25 Under 25: Zheng Yecheng

Zheng Yecheng is actually trained in fighting roles in Peking Opera from the Central Drama Academy, which makes me hope that he’ll go into action one day.

 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. Feel free to leave a comment if you want some featured. 

Zheng Yecheng 郑业成 (born in 1993) was definitely the highlight of O2O for me. His sheepish smile is contagious, and their side-plot is probably one of my favorite side-romances in a while.

Since then, he’s starred in a number of quirky romances, including my favorite rom-com so far this year, Let’s Shake It.  He’s not a phenomenal actor, but   his youthful cuteness is enough for him to  pull off most of his roles so far. Plus, his martial arts training could give him a leg up for wuxia roles.

He’s currently filming Fantastical Nights in the Tang Dynasty  盛唐幻夜, an ancient series with Wu Qian.

When you’re cute enough to talk with your mouth full.
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Pre-school classmates married: Zhou Fang, Liu Chang

The  couple back in their middle school, where they exchanged letters every day.

Actress Zhou Fang ( Lovebirds 戏点鸳鸯 aka one of the cutest cdramas of all times)  recently got married to director Liu Chang (With You 最好的我们), and their love story is as cute as any idol drama.  The two went to pre-school together, dated once in middle school, once in high school, and then one last time in college that resulted  in marriage.   Here’s her story loosely translated.

Yes, I married the boy who’s been in my life for 24 years.

I met Liu Chang in middle school.

Scrawny, around my height.

Every afternoon, we took the k54 bus home.

Before he got off at his stop every day, we would exchange a letter that we wrote  each other.   

We’ve kept every one of those letters to this day.
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Review: Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield

Promotional theme song: Deep love is as subdued as you by Zhou Shen (still on repeat in my playlist)

Aptly titled The Infernal Battlefield, the second instalment of the Brotherhood of Blades film series brings together a talented cast of actors in one of the best wuxia epics in recent years. The story formula hasn’t really changed since the first movie, but it’s worth watching for the cinematography and action choreography alone. Minor spoilers ahead.

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Sinology Sunday: Tangren recreates artifacts for Three Kingdoms drama

The whimsical geometric depictions of fantastical beasts were a mark of the Chu. Considering themselves descendants  of  phoenixes rather than dragons, the Shamanistic Chu were considered “heathen”  to many at the time.

Were you impressed at how gorgeous the new Tangren outfits for its   upcoming Three Kingdoms drama.  Yours truly happen to be currently in a Chu dynasty phase and immediately recognized them as strangely anachronistic.   In fact, half of the patterns for their character posters came directly from the same tomb, the famous No. 1 Chu Tomb of Jiangling Mashan  江陵马山一号楚墓, dated about five centuries before the story’s time.

So, in honor of our beloved Tangren that seems to try each time to be slightly more historically accurate (albeit via the laziest way possible), here’s a a look at some of the patterns of Chu.

Wan Qian’s outfit (C) uses a facing Phoenix pattern from a silk robe(R). Left shows the colors of the original textile. The Chu were known for their fondness of slenderness, both in artistic style and in body shape. Rumor has it that in order to win the favor of one King of Chu, his chancellors starved so much that they couldn’t stand up by themselves.

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Song Yi as The Black Widow in the Disguiser

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First a courtesan then an assassin, Song Yi’s character has the innocence of a child even in the most turbulent of times and the most tragic of lives.

Deadly and seductive yet sweet and innocent at the same time, Song Yi 宋轶’s character  won over the audience with her charm and beauty in The Disguiser.  Nicknamed The Black Widow for killing her husband on their wedding night, Yu Manli  was pardoned from a death sentence in exchange for becoming a secret agent.  She is paired with Hu Ge‘s character in her missions and the two become life-and-death partners.  Alas, his love is too idealistic and has no room for a girl from the streets like her.

The Central Drama Academy graduate recently signed under fellow alumni Zhang Han‘s workshop and will be collaborating with him in upcoming drama The Legendary Tycoon 传奇大亨  about the Shaw Brothers.  I also highly recommend the second part of The Lovebirds series , for which she plays a female lead in the second part.

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The best wedding photo.

Photo cr: xueqingdaren@Weibo
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New Dream of the Red Chamber Cast in Versace

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From L-R Bai Bing, Zhang Di, Jiang Mengjie, Kang Qinzi and Li Qin

These photos feature the very young cast dressed in Versace for the upcoming New Dream of the Red Chamber series, for a piece called “Dreams in Versace” featured in iLook magazine. Those especially invited to participate in this photoshoot were Yang Yang (18 yrs)  as Older Baoyu, Yu Xiaotong as Younger Baoyu (14),  Li Qin as Young Baochai (18), Bai Bing as Older Baochai (22), and Jiang Mengjie as Lin Daiyu (19). Also in this photoshoot are Zhang Di as Jia Yingchun and Kang Qinzi as She Yue. In blue on the bottom is Yang Mi as Qing Wen, Baoyu’s servant.  Below the cut are  thumbnails from the rest of this shoot and some of my favorites.

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