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Nanjing Girls: Ni Ni, Hai Qing, Yang Zishan, Mei Ting, Bonnie Chen

Actresses Ni Ni, Hai Qing, Yang ZIshan, Mei Ting, and model Bonnie Chen brings us to their childhoods in Nanjing in this series of photos by Nanjing-born photographer Yin Chao.

I only really made this post for this cute BTS photo of Ni Ni eating watermelon.

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Music Monday: Boybands and girlbands are back!

Awaken-F’s summer photoshoot

Thanks to variety shoes Idol Producer and 101 , there’s once more popular boybands and girls outside of TF boys again. Here are some recent MV’s from some of the bigger ones, including Rocket Girls, NEXT, Awaken-F, Sing girlband,   and a few solos from Nine Percent and M.I.C. boyband.   .

On the girl group side, Chinese-styled EDM group released their latest single Night of Music  夜笙歌 with inspirations from Southeast China. I wish they would release a MV for “Accidentally Time-travelled to Ancient Times一不小心到古代” because that’s probably my favorite song from them after 寄明月.

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Sinology Sunday: He Sui and the architecture of Shaolin Temple by Yu Cong

Themed Martial Hero, this photoshoot by Yu Cong for the architecture magazine Wallpaper is easily my favorite so far of the year. The photos feature model-actress He Sui and disciples and architecture from the Shaolin Temple (in case you’re wondering, although you can become a monk there, most people  there are disciples studying martial arts and not monks).

Like their carefully choreographed   martial arts, I love how each person is so well choreographed into their surrounding yet seems to be performing their tasks flawless in every photo.
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Li Bingbing, Jason Statham, and The Meg by Chen Man

Chillin’ among the sharks

Chen Man proves she still nails fun, creative photoshoots with this new promo photoshoot for The Meg’s Jason Statham and Li Bingbing. Winston Chao also plays a leading role, while Mai Hongmei and upcoming Mulan-lead Yoson An make appearances. I watched it and thought it was a passable, fun shark movie with some cool shots. Li Bingbing’s English is still pretty lacking but she definitely has a bigger role than most other token Chinese females in co-productions. The movie is out in theaters in the U.S. and Europe on Thursday August 9 and August 30 in Australia.

Get your popcorn (shrimp) before you become fish food.

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Tingxue Tower trailer is a tribute to last decade’s wuxia masterpieces

In an age filled with xianxia (fantasy wuxia) adaptations and re-adaptations of  wuxia classics, Tingxue Tower is a rare adaptation of a contemporary wuxia novel.

The rare contemporary wuxia adaptation Tingxue Tower 听雪楼 shows with its new trailer that it’s not just an attempt to revive the dying wuxia genre with a new story, but also seems to be a tribute to last decade’s highly-stylized wuxia films. The trailer has scenes reminiscent of the rain fight in Hero and the bamboo forest fight in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and definitely perks my interest.

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Promo Round-up: Accidentally in Love

Poster and logo:  10/10

When heiress Chen Qingqing is out of funds after leaving home, she becomes accidentally involved in the life of her classmate and pop idol Situ Feng  in  Accidentally in Love 惹上冷殿下. The series stars Guo Junchen (Go Princess Go) and Sun Yining (The Eternal Love). I haven’t seen neither in leading roles, but the posters and trailers look super cute. The series airs two eps per day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays on Tencent here. It’s not region-blocked for me (US).

Trailer 1 below; Trailer 2; trailer 3 ; MV; OP

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Sci-fi film The Pathfinder looks like Mad Max in space

“We’re Pathfinders. We will all die among the stars. But not now, not today.”

After spaceship The Pathfinder breaks down on a new planet, one team of explorers must return to the spaceship and save its survivors before times out.

Sci-fi film The Pathfinder 拓星者 is the directorial debut of producer Zhang Xiaobei, so I have no idea what to expect. The film stars Song Yang, Qi Xi, Qu Jingjing, and Wang Lie. The film is shot on-location in Xinjiang with visuals that remind me of Mad Max.

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Ren Suxi’s live mini- musical is Phantastic

Ren Suxi’s live performance in Hunan TV’s new live musical show, Phantacity 幻乐之城,is full of childhood wonder but also made me cry like an idiot at the airport.

The series features Faye Wong as she overlooks the production of four 10-minute mini-live musicals per episode. Episode one featured Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu, Huang Xiaoming, Ren Suxi, and Lei Jia. Yi Yangqianxi and Hu Xianxu’s work with Peng Youlun was visually stunning and a decent watch, but the breakout performance was definitely director Xin Shuang and actor Ren Suxi’s “Time Machine.”