“The Last Supper” of Tiny Times full of mysteries

Guys, this is how you make movie posters. 

Why are Yang Mi’s knees chained? Who is Guo Biting’s knife pointing at? Why is there blood on Xie Yilin’s mouth?  Can you decipher this poster?

The poster for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End should be put in textbooks about posters.   Titled The Last Supper, the poster, conceived by the director Guo Jingming himself,  contains clues for the viewer to guess the ending of each character in the film finale.  Fans have already started researching the original painting to try and find comparisons.   Can you figure out all the hints?

The film stars Yang Mi,  Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Chen Xuedong, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Shang Liao, and Vivian Dawson.

Some suspicious parts compiled below:

  • There are ten people and ten candles on the floor, and all but one of the candles are burning out. Do they symbolize the lifespan of the characters?
  • Why are Lin Xiao’s legs chained to the ground?
  • Who is Nan Xiang’s dagger pointed at and why?
  • Tang Wanru’s lips have red around them. Wine or blood?
  • Nan Xiang’s hands are on Gong Ming’s legs. What is their relationship?
  • Why is Gu Li’s holding a wig?  Is it a sign she will have and survive cancer?

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Happy Children’s Day from Tiny Times IV

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And this is their happy face.

 

Tiny Times IV: Soul’s End released yet another set of posters, this time for International Children’s Day. Whose child looks like themselves the most? Amber Kuo, Yang Mi, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, Chen Xuedong, or Vivian Dawson? I’m kind of sad they didn’t get Chen Sicheng to do Chen Xuedong.

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Tiny Times cast immortalized in amber for posters

"Love is amber, for amber is the most beautiful corpse."

Amber Kuo in Amber.  I bet she picked her name because  Guo Jingming once wrote “Love is amber, for amber is the most beautiful corpse.”

If time could stop, if love and hate could freeze, if memories could become immortalized in amber, if your faces could remain forever ….  If time could slow down its march forward and never reach the soul’s end.  Then, I’ll have you forever and never lose you.

– Guo jingming

The great thing about having a magazine editor as your director is that even your posters have awesome taglines to go with them.  That and  Tiny Times has more photoshoots than all other youth films combined in an year.  The latest set of posters for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 is Amber- themed (the resin with dead bodies, not Amber Kuo)  and once more features  gorgeous cast of Yang Mi, Amber Kuo,  Bea Hayden/Guo Biting, Xie Yilin, Shang Liao, Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao.

For those of you in North America, the film is likely to air in the U.S. and Canada.

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“Soul’s End” by A-mei concludes Tiny Times OST

Let me and you sing one more song. In soul's end,  time continues to march forth. I will head toward a new journey, but you'll always remain in the flames of youth, left in that curtain of fiery red.  - Guo Jingming

“Let me and you sing one more song. In the End of Souls,  time continues to march forth. I will head toward a new journey, but you’ll always remain in the flames of youth, left in that curtain of fiery red.”    – Guo Jingming

Tiny Times is not only China’s most profitable franchise, but it also has one of the best and biggest original soundtracks.  The first three films so far have 19 original songs. It’s also one of the few Chinese films with good, original English songs.

The latest addition is A-mei‘s theme to the finale,  Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End.   t The singer’s reported to have cried while recording this song. Listen to all the songs from the series in the playlist below.

Each film has at least two theme songs by big name artists like Sodagreen, Zhou Bichang, Jolin Tsai, Wu Yifan, and now A-mei. In addition, since the first two films had eeMedia as a main investor, they had an OST with many eeMedia artists like Yu Kewei, Wei Chen, Liu Xin, and Fu Mengni.  The rest of the OST is mostly done by the less famous but much more fun team of Singaporean musician Terry Tye Lee (who produced many songs for M.I.C. boyband and Vanness Wu), featuring artists like Julia Wu and Gao Kaiwei. What’s your favorite song?

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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More abs and suits from Tiny Times 4.0

You’re the one, Neo!

As the person who started the whole release-a-character-poster-a-day game, Guo Jingming can always be counted on with more gorgeous photoshoots than you can imagine (seriously, the musical had better photoshoots than most dramas). Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 released yet another photoshoot of its male cast of Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao, this time with shirts on (occasionally).

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Tiny Times finale set for Summer 2015, Kai Ko out

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All I want is you,  Jianxi and Gu Yuan. Tiny Times 4.0 must be the only film in the world to screen with both initial male leads cut out.

Originally set for last winter, Tiny Times 4, Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 has finally decided to move on without Kai Ko, instead releasing the film this July with him cut out.  The first set of character  posters was released today, featuring the five remaining male leads  – Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao –  shirtless.

Director/producer/writer Guo Jingming is currently co-producing Oh My God 从天儿降 with Zhang Ziyi starring Chen Xuedong, Zhang Yixing (Lay), Li Xiaolu.  He has also announced plans for to direct a motion capture computer-animated  feature of his fantasy epic, Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹.

In other Tiny Times news,  Tan Jianci (Jianxi) of the musical was hospitalized last night, and had to undergo surgery this morning for a broken palm.    Fellow M.I.C. member Xiaoxin flew in last week to take care of him.    Get well soon, Tan Jianci!

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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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Amber Kuo, Rhydian Vaughan Embark on “One Road of Surprises”

They did have insanely good chemistry in Tiny Times

If you wanted to see more of Amber Kuo and Rhydian Vaughan together after the first two Tiny Times films, you’re not the only one. The two will appear together in the currently filming movie One Road of Surprises (一路惊喜), portraying a couple that’s been together for the past seven years.

One Road of Surprises will focus on six stories happening on Lunar New Year’s Eve, with each of the protagonists attempting to realize their New Year’s wishes. Although filming has been going on for almost half a year, not much information has been released so far, and the media was only recently allowed on set to watch a scene in which Rhydian climbs over from a neighboring balcony in order to rescue Amber and their cat from their burning residence.

Thus far, four of the stories have completed filming, and it is rumored that the sixth and final story will feature a mysterious husband-wife combination. Since Fan Bingbing starred in director-screenwriter Eva Jin‘s previous two movies, Sophie’s Revenge and One Night Surprise, some suspect that Bingbing will form one half of the mystery duo, or at least deliver a cameo, but the director said they’ll publicize the news in due time.

One Road of Surprises is expected to open in theaters around the Lunar New Year season next year, so check out some more cute photos of Amber and Rhydian in the meantime.

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Tiny Times 4: See you Spring 2015!

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It’s not game over yet! Are you ready for Round 4 with Lin Xiao and Zhou Chongguang?

Tiny Times isn’t a trilogy after all…Tiny Times 4, Soul’s End灵魂尽头 is going to bring us back to the glamorous world of Guo Jingmings Tiny Times next spring. See the announcement at the end of Kris Wu’s rendition of Yu Kewei’s Time Boiled Rain, which includes clips from the new movie. (The lyric translations can be found here).

Looking forward to more glamorous stills; the fourth movie has already finished shooting. Cast should include Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Calvin Du, Chen Xuedong, Guo Jingming, Jiang Chao, Kai Ko, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Vivian Dawson, Xie Yilin.

P.S: Can anyone tell us how Rhydian Vaughan’s replacement for Gong Ming did in the third movie?

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