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FAQ: Why do people dub?


Stay calm and just repeat after me – one two three, two two three, three two three

I used to make excuses for dramas that dub, citing restrictions on accents, technology, and all that good-stuff. Unfortunately, I’ve since realized that’s not really true. The only real reason? That lovely little thing called self-interest.

The voices you hear in a TV show came through one of the three ways:

  • Dubbed by a dubbing team –  ex. all of Empresses in the Palace,
  • Dubbed original voices – ex. some leads of Nirvana in Fire.
  • On-site Recording  –   ex. Ode to Joy, The Interpreters

Dubbing methods often vary character-to-character, and dramas can use a mix of all three.

Let’s go down the list of excuses I used to believe : Continue reading

Steampunk fantasy “Three Kingdoms” set for adaptation


How much do you want to bet that none of the leads will be Asian?

Ken Liu’s steampunk (or as he calls it, silkpunk) fantasy epic series, The Dandelion Dynasty, has been picked up for a film adaptation by DMG, which has brought rights to the first three books.

The series is loosely based on the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  According to Variety, adaptation of the first in the series, The Grace of Kings, is currently being fast-tracked.

P.S. In case you’re wondering why the name sounds familiar, Nebula and Hugo winner Ken Liu is the English translator for The Three Body Problem.

Kimi Qiao Renliang passes away


R.I.P. Kimi

According to Sina,  28-year-old singer, songwriter, and actor Kimi Qiao Renliang passed away at his home  on September 16, 2016.  Homicide has been ruled out.

Qiao was first loved by fans and many of us at Cfensi as a contestant on My Hero in 2007, and soon began his music career.  He also had a successful acting career, being featured in the films such as the critically acclaimed 11 Flowers  and in popular dramas such as Legend of Lu Zhen, New Detective Squad, Cruel Romance, and SOP Queen.

Update: His company has released a statement confirming the cause of death was due to suicide following many years of battling depression.

Wang Kai fields sexist question about “leftover women”

Dear reporter: If you don't have anything important to ask, don't.

Dear reporters: If you don’t have any good question to ask, don’t.

While attending a charity event this week, master Wang Kai gracefully responded to a WTF question from a reporter following a couple of questions about a potential relationship with Stay With Me co-star Joe Chen Qiao’en.  Props for him for giving such an eloquent answer, because I would’ve just been shocked someone just compared my friend to leftovers to my face. Full interview here.

Q: Would you two talk about relationship problems? You know a lot of people are saying Chen Qiao’en is a famous “leftover woman”, and recently there’s been a lot of celebrity “leftover women” getting shotgun weddings, what are your thoughts? 

Wang Kai:  “Leftover women” isn’t necessarily derogatory. In today’s society, I think it should be complimentary. Because you’re excellent enough, because you have a higher standard, so you might be in a relationship later. But that’s not a bad thing. The relationship that’s right for you will just come later.

Note: “Leftover women 剩女” is a recently coined term to deprecate unmarried older women, comparing to leftover food. Chen Qiao’en actually had a drama, SOP Queen 胜女的代价, which trie to reclaim the term for career-focused women.

“My Little Princess” flips the Cinderella story

A little eye-candy never hurts.

It’s hard to root for Cinderella and her Prince when their opponents are this cute.

You know that annoying rich girl who thinks she owns the world as she tries to steal her fiance back from the sweet, innocent, poor girl who got in the elite school only because her family is the epitome of goodness?  My Little Princess 亲爱的,公主病 tells her story.  On her way to become that supporting female lead we love to hate, she stumbles (often literally) on and befriends a bear-in-costume at her favorite yaoi manga store, who just happen to also be only other poor person at this school and is hired as her tutor.

Okay, let’s be honest, despite the clever set-up, most of the script works on just the two leads being adorable most of the time.  Once you get over the female lead’s dub, you can just ogle at how gorgeous Zhang Yuxi and Mike Angelo (and several of the supporting leads) are.   The series is produced by Qi Wei and imo much better than the one she produced starring herself.

Sorry for the gif overload but I’m taking a break from not-really-vacation to share this cuteness and I don’t have good-enough screen-caps.

SNH48’s Ju Jingyi sings for The Bodyguards


Getting in formation for their Beyoncé cover.

There’s nothing like summer on the TV, someone in a rush replaces someone looking pretty. After a series of surprising upsets in the battle for the Hunan TV summer slot,  The Bodyguards 麻辣变形计 (official title: Hot Girls) is now advertising itself to overtake the next spot.  We’ll see who comes out to the up soon, but meanwhile, here’s the opening theme from SNH48’s Ju Jingyi.

Li Qin, Lin Shen fight drugs again in Undercover

Not Li Shen and Li Qin.

Not Li Shen and Li Qin.

Last seen battling the illegal drug trade in Hua Kai Ban Xia 花开半夏 together, Li Qin and Lin Shen team up again in Undercover 卧底归来. Lin Shen plays an undercover cop set to infiltrate a drug cartel. He gains the cartel’s trust and becomes the bodyguard of its leader’s daughter (Li Qin).  They are joined by Zhang Jiayi, Liu Yijun, Fu Jing (the very model of perfection in her role in Educated Youth), and Zhai Tianlin.

Hero Dog 2 full of puppies, kittens, birds, even some humans

There’s nothing like summer Hunan TV, someone in a rush replaces someone looking pretty. After a series of surprising upsets in the battle for the coveted summer slot, Hero Dog 2 神犬小七2 finally clinched it with its beach setting and cute puppies.

Set to air on the July 17th, the series again tells the story of hero dog Xiaoqi, but now as a rescue dog who befriends a lifeguard (Zhang Yunlong), a hospitality worker (the spunky Wang Yang), and the owner (Wang Yu) at a beach resort. In addition to love triangles between both the humans and the pets, they must also team together to stop a group of smugglers trying to steal artifacts from under the sea.

Plus, a long-waited song from M.I.C. boyband!  The song isn’t their best, and I wish they could’ve used Summer Storm, but  this will  have to do while we wait for the rest of Steelo’s album drops.

Love 020 drama, film release trailers

Both the film (Jing Boran, Angelababy) and the TV (Zheng Shuang, Yang Yang) versions of Love 020 微微一笑很倾城 just dropped trailers. The story tells of two people meeting and falling in love through a role-playing video game.