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Currently watching: Dad is Back 爸爸回来了 II, 无心法师 Wuxin: The Monster Killer Song on repeat: Only One by M.I.C. boyband

Music Monday: July 6, 2015

There’s only one song I liked this week, and it’s  the previously posted M.I.C.‘s Only One (see what I did there?).   Lorry recommends this Mandopop playlist  for non-mainland Cpop. Anyone else have recommendations?

Zhang Jie won last week’s vote  for the third week in a row with his duet for with Karen Mok for Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

Monkey King: Hero’s Back a surprise hit

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Mini monk. Even easier for monsters to eat.

Despite going against fan-based films Tiny Times 4 and Forever Young, the most anticipated film next week on Weibo is actually The Monkey King: Hero’s Return 西游记之大圣归来 (alternate translation:  CUG, can we give a round of applause for whoever came up with that?). The animated feature retells the classic tale with a new twist – the monk is now a child looking for a hero, and the Monkey King a ghost of his former self, having lost all his powers.   The animated feature  won tears with its MV by Kit Chan alone.

M.I.C. comes back in ballad

I'm pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live.

I’m pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live. gif cr:Yama Dandan

After two years forever, M.I.C. boyband finally came back as a group for  Only One. The gorgeous future bass r&b song is once again produced by themselves.  This song is so much better than I expected, and really shows how much they’ve matured musically. It perfectly shows off their perfect voices (Yuehan and Yaoyao’s voices won my heart in this song). Even the MV is so clean and beautiful and not filmed while they’re drunk in a club.

The song will be released as a part of their album SOLO, which will be the gift item of their photo book. My inner Chinese music industry fan  died a little on the inside when I read that, and then pre-ordered two copies of their photo album in retail therapy even though I never buy photo albums.

But all the perfection of their voices and faces aside,  the real question is …  Does Tan Jianci have a U.S. driver’s license or can we blackmail them with this MV?
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Music Monday: June 27, 2015

This is the first time where the leader kept switching places. It went from Zhang Bichen’s Nianlun to M.I.C.’s theme for the drama that is still never going to air before settling on Zhang Jie‘s Truth.    Also, I really need someone to convince me that Wang Hao is not planning to host drug parties because everything about his store from their slogan to logo to the trap music screams Chinese-entertainment-ban-for-life.

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WuXin cast has killer looks for modern posters

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Tangren’s best (aka first good) modern poster in years? Yes, please.

Might a drama this year actually have a good plot AND a gorgeous cast? Tangren’s latest drama, Wuxin: The Monster Killer 无心法师, looks so good that I don’t even mind not caring for any of the cast.      The drama airs in a web on Sohu. Fingers crossed.

MV featuring song by Li Jian. Obligatory cast list:  Han Dongjun, Jin Chen, Zhang Ruoyun, Sui Yongliang, Mike Pirat, Chen Yao, and Wang Yanlin. Continue reading

Victoria Song, Xianzi get on the stage for Beautiful Secret

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They better use Xianzi’s real voice for singing because I miss her voice so much.

Peter Ho may not be the best-looking actor, but he has great taste in actors for his own productions.  His latest drama, Beautiful Secret, features Victoria SongXianzi, and Wei Qianxiang, and Shao Yuwei in a drama about singing competitions.   I hope Xianzi sings a lot of songs for this.

Character posters below the cut.
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Music Monday: Theme Songs

This week not only is Zhang Jie back with another pretty theme song, but there are also themes for a string of current/upcoming dramas, including by Momo Wu Mochou, M.I.C., Zhang Bichen, and Tan Weiwei.

Last Week’s winner, Zhang Jie’s Sahā World for Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

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“Go Away, Mr. Tumor” is not a zombie nor a Qing film

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In case you were confused by the stills, IT IS NOT A ZOMBIE FILM.

 

Bai Baihe and Daniel Wu  star in a bittersweet yet fun-packed adaptation of Go away! Mr. Tumor,  the comic book by and based on the true story of the late artist Xiang Yao.  The posters follow the artist in her crazy daydreams as she goes from zombie fighter to Qing-dynasty princess.   Here’s the zombie set.

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