2018

  September 21, 2017  
On September 20, 2017, her 40th birthday, J-pop diva Amuro Namie shocked the Japanese entertainment industry and music fans by announcing her intention to retire in the coming year. In a message posted on her official website, the singer, who just celebrated the 25th anniversary of her debut the past Saturday, stated that she would retire on September 16, 2018.

Amuro first made her debut in 1992 at the age of 14 in the short-lived idol group Super Monkey's. She made her solo debut three years later with the platinum-selling single Taiyo no Season, and soon moved labels to Avex where she has remained since. Known for dance, pop, EDM and R&B music, Amuro has proven to be an enduringly popular pop artist and style icon in Japan, with a significant overseas following as well. One of Japan's top-selling female artists of all time, she has sold over 30 million records, and has multiple million-selling albums and singles to her name. Her most recent release is the single Just You and I in May.

As stated in her announcement, Amuro will remain active in the last year of her music career by focusing her "full attention on creating a final album and performing at concerts."

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70s mecha classic Mazinger Z returns in 2018 feature film

  September 14, 2017  
Classic 70s mecha manga and anime series Mazinger Z will return to screens in 2018 with the new animated film Mazinger Z/Infinity, which is set ten years after the final episode of the anime. The film also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Mazinger Z creator Nagai Go.

Serialized from 1972 to 1974, Nagai Go's original manga revolves around a giant super robot called Mazinger Z and its pilot, Kabuto Koji. Mazinger Z was created by Professor Kabuto to fight against mechanical monsters controlled by archvillain Dr. Hell, a mad scientist who endeavors to take over the world. Before his death, Kabuto passes on the robot to grandson Koji, who takes up the mantle of defending humanity against Dr. Hell and his mechanical army. Mazinger Z was adapted into an anime series that aired from 1972 to 1974 in Japan, and went on to find great popularity around the world. One of the most famous representatives of the mecha genre, the Mazinger franchise has spawned various sequels and spinoffs and mountains of merchandise.

In Mazinger Z/Infinity, set ten years after Koji's final battle with Dr. Hell, he has left his piloting days behind to pursue science. However, with the return of an old nemesis and the rise of a new threat, Koji and Mazinger Z will be called upon to once again fight the forces of evil and protect the future of mankind.

Mazinger Z/Infinity is directed by Shimizu Jinju and written by Ozawa Takahiro of Ume, the mangaka duo that's also responsible for the film's spinoff manga Mazinger Z Interval Peace. The film will open in Japan on January 13, 2018.

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Winners of 12th Seoul International Drama Awards

  September 12, 2017  
The 12th Seoul International Drama Awards took place in Seoul on September 7. The American family comedy-drama This Is Us received the Grand Prize. Turkish actor Kerem Bürsin (Heart of the City) and Russian actress Aleksandra Nikiforova (Detective Anna) won the top acting prizes. Park Bo Gum (Love in the Moonlight) and Park Bo Young (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon) were crowned Outstanding Korean Actor and Actress.

Sensational Korean youth romance Love in the Moonlight was recognized as the Excellent Korean Drama, while W and Doctors took the Outstanding Korean Drama awards. Ailee picked up the Outstanding Korean Drama OST prize for her song "I Will Go to You Like the First Snow" from the soundtrack of hit drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God.

Walking away with the Silver Bird Prize, Korean school drama The Red Teacher was the only Asian winner in the program category. The Golden Bird Prize went to Redemption Road (Germany), Please, Love Me (Belgium), The Slave Mother (Brazil) and Fleabag (UK). Switzerland's Urs Egger (Gotthard) was named Best Director, while Rodica Doehnert was this year's Best Screenwriter for her work in the Austrian period drama Hotel Sacher.

About a Vietnam woman struggling to live in a foreign land after marrying her Taiwanese husband, Taiwan drama We Are One won the Jury's Special Prize along with the Indian political thriller P.O.W. Bandi Yuddh Ke. American comedy Mozart in the Jungle Season 3 was The Most Popular Foreign Drama of the Year. The Asian Star Prize went to Debbie Goh (Malaysia), Hyunri (Japan), Satyadeep Mishra (India), Sukollawat Kanarot (Thailand) and Gabby Concepcion (Philippines).

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Son Ye Jin & So Ji Sub to co-star in Korean adaptation of Be With You

  September 6, 2017  
Son Ye Jin (The Last Princess) and So Ji Sub (The Battleship Island) are currently filming for the fantasy melodrama Now I Will Meet You, the Korean adaptation of Japanese author Ichikawa Takuji's bestselling novel Be With You about the emotional reunion between a deceased woman and her family. Thirteen years after the Japanese film adaptation starring Takeuchi Yuko and Nakamura Shido, rookie director Lee Jang Hoon brings the classic to life in his directorial debut.

Released in 2003, the original novel follows single father Takumi, who lives a quiet life with his six-year-old son Yuji after the death of his wife Mio. Before she died, Mio promised that she would return on a rainy day. One year later, Takumi and Yuji encounter a mysterious woman who bears a strong resemblance to Mio but has no recollection of her past.

Apart from Son Ye Jin and So Ji Sub who play the star-crossed lovers, Now I Will Meet You also features child star Kim Ji Hwan as their son, Lee Joon Hyuk (Two Rooms, Two Nights), Ko Chang Seok (Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River) and Lee Yoo Jin (Daddy You, Daughter Me) and Kim Hyun Soo (Goodbye Single) as the young versions of the leads. The film is set to hit local cinemas in 2018.

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12th Seoul International Drama Awards Nominations

  August 29, 2017  
The 12th Seoul International Drama Awards recently revealed this year's nominations. Out of 266 entries from 55 countries, 29 dramas and 27 individuals are shortlisted as the nominees.

Park Bo Young is nominated as Best Actress for her performance in the Korean drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. She will be competing against Bat Hen Sabbag (Dumb, Israel), Luise Heyer (The Glassblower, Germany), Ursula Strauss (The Silence that Follows, Austria), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, UK), Nadine Nassib Njeim (Samra, Lebanon) and Aleksandra Nikiforova (Detective Anna, Russia).

Japanese singer-actor Hoshino Gen seeks his first Best Actor trophy for his role as an exceedingly precise IT worker in We Married as a Job. The popular romcom is also one of the contenders in the Mini-Series category, which also includes Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and the Taiwanese melodrama Life Plan A and B.

Korean school drama The Red Teacher about a teacher at a female high school is nominated in the TV Movie category. Japanese family drama Desperate for Love, the novel-based Our Land from Taiwan, and the Crow drama episode from Malaysian urban fantasy Beautiful World are also in the race. Hong Kong's House of Spirits is the only Asian drama in the Comedy category, alongside Fleabag (UK), Mozart in the Jungle Season 3 (USA) and The Case (Sweden).

Korean fantasy romance W's playwright Song Jae Jung received a nod for Best Screenwriter (Mini-Series).

To be hosted by Shin Dong Yup and Kim Jung Eun, the 12th Seoul International Drama Awards will be held on September 7 at the KBS Hall in Seoul.

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Taiwan 52nd Golden Bell Awards Nominations

  August 29, 2017  
Nominations for Taiwan's 52nd Golden Bell Awards were recently unveiled, and TV dramas under the Qseries imprint dominate the shortlist. Qseries sitcom Love in a Sandstorm leads the way with nine nominations including Best Television Serial, Best Directing, Best Writing and Best Actor for both Guang Yao Fan and Chris Wu, last year's winner. Wu is also nominated as Best Actor in a Mini-Series/TV Movie for We Are One.

Qseries suspense drama Close Your Eyes Before It's Dark follows with seven nominations including Best Television Serial, Best Supporting Actor (Huang Shang Ho) and Best Supporting Actress (Sun Ke Fang). FTV period drama Abula, Hakka TV's Game and TVBS's Family Time complete the Best Television Serial category.

Rainie Yang, who won Best Actress in a Television Serial seven years ago for Hi My Sweetheart, will seek her second trophy for her performance in the Qseries urban romance Life Plan A and B. She is up against Love in Sandstorm's Ke Shu Qin, Love by Design's Allison Lin, Reborn From the Dust's Queenie Fang and Life List's Yang Kuei Mei, who also received a Mini-Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress nomination for She's Family. In the Best Actor category, Chris Wu and Guang Yao Fan are competing against Blue Lan (Miss Jiang, You Talked About Love It), SpeXial member Wes Luo (High 5 Basketball) and Liu De Kai (Never Forget Then).

Best Mini-Series and TV Movie are split into two categories this year with Far and Away: Black Beauty, The Devil Game, The Teenage Psychic and She's Family shortlisted in the former, and The Long Goodbye, Their Heaven, Keep Going, We Are One and Upstream in the latter. PTS TV movies The Long Goodbye and The Last Verse both received eight nominations each, including acting nods for leads Christopher Lee, Fu Meng Po, Annie Chen and Jenny Wen. Tiffany Hsu (Rock Records in Love: Gui Mi Xin Qiao), Kuo Shu Yao (The Teenage Psychic) and Cheryl Yang (Rock Records in Love: New Endless Love) are also nominated in the Best Actress in a Mini-Series/TV Movie category.

In the Variety section, Fighting Ba! Tian Tuan, Global Chinese Music, 100% Entertainment, Hot Door Night and Just Dance are nominated for Best Variety Program. Meanwhile, Global Chinese Music's Mickey Huang, 100% Entertainment's Show Luo and Linda Chien, Sleep Less's Kid Lin and Linda Chien, Hot Door Night's Jacky Wu, LuLu and Chen Han Dian, and the hosts of Variety Together will compete for Best Variety Program Host.

The 52nd Golden Bell Awards will be held in Taipei on September 30.

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Matsuda Ryuhei & Radwimps' Noda Yojiro to star as Japanese chess players

  August 18, 2017  
Matsuda Ryuhei will star as a shogi (Japanese chess) player in the film adaptation of Segawa Shoji's autobiographical novel Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki ("Crybaby Shottan's Miracle"). Following Blue Spring, 9 Souls and I'm Flash!, this film marks Matsuda's fourth collaboration with director Toyoda Toshiaki, who aspired to be a professional player in his youth.

Matsuda plays Segawa Shoji, or Shottan, who devotes himself to shogi from a young age. Due to the pro qualifier league's rule that players must reach the ranking of fourth dan by their 26th birthday, Shoji is forced to quit at age 26. Afterwards, he begins life as a salaryman, but remains passionate about shogi. With the support of his family and friends, he decides to strives for his dream once more. Radwimps' lead singer Noda Yojiro co-stars as Shoji's close friend and biggest rival.

Matsuda Ryuhei and Noda Yojiro started receiving shogi training in May. The film is expected to begin shooting in late August and open in 2018.

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TVXQ's Yun Ho plays mind-reader in post-military comeback drama

  August 8, 2017  
Following his military discharge in April this year, TVXQ's Jung Yun Ho has begun filming the tvN drama Meloholic, a live-action remake of Team Getname's same-titled webcomic. Oh Hae Young Again director Song Hyun Wook is at the helm of the mystery romcom.

Serialized from 2010 to 2013, the original comic follows a mind-reading student who falls for a girl with a split personality. College student Eun Ho can read minds when he touches people's hands. He becomes distrustful of people because they never show their true hearts. Ji Eun, an apparently cold-hearted girl with a sincere heart, proves to be the exception. However, when Eun Ho begins to open his heart to Ji Eun, he discovers that she has two distinct personalities.

Kyung Soo Jin (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo) joins the drama as the female lead, alongside Choi Dae Chul (Our Gap Soon), Han Jae Seok (Introverted Boss), Laboum's Sol Bin (Solomon's Perjury) and rookie actresses Ko Min Shi and Song Yoo Ji.

Meloholic started shooting in May and is set to air within 2017.

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Tsuchiya Tao and Yoshine Kyoko co-star in live-action Kasane film

  August 7, 2017  
Actresses Tsuchiya Tao and Yoshine Kyoko, the stars of NHK's 2015 and 2016 morning dramas Mare and Beppin-san, respectively, will collaborate for the first time in the film adaptation of Matsuura Daruma's suspense manga Kasane.

Exploring the themes of beauty and ugliness, Kasane began serialization in Evening in October 2013, and has sold over 1.8 million copies. Yoshine will play Kasane, a girl with ugly looks but amazing acting talent. Tsuchiya will play Tanzawa Nina, a stage actress of outstanding beauty but middling talent. Kasane's late mother, a legendary actress, left her a mysterious lipstick that allows her to take the face of whomever she kisses. After exchanging faces with Nina, Kasane takes on Nina's name and identity and rises to prominence on stage. As the story is about exchanging faces, the two actresses will each play both characters.

Kasane will be directed by Sato Yuichi (Strawberry Night) with a script by Kuroiwa Tsutomu (Boku no Yabai Tsuma). The film is slated to open in 2018.

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Wu Jing's Wolf Warriors 2 on pace to become China's biggest film of all time

  August 7, 2017  
Since opening in China on July 28, the Wu Jing-directed and -starring action thriller Wolf Warriors 2 has swept the box office at record-breaking pace. The film has made over 3.2 billion yuan in a mere 11 days, along the way setting new records for the speed at which it reached every box office milestone, and refreshing the single-day box office record for Chinese films three times.

On August 5, its tenth day of release, Wolf Warriors 2 reached its highest single-day gross, to date, of 396 million yuan and surpassed The Fate of the Furious as this year's highest-grossing film at the Chinese box office. At its current pace, the film will soon dethrone the 3.39 billion yuan record of Stephen Chow's Mermaid to become China's biggest film of all time.

The first Wolf Warriors directed by and starring Wu Jing as a special forces soldier turned into a sleeper hit in 2015, earning strong reviews and a box office gross of 545 million yuan. The martial arts star's 2017 sequel beat the first film's box office in less than three days. Wolf Warriors 2 sees Wu's Leng Feng getting pulled into the violent conflicts of an African country while searching for his missing fiancée. Though he has the chance to safely evacuate, he chooses to re-enter occupied territory in order to rescue his compatriots and other refugees, and lead them out of the danger zone against all odds.

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Ikuta Toma and Eita co-star in Zeze Takahisa suspense film

  July 31, 2017  
Ikuta Toma and Eita have been cast in the lead roles of 64 Six-Four director Zeze Takahisa's live-action adaptation of Yakumaru Gaku's suspense novel Yuuzai.

Published in 2013, Yuuzai tells the aftermath story of a juvenile offender whose crimes once shocked the world. The novel depicts the relations between Masuda, an aspiring journalist who begins working at a rundown factory, and his co-worker Suzuki who joined the same day and avoids interaction with the outside world. Ikuta will play Masuda who gradually suspects Eita's Suzuki of being the culprit behind a child serial killing case that occurred 17 years ago.

Yuuzai marks Ikuta and Eita's third collaboration following the 2009 Fuji TV drama Voice and last year's The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio. Eita also appeared in Zeze's acclaimed 2016 two-part crime suspense drama 64 Six-Four.

Yuuzai is slated to open in Japan in May 2018.

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Hyun Bin and Jang Dong Gun to fight zombies in period action blockbuster

  July 27, 2017  
Hyun Bin reunites with Confidential Assignment director Kim Sung Hoon for the upcoming period zombie blockbuster Outbreak. The actor will go head to head with Jang Dong Gun (No Tears for the Dead) as his rival.

Outbreak is set in the Joseon dynasty, when a deadly epidemic spreads through the country and leads to an upsurge of zombies. Hyun Bin will take the lead role of talented swordsman Lee Chung, a Joseon prince held hostage in Qing China. After returning to Joseon, he assists his elder brother Crown Prince Lee Young (Kim Joo Hyuk, Like for Likes) to destroy the man-eating creatures while confronting his biggest rival Kim Ja Joon (Jang Dong Gun), the Minister of War. Archer Deok Hee (Lee Sun Bin, Missing9) and her older brother (Jo Woo Jin, Inside Men) also join the life-and-death fight. The film also includes Kim Eui Sung (Train to Busan) as the King.

Outbreak will start shooting in the second half of 2017 and is set for a 2018 release.

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Li Chen makes directorial debut with air force film co-starring Fan Bingbing

  July 26, 2017  
Popular Chinese actor Li Chen, who is also well known as a cast member of the hit variety program Keep Running, is making his directorial debut this fall with the film Sky Hunter. Produced in collaboration with the Chinese air force, Sky Hunter is billed as China's first modern aerial warfare film.

Sky Hunter revolves around an elite air force squadron that gets dispatched to carry out a dangerous cross-border anti-terrorism rescue mission. The film is expected to feature many aerial combat scenes and active fighter aircrafts of the Chinese air force.

Li Chen himself stars in the film along with Fan Bingbing, Wang Qianyuan (Saving Mr. Wu), Li Jiahang (iPartment), Zhao Da (Candle in the Tomb), Leon Lee (The Lost Tomb), Guo Mingyu (The Frontier Warrior), Ye Liu (Soldier's Way) and Lu Siyu (The Strange House). Wu Xiubo and Wang Xueqi also make special appearances.

Sky Hunter opens in China on September 30.

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Lee Jong Suk & Suzy collaborate for their small screen comebacks

  July 26, 2017  
Lee Jong Suk (W) and miss A's Suzy (Uncontrollably Fond) are set to make their TV drama comebacks in their first collaboration. The pre-produced SBS fantasy romance While You Were Sleeping is directed by Oh Choong Hwan (Doctors) and created by Park Hye Ryun, the screenwriter of Pinocchio, I Can Hear Your Voice and Dream High.

Lee Jong Suk plays unsociable prosecutor Jung Jae Chan, who feels isolated after transferring to a new office. The desperate rookie lawyer becomes ambitious after meeting his big fan Nam Hong Joo (Suzy), an unemployed journalist. Hong Joo can foresee adverse events through dreams but is unable to change the future. However, Jae Chan believes that he can control destiny and prevent those events from happening.

While You Were Sleeping also co-stars Jung Hae In (Yeah, That's How It Is) as a playful cop who falls for Hong Joo, Shin Jae Ha (Wanted) as Jae Chan's younger brother, Lee Sang Yeob (My Wife's Having an Affair This Week) as a deceitful lawyer and Ko Sung Hee (Spy) as an aggressive prosecutor. Kim So Hyun, Lee Sung Kyung and Yoon Kyun Sang will make cameo appearances.

While You Are Sleeping begins airing on SBS on September 27.

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Lee Byung Hun & Kim Tae Ri to star in Kim Eun Sook's new historical melodrama

  July 19, 2017  
Eight years after Iris, Lee Byung Hun will return to the small screen in the new drama Mr. Sunshine, the third collaboration between screenwriter Kim Eun Sook and director Lee Eung Bok after smash hits Descendants of the Sun and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. Rookie actress Kim Tae Ri (The Handmaiden) will make her TV drama debut in the historical melodrama about the love story between a soldier and a young woman from a prestigious family.

Set in the early 1900s, Mr. Sunshine will tell the story of a group of voluntary soldiers fighting against the Japanese occupation of Korea. In 1871, a teenage boy boards a U.S. warship and becomes an American soldier. Decades later, he (Lee Byung Hun) returns to Korea from the U.S. and encounters his love Go Ae Shin (Kim Tae Ri), the last descendant of a prominent family. Yoo Yeon Seok (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim) will co-star as a butcher's son who wants to flee his country and start a new life in Japan, while Byun Yo Han (Six Flying Dragons) will portray a playboy with a warm heart.

Produced by Hwa and Dam Pictures, the production house of The Heirs and A Gentleman's Dignity, Mr. Sunshine is slated to air in the first half of 2018.

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Mini Yang and Ethan Ruan star in period fantasy drama Legend of Fuyao

  July 18, 2017  
After starring in the hit Chinese period fantasy Eternal Love that aired earlier in the year, Mini Yang has begun filming another online novel-based costume fantasy series titled Legend of Fuyao, co-starring Taiwan actor Ethan Ruan. Based on Tian Xia Gui Yuan's 2011 novel Queen Fuyao, Legend of Fuyao is directed by Yang Wenjun, who worked with Yang on the film You are My Sunshine.

Legend of Fuyao is set in an ancient mystical China divided into five lands, with the Wuji Imperial City as the seat of the states. Yang plays the eponymous heroine Meng Fuyao, a swordswoman of the Xuanyuan Sect in Taiyuan. In order to collect the secrets to deciphering an ancient seal, Fuyao sets out on a dangerous adventure across the five lands. On her epic journey, she meets and falls in love with Prince Zhangsun Wuji. While Yang is no stranger to the costume fantasy genre, Legend of Fuyao marks Ruan's first ever costume TV drama, and his first television outing since 2009's My Queen.

The cast of Legend of Fuyao also includes Vengo Gao (Eternal Love), Zhang Yaqin (Twenties Once Again), Huang Youming (Perfect Couple), Ceng Yixuan (Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace), newcomer Liang Yimu and Liu Yijun (Nirvana in Fire) in a new original character.

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Godzilla to return in first animated film Monster Planet

  July 12, 2017  
Following the critical and commercial success of last year's Shin Godzilla, Japan's favorite kaiju will grace the silver screen again this year in the CGI animated film Godzilla: Monster Planet.

The first installment in a planned trilogy by Toho Animation, Monster Planet is the first ever animated feature in the Godzilla franchise. Directed by Shizuno Kobun (Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare) and Seshita Hiroyuki (Ajin: Demi-Human), the film features animation by Emmy-winning 3D CG studio Polygon Pictures (The Sky Crawlers), original story and script by Urobuchi Gen (Madoka Magica), and original character design by Kozaki Yusuke (Under the Dog).

Monster Planet depicts mankind's counterattack against the monsters after being driven off Earth by Godzilla. In the year 2048, protagonist Haruo (voiced by Miyano Mamoru), whose parents were killed by Godzilla when he was a child, is among a select few chosen to emigrate to the planet Tau-e. After 20 years of travel on the spaceship Aratrum, the crew arrives in Tau-e, only to discover the planet to be uninhabitable. Haruo leads the Aratrum crew's return to Earth to take back what was robbed from them. They find that 20,000 years has passed on Earth and monsters rule the land, with Godzilla on top of the new ecosystem.

Godzilla: Monster Planet opens in Japan on November 17, 2017.

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