Mainland Chinese author Guo Jingming’s (郭敬明) best-selling novel series, Tiny Times <小时代> will finally be put on the big screen.
The Tiny Times trilogy series, which sold more than 3 million copies in mainland China since its first publication in 2008, chronicles the struggles of four best friends with four very different personalities living in the fast and growing cosmopolitan Shanghai.
No one else is more qualified to direct the film than the author Guo himself. Guo will also serve as screenwriter for his directorial debut.
A co-production between mainland China and Taiwan, the film is produced by Taiwanese producer Angie Chai (柴智屏), best known for her work in the classic idol series, Meteor Garden <流星花園>, and the critically acclaimed film, You Are the Apple of My Eye <那些年，我們一起追的女孩>.
Mainland actress Yang Mi (杨幂) will star in Tiny Times along with Taiwanese actresses Amber Kuo (郭采潔), Bea Hayden (郭碧婷), and Hsieh Yi Lin (謝依霖), playing the four best friends. Kai Ko (柯震東), Chen Xuedong (陈学冬), and Rhydian Vaughan (鳳小岳), will also co-star in the film as the friends’ male friends and love interests.
Yang Mi Requests for a Lesbian Scene?
The cast and crew of Tiny Times held a press conference in Shanghai on January 11. The film, which began principal photography last November in Beijing, is currently slated for a June 27 release in mainland China.
According to Guo, the film will be based on the events in Tiny Times 1.0, the first novel in the series.
Guo also revealed that Yang Mi, who portrays main protagonist Lin Xiao, requested for him to add a kissing scene between her and Amber Kuo’s character, Gu Li. He said, “The film’s only make-out scene was actually between Yang Mi and Amber Kuo! Originally, this scene was not part of the script, nor was it in the novel, but Yang Mi suddenly had this idea whilst filming. Since I thought it suited the tone of the scene very well, I decided to add it in. I was quite shocked!”
Yang Mi clarified that she thought the kissing scene was “necessary” because of the sexual tension between the characters. “There was a feeling. I felt it when I filmed it. The atmosphere was there, so naturally, the kiss came.
Asked for her thoughts on kissing Yang Mi, Amber used “mysterious” to describe the kiss and the scene.
“We were all drunk,” Amber joked. “And the character had been suffering serious relationship problems, so the kiss [with Yang Mi] came very naturally.”
Tiny Towers 1.0 will also be adapted into a 40-episode television drama, which stars Peter Ho (何潤東), Ivy Chen (陳意涵), Li Yifeng (李易峰), Andrea Chen (陳匡怡), Jiang Kaitong (江铠同), and Xu Dongmei (徐冬梅).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.