Tiny Times concludes today, Guo Jingming releases memories photoshoot


All Guo Jingming needs is to add HAGS to make this a middle school yearbook-themed photoshoot.

As the trilogy comes to a conclusion, Guo Jingming releases set of BFF, HAGS! Tiny Times Forever character stills of the leads Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Kai Ko, Chen Xuedong, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Calvin Du, Vivian Dawson, Lee Hyunjae, and Ren Youming.  The film opens today in China.

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Sodagreen once again adds to the OST collection of Tiny Times

Is that Lily that Yang Mi’s Lin Xiao is talking to as she holds the roses?

If you loved Sodagreen‘s song “I Miss You So Much” from the first Tiny Times, you’ll be happy to know that he sang another one for the final installment of the trilogy, coming out in theaters on July 17th. A lyric video for Glimmer of Light 微光 has been posted below, as have more stills for the eye-candy filled film. This song is my personal favorite, but if you want to get yourself pumped for the release, you can also listen to Kaleidoscope by Jolin Tsai.

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Weibo Wednesday: July 2, 2014

To be honest, not much has been happening on the Weibo front since our last round-up (that, or I haven’t had the time to pay enough attention), but have some cuteness to make up for the lack of real news.

Zhou Xun with boyfriend Archie Kao and panda

i周迅: [panda emoticon]

Zhou Xun with her Chinese-American boyfriend Archie Kao is quite adorable already, but give me Zhou Xun, Archie, and a panda, and that’s even better! I’m going to have to throw in an extra picture here, because she is really just too cute.

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Tiny Times 3.0 releases “secret agents” trailer


Yang Mi is so busy that they probably took this photo in her labor room. The recent mother has two movies and two dramas airing this summer.

The last of Guo Jingming’s record-breaking Tiny Times trilogy released its final trailer, focusing on the fight to get Gu Li’s family company back.   Starring Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Kai Ko, Chen Xuedong, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao,  with the addition of Vivian Dawson, Ren Youming, and Lee Hyunjae, the film screens on July 17th.

Translation Tuesday: Tiny Times 2.0 Chapter 1


Our life was beyond the most ridiculous soap operas or the hallucinations of the insane. Our life was more exciting than any Hollywood action movie. Blood, splashing around. Bullets, shooting continuously. Our spirits, exploding in the air.

Tiny Times 2.0 is the second in the Tiny Times series by Guo Jingming and depicts the lives of four best friends as they face drastic changes that come with entering the real world. Will their friendship last?

The incredibly popular Tiny Times series has been compared to Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, while also facing criticism for for being superficial and promoting materialism.
I was first attracted to this book because of the cast in the movie version. How can one not watch it when there are so many pretty faces like Kai Ko, Amber Kuo and Guo Biting? Not forgetting the funny Xie Yilin.

Tiny Times 2.0
Chapter 1:

It seems that in the final months of 2008, the newspapers and magazines have only two front page covers. The first captures Obama’s distinctive features and the seemingly determined, or perhaps distressed, look in his eyes. It is the first time a black man has become president of the United States. The second is the economic crisis. The impact of this crisis has been like a tsunami. Its unpredictable waves sweep everything in its way, spreading from the financial centre of the world, New York City. The whole world is being overturned and what remains are the muddy bubbles of the white ocean.

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“Tiny Times 3.0” set for Summer 2014


Although you didn’t know it before, Tiny Times 3.0 is actually about  Hannibal the cannibal’s adventures in China.

Writer-director Guo Jingming recently announced on Weibo that productions for Tiny Times 3.0 will begin production in December, probably with the same cast. The film is set to be in theaters in Summer 2014.   One interesting note is that the subtitle is “Age of Piercing Gold,” the name of the third book, implying that this might be the end of a trilogy rather than a quadrilogy as previously thought since the second film is based on Tiny Times 1.5  rather than Tiny Times 2.0 the book.

Last year, when I first decided to be a director, I asked everyone:’After so many years, those of you who like Tiny Times, are you still here? Do you still love (it)?’ This year,I may have to ask once more. It’s because 《Tiny Times 3.0 : Age of Piercing Gold》 begins production in December. Next summer, let the future explode once more. #Tiny Times 3.0#, youth never departs.

Guo Jingming: I’m the Chinese dream of these Times

Looks familiar? The Christmas scene from the movie is filmed at no other than Guo Jingming's condo.

Looks familiar? The Christmas scene from the movie is filmed at no other than Guo Jingming’s condo.

Author-publisher-director Guo Jingming sits down with Sina‘s Chen Yiyi to discuss his version of the Chinese Dream, what it means to be an idol,  the attacks on him and his works, and  his visions for his foray into film. Translations of selected parts by me. Random gif’s of unknown origin included.

One of Guo Jingming’s alter egos in the film, played by Chen Xuedong.

“I embody a part of their dream.””

Sina: The main audience of 《Tiny Times》 , those born after ’85, these youths, what characterizes them?
Guo Jingming: The biggest focal point is the pursuit of individuality.  Our parents seek similarities in lifestyles, the same type of pants, same haircut, same food in the same cafeteria.  But today, the lifestyles of the youth are of all types: you might like tattoos, and I like nose rings; you like rock, I like classical music.  People are different, everyone’s a unique individual. There isn’t a “generation of people.” I think only under a twisted societal environment would there be the idea of “a generation of people” or “a group of people.”.

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“Tiny Times 2” releases dark poster, trailer


Darkness has no bounds, but does their friendship?

If you watched Tiny Times 1 and thought the series was a teen comedy, you’re wrong. From drug rape to drug dealing, from bullying to blackmailing, part II turns all the seemingly innocuous jokes of part I into reality. And if all goes to plan, the 3rd movie will become a even darker business intrigue per the second book.  Finishing off the book Tiny Times 1.0, the second of the Tiny Times films airs this week, and has released some more gorgeous posters and trailers.

The trailer below for Tiny Times 2, which airs in mainland China today.

Wei Chen releases MV for Tiny Times OST

Gratuitous shirtless Rydian

Gratuitous shirtless Rhydian Vaughan

Even the worst eeMedia production has an awesome OST, and Tiny Times, one of the best eeMedia film & TV investments, definitely has a beautiful one. eeMedia artist Wei Chen sings the ending theme, penned by author-director Guo Jingming, of the first film.

The lyrics play on various homophones, including “夜/页”, one which means night and the other page.   The title itself is a play on the word “热血,” hot blooded, since the words for “blood” and “snow” are homophones.

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Mystery Dinner poster released for Tiny Times 2


I think this must be the most-covered upcoming film series ever, but they have such great posters all the times that it’s hard to resist sharing them.

Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times 2 (based on the second half of the book Tiny Times 1.0) begins to move into the darker intrigues of the series as the clear cut relationships of part I begins to tangle into a mess of hidden intents, dark secrets, and business tricks. The Dinner poster focuses on a key scene in the first book, a birthday party turned mystery dinner, complete with host Amber Kuo and guests Yang Mi, Kai Ko, Li Yueming, Guo Biting (or Beating, whichever one’s worse), Calvin Tu and Xie Yilin.

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