Author: 公子于歌 / Gong Zi Yu Ge
Translator: Kinky || https://kinkytranslations.com/
Chapter 130: Rivals Attack
“Brother Jin, don’t stick your head out the window. It’s dangerous,” Xiao Tang shouted.
Shen Jintai sat back. The streetlamps shone in through the car window, casting their light on Shen Jintai’s face. Xiao Tang realized that he was blushing badly. He hadn’t noticed it before, but it seemed as if Shen Jintai had a physique that made him blush easily.
Bai Qingquan was lying on the sofa, playing on his phone.
Wei Ge said, “You really didn’t eat at all?”
“If I don’t eat, I’ll lose weight.”
“At least eat some fruit.”
Bai Qingquan took a cherry and popped it in his mouth. “Is it easy to blush? Does it have anything to do with your physique?” Bai Qingquan looked at his phone. “I searched for it, and the top result said that blushing is due to good blood circulation.”
“Only when you’re shy or embarrassed, or if you’re drinking alcohol, do you blush, right?” Wei Ge said.
“No. Jintai’s face, neck, and ears turn red easily. He has too much advantage when filming love scenes. Director Sun especially likes to give him these close-ups since he’s super pure and sensitive.”
For instance, when they’re kissing and holding hands, Shen Jintai’s slightly red ears and cheeks make him appear particularly innocent, but when he filmed today’s bed scene, he found that Shen Jintai’s chest was covered with a tint of flush, causing the atmosphere to turn emotional and illicit, but he didn’t feel as if Shen Jintai was embarrassed or shy, so he thought it was purely physiological.
Bai Qingquan couldn’t help but admire, especially those who had particularly fair skin like Shen Jintai, as it made the flush stand out even more. Seeing such a sight just stimulate people to the extreme. He felt that he could have turned into a gong and attacked Shen Jintai whenever he looked at such a flushed body.
Yan Qiuchi was lying on his bed, his heart beating uncontrollably. The conversation he had with Shen Jintai just now was really flirtatious. It was the first time in his life that he said such an ambiguous and vulgar thing to another person.
He felt excited, and this unprecedented feeling he had was unbearable. He felt he might have to go to the bathroom to relieve himself if he was stimulated a little bit more. Fortunately, he was an extremely self-disciplined and abstinent man and held himself back.
It was just that to endure such a thing was extremely difficult. He used to hear Xiao Yang and the others complain about how uncomfortable it was to sleep with someone but not have sex. He thought they were just exaggerating, but now just texting a few ambiguous words had already tormented him like a cat scratching madly against something.
<When You’re Older> was coming to an end, and <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> was about to start filming. Li Meilan handed Shen Jintai the latest version of the script and said, “Qiu Hong has changed it a bit. I suddenly found that this story coincides with <When You’re Older> as it both involves Alzheimer’s disease*.”
*Clarity: Note Luo Wensheng in When You’re Older suffers from dementia as he gets older. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability; it is not a specific disease, while Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.
Shen Jintai said, “They’re different, though. One is about love between lovers, while the other is the love of family ties.”
Li Meilan said, “That’s true. <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> is also not as eye-catching. Its box office will not be as high as <When You’re Older>, but this film has actor Cai Jun, and it’s also Qiu Hong’s debut novel, which won many international awards. His style is very suitable for the international film festivals.”
Shen Jintai laughed when he heard this and said, “Sister Lan, aren’t you too ambitious?”
Li Meilan: “This film is a key project for Sunshine Media in the second half of the year. I heard the production team they invited are all big names in the industry. The director and cinematographer are all well-known figures who have all won awards. You will know when the time comes. Sunshine Media has developed rapidly in the past two years due to their TV series having good word-of-mouth, boosting their ratings, however, they still lack some heavyweight awards on the movie side. They are willing to make a run for it, and money isn’t important to them.”
The investment in <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> was even greater than <When You’re Older>. There is a high chance that this film will be an award-winning art film, which made Shen Jintai extremely excited when he thought about it. He now has a bountiful harvest in both his love life and career, so he didn’t dare to be too proud.
“By the way,” Li Meilan said, “President Ji told me that he will accompany Cai Jun to visit the set tomorrow and have a meal with you. “
Shen Jintai’s expression darkened when he heard this. “Tomorrow? Can’t you change the date?”
Li Meilan smiled and said, “Why? I think it’s pretty good. This kind of scene, plot wise, fits with <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night>. Let’s see if Teacher Cai is able to accept it, hahahaha.”
“How embarrassing. We have to continue filming bed scenes tomorrow. Are you sure that veterans like Teacher Cai can accept this kind of scale?”
“I told President Ji, and he said that Cai Jun usually lives abroad with his lover. It’s rare for him to come back to China, and he’s only staying for a few days. He knows that you’re filming a bed scene and insisted on coming to see it. Don’t underestimate veterans, especially those who live abroad. It’s not like it’s something they haven’t seen before.”
Shen Jintai couldn’t really argue against that. Since he joined Monsoon Entertainment, he occasionally had contact with Ji Fengxing, but he hadn’t seen him much. Monsoon required very little from him, as they mainly use him as their company’s face. He and Zheng Siqi are referred to as the Monsoon Twins, and Ji Fengxing was more like his partner than his boss.
“Your boss and Cai Jun are coming to visit the set?” Bai Qingquan asked in surprise.
Shen Jintai was sitting down having makeup applied to him. “I didn’t want to tell you. I was afraid you’d feel burdened. Don’t worry about them. Otherwise, we’re going to have more NG when we film, and it’ll take longer. Besides, haven’t you been kissed enough by me?”
Bai Qingquan said, “But your boss is Ji Fengxing. I heard he’s very lustful.”
“Really?” Shen Jintai was a little surprised. His impression of Ji Fengxing was that he was a mature and graceful man who was always elegant in his words and actions. He was a man in his thirties who acted much older than his actual age. He had never heard of any scandals that involved Ji Fengxing.
“Don’t you know?” Bai Qingquan said, “I heard that he takes all kinds of men and women, and he plays a lot in private, but he never touches people from his own company. He only likes to play with those 18th-tier newcomers. Wei Ge said that he used to be an old gangster.”
Cai Jun had picked up <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> and used this as the reason to come visit Shen Jintai on set. Ji Fengxing had accompanied him, as a way to get closer to Shen Jintai and feel out his feelings. He had always admired Shen Jintai. Since his debut, he wanted to sign him. It was a pity that it backfired, and Shen Jintai’s career collapsed. When Shen Jintai made his comeback with <The East Palace is Coming>, which exploded, he was surprised that Shen Jintai had signed a contract with Monsoon.
Thinking about the beginning, when Sunshine Media was first established, Monsoon Entertainment was still in all its glory, like the center of the sun. Eventually, Sunshine Media would become so big that it encroached on Monsoon’s territory, draining its vitality. It was only due to Shen Jintai’s joining Monsoon that they were able to regain some face. Now, relying on Shen Jintai and Zheng Siqi, they had managed to find many newcomers with good qualifications.
Due to this, Ji Fengxing was very polite to Shen Jintai and never acted like a boss in front of him. Shen Jintai’s comeback was a major hit, and he became more beautiful with each passing day. Even Ji Fengxing could see this himself, but he never had any emotional ties to his company’s artists and maintained this standard even with Shen Jintai.
“Are you already filming?” Cai Jun asked in a low voice.
The crew was extremely polite to Cai Jun and his party and said, “We’ve been filming for a while.”
Ji Fengxing nodded. As Cai Jun entered the set, the crew was in the middle of filming the bed scene. When they entered, they saw Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan standing in front of the camera, soaking wet. The light was shining on them, highlighting their drenched clothes that stuck tightly to their bodies. It looked like they were filming a quarreling scene. Bai Qingquan had turned around, taken off his watch, raised his arms, and taken off his t-shirt and tossed it on the table.
Ji Fengxing was first surprised by Bai Qingquan. He was considered a top beauty in the entertainment industry. His body was fair and thin, which complimented his face well. But then he was attracted by Shen Jintai. When Shen Jintai walked behind Bai Qingquan and stood sideways, his eyes immediately zoomed into Shen Jintai’s ass. His pants were drenched, so they clung closely to his body, showing off nice curves, a thin waist, and long legs. Such a head-to-shoulder ratio was really superior.
“Cut.” Sun Sihai was sitting behind the monitor when he called out, “The background light is not set well. Light engineer, adjust the background light. We’ll shoot it again.”
He was always particularly demanding when filming. The crew members immediately handed Shen Jintai and Bai Qingquan their bathrobes, which they quickly wrapped around themselves as they went to greet Cai Jun and Ji Fengxing.
Cai Jun shook hands with them one by one politely and then greeted Sun Sihai and others. “Pardon our intrusion.”
“Didn’t you say that you were going to film a bed scene today?” Ji Fengxing laughed.
“Isn’t this passionate enough?” Shen Jintai said with a smile, “It’s tempting to be wet.”
Ji Fengxing smiled and looked at him. Shen Jintai’s hair was still wet, darkening his hair color and making his skin look even fairer. In terms of facial features, he wasn’t as delicate as Bai Qingquan, but he looked more beautiful, with that unique temperament that made him gorgeous and heroic.
Shen Jintai seemed to notice his gaze and turned to look at him with a smile on his face.
Ji Fengxing was suddenly caught off guard as his eyes unconsciously moved to look at Shen Jintai. His bathrobe was loose and revealed his chest, which the wet t-shirt clung tightly to. His fingers were fair and slender as they held the bathrobe together, and he was lowering his head slightly, listening to Cai Jun and occasionally glancing up at him with bright eyes.
It was no wonder Yan Qiuchi was willing to fight to get him back. Ji Fengxing had to admit that Yan Qiuchi’s vision was definitely farsighted.
After a while, filming resumed. This time, the shots were all close-ups. Cai Jun stood behind Sun Sihai, watching Shen Jintai on the monitor. He was quite shocked by his acting skills. He had not actually watch <The East Palace is Coming>. As a big star, he rarely had time to chase dramas. Before coming, he had watched a few episodes, and his impression was that the acting was unexpectedly good, exceeding his expectation for an idol-type actor, but it was also because he had set the bar extremely low. This kind of acting was good for television but not necessarily for movies.
When Cai Jun picked up the script for <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night>, he had thought that Qiu Hong had chosen Shen Jintai for the gimmicks and because of his popularity. After all, Shen Jintai was now a high-traffic star.
<Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> primarily focus on the feelings between a father and son. Almost the entire story was just acting between the two. If either person was weak, the whole performance would be a disaster. He was worried about whether Shen Jintai could adapt to the filming techniques in movies and match his acting.
After watching the emotional outburst scene today, where Shen Jintai was silent while his eyes slowly turned red as he turned his head lightly, all his doubts faded away. The way he expressed himself was full of emotions, and he knew how to convey them to allow Bai Qingquan to perform well as well. The quality of the entire movie could be seen from just this scene.
Cai Jun now had higher hopes for his film.
On December 6th, <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> began filming.
On the winter streets, the cold wind was blowing. Shen Jintai was wearing a gray coat and a black scarf. He walked briskly on the long, dark street, his pace slowly increasing until it turned into a full sprint. The wind blew on the hem of his coat as his leather shoes slammed into the ground. The rocker camera was following him from above, eventually settling on his young face. He was still running as the camera gave him a close-up. He gasped, and his eyes gradually changed. Tears streamed down, but his face remained the same. There was no fluctuation of emotions, as he looked cold and indifferent.
Cai Jun stood behind Director Qiu Hong as he looked at Shen Jintai through the monitor. Shen Jintai was like a light in the shadow of midnight as the camera slowly captured his long and handsome figure.
The author has something to say:
The last love rival has finally appeared on stage.
The last paragraph is referring to the transformation of time and space. You can imagine the way film and television work; that is, when Shen Jintai was on the set of <When You’re Older>, the camera was focused on his face and body as it slowly zoomed in and captured his figure, but when it zoomed out, he was on the set of <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night>.
Is Cai Jun or Ji Fengxing the last rival? Cai Jun has a lover, though… But is the lover male?
Also, the original plot of <Welcome Rain on a Spring Night> was focused on a father with Alzheimer’s and his relationship with his son. How the fuck did it get edited to be about a married man who’s cheating on his wife with his male kouhai and then become some kind of murder revenge plot twist like Gone Girl.
Also the novel is Your Rival in Love Gets Prettier Every Day but it seems to me like the only rivals so far are those of Yan Qiuchi’s lol.