Vicki Zhao, Zhou Xun, and Chen Kun in “Painted Skin: The Resurrection”

By on March 22, 2012 in Movies, NEWS

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Feng Shaofeng (冯绍峰) and Yang Mi (杨幂) promoted new movie, Painted Skin: The Resurrection <画皮Ⅱ>, in Hong Kong on March 20th. Although the film was dubbed as a sequel to the popular 2008 supernatural fantasy, Painted Skin, and featured the return of  Vicki Zhao (赵薇), Zhou Xun (周迅), and Chen Kun (陈坤), the second installment will have a new story and characters. Painted Skin: The Resurrection, was loosely based on Pu Songling’s classic short stories, Strange Stories From A Chinese Studio. The movie featured stunning fantasy elements and visuals, focusing on tales of desire and love between humans and demons!

In the opening sequence of the trailer, Vicky Zhao swam nude in a pool of water, while wearing a mask. Appearing in lavish robes and seductive makeup, it was not clear whether Vicky Zhao will portray a human or demon in her role as the mysterious “Princess Jing.” A complicated love triangle existed between Vicky Zhao, Zhou Xun, and Chen Kun. According to Chen Kun, he stated, “Vicky’s character is like the element of water, but she possesses the strength of a stone. Zhou Xun has the sharpness of ice, while I am like fire. Although these three elements appear to be incompatible, we were able to melt together!”

Zhou Xun’s character, “Xiaowei,” stated, “Five hundred years, I loved a man. He said that he loved me and I believed him.”  In the trailer clip, Chen Kun kissed Zhou Xun passionately while under water.

Another romantic arc featured in Painted Skin: The Resurrection was the human-demon love story of popular Chinese actors, Feng Shaofeng and Yang Mi. The pair were once romantically rumored in real life and were selected to star in the sequel after the popularity of Chinese drama, Palace <宮>. In the movie, Feng Shaofeng portrayed a demon hunter, skilled in magic and fighting. Shaofeng recounted humorously of his filming experience, “I was very hungry; everyday I was very hungry!” In order to drop weight for his role, he was forced to eat plain meals. “Each time I looked at my scarce meal portions while comparing to Yang Mi’s lavish, meaty dishes, my emotions were very unbalanced!”

Currently one of China’s most popular television actresses, Yang Mi has taken on more significant film projects recently. She was especially happy in working with Zhou Xun, who often offered pointers to her. During filming, rumors surfaced that Yang Mi and Vicky Zhao did not get along with each other. Feng Shaofeng interjected, “I can testify that they got along well!”

Painted Skin: The Resurrection will be released in China on June 28, 2012, targeting the lucrative summer box office. A rough cut of the movie was ready, with additional editing required at this time.

Watch the Official Trailer of “Painted Skin: The Resurrection”!

Sources: Xinhuanet.com, Sohu.com, Sina.com.cn

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Jayne: The trailer is very well done, with good computer graphics. The concept for the fantasy elements look great!

24 comments to Vicki Zhao, Zhou Xun, and Chen Kun in “Painted Skin: The Resurrection”

  1. Funn Lim says:

    The posters may look fantasy like, but they’re awful in the sense all the stars photoshopped until I can’t recognise them.

    So. so called Painted skin but different story from the 1st painted skin?

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  2. Addy says:

    At first I was like, who the hell is that bald guy and wtf is he saying? And then I was like oh, that’s random.

    I can see how this is a “sequel” to the Painted Skin movie as it stars the original cast (minus Donnie Yen and Betty Sun) but how is this similar to the original story at all? Besides Zhou Xun playing Xiaowei again, what else is it that makes it Painted Skin?

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  3. Tracy says:

    Is this the movie where Vicki and other main actress didn’t get along bc of the name order?

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    • Fox replied:

      Yes, this one is the movie where the rumour tat Vicki and Zhou Xun dun like and fight with each other.

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      • jenny replied:

        I don’t think this is true. Both are Chen Kun’s good friends. One his soul mate, another his university classmate. It will be odd if both his friend not at good term with each other.

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  4. Mango says:

    The bald guy looks like Lord Voldermort.

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    • jasmine7 replied:

      I presume he’s casting spells but I find his ramblings a little annoying.

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  5. lingling says:

    the trailer looks great!!! Vicki looks awesome!!! I loved her in the original and her character in this one seems to be stronger and more badass. She’s one of the few great actresses out there. Never overacted her character, but always made her scenes worthy.

    Painted Skin, isn’t that just a title of all the folktales about demons taking human forms?

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  6. Fox says:

    William Feng’s poster looks the worst.

    The person who made these posters is one in Final Fantasy’s crew, then you can know why they looks like Tidus :P.

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  7. jenny says:

    Looking forward to watch this movie. Chen Kun’s recent movies are great. After Flying Dragon, then 钱学森 and now Painted Skin 2.

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    • jasmine7 replied:

      I like Chen Kun very much cause he’s got cheeky eyes.

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      • jenny replied:

        Heard of him for quite sometimes but only start liking him after watching The Knot. Only knew recently that he was suffering from depression from 2003 to 2008. That was surprising at first but after recalling all those news about him walking off during interviews, ignoring and scolding reporters and cancelling shows due to unstable emotional state,

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      • jenny replied:

        Inow understand why he has such weird behaviour.

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      • peary replied:

        I used to like him a bit too because of that haha

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      • jenny replied:

        Cool, hah. Imagine a bunch of reporters asking him stupid questions and he just walk away. I saw an interview during the shooting of Mulan. The reporter was asking him a real stupid question. He looked at her and ignored her.

        He wrote a book recently and admited that there were several times that he wanted to jump from his apartment’s window. That’s so scary. Luckily he had recovered now. He is a versatile actor and great singer.

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      • jasmine7 replied:

        Yes, sharp features and expressive eyes. Very talented. Didn’t know he suffered from depression** Perhaps putting too much pressure on himself. Also just found out that he has a son who’s about 8 yrs old now (and living with him since baby, they’ve a good rapport and get along well) So, maybe that was the time when he had to deal with it initially.

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      • jenny replied:

        Heard the boy was adopted. He is ten now.

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  8. Sky says:

    The trailer looks horrible.

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  9. SDS says:

    There is something disturbingly captivating about a pale bald guy reciting words in an alien language in some unworldly accent. When they start speaking mandarin, however, all mystery seems to fade… strange.

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  10. peary says:

    Not sure about a 2nd one. Looks more like a western fantasy movie, rather than a chinese ghost/demon tale of the first one. Love zhou xun and vicky as actresses.

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    • jenny replied:

      Three of my favourite in one movie, sure a must see for me.

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    • jasmine7 replied:

      Yes, the first was very good. Hope they don’t screw up this one with over-the-top cgi and those makeup.

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  11. Hannahh says:

    i didn’t really like the 1st painted skin so hope this one is good because Yang Mi n William Feng is starring in it 🙂

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  12. TVBFanatic says:

    Just watched the original last night. Very good. I look forward to this. I a assuming that this this isn’t a direct sequel to the first, but more named the same as it is in the same genre/vein.

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