Sinology Sunday: February 7, 2016

We will probably be doing some Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty posts for the next couple of weeks running up to releasing dramas set in those eras.  This week will be from the Song dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.

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Princess Jieyou prepares for release

… and the long-awaited long-spoiler trailer arrives…

Princess Jieyou, starring Zhang Xinyi, Yuan Hong, Yuan Wenkang, and Liu Guanxiang, has released a third trailer and seems to be set to join the release avalanche on February 18th.  This one seems to be of nicer quality and is 20 minutes long so… duh… SPOILER ALERT!!  Click at your own discretion.

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Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu in Ice Fantasy

It’s a refreshing look coming from a Chinese drama but I can already imagine certain Western fans saying this is an “Asian Targaryen.” :(

Ice Fantasy has released a ton more stills.  Just a disclaimer, I have not read the original novel but in my opinion, although the costumes look very “Western,” if you look closely at the basic construction of some of the outfits, a couple of them do seem to preserve a basic “Hanfu” layout but have been styled to the point where you probably wouldn’t recognize them as such.

While I am not sure how in-line this is with the original text, I do feel this is an opportunity for Chinese costume departments to explore outside the classic “Chinese” and “East Asian” sphere of clothing and experiment with something else.  Also, I guess this will be a nice opportunity for people who are getting tired of seeing the “typical East Asian look” in dramas to look at something else for a change.

Starring Feng Shaofeng and Ma Tianyu as a pair of brothers in the Ice Kingdom, this week we show off more of the “white” costuming but more of what is becoming a photo collection will probably follow.

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Son of Hero releases character stills

Come to think of it, Gao Yunxiang really has a thing for playing the “manly man archetype” from Palace: The Lost Daughter to Ban Shu Legend to Legend of Miyue.

Son of Hero, starring Gao Yunxiang, has released more character stills.  It makes sense that the costuming shouldn’t be too ornamental given that this should be centered on war and the Song dynasty military.

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Jaw-dropping promotional video for The Tenants Downstairs

Definitely appreciating the creative use of color in this one.  I guess it is to be expected if it has somebody involved from Flowers of War…

The Tenants Downstairs 樓下的房客, based on the novel by Giddens Ko (author of You Are the Apple of My Eye), has released an amazing promotional video and seems to have quite the team behind it.  Names include Amazing Film Studio (behind You Are the Apple of My Eye, Tiny Times, Tiny Times 2, and Cafe. Waiting. Love), Adam Tsuei (behind all those names with Amazing Film Studios and involved with people like F4, Jolin Tsai, Jay Chou, and lots more big names), and William Kong (co-producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon… erm… not the new one… and Flowers of War as well as producer of Rise of the Legend).

Hawick Lau, Yang Rong fall in love in The Legend of Flying Daggers

To all the men out there: Careful when you attempt in real life.

The Legend of Flying Daggers has released more stills.  Starring Hawick LauYang Rong,  Huang Ming, and  Yan Yikuan, the darker backgrounds complement the lighter costumes we tend to see so far.

Don’t forget to watch Hawick Lau’s Chronicle of Life that aired this week!.

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Kitty Zhang, Lin Yun for Elle


Kitty Zhang Yuqi reminds me of Maggie Cheung in certain pictures from her new photo shoot for Elle. Ina few of the pics, she teams up with/twins with young actress Lin Yun (star of upcoming movie Mermaid 美人鱼, as well as a collaborator in Guo Jingming’s L.O.R.D. and Yu Zheng’s drama “Love Among the Clouds”). Look below the cut for more pictures. Continue reading

The Princess of Orchid Hills releases stills

The way you drag that behind you tells me that you by no means embroidered that yourself…

The Princess of Lanling 兰陵王妃 has released stills.  Starring Andy Chen Yi, Zhang Hanyun, and Peng Guanying, these let us take a better look at some of the embroidery on the costumes.

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