A round of applause for The SoundSeason 2, guys. The variety show has invited four of my favourite actresses – Wan Qian (Tribes and Empires, Lost in 1949), Liu Mintao(The Disguiser, upcoming The Love of Hypnosis), Qin Hailu(Red Sorghum, White Deer Plain) and LiQin(White Deer Plain, Princess Agents)– to participate in the fourth episode, which airs on the 15th.
Super Vocal 声入人心 is Hunan TV’s third variety show to focus on the voice (more specifically bel canto in this case) as an instrument after The Soundand Phanta City.
36 music students / singers / musical actors alternate between being apprentice and cover based on recommendations from producers Liao Changyong, Henry Lau and Shang Wenjie. The final 6 apprentices will go on a national concert tour and release a full album at the conclusion of the show.
The controversial acting variety show I Am An Actor 我就是演员 (previously Birth of a Performer) is back for a second season. Zhang Ziyi is the only remaining judge from the first season, and is joined by dependable uncle actors Wu Xiubo (The Advisors Alliance) and Xu Zheng (Dying to Survive). The variety show airs every Saturday night on Zhejiang TV beginning tomorrow.
This gorgeous promo features Zhang Ziyi looking back on her characters (Wu Xiubo, Xu Zheng):
100 % ready to ship these two. Just look at how cute they both are.
Potentially thanks to the newly-found stardom of Zhu Yilong, Promising you afleeting and dreamlike life 许你浮生若梦 (literal trans.) , a romance of three lifetimes with An Yuexi, is finally airing! The series streams on Youku on the 7th and on Youtube on the 12th.
Ren Suxi’s live performance in Hunan TV’s new live musical show, Phantacity 幻乐之城，is full of childhood wonder but also made me cry like an idiot at the airport.
The series features Faye Wong as she overlooks the production of four 10-minute mini-live musicals per episode. Episode one featured Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu, Huang Xiaoming, Ren Suxi, and Lei Jia. Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu’s work with Peng Youlun was visually stunning and a decent watch, but the breakout performance was definitely director Xin Shuang and actor Ren Suxi’s “Time Machine.”
The Chinese version of Produce 101 创造101, a competition aimed at forming a girl group, began airing last night and this cover of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea’s Problem was head and shoulders above every other group.
Kimberley Chen, Lucia Wu, and Mimi Lee are all ethnically Chinese but born and raised in three different countries. Kimberley Chen is Australian, Mimi Lee is Thai, while Lucia Wu was born in Brazil. I don’t know the other two well, but I’m a big fan of Kimberley Chen, and I’m psyched to see her getting more recognition on the mainland.
The other fun group performance last night was Plain Disco from what’s left of girl groups A’N’D and KOGirls. Not sure how I feel about the show yet, but it’s always great to hear more from Kimberley!
Jessie J, Coco Lee, and KZ Tangingan won Singer 2018 this weekend with the help of an awesome pipa arrangement of Bang Bang and Dragon Fist. I thought this season was lackluster in general, with even Jessie J having boring song choices and arrangements, but this was easily one of the best performances of the show.
The Sound 声临其境, as the name implies, is a variety show where viewers are treated to a feast for the ears as actors showcase their voices and prove just how important line reading is to acting. Dubbers’ contributions to Chinese dramas should not be overlooked, but it makes a huge difference when you have good actors who are able to use their own voices.
Each week, four actors are invited to dub a wide variety of characters behind the stage, and the two most popular guests make a brief appearance before all four of them prepare a short stage performance.
Disclaimer: This may look like a Zhu Yawen fangirling post, but it’s not, I swear.
Episode 3: A Gentleman’s Voice (one-off recap)
Guests: Li Jianyi, Gao Yalin, Zhu Yawen, Zhai Tianlin
“Taste life through food, taste China through film. A Bite of China returns.” – Season 3 slogan
Season three of the documentary series that tells the story of China and its people through their food, A Bite of China 舌尖上的中国, has released a trailer. The series will air during the 2018 Chinese New Year to maximize the number of ugly cries they get from those of us who are away from our families.
After a four-year hiatus, the series was revived under a new producer. Like the previous seasons, it’ll feature eight themed episodes, each directed by a different director. Based on the trailer, the most interesting food so far is the fried chrysanthem. Hopefully the new season will live up to the previous two.