The Forty Nine Day Memorial mourns for Nanking

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“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.

 A compilation of trailers:

Weibo Wednesday: April 17-24

Celebrities flocked to Weibo this week in order to call followers’ attention to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Ya’an on April 20th. Whether it was sharing ways to help, urging fans to donate their money or time, or simply posting words of comfort, a bunch of stars made noteworthy Weibo posts. We unfortunately can’t reproduce all of them, but hopefully we’ve gotten some of the more memorable ones.

Please keep the people of Ya’an in your thoughts!

何炅: 刚刚看到的图,和大家分享,我们为美丽的四川加油!

Not sure who first came up with the idea for this photo, but He Jiong posted it on his Weibo, along with a message of support:

I just saw this picture, and want to share it with everyone. Let’s jiayou for the beautiful Sichuan!

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