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?
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.
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? Continue reading →
This is the first time where the leader kept switching places. It went from Zhang Bichen’s Nianlunto 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.
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 →
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 Song, Xianzi, and Wei Qianxiang, and Shao Yuwei in a drama about singing competitions. I hope Xianzi sings a lot of songs for this.
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.
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.