Bai Yu, Zhu Yilong to star in web drama adaption of BL novel

The new supernatural show is titled Guardian 镇魂 and based on famous BL (boy love) author Priest’s novel of the same name. Bai Yu (Memory Lost) and Zhu Yilong (Border Town Prodigal) play male leads Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei respectively, and the story will focus on their bromance friendship that transcends past and present lifetimes.

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Beauties in the Closet teaser

Ummm… wtf did the cast for this drama sign themselves up for…

Beauties in the Closet 柜中美人 has released a couple stills and a silly teaser.  Starring Chen YaoHu Bingqing, Vic ChouHan Dong, and Chen Ruoxuan, maybe this is a sign of an impending release date.

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Flowers Withering Flowers Flying Covering the Sky begins filming

I guess colorful posters are back in vogue…

Flowers Withering Flowers Flying Covering the Sky 花谢花飞花满天 has started filming and released character posters.  Starring Peter HoZhang XinyuZhu YilongLi XinaiZhu ZixiaoYu XiaotongYu Qingbin, and Yang Jingru, the plot seems to center around a love triangle with the two female leads switching faces and identities.

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Tale of Two Phoenixes releases trailer, gains new title

Yu Zheng‘s romance historical drama has a new English title in Untouchable Lovers 凤囚凰 and recently released its first stills and a preview. Rising young actress Guan Xiaotong (Castle in the Sky) replaced Yang Rong as female lead Liu Chuyu / Zhu Que, and Song Weilong (Long For You) took over the role of Rong Zhi from Merxat.

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Win the World releases first posters

… with costumes like these at least we probably won’t run the risk of being stuck watching big heads on screen…?

Win the World 赢天下 has released it’s character posters.  With an extensive cast including Fan BingbingGao YunxiangYan YikuanMa SuZhang GuoliGuo Pinchao (Dylan Kuo), Xu FanPan YingziPan Hong, Jiang HongboXie YilinRen ShanLin Peng, Xiao HaoranPeng XiaoranGuo JingZheng YawenZhu JiaqiLiu Xiaohu, Tian Li, and Yuan Xiaoxu, let’s see if Fan Bingbing can top her own production The Empress of China in terms of extravagant costuming and production.

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More characters for Lost Love in Times

At least the color schemes for the costumes aren’t a bright combination of everything in the rainbow.

Lost Love in Times 醉玲珑 has released images of more characters.  Starring Liu Shishi, William ChanXu Haiqiao, Han XueHuang Mengying, some of these hair styles aren’t too bad.

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Sinology Sunday: March 19, 2017

This week we continue past the Northern and Southern Dynasties and take a look at clothing from the Sui and Tang dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  The clothing for these two eras tend to be grouped together due to how brief the Sui Dynasty was.

The Tang dynasty is commonly regarded as a golden age in Chinese history.  Not only did the country open up to the outside world but it is also seen to have adopted more of a open view on the freedoms afforded to the people regardless of gender.  This kind of attitude is kind of reflected in the dress of the era (bright fabrics, styling, makeup, etc.).  Notice how the skirt for the Ruqun 襦裙 is tied higher during this period.  As mentioned earlier, for those interested in music and performance during this period, the Nanguan 南管 and Liyuan 梨園 traditions trace their roots to this approximate period.  The Han-Tang Yuefu 漢唐樂府 group has attempted to trace back through time to recreate the arts from around this period and has gained some popularity for their efforts (Performance.  Parts 12-10 and 12-11 may be more conducive towards modern appreciation).

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