Sinology Sunday: Tangren recreates artifacts for Three Kingdoms drama

The whimsical geometric depictions of fantastical beasts were a mark of the Chu. Considering themselves descendants  of  phoenixes rather than dragons, the Shamanistic Chu were considered “heathen”  to many at the time.

Were you impressed at how gorgeous the new Tangren outfits for its   upcoming Three Kingdoms drama.  Yours truly happen to be currently in a Chu dynasty phase and immediately recognized them as strangely anachronistic.   In fact, half of the patterns for their character posters came directly from the same tomb, the famous No. 1 Chu Tomb of Jiangling Mashan  江陵马山一号楚墓, dated about five centuries before the story’s time.

So, in honor of our beloved Tangren that seems to try each time to be slightly more historically accurate (albeit via the laziest way possible), here’s a a look at some of the patterns of Chu.

Wan Qian’s outfit (C) uses a facing Phoenix pattern from a silk robe(R). Left shows the colors of the original textile. The Chu were known for their fondness of slenderness, both in artistic style and in body shape. Rumor has it that in order to win the favor of one King of Chu, his chancellors starved so much that they couldn’t stand up by themselves.

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Weibo Wednesday: June 3, 2015

Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announce relationship

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The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.

Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.

Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.

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Music Monday: May 18, 2015

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Here to make Monday a little easier =)

Brighten your Monday up with a fun tune from Aarif Rahman, a cute family zoo song from Fan Weiqi, a powerful rock ballad from A-mei,  songs of friendship from  RTA Xu Hao X Zhu YuanbingMa Haisheng and M.I.C.‘s Tan Jianci.

A-mei sets fire to the patriarchy in her epic song and MV Matriarchy 母系社會

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Weibo Wednesday: May 6, 2015

Wang Leehom for L'Officiel Hommes

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If there’s anything better than one Wang Leehom, it’s four Wang Leehoms. Here he is poking fun at himself in a recent photoshoot for L’Officiel Hommes.

You! You! You! It’s not polite to point like that!

Leehom also randomly started posting sheet music for his songs, starting with “Your Love” (你的愛), the title track from his new album. If you play violin, viola, cello, or bass, and have been dying to learn how to play his music, check out the link!

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M.I.C. Xiaoxin, Jianci, puppy perform Ladybro live!

I guess no one wears the pants in this relationship.

If you want to fanservice right, the least you could do is get rid of the blanket.

Watching Xiaoxin chase an over-hyper Jianci around the stage while carrying a 50 pound dog was totally worth getting up early and sitting through a hour of terrible lives.

M.I.C.‘s  Zhao Yongxin and Tan Jianci  finally performed  their duet Bestie/Ladybro live, this time remixed with Xiaoxin’ solo Super Daddy.  Both songs are written and produced by the ridiculously talented Xiaoxin and arranged by Elemum Chau. Someday, Xiaoxin, I’ll hold my own award ceremony and you’ll get best producer.

Live below, English translation of lyrics, and more photos below the cut.  Let’s be honest, the best part was Bass’ wtf face the entire time.

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M.I.C. Jianci, Li Xiangxiang head Tiny Times the Musical

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Can you guess who’s who?

It’s ridiculous how good-looking even the musical cast for Guo Jingming‘s  Time Times is.

The male cast features M.I.C. Jianci, Chinese Idol winner Li Xiangxiang, singer Li Weifeng (Coke Lee), BangBangTang ex-member Wu Sixian, lead of Jin Sha the musical Zhang Qiyuan, China is Listening Third Place Ayunga (he’s my bet for Gongming),  and Chinese Idol contestant Zhang Jie. H.I.T.’s Duan Huangwei will also be in this.

Female leads include Nan Quan Mama‘s Lara, Super Girl Pan Chen (the first actual Shanghainese to play a Tiny Times lead),  and a bunch of Chinese Idol  contestants like Liu Sihan.

Oh, and they also with you a Happy Chinese New Year:

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M.I.C. members share a bed in new “Bestie” MV

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“Ladybro, u got a ladybro.”   Not that ladybro. The kind where you have overnight sleepovers and do each other’s make-up.      M.I.C.‘s Steelo-Z and JC-Tan (XiaoXin and Jianci) redefine ladybro as male BFF’s in their cute new MV.

P.S. A member of M.I.C. will be in Tiny Times the musical. Fans are guessin Jianci because Guo Jingming followed him on Weibo.