This Tang dynasty relief come to life under Song Jia and co. as they sing of a better life.
Using star power, original songs, and innovative stage performances, variety showNational Treasure 国家宝藏 has made artifacts and museums come to life to the audience. A round-up of the best song and dance numbers, with performances from Chen Xiao, Song Jia, Purba Rgyal, Zhai Tianlin, and Wu Tong. Embedded videos are set to where the performance starts.
Students from the Beijing Dance Academy perform a dance that perfectly encapsulates the youthful playfulness and grace of young scholars. Watch the viral practice room version here. If you like this style, I also recommend Zhao Lei, Yan Xujia, and Guo Zifan’s performance of West Chamberhere. I want a boyband with this style of performances.
Director Lou Ye(Suzhou River, Blind Massage), best known for making films focusing on contemporary social issues that are often politically sensitive, is returning to cinema with upcoming crime thriller The Shadow Play 风中有朵雨做的云.
The Conformist 冰之下 is an upcoming crime movie set in a small town on the China-Russia border, and stars Huang Bo(Battle of Memories) as Wang Haibo, a lumber mill worker turned police informant. Continue reading →
The Love Book 爱的正确标记法 is an upcoming rom-com focusing on the quirky relationship between an independent career woman, played by Song Jia(Cherry Returns), and her handsome IT guru husband, played by Yuan Hong (Let’s Fall in Love).
Hu Ge finally returns to the silver screen after four years (two if his brief cameo in Just Another Margin is included).
I didn’t watch Go! Goal! Fighting! 旋风十一人 when it aired in April, so it’s been over a year since I last saw Hu Ge onscreen. Thankfully the drought is about to end with his appearance in new mystery film Cherry Returns那年夏天你去了哪里.
How do you like to relax (away from your computer?) Are you like Ni Ni, who plays with a goldfish, read on her roof (or porch?), and enjoys her garden in a new photoshoot for Trendshealth? Are you like Fan Bingbing, who reads while drinking milk in her photoshoot for Grazia? Liu Shishi, lounging about a tropical island? Gao Yuanyuan, putting on lipstick, ready to go out? A photographer like Song Jia?
…Or Ni Ni again, trying on different wedding dresses? Look below the cut for more pictures. Continue reading →
Han Lei sings the sorrowful theme song for the drama version of The Flowers of War. How does it compare to the movie theme?The series is currently airing on Hunan TV, but I can’t get past episode 2 because I ran out of tissues.
The series coincides with the 77th anniversary of the first day of the Nanking Massacre (also known as the Rape of Nanking), and the first year for which the whole nation will go into mourning for remembrance of the event. China has also released a new series of evidence from the National Archives for the massacre. The National Memorial has also went under renovations and will re-open today, as you can read about on CNN.
“Those who hope for hope—after an eternity—are entitled to do so only if they have measured that which has the power to obscure hope… But we must not make that journey too quickly. We must linger with this staring point and not rush on too soon, seeking relief from its horror. How long must we linger? An eternity, perhaps.” – Robert Brown in the preface to Night.
Based on the same book by Yan Geling as The Flowers of War. The Forty Nine Day Memorial 四十九日·祭 will air in time for first National Mourning Day of the Nanking Massacre. Featuring the younger Song Jia, Hu Ge, Zhang Jiayi, and Zhang Xinyi (the same girl from the film), the adaptation is scripted by author Yan Geling and will follow more closely to the novel (i.e. without Batman the random white savior). Director Zhang Li is known for his critical and nuanced treatment of history through masterpieces like Ming Dynasty 1566 大明王朝1566 and The Road to the Republic 走向共和. Given that I’ve burst into tears every time I’ve seen a trailer, we’ll see if I can last the series. The series airs on December 1st.