Tang Bohu, the Chinese Don Juan, has been a favored protagonist on both the small and silver screens. The latest to accept the challenge of playing the household name is mainland actor Huang Xiaoming, who plays the ancient poet/painter in the comedy Flirting Scholar 2 (Tang Bohu Dianqiuxiang), which premiers on July 9.
Huang will co-star with Zhou Libo, a stand-up comedian from Shanghai, in the movie. Zhou plays one of Tang's four best friends. It is said that Tang had three friends who were equally talented and good-looking, but in the film the other three look more funny than handsome. Zhou jokes that they have to be ugly and stupid to make Huang the lead man.
Rising actress Zhang Jingchu plays opposite Huang as Qiuxiang, his love interest.
Flirting Scholar, starring popular comedian Stephen Chow, was a smash hit in 1993. The two films share the same Hong Kong director Lee Lik-Chi.