25 under 25: Zeng Shunxi

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You’re probably most likely to recognize Zeng Shunxi 曾舜晞 (born in 1997)  from Fighter of the Destiny, but he was also in the Fresh Geek boyband with Hou Minghao. The two are the only two left of the boyband that’s still with Laure Shang.

Zeng Shunxi  stars as the male lead in idol drama 青春最好时 opposite Zhang Xueying and seems to mostly be doing internet-only idol dramas.

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Music Monday: Cutest of Xianzi

What Did I See In You 看走眼 is the last of Xianzi’ adorable MV’s, a surprisingly chirpy song scolding her playboy boyfriend (who irl is her husband’s former roommate).

Here’s a throwback to singer Xianzi, known for her distinct vocals and cute songs back at the peak of Taiwanese mandopop.   The Guangxi native has since then moved back to the mainland and got married to ex-Top Combine member Li Mao . Unfortunately she now seems to mostly be singing boring Tan Xuan OST’s. 

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Hollywood is using Chinese actors to promote films without casting them and it’s disgusting

Hollywood wants a piece of the Chinese cake and be racist, too. 

Imagine the outrage in the West  if  instead of having minority characters, films hire minority actors as spokespeople to promote films about white men.   That’s what they’re doing to the Chinese audience and it’s disgusting. 

From Lu Han’s Star Wars promo to Li Yifeng’s Batman vs Superman to PG-One’s Spiderman: Homecoming and most recently to Wang Kai’s Blade Runner 2049,  China’s biggest rising stars have been hired as “film ambassadors” or “spokespeople”  in Hollywood films they will never be able to even be considered for.

Or if you’re Fan Bingbing, you get to be in one scene that only airs in China so Iron Man 3 can promote it as if it has a Chinese person in it. We’ll just cut you from every other version of the movie because god forbid the rest of the world have to  see a Chinese actress on the screen.

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25 Under 25: Zhang Xueying

With both the looks and the acting, Zhang Xueying is already starring in major roles.

A series  for some of my favorite up-and-rising young artists. Most of them aren’t big enough to have fancy photo shoots, but they’re cute. I don’t know a lot of them, so feel free to leave a comment if you want some featured.  

Former child actress Zhang Xueying (1997) is no stranger to most. She even signed with Yu Zheng for a year or two  and starred in series such as The Condor Heroes and Ban Shu Legend.

The Central Drama Academy sophomore seems to mostly going the idol drama route for now.   She currently starring in idol drama 青春最好时 and will be starring in a remake of Summer of Bubbles opposite Qin Junjie.

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Aaron Kwok, Zhao Liying’s republican spy film gears up for premiere

Eternal Wave 密战 is the movie remake of the 1958 action spy film of the same name (Chinese title: 永不消失的电波). In 1930s Shanghai, an anonymous telegraph leads the puppet government to an important underground meeting point and the death of a skilled Communist agent. Aaron Kwok (Peace Breaker) infiltrates the Kuomintang as a businessman from Chongqing to find the betrayer.

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Translation Tuesday: Cry Me A Sad River Pt. 2

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In just a hour, her father told her, “don’t come to look for me again.”
Her mother told her, ” After you die, don’t come looking for me.”
Yi Yao patted her stomach and asked, “are you stupid? why did you come looking for me?”

Part 2 of translations of selected parts of Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河 by Guo Jingming. Part 1 here.  Both translations were done like five years ago, so don’t judge, but feel free to comment on errors.

 

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