Friday Photos

Li Yifeng and Chris Hemsworth buddy agent movie at a watch event.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Gao Weiguang and Brie Larson  at a fashion   event.


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Celebs become playgrounds for cartoon figurines

Celebrities become human landscapes for miniature figures in this photoshoot for a Vogueme event photographed by Oliverjune.  Whose is your favorite?   Liu Haoran, Li Yifeng, Victoria Song Qian, Justin Lin Yanjun,, Dong Youlin, Dilraba, Wang Yibo,, Xiaogui, or Zeng Shunxi?

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Australia to host Zhang Yunlei, Yang Jiulang’s first overseas headlining events

You might not be able to tell by his talk or gait, but Zhang Yunlei has lived with 108 iron nails inside his body for two years after surviving a 20m (65 ft) fall (he was drunk). The nails were only removed a month ago.

One of last year’s biggest breakout pop idols, xiangsheng comedian, Ping opera, Peking opera , xiaoqu, etc. artist  Zhang Yunlei and his partner Yang Jiulang will finally be headlining their first international event this year.  The pair will be at the Melbourne Convention Centre on September 23, The Star Event Centre in Sydney on September 29, and in Auckland on the 26th. 

Tickets for Sydney are already on sale through Wechat (QR code below), and tickets for Melbourne go on sale at noon local time on April 20th here. Tickets for Auckland go on sale on the 23rd here.

The closest thing xiangsheng has gotten to a concert. 

 

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Sinology Sunday: Tang Dynasty Funeral Address for a Donkey

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A painting by China’s most well-known donkey artist, Huang Zhou 

This  Funeral Address for Donkey 祭驴文 from the Dunhuang Library Cave made me tear up, so here’s the translation.

The scroll is dated to be from the 7th to the 10th Century and is currently at the British Library. See the original  here.

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Wang Junkai releases mini-documentary as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

This gif set of precious Wang Junkai with precious deers. More here.

As a United Nationals Goodwill Ambassador, singer-actor Wang Junkai recently visited Keny for the UN Environment Assembly and visited wildlife preserves, ocean clean-up programs, and a marine wildlife hospital while there.  Here’s his mini-documentary of his journey English-subbed: 

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Sinology Sunday: How do Chinese names work?

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While Wang Kai’s leading role in the Held in the Lonely Castle is most well-known as Song Renzong in Chinese,  his last name is Zhao and first name is Zhen.  Instead, Song Renzong is his temple name that translates into Emperor Renzong of Song.

Even for fluent speakers, watching an ancient drama can often be confusing because of how many names everyone has.   Here’s a mini-guide to the different parts of a Chinese name, starting with simpler modern names and moving onto complicated historical names. There’s also some information on non-Chinese names and how we at Cfensi translate names.

Chinese names are grouped into two – 姓(xing)氏(shi) and 名(ming)字(zi) . You can think of 姓氏 as last names that you inherit, and the later as given names. Nowadays , they’re shortened into  your last name 姓(xing)   and  your first name 名(ming).  Historically,  they were once distinct.

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NYC to host the CineCina Film Festival for Chinese art house films

Director Qingyi Lu brings her acclaimed documentary “Four Springs”, which had a budget of 1500 RMB but has a douban score of 8.9 with sixty thousand votes.

With a focus on Chinese art-house films,  the inaugural  CineCina Film Festival will take place from April 5th to 19th in 2019.  Twenty-two films, including a series of films by director Lou Ye ( Suzhou River, Blind Massage)  and recent favorites like Four Springs 四个春天 will be aired with many directors present for Q&A.

See the scheduled screenings here. I haven’t even heard of any of the films other than Four Springs and the Lou Ye ones, so I have no recommendations. Many of them sound super interesting, though.

Four Springs theme song by Chen Chusheng:

Chen Man has a Barbie modeled after her

he cut of that qipao is gorgeous and is definitely something Chen Man would love.

Probably the most well-known celebrity photographer in China, Chen Man is one of nine 2019 Barbie Sheros as a part of Barbie’s 60th anniversary’s nine new Barbies. Last year,  actress Guan Xiaotong,  ballerina Tan Yuanyuan, and volleyball player Hui Ruoqi got their own barbie dolls.Maybe because she looks like a doll, I think Chen Man’s barbie looks the most like her. 

Liu Yifei is stunning as ever

Seriously I’ve seen like fifty romance novels with an illustrated cover that looks just like this but not as pretty.

Actress Liu Yifei reminds you why no matter how many bad movies she makes, she is still the prototype for like half of all Chinese romance novels.   Here are two sets of photos for a series of Tissot events. Images from her weibo and 壁纸控ins @Weibo.

The actress hasn’t had any new projects since finishing up Records of Nanyan Studio and Disney’s Mulan. Hey Marvel, she would be perfect for a superhero role in, say, The Eternals by Chloe Zhao or Shang-Chi.

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