Sinology Sunday: February 7, 2016

We will probably be doing some Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty posts for the next couple of weeks running up to releasing dramas set in those eras.  This week will be from the Song dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.

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Princess Jieyou prepares for release

… and the long-awaited long-spoiler trailer arrives…

Princess Jieyou, starring Zhang Xinyi, Yuan Hong, Yuan Wenkang, and Liu Guanxiang, has released a third trailer and seems to be set to join the release avalanche on February 18th.  This one seems to be of nicer quality and is 20 minutes long so… duh… SPOILER ALERT!!  Click at your own discretion.

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Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu in Ice Fantasy

It’s a refreshing look coming from a Chinese drama but I can already imagine certain Western fans saying this is an “Asian Targaryen.” :(

Ice Fantasy has released a ton more stills.  Just a disclaimer, I have not read the original novel but in my opinion, although the costumes look very “Western,” if you look closely at the basic construction of some of the outfits, a couple of them do seem to preserve a basic “Hanfu” layout but have been styled to the point where you probably wouldn’t recognize them as such.

While I am not sure how in-line this is with the original text, I do feel this is an opportunity for Chinese costume departments to explore outside the classic “Chinese” and “East Asian” sphere of clothing and experiment with something else.  Also, I guess this will be a nice opportunity for people who are getting tired of seeing the “typical East Asian look” in dramas to look at something else for a change.

Starring Feng Shaofeng and Ma Tianyu as a pair of brothers in the Ice Kingdom, this week we show off more of the “white” costuming but more of what is becoming a photo collection will probably follow.

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Son of Hero releases character stills

Come to think of it, Gao Yunxiang really has a thing for playing the “manly man archetype” from Palace: The Lost Daughter to Ban Shu Legend to Legend of Miyue.

Son of Hero, starring Gao Yunxiang, has released more character stills.  It makes sense that the costuming shouldn’t be too ornamental given that this should be centered on war and the Song dynasty military.

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Hawick Lau, Yang Rong fall in love in The Legend of Flying Daggers

To all the men out there: Careful when you attempt in real life.

The Legend of Flying Daggers has released more stills.  Starring Hawick LauYang Rong,  Huang Ming, and  Yan Yikuan, the darker backgrounds complement the lighter costumes we tend to see so far.

Don’t forget to watch Hawick Lau’s Chronicle of Life that aired this week!.

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The Princess of Orchid Hills releases stills

The way you drag that behind you tells me that you by no means embroidered that yourself…

The Princess of Lanling 兰陵王妃 has released stills.  Starring Andy Chen Yi, Zhang Hanyun, and Peng Guanying, these let us take a better look at some of the embroidery on the costumes.

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Chronicle of Life to air

… and I still long for this degree of production quality to be applied to other dynasties….

Chronicle of Life, starring Hawick Lau, Zheng Shuang, Zhang Binbin, Michelle Yim, Zhang Zhixi, Zhang Xiaochen, Wang Ruoxin, and Cheng Yanqiu, will be releasing soon so here are the stills and promotional goodies being released.  This includes the much missed spoiler-trailer below so you have been warned.

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Sinology Sunday: January 31, 2016

We will probably be doing some Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty posts for the next couple of weeks running up to releasing dramas set in those eras.  This week will be a continuation of last week’s Ming dynasty post from Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  The Ming dynasty posts will be from a series following wedding traditions since Valentine’s Day is coming up.

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Yang Mi plays Dilraba’s goddess aunt in new series

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Fox spirit vs Professor Snape with long hair.

Finally, Dilraba and Gao Weiguang, aka the pair of Yang Mi workshop who everyone’s been waiting to pair up, will be a pair.  While the film version starring Liu YIfei and Yang Yang will only focus on one book,  Someone come up with a good English title because I can’t bare to type this again  Three Lives, Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms  三生三世十里桃花,  the drama version appears to be combining both this and the sequel (which I refuse to translate but is 三生三世枕上书 in Chinese).

The first features Yang Mi and Mark Zhao in a love of three lifetimes – she’s a fox goddess, he’s a god, they’re engaged. She gets punished and become a human, they fall in love and have a kid.  She loses her memory and becomes a goddess again.   The second features Dilraba as her niece, another fox spirit who falls in love with another immortal. It’s a very cute role, if a bit self-deprecating and clingy, but Dilraba works clingy like a pro so I’m sure she’ll be great at it.  And in case you’re wondering, this Azure Hills is the same one for the Foxes of Azure Hills.

There are also other ships like Yu Menglong, Ken Chang, and a lot of people who work for Yang Mi.

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On the right Zhu Xudan dons a stunning dress from the Ninth Heaven haute couture s/s 100 A.D. collection, while Zhang Binbin exhibits the latest styles from Azure Hills.

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The Shaw Eleven Lang plans for release

Kitschy backgrounds: the best way to promote a drama.

The Shaw Eleven Lang has released more character stills and seems set to air on February 9th.  Starring Yan YikuanGan Tingting, Li Yixiao, Zhu Yilong, Zhang Hanyun, Ray Liu, Yuen Wah, and Yu Qingbin, I am going to give up on keeping track of which name they are going to point at this point and just go with this one.

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