Two series of photoshoots and mini documentaries celebrating home for the Chinese New Year’s holiday season. Featured are Wang Junkai, Mei Ting, Ma Yili, Dong Zijian, Song Yi, Jikejunyi, and Zhou Bichang.(more…)
Photographer Yin Chao captures the beauty of Chinese embroidery with the help of Fan Chengcheng, Zhang Tian’ai, Song Zu’er, Xu Weizhou, Jane Zhang, Song Zu’er, Jin Dachuan, and Jikejunyi in this photoshoot.(more…)
Up springs the wind, down pours the rain,
Buckwheats getting brown, leaves turning grey.
Here spring fades away, there summer is on the way.
Restless in mind, twirling in time, over the turbulent years.
Don’t panic, don’t be afraid,
of the bitter cold, or of the sunburt days,
of the distress and misery, or of the sowrrow and pain.
Don’t panic, don’t be afraid.
Made popular by Jikejunyi, this soulful Yi song is written by singer-songwriter Mo Xizishi 莫西子诗 . It was first sung by a Yi band here. You can also listen to versions by composer/writer Mo Xizishi as well as Zhou Shen and M.I.C.’s Steelo Zhao, who says he wants to write more songs incorporating his heritage using Yi. Steelo, man, you gotta focus. I’m still clamoring for those Peking opera rap songs that you never wrote.
I found this translation on YouTube and couldn’t figure out who it’s by, but it’s better than anything I could come up with. Which version is your favorite?
With a super distinctive style of bringing frames into photos, photographer Xiaoming is a rising star with unique looks. Here are some pictures of his for Xu Kai, Chen Ruoxuan, Lin Yanjun, Sodagreen, Wu Tsing-Fong of Jikejunyi, Jiang Yingrong, Tia Ray, and Super Vocal’s Ayunga and Zheng Yunlong,
When done well, theme songs and instrumental music are able to draw me into the events happening onscreen, even if the acting is bland and/or the story is sub par (sometimes I find that the worse a drama is, the better its OST). I may not have watched some of the dramas on this list, but that didn’t stop me from putting their songs on replay.
I’m a fan of ancient dramas, hence my playlist is usually dominated by melancholy ballads. Which drama soundtracks made an impression on you this year?
Phoenix Street 朱雀街 by Song Bingyang (Moonshine and Valentine)
Fantasy romance series The Destiny of White Snake comes out today. Yang Zi play a cute white snake spirit practicing to reach enlightenment, but falls in love with deity Ren Jialun before she could.
Joining in the recent trend of Hollywood trying to cater to the Chinese masses
for profit comes Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage, Liu Yifei, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), Summer Jikejunyi (of The Voice of China fame), and Andy On. The story seems pretty blandly cliche, centering on a fight for imperial succession between two brothers and a couple of Crusaders who happen to make it into China to help save the day and restore order to what seems like a conveniently vanilla Chinese dynasty. Since this is a Chinese-French-Canadian co-production, I guess at least the release date of this production will be more stable. In the meantime, it would seem that there are already plans for a sequel.
More stills below the cut.
While some of us are getting out our winter gears, Jikejunyi (吉克隽逸) has been busy partying it up in LA. The MV for her new single Summer Time features Snoop
Doggy Dogg Lion Dogg. Watch the MV below. Do you guys like this unexpected collaboration?
This Music Monday include: Newage pianist Vanros Kloud (V.K克), actor-turn-sing-turn-MC Ray Zhang Rui, the beautiful Jikejuanyi (吉克隽逸), cute little Zhou Ziyan, the powerful vocal of Huang Qishan, comedian acapella party group Panda Bros, glam rock band Lilith, zhong guo feng girl group Seven Sense trying something new, underage boys and girls from TF Family and Blog Girls.