China’s latest androgynous band Acrush

Can these gender-neutral sweethearts win your love?

Hey, look, it’s another androgynous band that was reported all over the Western media but remains anonymous in China. Unlike MissTer, their first song and MV looks really hot and quite sharp. Their styling and outfit are kind of how I wish M.I.C. would dress, although their dancing doesn’t seem to be as good. They’ve even went for the gender-neutral pronouns! They’ll be called 少年 (youth), and will be a 少年团 (youth band)  rather than boyband or girlband.

You can read about them via CNN, QuartzMashable. See their first MV below. See the English translations here. I call the pink-haired one.

Watch Hebe Tian, Jing Boran as Beauty and the Beast

Watch Hebe Tian and Jing Boran in their rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song for the upcoming live-action film. The translations are very non-literal and almost sounds more like a translation of Sun and Moon, but at least they both look gorgeous.  Also, if you haven’t heard, Disney’s live-action Mulan is set for a Nov. 2018 release date and is expected to begin filming in April. No news on Sony’s version yet.

SNH48’s Ju Jingyi sings for The Bodyguards

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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.

Buddhist chant trailer for The Great Shaolin

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With high-qualitied productions like Shaolin and  Storm of Prophecy, Zhou Yiwei seems to be en route to stardom this year.

Managing to be serene and action-packed at the same time, The Great Shaolin 少林问道 continues to stand in a league of its own with the release of the opening and an insert song MV below. The series stars Zhou Yiwei , Guo Xiaoting, and Guo Jingfei, and airs on a land channel tomorrow (aka we might never see it in HD). You can watch it live here at 7 p.m. Beijing Time every day beginning May 30th.

 

Qi Wei Sings for New Drama “Still Lala”

Qi Wei and David Wang for Still Lala

Qi Wei rocking the black wedding gown

Since its publication in 2007, the novel Du Lala’s Promotion (杜拉拉升职记) has spawned two movies, two TV dramas, one stage drama, and one webdrama. Now the story is headed back to television, with a new TV drama titled Still Lala (我是杜拉拉) and starring Qi Wei and David Wang (Wang Yaoqing).

Still Lala is based on the fourth and final book in the Du Lala series and serves as the third part in the Du Lala TV series, following Wang Luodan‘s A Story of Lala’s Promotion (杜拉拉升职记) and Jiao Junyan‘s Lala’s Shining Days (杜拉拉之似水年华). The titular Du Lala is now in her 30s and enjoying life as an HR manager and a happily married wife. However, a new female coworker threatens to turn her life upside down.

Qi Wei sings the song’s ending theme, “Forgot to Remember” (忘了去记得), which is composed by JJ Lin and penned by award-winning writer Orson Zhang (Zhang Haochen). The MV, which is embedded below, is not all that interesting, but it’s always nice to listen to Qi Wei’s vocals and JJ Lin’s music.

Still Lala began airing on April 16 and is being broadcast on Jiangsu TV and online at Tencent. You can also watch the episodes with subs at Viki.