The Legend of the Song Dynasty: Zhao Kuangyin to be released

I have always found some of Gao Xixi’s works and costuming to be a bit too stylistically bare for my preferences… here’s to changing my mind.

Gao Xixi’s The Legend of the Song Dynasty: Zhao Kuangyi is set to be released on August 10.  Starring Chen Jianbin, Yin Tao, Shao Feng, and Wang Huichun, this drama follows the titular Zhao Kuangyin, the Song dynasty‘s first emperor, and the end of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.  A very long trailer with lots of spoilers has been released here (I’ve warned you).  Either way, since we are currently covering the Song dynasty in Sinology Sundays, I figure this is a good opportunity to take a look, assess the costuming, and see how clothing starts moving toward the characteristic Song dynasty look.

More stills below the cut.

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Rain and Liu Yifei star together in “For Love of Money”

 

Beach volleyball, anyone?

Directed by Gao Xixi and starring Rain and Liu YIfei in the lead roles,  upcoming romance film “For Love of Money” 落水红颜” will be hitting the silver screen on November 7th. (By the way, if you don’t care about Liu Yifei or Rain, you might be interested in seeing Joan Chen or Tang Yan in side roles).

Liu Yifei came from an aristocratic family, which has since fallen to ruin. With no other choice, she lives like an ordinary girl (oh, woe is her!). She meets and falls in love with a mysterious artist in a coffee shop, thus heralding the beginning of an uncertain love story.  (more…)