Tiny Times cast immortalized in amber for posters

"Love is amber, for amber is the most beautiful corpse."
Amber Kuo in Amber.  I bet she picked her name because  Guo Jingming once wrote “Love is amber, for amber is the most beautiful corpse.”

If time could stop, if love and hate could freeze, if memories could become immortalized in amber, if your faces could remain forever ….  If time could slow down its march forward and never reach the soul’s end.  Then, I’ll have you forever and never lose you.

– Guo jingming

The great thing about having a magazine editor as your director is that even your posters have awesome taglines to go with them.  That and  Tiny Times has more photoshoots than all other youth films combined in an year.  The latest set of posters for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 is Amber- themed (the resin with dead bodies, not Amber Kuo)  and once more features  gorgeous cast of Yang Mi, Amber Kuo,  Bea Hayden/Guo Biting, Xie Yilin, Shang Liao, Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao.

For those of you in North America, the film is likely to air in the U.S. and Canada.

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The Assassin releases stills

Just what we need.  Another English title that has the word “assassin.”

It seems like forever since Taiwan has made a period martial arts flick that has caught my attention.  The Assassin is a Taiwan-mainland co-production directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien and starring Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Ethan Ruan, and Satoshi Tsumabuki.  The film is set in the Tang dynasty and bagged Best Director and the Soundtrack Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.  Sneak peak clip of the film here.

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Release dates for upcoming dramas

You’ll have more than the book to look at starting June 9- more than one drama has probably adjusted its release date to avoid competition with Hua Qiangu/Journey of Flower.

I’m sad that Nirvana in Heaven won’t come out for another 3 months (September 18th), but at least we have the official broadcast dates for these other dramas.

Cage of Love 抓制彩虹的男人: May 26
Starring Zheng Shuang and Hawick Lau

The Legend of Da Yu’er/Xiaozhuang 地玉儿传奇: June 6
Starring Jingtian, Geng Le, and Nie Yuan

The Journey of Four (Hua Qiangu) 花千骨: June 9
Starring Zhao Liying and Wallace Huo (+Jiang Xin!)

The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记: Season 1, June 12
Featuring Li Yifeng, Yang Yang, Ken Chang 
Love & Life & Lie 遇见爱情的利先生: 6/27
Featuring Chen Xiao and Zhou Dongyu

Whirlwind Girl 族风少女l: 6/28
Featuring Chen Xiang, Bu Bingqing, Yang Yang

The Tune of Huaxu: City of Hopeless Love (Hua Xu Yin): July 10
     Featuring Jiang XIn, Yuan Hong, Li Yuan, Guo Zhenni, Kevin Cheng

Princess Jieyou 解忧公主: Sometime in August
     Featuring Zhang Xinyi, Yuanhong, Yuan Wenkang
New XIao Shiyi Lang 新潇十一郎: Sometimes in August
The God of War: Zhao Zilong 武神赵子龙: Sometime in August

Nivrana in Fire 狼牙榜: September 18
Featuring Hu Ge, Wang Kai, and Liu Tao 

The Legend of Miyue : December 8
Featuring Sun Li, Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Huang Xuan

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Tong Liya leads for upcoming drama “Love Without a Trace”

idarklight is getting her wish – Tong Liya will be taking on another costume drama this year. “Love Without a Trace 爱无痕” features Tong Liya and Yang Shuo as the leads in a Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms-era romance, with a guest appearance from Tong Dawei, and actors like Peng Guanyin and Guan Yue in supporting roles. Look below the cut for more pictures!
Synopsis: It’s the end of the Tang dynasty, and the country is in chaos. It’s the time of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, and the warlords fight for the throne. Tang Xiaocheng, the young master of a wealthy family, wanted to create a dream-like paradise for the girl of his dreams, Shen Lianxing. He gave up business for warfare, becoming enveloped in political machinations, but who could have foretold that in winning “all under heaven,” he lost the heart of his lover? Lianxing is unable to understand his idea of “using battles to end battles”; meanwhile, his actions sowed enmity made an enemy of his good friend Zhang Junxiang…

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Music Monday: May 25, 2015

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

I’ve been listening to too much indie recently and haven’t been able to find a way to embed them (Xiami!!! Expand to the U.S. already!) , so most of the songs are theme songs this week, including ballads by Zhou Bichang, Aska Yang, and S.H.E.  Rounding up the group are a song from Zhou Ziyan‘s debut album and electric rock from Yaoband‘s new album.

But more importantly, here’s an awesome cursing song, Death Comes Early for the Handsome 长得帅死得快,  for Detective Di Renjie 名侦探狄仁杰 aka the only good new series this year so far.

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Mermaid star Lin Yun for PC Lady

005yYQOntw1ernzepdbc3j316o1kwan3Star of Stephen Chow’s upcoming movie Mermaid 美人鱼,  new actress Lin Yun, recently did a stunning shoot for PC Lady. She will also co-star next to Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, Aarif Lee (Rahman), Yan Yikuan, and TF Boys’ Wang Yuan in upcoming 3D motion capture film Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.  I’m impressed by how well she’s been doing in all her photoshoots, what do you think?

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“Soul’s End” by A-mei concludes Tiny Times OST

Let me and you sing one more song. In soul's end,  time continues to march forth. I will head toward a new journey, but you'll always remain in the flames of youth, left in that curtain of fiery red.  - Guo Jingming
“Let me and you sing one more song. In the End of Souls,  time continues to march forth. I will head toward a new journey, but you’ll always remain in the flames of youth, left in that curtain of fiery red.”    – Guo Jingming

Tiny Times is not only China’s most profitable franchise, but it also has one of the best and biggest original soundtracks.  The first three films so far have 19 original songs. It’s also one of the few Chinese films with good, original English songs.

The latest addition is A-mei‘s theme to the finale,  Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End.   t The singer’s reported to have cried while recording this song. Listen to all the songs from the series in the playlist below.

Each film has at least two theme songs by big name artists like Sodagreen, Zhou Bichang, Jolin Tsai, Wu Yifan, and now A-mei. In addition, since the first two films had eeMedia as a main investor, they had an OST with many eeMedia artists like Yu Kewei, Wei Chen, Liu Xin, and Fu Mengni.  The rest of the OST is mostly done by the less famous but much more fun team of Singaporean musician Terry Tye Lee (who produced many songs for M.I.C. boyband and Vanness Wu), featuring artists like Julia Wu and Gao Kaiwei. What’s your favorite song?

The Great Shaolin releases trailer

Three cheers for a period drama that doesn’t involve the palace as much.

The Great Shaolin 少林问道 has released a trailer.  Starring Zhou Yiwei, Guo Xiaoting, Guo Jingfei, He Saifei, Shi An, Dong Yanlin, Zhang Zhixian, Fan Yutong, and Feng Jiayi.  This drama is set in the Ming dynasty.

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