Picture of the Three Leading Ladies of “Mei Ren Xin Ji”

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I don’t have much time, but I really wanted to post something happy so have a cute picture. Mei Ren Xin Ji (Schemes of a Beauty) may have tons and tons of guest stars including Qi Wei of the previous post,  Gong Mi of Cecilia Cheung look-a-like fame, and not to mention previously mentioned Yan Kuan, whose fans are currently getting together to send him a package to celebrate his 10th anniversary as an actor (send a message to everwinding@yt if you want to write him a note).

However, the three leading ladies, Yang Mi, Wang Likun, and of course  Ruby Lin, are its stars, and their camaraderie on set is depicted in this photo.  Filming just recently ended, on the 15th, and it is set to begin airing sometime in the first half of 2010. Ruby Lin looked like she had a blast leading the ensemble in all the pictures and I can’t wait to see what she did with the famous Empress Dou Yifang character (affectionately called Dou Dou on set).

Wang Xiaokun’s MV for Liang Wan Cheng

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I wanted to post on his album Those Girls You Like, Or Don’t Like, I Like Them All when it came out this summer, but I figured waiting for this MV was an easier way to make people listen to his  soothing voice, or at least take notice, because I get sometimes frustrated that if it’s not a boyband, or not flashy, then people won’t try it. I’m not sure how many people remember him from this post.

The “story” of the  MV is a love between two girls that doesn’t work out.

Disclaimer: The MV has wrist cutting, which I did not realize when I posted it. And I can’t stand thinking that anyone would watch this and think  that is any sort of acceptable means to deal with anything. So watch at your own risk. and then watch the happy MVs afterward. In general I don’t trust people not to get easily influenced by entertainment and media. The song was pretty but the MV was  surprisingly without disclaimer that the act at the end has no beauty in it. Just eat a lot of ice cream like everyone else.

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Sodagreen’s Fever MV for their “Summer” Album

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I had written about Sodagreen’s Vivaldi project back in this post, when they came out with their Spring album. I don’t post much outside of mainland entertainment anymore  due to time constraints, which I feel guilty about, but I will post ever single time Sodagreen comes out with another “Season” because it’s interesting and I want to compare them all. This time “Summer” is set in London, where they filmed their MV and their style is supposed to be London rock. The MV is filmed by London-based Zeroes for Heroes. Lead singer Qing Feng has also experienced another hair color change accordingly.

Overall,I’m impressed that they’ve managed to keep up quality with their two albums/year timeline not to mention Qing Feng writing for various artists in Taiwan’s music scene on the side. However, I think Spring and the MV for it was more interesting and brought out the beauty of Taiwan’s taitung county, but that just might just because they are Taiwanese and know the place better than anywhere else.

I know the MV came out a few days ago and this post is late but I have an enormous backlog of posts that I’d like to do so stay tuned for those.

A-One’s “Jie Jie” Has One Million Ringtone Downloads

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I had posted something about A-One a day or two ago, but it was more cathartic written than read, and so I took it down. But finally I can post something hopeful about their comeback.  Their first single, Jie Jie had more than one million ringtone downloads. The veracity of this article is questionable, because no one even commented on the song at Sohu, but it’s still nice to hear. KS, for a smaller company, has done a great job with their songs, choreography, and pretty much everything except clothes, so it would be such a shame to see them not work out, especially when the guys have been working nonstop for the past year with very little gratification compared to other boybands.

I’m not sure why Yao Mingjun was chosen for a solo, since he’s not the lead singer, but he did write the lyrics, which you can read here. Fancams of them performing their second single below the cut.

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A Pair of Cpop Duos’s Recent Photoshoots

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Both BOBO and BBFF recently had some nice professional photoshoots, which is nice, because Chinese idols have a limited magazine market, and thus, crappy pics. BOBO  will next be seen in the movie Young Gods of Cookery, the trailer of which you can watch here. Not surprisingly it looks fairly low budget since the two are at the bottom rung of Hua Yi’s actor ladder, but it’s still cute even if an album would be better. Blue Bird Flying Fish hasn’t gained many fans since their debut but they’ve been quite busy and actually released music unlike BOBO. Listen to them sing prettily here.

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Zhang Ziyi for Harper’s Bazaar

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I’m guessing most people have seen these pictures already, but I’m going to post them here too because I want a compendium of  photoshoots on this site, and these are so pretty and very Chinese. I won’t be putting up thumbnails much anymore,  because   they take longer to post, and few click anyway, which defies the entire aesthetic point. That also means a higher photoshoot to other content ratio on this site since I can’t lump photoshoots together if they aren’t in thumbnail form. Hopefully that doesn’t overwhelm anyone.

This shoot is part Harper’s Bazaar’s Chinese-themed photoshoots for China’s 60th anniversary. Can’t wait to see what they have in the future. ^^ I think it’s odd that it featured ZZY only after Sophie’s Revenge was out of theaters though, and already available for legal viewing on websites like Sohu. (more…)

Five Channels to Broadcast in HD in Two Weeks

I don’t have much time right now so I thought I’d put up some straightforward industry news that probably won’t make me feel compelled to reply to comments etc. I like all these channels (not sure about CCTV-1) and if I had to pick five I wanted in HD these would be it. The one I can think of that I would like off the top of my head added to the list, is CCTV-5. I want to see hot atheletes in HD ^^.

SARFT: Five Channels to Begin HD Simulcasting

Sina Tech, 8/11/09

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has revealed that CCTV-1, Beijing Satellite TV, Shanghai’s Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV and Hunan Satellite TV will begin simulcasting of standard definition and high-definition programming on September 28. The two broadcasts will feature identical content, and the stations will not be permitted to charge additional fees for the addition of the high-definition services.

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Super Girls photobook

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The top 10 Super Girls are all releasing their own mini(?)-photobooks. Looking through these pictures, which are far not too artistic but captures the girls in their natural prettieness, it is not hard to realize how bad Elle must be to make the girls look anything less than gorgeous.

The first batch of pictures released are  that of Li Xiaoyun, Liu Xijun, Yu Kewei, Zeng Yike, Pan Hongyue and Li Yuanxi.
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Tan Weiwei in Venice

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While the shortened version of “Chengdu, I love you” was the closing film for the Venice Film Festival, the only one of its actors with claim to Chengdu residency, Tan Weiwei, took the time to take this gorgeous photoshoot in Venice courtesy of Sohu. I love the vibrancy of the colors and the gorgeous mask.
Tan Weiwei’ recently released one of those “hot” albums that features a compilation of already popular songs that is generally done by little-known singers like Yu Kewei before Super Girls, which makes me worried about Tan Weiwei’s music career. But before that, she had that gorgeously underpromoted single – I forgot to say. More pictures under the cut.


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1/3 of “Chengdu, I Love You” Becomes its Own Movie

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In my growing apathy for this movie, I failed to miss this bizarre news which brought my interest back up a notch, and along with it many mixed feelings. As you may have read in early reports, this movie was supposed to show past, present, and future Chengdu, Sichuan, perhaps my favorite city. Well, it seems that the present-day segment, directed by the Korean director Heo Jin-ho,  has become so commercially enticing that it is being developed into its own movie called Season of Good Rain, leaving the past and future segments in its dust. I feel sorry for the Venice film festival thinking that it invited a full movie to close its festival, but only ending upwith 2/3. I feel sorry for the other two directors as well.  But at the same time, I’m almost rejoicing.

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