Photographer Friday: Zhong Lin

Malaysian-born, Taipei-based photographer Zhong Lin (pinyin: Zhong Ling) is really one of my favorites. I love her whimsical style and bold use of colors that seem to bring fairytale settings to life. Her subjects always feel so filled with life, and each frame tells a story. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite celebrity photoshoots by her.

Previous photographer round-ups: Chen Man’s Chinese steampunk, Luo Yang’s raw femininity, Xiaoming’s frames , Fan Xin’s people and their surroundings

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A window into Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Ni Ni, etc. at fashion event

Tang Yan will see you now.

It seems like it’s now a thing for fashion event to take group photos now.  This time,  Marie Claire captures Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Ni Ni, Angelababy, Zhou Dongyu, Victoria Song Qian, Li Qin, Zhao Wei, Wu Lei, Cai Xukun, Fan Chengcheng, Huang Xuan, Song Weilong, Sun Yi, Zhang Tian’ai, Lisa Lu, Song Zu’er, Wang Ziwen, Chen Wenqi, Dong Jie, Tong Liya, Jolin Tsai, He Sui, and Xi Mengyao behind a window.  This time we’re at Marie Claire. How does this compare to the Cosmo, Elle, and Vogue photoshoots earlier this year?

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Jolin Tsai and Namie Amuro collab for period MV

Not to worry if you’re sad about the end of the airing of The Empress of China.  Jolin and Namie have their own assortment of colorful costumes for you to gawk at in this latest number.

Jolin Tsai has finally opened the lid and released the MV for the song she has been working on with Namie Amuro called I’m Not Yours. For this latest album, Jolin collaborated with the Blonds, the American designing team who has worked along side artists such as Beyoncé and Katy Perry.

Being a fan of The Legend of Zhen Huan, Jolin has followed up hits from her new album Play(呸) such as the SIMS inspired PLAY我呸, Phony Queen, We’re all different, yet the same feat Ruby Lin, and Medusa feat Pepsi, with a more Chinese period-inspired MV… and feat Namie Amuro, who plays her sister fox spirit in the MV.

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Jolin Tsai sings for Tiny Times 3.0

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“I see the future, the blooming of a ten thousand flowers. ” – Jolin Tsai’s lyrics and my dream for Chinese entertainment.

Thanks to the addition of Vivian Dawson, Tiny Times 3.0  got a new theme song from Jolin Tsai.   The song, Kaleidoscope 万花瞳, is blocked on YouTube, but you can watch the MV on LeTV here.   What do you think? How does it compare to previous theme songs by  Sodagreen and Yu Kewei?

More stills featuring Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, and Lee Hyunjae below the cut.
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Celebrity microblogger, Liang Huan, ranks Chinese singers

Almost 20 years since her passing, is Teresa Teng still the best Chinese singer?

Last week, Liang Huan 梁欢, who is probably a man, compiled a list of Chinese singers on her his Weibo, allocating points in increments of five, alongside some brutally honest criticism (e.g., Jolin Tsai: “dance moves accompanied by bad vocals”). Since then, her his post has been retweeted—or the Weibo equivalent—tens of thousands of times. Some fans, notably those of Han Geng, have derided the low scores of their idols.

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Time to witness a miracle

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“And now, it’s time to witness a miracle.”

With those words, Liu Qian aka Lu Chen ends his performance like he always does.  Liu Qian, China’s favorite magician, was one of the two performers  (the other one being Xiao Shenyang) that made their big break during this year’s CCTV New Year Gala. With his popularity came the rise of magic shows all across China.

The first of those is  Hunan TV’s jin pai mo shu tuan/Golden Magic Troupe. The show, hosted by Wang Han, invites amateur magicians to come and compete for a chance to apprentice one of the four judges – Liu Qian and three magicians from Hong Kong, Japan and Mexico. Think Super Girls/Boys for magicians.

Allen Su sings and composes the theme song, It’s the Magic. Download the MP3 here.

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