Yin Tao plays Wu Jinyan’s boss in upcoming drama Standardized Life

Standardized Life 标化人生 is an upcoming workplace drama starring Wu Jinyan (Hear the Bells Ring on Shanghai Bund) as Zhang Xiaoyu, the plucky new assistant to Yin Tao’s (The Years You Were Late) Lin Rui, SW company’s smart and capable sales director and the most likely candidate to take over the position of leader from Shu Wanting (Liu Mintao).

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31st Flying Apsaras Awards

Sun Li once again reigns supreme as the queen of Chinese dramas

Flying Apsaras Awards represents the government branch of Chinese drama awards, and are usually held on odd-numbered years to avoid clashing with the Golden Eagle Awards.

Because the awards shows are government endorsed, the Flying Asparas are taken very seriously, and that means all nominees turn up, which makes the live stream that much more interesting. Red carpet round up and winners list below.

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23rd Magnolia Awards

The turnout rate for the actors was pretty embarrassing this year – Zhang Yi was the only Best Actor nominee who attended the event, and ended up winning the award as well. His costar Yin Tao also took home Best Actress, though I’ve read great reviews about their performances in Feather Flies to the Sky, so there was no controversy surrounding the wins.

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The Legend of the Song Dynasty: Zhao Kuangyin to be released

I have always found some of Gao Xixi’s works and costuming to be a bit too stylistically bare for my preferences… here’s to changing my mind.

Gao Xixi’s The Legend of the Song Dynasty: Zhao Kuangyi is set to be released on August 10.  Starring Chen Jianbin, Yin Tao, Shao Feng, and Wang Huichun, this drama follows the titular Zhao Kuangyin, the Song dynasty‘s first emperor, and the end of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period.  A very long trailer with lots of spoilers has been released here (I’ve warned you).  Either way, since we are currently covering the Song dynasty in Sinology Sundays, I figure this is a good opportunity to take a look, assess the costuming, and see how clothing starts moving toward the characteristic Song dynasty look.

More stills below the cut.

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The many faces of Yang Guifei

This post may be an excuse to post this picture – another one of the promo photos that Sun Jun took for Lady of the Dynasty.

Xi Shi of the Spring and Autumn period, Wang Zhaojun of the Han dynasty, Diao Chan of the Three Kingdoms era, and Yang Guifei of the Tang dynasty are considered the Four Great Beauties of China. Of these four, Yang Guifei is famed for being quite plump. If we skip all the actresses (and actors) who played her in the iconic opera Gui Fei intoxicated, we’re still looking at some ten different renditions of her character.

The historical Yang Yuhuan (Yuhuan being “Jade Ring”) was born during the Tang dynasty, and was initially married to a Tang dynasty prince. Coincidentally, this prince’s mother had once been a highly favored consort of Tang Xuanzong, and was unable to become empress because she was from the Wu clan, and the Tang court was still shaken from the memory of Wu Zetian’s rule. Tang Xuanzong became enamored of the beautiful Yang Yuhuan, and sent her to a Taoist nunnery so he could marry her instead. Thus, she became Yang Guifei (where Guifei is a title, the highest rank a consort of the Tang dynasty could be without actualy being the empress).  When the An Lushan rebellion broke out, she and the emperor fled, but the soldiers blamed her for the chaos, and she died. Xuanzong later abdicated from the throne.

Which actress do you feel portrayed the famous beauty the best?
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Photoshoot Friday: April 19, 2013

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Here’s to another couple photo shoot from Fashion Weekly; this time, the real-life pair Li Chen and Zhang Xinyu appear romantic and gorgeous, with Zhang Xinyu decked out in flowing dresses. Meanwhile, Yan Kuan shows off how sporty he is for GQ, and Yin Tao sits pretty for Good Housewife. Liu Tao spends all but one picture in her shoot for OURS looking down, and Gao Yunxiang smolders by the pool – look below the cut for more pictures! Continue reading