Photographer Friday: Leslie Zhang’s oil paintings

Chen Wenqi by Leslie Zhang

Leslie Zhang Jiacheng is yet another instantly recognizable photographer. His photographs are characterized by an oil painting-like texture and composition. He also has a distinct interpretation of zhongguofeng or Chinese-style that is more muted than, say, the mainstream style of photographers like Chen Man.

Ni Ni by Leslie Zhang
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First look at Jiang Qinqin, Zhang Huiwen, Yang Rong in The Matriarch

The Matriarch 当家主母 (lit.) focuses on the art of kesi (silk weaving) during the early Qing dynasty. Jiang Qinqin (Tribes and Empires) plays the decisive Shen Cuixi, a resilient woman who props up the Ren household after her husband, played by Xu Haiqiao, goes missing.

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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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Promo Round-up: Imperfect Love

The remake of Japanese drama Mother, Imperfect Love stars Zhou Xun as Lin Xuzhi, the ‘mother’ who ‘kidnaps’ one of her students (Chen Sinuo) after discovering she is being abused. Angie Chiu plays Lin Xuzhi’s biological mother and Kara Hui plays her adopted mother.

The 30 minute x 22 episodes web drama releases 2 episodes every Friday and Saturday on Tencent. English subs will be available on WeTV.

Teaser, BTS, Theme song by Jin Wenqi, Theme song by Zhou Shen

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International Women’s Day promos round-up

Starring Zhou Xun, Kara Hui and Angie Chiu, Imperfect Love (previously translated as The Imperfect Woman) is a remake of Japanese drama Mother and will soon stream on Tencent.

Li Yuchun’s For Girls MV:

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First look at Qin Lan, Godfrey Gao’s upcoming showbiz drama


We Are All Alone is set in the entertainment industry, and stars Qin Lan as a talent agent who must rebuild her career from scratch. Gao Yixiang plays the lawyer with the smouldering gaze. Costars include Wang Ziyi as an idol and Wang Yaoqing as the CEO of the heroine’s agency. Kara Hui and Guo Xiaoting play artists signed under the agency.

Behind the scenes (character poster shoots)
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Friday Photos

Li Qin walking out of a Disney fairytale. Which princess would she be?

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

First still of the young star-crossed lovers, a princess (Ren Min) and her eununch (Bian Cheng)  in Held in the Lonely Castle.

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Friday Photos

Ju Jingyi in upcoming series  The Legend of White Snake

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Wang Junkai releases sea turtles back to the sea to raise awareness of plastic waste in the ocean as a UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador. Only about one in a thousand will reach adulthood.

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Actress Kara Hui is still looking for her first love, an American soldier deployed in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War

I hope one day he’ll send me a picture, no matter how old, because I’ll still remember his face. And I would know he didn’t die, that he was still alive.”

Award-winning actress Kara Hui said in an interview last year that she’s still trying to find her first love, an American soldier deployed in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War. This reminds me of the story of actor Anthony Wong, who was able to find his Australian half-brothers online earlier this year thanks to a BBC report. Hey BBC, time to step up again.

“From ages 3 to 11, this girl ( you see here) lived in the red light district. I’ve seen every tragedy and joy of life. He was the first one to ask me how to say I love you in Cantonese. For a young girl, I think it was like a first love. It’s a bit tragic because he left Hong Kong the next day to Vietnam, maybe he got killed the day he arrived.” Hui said.

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Photoshoot Round-up: Actresses over 50

These Chinese actresses over 50 are timelessly beautiful no matter what their age

Last time I posted the photoshoot of over 40 celebs together, a couple of you guys mentioned being in interested in photos of celebsover 40, so here it is featuring Gong Li, Kara Hui, Jiang Wenli, Vivian Wu Junmei, Carina Lau, and Joan Chen. I did 50+ instead of 40+  because there was simply too many otherwise.

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