Translation Tuesday: The Disguiser, Ashtray and Jade Porcelain


“Nets can ensnare fish, but cannot enslave birds of flight. One day, we will no longer be fish in a net, but birds that soar freely in the sky.”

Ashtray and Jade Porcelain 烟缸与青瓷  is the side story of The Disguiser that was recently published with the drama-version of the book, set when Ming Lou (Jin Dong), Ming Cheng (Wang Kai), and Wang Tianfeng (Liu Yijun) were still in Paris.  I want an extension of this as The Disguiser movie so much.

photo cr: yky

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Tai-chi Master: The Ultimate Gateway releases more stills

Now that everybody is going retro, suspenders = hawt.

Tai-chi Master: The Ultimate Gateway has released stills of the actual drama.  Starring Kevin ChengTang YixinLin YouweiYuan BingyanBai BingYing HaomingHuang WenhaoHe ZhonghuaMaggie SiuZou TingweiHao ZejiaWang Yao, and Jing Feng, this this allows us to take a look at the sets and get a sense of the costumes in action.

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Sinology Sunday: November 29, 2015

Warring States period (Clothing and Happiness).  Zhiju probably worn in various styles farther back than this period and into the Han dynasty, though probably not too popular given other options by the time we get to the Han dynasty.

This week, we take a look into a subject I have been avoiding Han dynasty-inspired clothing and clothes pre-dating the Tang dynasty.  Therefore, for those of you who have been keeping track, we will be making a loop around in the timeline… and just in time since this period kind of correlates with Qin’s Moon and The Legend of Miyue‘s rough time period.

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Obligatory Legend of Miyue release post

Character overload… and stills… stills overload… stills diarrhea…

The Legend of Miyue will be releasing on November 30th.  Starring Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, Alex Fong, etc., more intrigue coming to you soon while we debate how female protagonists seem to be so lucky with men despite having to survive in the confines of the palace… but Liu Tao has wicked stills looking evil.

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Qin’s Moon to be released

Group marriage 200 BCE

Qin’s Moon is gunning for a November 29th release date. Starring Jiang Jinfu, Qin Junjie, Hu Bingqing, Lu Yi, MIchelle Chen, Sun Yizhou, and Gina Jinchen, hurrah to more releases, an amazing songs, and what looks like so much potential.

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Chen Kun, “The Ghouls” Cast Cover Harper’s Bazaar

Chen Kun in Harper's Bazaar photoshoot

It’s hard to resist posting pictures of Chen Kun when they look like this.

December 18 will see the release of Mojin-The Lost Legend (鬼吹灯之寻龙诀), an adventure/thriller film previously titled The Ghouls. The cast, which includes Chen Kun, Shu Qi, Huang Bo, and Xia Yu, recently graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and even though the cover itself is not that eye-catching, I had to share the rest of the pretty.

Shu Qi in Harper's Bazaar photoshoot

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A Beauty’s Fragrance releases stills

Unlike what the title may suggest, this is not another addition to Yu Zheng’s “Beauty” series…

Strap yourself in for another Qing dynasty drama during Yongzheng‘s reign, starring Hou MengyaoZhang TianyangWinston ChaoChristine NgJin ZehaoZheng Yuanyuan, Wang KedaQian XuanYang MingnaZhao Yanan, and Bai Haitao in A Beauty’s Fragrance 美人香.

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Sinology Sunday: November 22, 2015

This week, we take a look into more Republican era-inspired clothing from Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.

Next week, we may do a loop-de-loop and start as far in the beginning as we can in the Chinese history timeline in terms of clothing and available pictures and then work our way to where we started in the Tang dynasty.  This coincides nicely with the release of a couple dramas such as Qin’s Moon and The Legend of Miyue.  Strap yourselves in, boys and girls.

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Stills for Border Town Prodigal

Pretty soon, I am going to run out of titles involving Border Town Prodigal and stills but in the mean time, you guessed it, more were released.  Starring Zhu Yilong,Ye Qingbin, Qiu Xinzhi, Zhang Xinyu, Chai Biyun, Vincent Jiao Enjun, Gong Mi, and Zhang Junning, this batch of stills seems to have a couple more non-major characters in it.

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The Legend of Flying Daggers begins filming

It’s nice to see a some more wuxia dramas being made after some time.

Filming has started for The Legend of Flying Daggers, starring Hawick LauYang Rong, Wu YingjieHuang MingKenny Kwan, and Yuan Bingyan.  The drama will follow Gu Long‘s novel of the same name.

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