Vincent Zhao is the God of War in upcoming period action film

Vincent Zhao (Heroes Don’t Cry) plays Ming Dynasty general Qi Jiguang, who is best known for leading a successful defense against the pirates. Costars include Wan Qian (The Glory of Tang Dynasty) as his wife and a skilled fighter in her own right, and Sammo Hong (My Beloved Bodyguard) as General Yu Dayou. The first teaser can be found here.

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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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Ma Tianyu, Han Dongjun lead new Three Kingdoms drama

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It seems like Tangren (nicknamed ‘Poor Tang/穷唐’) has been investing more money and effort into their costumes lately…

Character posters have been released for Secret of the Three Kingdoms 三国机密之潜龙在渊, the drama adaption of Ma Boyong’s novels of the same name. Starring Ma Tianyu (Beauty Private Kitchen), Han Dongjun (Chinese Paladin 5) and Wan Qian (Glory of the Tang Dynasty), it focuses on the power struggle between Emperor Xian of the Han Dynasty and powerful warlord Cao Cao (Tse Kwan-ho).

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The Glory of Tang Dynasty to be released

Augh!!  There’s WAY too much stuff that has come out for this drama in the last couple weeks.

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 continues to drum up to its release on January 29th with a whole mess of theme songs, a long trailer, Promos, posters, images, etc.  Starring Jing Tian, Wan QianRen Jialun, and Shu Chang, character posters for those interested.

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More stills for The Glory of Tang Dynasty

Despite 2016 being a bit of a disappointment due to everybody’s standards being raised to unbelievable heights by epic productions (the standard of which will likely be raised further in 2017 given dramas already on the production line), I have to say that 2016 was the year that the bar for the AVERAGE drama’s bar was raised greatly in terms of production standards. The next step will be to raise the average drama’s bar in story-telling, not just production standards.

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 has released a slurry of stills leading up to the projected January 29th release.  Starring Jing TianWan QianRen Jialun, and Shu Chang, more images for people looking forward to this production.

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Stills for The Glory of Tang Dynasty

I like how the costumes aren’t too colorful but still look nice.

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 has released a bunch of materials, supposedly preparing for the projected January 29th release date so to heck with it.  Starring Jing TianWan QianRen Jialun, and Shu Chang, I really like how costume and set designers are branching out beyond the usually used smashing of “bright and eye-catching hues” together to other color schemes

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Trailer for The Glory of Tang Dynasty

More nice posters!!

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 has released a trailer with a tentative release date around January 29th.  I’m not sure how certain this release date is so remember to take it with a grain of salt.  Starring Jing Tian, Wan QianRen Jialun, and Shu Chang, those who enjoyed the last post about this drama can get a better sense of the plot through this trailer.

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First stills for The Glory of Tang Dynasty

Decapitated head… well this is a first for Chinese drama posters…

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 has released some of its first stills.  Starring Jing TianWan QianRen Jialun, and Shu Chang, I really like how costume and set designers are branching out beyond the usually used smashing of “bright and eye-catching hues” together to other color schemes

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Behind the scenes with The Glory of Tang Dynasty

AUGH!!! Where are my character stills?!? AND my weapons posters?!?

The Glory of Tang Dynasty 大唐荣耀 has released some behind the scenes images.  Starring Jing TianWan QianRen Jialun, and Shu Chang, the costuming and production looks encouraging so far.

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