Jane Zhang Announces Relationship with Boyfriend of 12 Years

Jane Zhang and Michael Feng announce relationship

During her Bang the World tour, Jane Zhang suddenly announced that she was in a relationship with Michael Feng (Feng Ke), the CEO of Show City Times, which is Jane’s management company. The two have been together for 12 years.

While in Changsha on July 4, Jane surprised everyone, including her boyfriend, with an unplanned announcement. “From when I was 18 years old to 30 years old, I haven’t been waiting,” she said, referring to her song “Finally Waited for You” (终于等到你), which she had just finished singing. “Because there is a person who has always been by my side.”

Jane then explained that she had originally wanted to go public with their relationship in 2005, the same year she competed in Super Girl (超级女声), but Michael was against the idea, because he didn’t want the news to negatively affect her nascent singing career. Now that 10 years have passed and she is nearing her 31st birthday, Jane felt that now was the perfect time to make her announcement.

“I don’t want to be alone anymore,” she declared. “You’ve all been with me in the 10 years since my debut, and so has this person. I’ve already thought it through. If you’re willing to marry me, then come on stage.”

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Sinology Sunday: July 5, 2015

This week, we take a different look at Tang dynasty-inspired clothing from Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  One of the things you will probably notice is the attention put into historical details.  For example, Tang dynasty China is famous for being one of the periods of time when having a fuller figure was valued as opposed to being thin which seems to be the ideal for a lot of Chinese history.  Also, the freedom of women in their dress (even “cross-dressing” if that term can be applied to this era) and attention to makeup (which brings up the point that maybe some makeup styles aren’t the most suitable for life today).  More pictures below the cut.

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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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Lady of the Dynasty releases trailer and stills

Fan Bingbing really does have a thing for famous Tang dynasty women.  This is the second time she’s played Yang Guifei.

Lady of the Dynasty has released a trailer and is set to release on July 30th.  This rendition of Yang Guifei stars Fan Bingbing, Leon Lai, Wu Chun, Joan Chen, Ning Jing, and random white guy Steve Boergadine.

More stills below the cut.

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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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