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Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams. - Yeats

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Busy with learning Blender3D


I'm a huge believer in 活到老学到老 and I often spend a substantial portion of my time trying to learn something.  Ages ago, as part of an Advance Diploma Course, I learnt basic 3D modelling in Maya in one of the modules.  I ended up picking a different career path that didn't require me to model anything but I have always retained an interest in 3D Modelling.

Friday, July 01, 2022

The Night Belongs to Us 属于我们的黑夜 - 对立面 Face's a Verb short film anthology - update

#TongYao #童瑶 #SongYang #宋洋 #ZhouYiwei #周一围 #MarkChao #趙又廷 #TheNightBelongsToUs #属于我们的黑夜 #FIRST训练营影片 

I was wrong, #对立面 (Face's a Verb - click me to read why I have decided to go with this English title for now) is not region locked, at least Singapore isn't locked out.  This makes things easier because it means that you don't need a VPN to watch this short film anthology.  I took some time out two nights ago to figure out if I can buy a ticket to watch this anthology and I managed to do it.  It did take me some time to figure it out but it also means that it's not impossible.  I encourage those of us who are interested in Tong Yao, Song Yang and short films to buy this ticket if this is within your means and if you can figure it out.  It's just 12 RMB unless you have a VIP membership for iQiyi's China site which would make this cheaper by 6 RMB. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

The Night Belongs to Us - released as part of 对立面 short film anthology

#FIRSTFilmFestival #FIRST训练营影片 #TongYao #童瑶 #SongYang #宋洋 #ZhouYiwei #周一围 #对立面 #ShortFilm #TheNightBelongsToUs #属于我们的黑夜

(amend: I was unwilling to call this anthology by the English title "Face's a Verb" since I wasn't sure if I was reading it properly but it seems like some websites are calling it that so I will too for now.  I might change this in the future if this turns out to be the wrong title.)
  

The FIRST International Film Festival released a trailer promoting the debut screening of an anthology of short films a few days ago (21st June). This anthology of short films, titled 对立面 (literal translation: Opposites), consist of a collection of films from the 15th FIRST Training Camp. The films were first screened at the festival last year but will not be released for public screening till 29th June this month.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Madame Figaro April 2022 - #TongYao #童瑶 - Interview Translation

 #心居 #LifeIsALongQuietRiver #微暗之火 #PaleFire

I still don't intend to prioritise interview translations over reviews but this article contains some interesting information on two drama series, with information on 微暗之火 (Pale Fire) being particularly interesting. The production of this drama has been shrouded in mystery and, to my knowledge, up till this point, Tong Yao had not yet officially talked about it except for a few cryptic references on Weibo. This is the main reason why I decided to translate this interview. There is at least one more interview of interest with regards to Pale Fire. I may translate that in the future, if I do, I'll link it on the Page (Click Me).

First, some disclaimers, my Chinese isn't the best and some of what was written in this article have no direct equivalent in English or have nuances that were hard to translate easily so I just did the best I could. I will place a link to a copy of the article in Chinese on this page so that those who can read Chinese can also read the article in the language it was originally written in. (CLICK ME

Also, please note that for ease of reference, I will refer to 微暗之火 as Pale Fire in the article even though I don't think it's the official English title.

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Saturday, June 04, 2022

Stepmother Xu Duoduo - Short Review

#StepmotherXuDuoduo #后妈许多多 #TheBlendedFamily #重组家庭 #TongYao #童瑶 #WangZhifei #王志飞


Stepmother Xu Duoduo aka The Blended Family is a contemporary series that was shot and set in Xiamen, China. The story centres around Xu Duoduo (Tong Yao), a young television drama screenplay writer who meets plastic surgeon Wen Shuping (Wang Zhifei) in a series of amusing encounters before eventually falling in love and marrying the much older man.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Life Is A Long Quiet River #心居 - long commentary

#LifeIsALongQuietRiver #TongYao #童瑶 #HaiQing #海清 #ZhangSongwen #张颂文 #FengShaofeng #冯绍峰 #JieBing #节冰 #SunAnke #孙安可 #DongQing #董晴 #LuSiyu #陆思宇 #TengHuatao #滕华涛

A COMMENTARY WITH MAJOR SPOILERS (read at your own risk)

(Note: Some of the paragraphs in the first section have portions that are similar to the Spoiler-Free Short Review of the series because they both serve as a synopsis for the series.)

Life is a Long Quiet River (henceforth abbrev as LLQR) is a contemporary series set in Shanghai in the Autumn of 2017. The series is centred around two protagonists played superbly by Tong Yao and Hai Qing, They play a pair of sisters-in-law who are superficially cordial but who actually dislike and mistrust each other privately. At the beginning of the series, the pair will clash over money and the buying of property. This will result in a tragic event which will drive the two of them further apart.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Life Is A Long Quiet River #心居 - short review

#TongYao #童瑶 #HaiQing #海清 #ZhangSongwen #张颂文 #FengShaofeng #冯绍峰 #JieBing #节冰 #SunAnke #孙安可 #DongQing #董晴 #LuSiyu #陆思宇 #TengHuatao #滕华涛


A SHORT SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Life is a Long Quiet River is a contemporary series set in Shanghai in the Autumn of 2017. The series is centred around two protagonists played superbly by Tong Yao and Hai Qing, They play a pair of sisters-in-law who are superficially cordial but who actually dislike and mistrust each other privately.


Tong Yao plays Gu Qingyu, a very successful executive in a multinational investment bank. She owns her own apartment and pretty much everything she wears is from luxury brands like Giorgio Armani, Dior, Chanel etc just to name a few and she looks effortlessly elegant in them. (Aside: Tong Yao looks stunning in this series.) She's independent, forthright, practical and rational but can also be dispassionate, acerbic and sarcastic.