Wuxia series Tingxue Tower releases opening and ending MV’s

Super stylized and slick-looking, Tingxue Tower at least wins the award for the best-looking wuxia series of the year.

Wuxia series Tingxue Tower 听雪楼 just released its opening and ending themes by Mickey He. Starring  Qin Junjie (Summer’s Desire) and Yuan Bingyan (Ever Night) , the series is a torteous tale of a young woman’s attempt to avenge her parents in a battle that blurs together good and evil.  I hope the release of these means that it’ll be released sometimes soon.

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Tingxue Tower releases bamboo forest stills

Are you in bamboo forest? Are you in a wuxia drama? You better watch out!

If you’ve seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or House of Flying Daggers or many recent wuxia-ish dramas such as The Flame’s Daughter, you would know that bamboo forests are great places to pick fights. Here’s a set of photos in the forest from the cast of wuxia drama Tingxue Tower featuring the three lead couples played by Qin Junjie, Yuan Bingyan, Han Chengyu, Angela Yuen, Zhao Dongze, and Lin Yuan.

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Tingxue Tower trailer is a tribute to last decade’s wuxia masterpieces

In an age filled with xianxia (fantasy wuxia) adaptations and re-adaptations of  wuxia classics, Tingxue Tower is a rare adaptation of a contemporary wuxia novel.

The rare contemporary wuxia adaptation Tingxue Tower 听雪楼 shows with its new trailer that it’s not just an attempt to revive the dying wuxia genre with a new story, but also seems to be a tribute to last decade’s highly-stylized wuxia films. The trailer has scenes reminiscent of the rain fight in Hero and the bamboo forest fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and definitely perks my interest.

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Musical alert on “Flowers in Fog”!

What's better than awesome actors, Qiong Yao, and medieval castles combined? All those, plus dance numbers and music!
What’s better than medieval castles, awesome actors, and  Qiong Yao combined? All those, plus dance  and music!

Hunan TV’s “flower fields, ancient castle, romantic comedy drama” of the summer,  Flowers in Fog 花非花雾非雾,   definitely took me by surprise when in episode 2, a number of the main characters, music and dance students in France, broke out in choreographed dance and song.

Given that two of the leads, Zhang Rui and Li Sheng, play music students, they’re also prone to serenades.  The best thing is, both actors are actually really good singers and sings all their characters’s songs  themselves. Ruby Lin and Joo Jin-mo also find their romance through opera, but I don’t think they sing their own parts.

Watch Zhang Rui and company sing and dance in ep.2。 I’m crossing my fingers that there’ll be more such scenes.

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Super Boy 2013: Beijing and Hangzhou Stops

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想唱就唱 我最响亮

Sorry for this late post on Super Boys, but I was trying to find the motivation to write abut these two regions. A totally of 25 people received the pass card, with 14 from Hangzhou and 11 from Beijing. You would think with 14 pass cards there’s some INCREDIBLE talent in Hangzhou… Anyway Super Boy held audition in Beijing for the first time (that must’ve been a big tourist attraction lol). You can watch the full Beijing and Hangzhou episode on HNTV Official Youtube. After you’ve watch it, please tell I’m not losing my right to write Music Monday? Because Hangzhou really didn’t need 14 pass cards. Watch selected performance below with limited comment, so I wouldn’t get myself in trouble for saying too much.

The 66 to 20 knock-out round will air live on the 11th and 12th. The judges for this round will be: Tao Chingying, Chen Kun, Nicholas Tse, and eeMedia’s very own Li Yuchun. You know when HNTV is taking a show seriously when they bring out both He Jiong and Wang Han to MC. (more…)

Jiang Kaitong, Han Chengyu do a fancy photoshoot

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Jiang Kaitong also wishes her company would spend more on good scriptwriters instead of only trying to  make everything look pretty.

Mango Films actors Jiang Kaitong and Han Chengyu does a fancy photoshoot together. I really like how  Mango Films spends a lot of money to actually package their artists with great outfits and photography/cinematography.

Jiang Kaitong is currently filming drama Love Shine 爱闪亮 with Jones Xu (!) and Van Fan.
Han Chengyu is still attending school at the Beijing Film Academy, but you can watch the latest photos for his upcoming Qiongyao drama Like Flower Like Fog 花非花雾非雾 here.

More of the shoot here and below the cut.
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