“The Last Supper” of Tiny Times full of mysteries

Guys, this is how you make movie posters. 
Why are Yang Mi’s knees chained? Who is Guo Biting’s knife pointing at? Why is there blood on Xie Yilin’s mouth?  Can you decipher this poster?

The poster for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End should be put in textbooks about posters.   Titled The Last Supper, the poster, conceived by the director Guo Jingming himself,  contains clues for the viewer to guess the ending of each character in the film finale.  Fans have already started researching the original painting to try and find comparisons.   Can you figure out all the hints?

The film stars Yang Mi,  Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Chen Xuedong, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Shang Liao, and Vivian Dawson.

Some suspicious parts compiled below:

  • There are ten people and ten candles on the floor, and all but one of the candles are burning out. Do they symbolize the lifespan of the characters?
  • Why are Lin Xiao’s legs chained to the ground?
  • Who is Nan Xiang’s dagger pointed at and why?
  • Tang Wanru’s lips have red around them. Wine or blood?
  • Nan Xiang’s hands are on Gong Ming’s legs. What is their relationship?
  • Why is Gu Li’s holding a wig?  Is it a sign she will have and survive cancer?

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Tiny Times cast immortalized in amber for posters

"Love is amber, for amber is the most beautiful corpse."
Amber Kuo in Amber.  I bet she picked her name because  Guo Jingming once wrote “Love is amber, for amber is the most beautiful corpse.”

If time could stop, if love and hate could freeze, if memories could become immortalized in amber, if your faces could remain forever ….  If time could slow down its march forward and never reach the soul’s end.  Then, I’ll have you forever and never lose you.

– Guo jingming

The great thing about having a magazine editor as your director is that even your posters have awesome taglines to go with them.  That and  Tiny Times has more photoshoots than all other youth films combined in an year.  The latest set of posters for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 is Amber- themed (the resin with dead bodies, not Amber Kuo)  and once more features  gorgeous cast of Yang Mi, Amber Kuo,  Bea Hayden/Guo Biting, Xie Yilin, Shang Liao, Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao.

For those of you in North America, the film is likely to air in the U.S. and Canada.

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Tiny Times 4: See you Spring 2015!

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It’s not game over yet! Are you ready for Round 4 with Lin Xiao and Zhou Chongguang?

Tiny Times isn’t a trilogy after all…Tiny Times 4, Soul’s End灵魂尽头 is going to bring us back to the glamorous world of Guo Jingmings Tiny Times next spring. See the announcement at the end of Kris Wu’s rendition of Yu Kewei’s Time Boiled Rain, which includes clips from the new movie. (The lyric translations can be found here).

Looking forward to more glamorous stills; the fourth movie has already finished shooting. Cast should include Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Calvin Du, Chen Xuedong, Guo Jingming, Jiang Chao, Kai Ko, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Vivian Dawson, Xie Yilin.

P.S: Can anyone tell us how Rhydian Vaughan’s replacement for Gong Ming did in the third movie?

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Tiny Times 3.0 releases first trailer

“It’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times; You might forget these times, but you’ll always remember us.”

 

Guo Jingming releases the first trailer for Tiny Times 3.0, the third of the Tiny Times series  set for a July 17th release. The film stars Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Kai Ko, Chen Xuedong, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, Vivian Dawson, Jiang Chao, etc.

Photoshoot Friday: October 18, 2013

Tong Liya looks ready for Easter in her Femina shoot, and Eva Huang Shenyi alternates between an ice queen and a casual summer look. Li Yuchun is dashing as a man for Marie Claire, and Sun Li has a few vampire-looks dressed in black. Meanwhile, Ying’er is cute in a bird print dress, and Bea Hayden poses with a stone bust in white. Mickey He poses around in a busy city, suave in suits.  (more…)

“Tiny Times 2” releases dark poster, trailer

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Darkness has no bounds, but does their friendship?

If you watched Tiny Times 1 and thought the series was a teen comedy, you’re wrong. From drug rape to drug dealing, from bullying to blackmailing, part II turns all the seemingly innocuous jokes of part I into reality. And if all goes to plan, the 3rd movie will become a even darker business intrigue per the second book.  Finishing off the book Tiny Times 1.0, the second of the Tiny Times films airs this week, and has released some more gorgeous posters and trailers.

The trailer below for Tiny Times 2, which airs in mainland China today.

Mystery Dinner poster released for Tiny Times 2

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I think this must be the most-covered upcoming film series ever, but they have such great posters all the times that it’s hard to resist sharing them.

Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times 2 (based on the second half of the book Tiny Times 1.0) begins to move into the darker intrigues of the series as the clear cut relationships of part I begins to tangle into a mess of hidden intents, dark secrets, and business tricks. The Dinner poster focuses on a key scene in the first book, a birthday party turned mystery dinner, complete with host Amber Kuo and guests Yang Mi, Kai Ko, Li Yueming, Guo Biting (or Beating, whichever one’s worse), Calvin Tu and Xie Yilin.

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Tiny Times 2 cast in fancy dresses and suits

The Queen Amber Kuo dons black for the darker tale of the second Tiny Times film.

Guo Jingming‘s Tiny Times 2 released the character posters for its 11 leads, including Yang Mi, Kai Ko, Amber Kuo, Chen Xuedong, Guo Biting, Rhydian Vaughan, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, etc. The film, airing on August 9th, is based on the second half of Tiny Times 1.0, and will continue the story from the highly successful first film.

Gorgeous dresses and people below the cut.
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Tiny Times making big waves

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Is Tiny Times just another teen flick, or is it really an icon of “the individualistic/materialistic view of the new generation” and  a new era in Chinese films?”

Was it the best of times or the worst of times? Despite sharply divided opinions on its quality, movie Tiny Times 1.0,  with its controversial author/writer/director Guo Jingming and leads Yang Mi, Kai Ko, Amber Kuo, etc., was a commercial success.  Most recently, Part 2 was moved up to air on the Qixi holiday on August 7th, while plans to adapt Tiny Times 2.0 has been approved by SARFT’s reviewing comittee.

As the film that broke the single day screening share rate (almost 50%)  and opening day record for a 2D film, breaking 300 million RMB in four days, Tiny Times was viewed as an opening commercial success.   Yet its viewers ratings varied from 8.6 on Gewara  to  4.9 on Mtime  on opening day.   People Daily wrote three articles on Tiny Times.  Meanwhile China Daily film critic Raymond Zhao  smashed it and its readers, comparing it to the Twilight series in the U.S.   Too materialistic, too flashy, not deep enough, were all attacks of China’s young generation discussed in criticisms on of the film. Similarly,  the success of such  commercial films, just like the successes of Guo Jingming’s very commercial books, were viewed as almost an affront to the film industry, which has historically prided itself on nuanced arthouse works.

Tiny Times cast goofs off in the ending extras MV


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