Tale of Two Phoenixes releases trailer, gains new title

Yu Zheng‘s romance historical drama has a new English title in Untouchable Lovers 凤囚凰 and recently released its first stills and a preview. Rising young actress Guan Xiaotong (Castle in the Sky) replaced Yang Rong as female lead Liu Chuyu / Zhu Que, and Song Weilong (Long For You) took over the role of Rong Zhi from Merxat.

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Win the World releases first posters

… with costumes like these at least we probably won’t run the risk of being stuck watching big heads on screen…?

Win the World 赢天下 has released it’s character posters.  With an extensive cast including Fan BingbingGao YunxiangYan YikuanMa SuZhang GuoliGuo Pinchao (Dylan Kuo), Xu FanPan YingziPan Hong, Jiang HongboXie YilinRen ShanLin Peng, Xiao HaoranPeng XiaoranGuo JingZheng YawenZhu JiaqiLiu Xiaohu, Tian Li, and Yuan Xiaoxu, let’s see if Fan Bingbing can top her own production The Empress of China in terms of extravagant costuming and production.

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More characters for Lost Love in Times

At least the color schemes for the costumes aren’t a bright combination of everything in the rainbow.

Lost Love in Times 醉玲珑 has released images of more characters.  Starring Liu Shishi, William ChanXu Haiqiao, Han XueHuang Mengying, some of these hair styles aren’t too bad.

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Sinology Sunday: March 19, 2017

This week we continue past the Northern and Southern Dynasties and take a look at clothing from the Sui and Tang dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  The clothing for these two eras tend to be grouped together due to how brief the Sui Dynasty was.

The Tang dynasty is commonly regarded as a golden age in Chinese history.  Not only did the country open up to the outside world but it is also seen to have adopted more of a open view on the freedoms afforded to the people regardless of gender.  This kind of attitude is kind of reflected in the dress of the era (bright fabrics, styling, makeup, etc.).  Notice how the skirt for the Ruqun 襦裙 is tied higher during this period.  As mentioned earlier, for those interested in music and performance during this period, the Nanguan 南管 and Liyuan 梨園 traditions trace their roots to this approximate period.  The Han-Tang Yuefu 漢唐樂府 group has attempted to trace back through time to recreate the arts from around this period and has gained some popularity for their efforts (Performance.  Parts 12-10 and 12-11 may be more conducive towards modern appreciation).

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Xuanyuan Sword Legend: The Clouds of Han releases more

New costume.

Xuanyuan Sword Legend: The Clouds of Han 轩辕剑之汉之云 has pumped out more stills.  Starring Zhang YunlongYu MenglongGuan XiaotongZhang Jiazhu, and Ju Jingyi, it’s been a while since we posted about this production.

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Another Novoland drama in the works

Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy hasn’t secured an air date yet, though that’s not stopping its production company Novoland from preparing another series set in the same fantasy world. The new drama is titled Wings of Wind 羽传说, and will be helmed by director Zhang Li (currently filming Martial Universe).

The original novel is written by Jin Hezai (Tribes and Empires, Wukong) and depicts the rise and fall of the winged tribe. The royal Feng and Yi families from the previous dynasties overthrew the current monarch, and the Yi family proclaimed themselves the new rulers. The first thing they did was segregate the winged tribe, bringing chaos to the land. As war with the mortals loomed, Feng Lingxue and Xiang Yichi are forced to choose between their love and the fate of the tribe.