Translation Tuesday: Tiny Times 2.0 Chapter 1

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Our life was beyond the most ridiculous soap operas or the hallucinations of the insane. Our life was more exciting than any Hollywood action movie. Blood, splashing around. Bullets, shooting continuously. Our spirits, exploding in the air.

Tiny Times 2.0 is the second in the Tiny Times series by Guo Jingming and depicts the lives of four best friends as they face drastic changes that come with entering the real world. Will their friendship last?

The incredibly popular Tiny Times series has been compared to Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, while also facing criticism for for being superficial and promoting materialism.
I was first attracted to this book because of the cast in the movie version. How can one not watch it when there are so many pretty faces like Kai Ko, Amber Kuo and Guo Biting? Not forgetting the funny Xie Yilin.

Tiny Times 2.0
Chapter 1:

It seems that in the final months of 2008, the newspapers and magazines have only two front page covers. The first captures Obama’s distinctive features and the seemingly determined, or perhaps distressed, look in his eyes. It is the first time a black man has become president of the United States. The second is the economic crisis. The impact of this crisis has been like a tsunami. Its unpredictable waves sweep everything in its way, spreading from the financial centre of the world, New York City. The whole world is being overturned and what remains are the muddy bubbles of the white ocean.

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Blonde Bombshell Ma Tianyu

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Yes. Diva Ma Tianyu has arrived

It’s been three years since Ma Tianyu 马天宇 has released any new music; his last EP Soliloquize 自言自宇 was in 2010. And as we all know from previous experiences, Ma Tianyu love surprising us with new concepts in his music video. In this music video for Bystander 世界之外 Ma Tianyu dyed his hair blond.

Ma Tianyu kept himself busy during these past three years filming dramas such as Xuan Yuan Sword 轩辕剑之天之痕, Young Detective Dee 少年神探狄仁杰, Legend of the Ancient Sword 古剑奇谭, a time-traveling wuxia drama The Duet 四手妙弹, and a republic era Shanghai drama by Han Xue Workshop Ladies Home 淑女之家, (Han Xue 韩雪/Chen Xiang 陈翔/Mao Xiaotong 毛晓彤) just to name a few.


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Music Monday: December 30, 2013

Here to make Monday a little easier =)
Here to make Monday a little easier =)

Another brand new year is almost upon us… which means a brand new Take Happiness Home (把乐带回家) microfilm, AKA Pepsi Annual Cpop All-Star New Year Commercial. You can watch the touching microfilm from previous two years here and here. Below is the theme song for this year’s microfilm, featuring Harlem Yu (庾澄庆), Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明), Ai Fei (艾菲), and Pepsi’s newest spokesperson Momo Wu (吴莫愁).


I just want to take a small poll of Music Monday. I know there aren’t many cpop focused sites out there and Cfensi mostly concentrate on mainland entertainment. But since TW and HK cpop is a huge part of cpop, would you guys like me to cover some TW and HK cpop in next year’s Music Monday? I don’t follow HK music scene at all (mostly because I don’t speak Cantonese), but if you guys want I can look into it once in a while…

Music Monday will probably be a biweekly post in the new year. (15 videos in this post)
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Yang Mi returns for “Tiny Times 3.0”

Amber Kuo’s princess is officially back!

Yang Mi will reprise her role as Lin Xiao in Tiny Times 3.0 (小时代3), the third installment of author/director Guo Jingming‘s series, which is set to air in summer 2014. Most of our favorites from the first two movies will be returning, with the unfortunate exception of Rhydian Vaughan, who will be replaced by Vivian Dawson. Tiny Times 3.0 will also introduce two new male characters, both of whom are related to Amber Kuo‘s Gu Li. Check out the complete cast listing behind the cut.

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Palace: The Lost Daughter Releases Trailers

Welcome to the Forbidden City vintage-Addams-Family-style.

Yu Zheng has done it again, releasing a 14-minute trailer for the latest addition to his “Palace” series.  Palace: The Lost Daughter stars Yuan Shanshan, Yang Rong, Lu Yi, Dai Jiaoqian, as well as appearances from Madina Memet (New My Fair Princess fame) and Chen Xiao.  Ensuring that this latest addition will match up to the rest of the series, Yu Zheng has ensured this 45-episodedrama will include plenty of attempts at awe-inspiring but unrealistic fights and special effects as well as expanding what we can mix wuxia elements with.

However, SINCE it is a Yu Zheng drama you have to remember that there is a price to the prettiness and feats he can dish out.  Go in expecting plenty of birth secrets, flirting with the border of incest, OMG it’s raining flowers = romance, crying, screaming, squirming,  as well as Yu Zheng  catching onto the recent trend of darker characters.  I just want to send a psychiatrist back in time with a good load of Valium to help these poor souls.

The madness continues below the cut.
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“Where are we going? Dad” movie coming soon

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We have witnessed the growth of the kids as well as the parents in Season 1.

The first season of “Where are we going? Dad” will end on 27 December. The five fathers and their kids have left a deep impression on viewers because of their interesting and cute interactions when they carried out their missions. The movie version will give them a mission called the “Ultimate Challenge” where the five father-kid pair will head towards Guangzhou Changlong Safari Park to play with white tiger cubs, koalas, monkeys, and interact with other animals to test their limits. The director, Teng Huatao who filmed Love is Not Blind will join in this movie.

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Fan Bingbing rides into Weibo with style

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Make way for the Queen! Fan Bingbing’s entrance into Weibo is so awesome, it deserves its own post.

Actress Fan Bingbing fan-ally opens a Weibo account this Christmas, and she wouldn’t be Fan Bingbing if she didn’t do it in style.  A gorgeous oil painting-like still of her for upcoming film Concubine Yang  combined with the following message made sure people noticed her arrival.  Follow her here.

Finally no need to say that Master Fan is arriving, for I have returned! From today on, I’ll be living here at my palace.  This Christmas, Fan (homophone for food) is  here!  From now on, all three million in my harem, none of you will be hungry!

Weibo Wednesday: Merry Christmas!

For those of you who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! For those of you who don’t… have Wang Leehom in a Santa costume.

王力宏: 糜鹿放假了,留了聖誕老公公一個人坐上往濟南的飛機!

The reindeer all went on vacation, living Santa Claus to sit on a plane to Ji’nan all by himself!

Some more silliness, but also a solemn farewell, behind the cut.

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“Beauty at the crossfires” brings arranged marriage back to Republican era

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Behind every great woman, there is a fighter and a thinker, and a bunch of supporting characters.

If you thought arranged marriages only works miracles in modern idol dramas, think again.   Based on another novel from the author of the Schemes of a Beauty 美人心计 ,   Beauty at the Crossfires 烽火佳人 finally brings happily-ever-after arranged marriages to a time period where they actually happen. Despite having their own lovers, Shu Chang and Sammul Chan‘s characters are forced into an unhappy arranged marriage. But as we all know in idol drama world, this means the beginning of a beautiful relationship as the two slowly cross the boundaries they’ve set for each other.  

This is also selling as one of the best-looking Republican era casts in a long time.   Other than leads Shu Chang, Sammul Chan, Qiao Zhenyu, and Shi Xiaoqun,  even the sidekicks (Li Zhinan! Su Qing!) are good-looking.

The series currently airs three episodes a week on Shenzhen/Anhui TV.  What do you think? How does it compare to its sequel, Tang Yan/Luo Jin/Sammul Chan’s “Gone with the Wind 乱世佳人”?