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