Saturday, December 30, 2017

China wants to export movies with Chinese values. Washington Post freaks out.

Some movers and shakers in the Chinese movie industry attended a one day seminar on how best to
tell stories rooted in "Socialism with Chinese characteristics". The Washington Post clutched its
pearls and called for the fainting couch at the idea that "propaganda" might find its way onto
the Jade Screen, ignoring the decades of production of Hollywood in which truth, justice and
the American Way were confirmed before the final credits rolled. I don't know if anyone pays
attention to concepts like cultural hegemony these days but it is useful when analyzing the output
of a dominant political and economic power.

Among those in attendance were Angelababy, Yang Mi and Zhou Dongyu, a couple of young idols and
several directors and writers.

Zhou Dongyu at the Toronto International Film Festival:

Angelababy at Cannes:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Yeung Chin-wah (Miriam Yeung) gives a concert

Five or six costume changes with songs and dance numbers give concert goers their money's worth on Christmas Eve. Some of the looks that mean the backstage dressers need flying fingers and hands like lightning to get Miriam Yeung off and on stage in some intricate gear. According to the sliced and diced googlespeak machine translation the concert was at the "Red Hall" in, according to her schedule, Hong Kong.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Fan Bingbing celebrates the Solstice

Fan Bingbing gets goofy and then super-glam in honor of the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. The caption on the first picture was an exhortatory ""Get up and go out! Happy solstice! Friends!" And off she went.

Sina slide

"Forever Young" with Zhang Ziyi set for release

If Zhang Ziyi had to wait much longer for the release of her film Forever Young she might wish the title referred to her in real life. Written seven years ago and filmed five years past, it has been sitting on the shelf since 2012.

 Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Leehom Wang, Chang Chen and Chen Chusheng attended a press conference on Wednesday in Beijing to announce the release date as Jan. 12 next year. The story covers four generations spanning a hundred years of modern Chinese history since World War II.

Her next film is Godzilla: King of Monsters. It is due out in 2019 or possible 2026.
A couple of stills from the film:

And the poster:

Global Times  China Daily