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.
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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Fun fact: Did you know that actress Janine Chang has a degree in law from one of the best universities in Taiwan?
The actress’ drama with Zhang Han, The Young Four, approaches completion next week. Look below the cut for more pictures. (more…)
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!)
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
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
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.
Star 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?
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 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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