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2013/02/02

Shanghai Restoration Project - Pictures in Motion MEDLEY

-Great beat... 

Official Web Site:http://www.shanghairestorationproject.com/picturesinmotion.html
Video by NeochaEDGE: http://edge.neocha.com/agency
Cover by Sun Yunfan: http://sunyunfan.com/
Mastered by Nathan James: http://www.vaultmastering.com/

Movies featured:

Uproar in Heaven - 大闹天宫 (1964)
Diary of the Homecoming - 还乡日记 (1947)
The Highway - 大路 (1934)
Dream of the Red Mansions - 红楼梦 (1944)
Greedy Neighbors - 恶邻 (1933)
Song at Midnight - 夜半歌聲 (1937)
Spring in a Small Town - 小城之春 (1948)
Princess Iron Fan - 铁扇公主 (1941)
Queen of Sports - 体育皇后 (1934)
The Conceited General - 骄傲的将军 (1956)
The Goddess - 神女 (1934)

In the early 1900s, Hollywood was enamored with Shanghai. Cinema legends ranging from Charlie Chaplin (Shanghaied 1915) to Alfred Hitchcock (East of Shanghai 1932) to Orson Welles (Lady from Shanghai 1948) all found themselves inspired by the cosmopolitan Chinese city at some point during this period. In 1932, Josef von Sternberg's Shanghai Express even made its way to the Oscar stage, winning the award for Best Cinematography. Despite this industry-wide fascination with Shanghai, many Western filmmakers still viewed the city through a narrow exoticed lens. In fact, the city itself hardly appeared in any of the films while cultural differences between the East and West were often grossly exaggerated on Hollywood sound stages.

To catch a more authentic glimpse of Shanghai during this time, one should turn to the Chinese films of this era, many of which remain popular to this day. Entertaining classics of all genres were created including the slapstick comedy Diary of the Homecoming (1947), the action packed Greedy Neighbors (1933), the romantic dilemma Spring in a Small Town (1948), the costume drama Dream of the Red Mansions (1944), and the horror flick Song at Midnight (1937). On the animated front, cartoons such as Princess Iron Fan (1941), The Conceited General (1956), and Uproar in Heaven (1964) captured audiences of all ages with their beautiful imagery and slightly subversive content.

Pictures in Motion, the latest album from the electronic group The Shanghai Restoration Project, pays tribute to these classic films with a collection of twelve mostly original compositions, each inspired by a different movie from the era. Primarily instrumental, the tracks reflect the mood and themes of each film (sometimes light-hearted and fun, sometimes majestic and uplifting, other times dark and brooding). The last song on the album, a remake of the classic "The Wandering Songstress" from the famous film Street Angel (1937), features renowned Shanghainese jazz vocalist Zhang Le.
http://youtu.be/6Pk5nTydG98

2013/02/01

Stephen Chow's Newest New Year Epic: Journey to the West - Conquering the Demons

-WTF???  Where's Song Wu Kong?

The misadventures of a Buddhist monk as he makes a pilgrimage from China to India.
http://youtu.be/sh3m_WJJkmA



After a year of keeping quiet to the general public on Journey to the West (西游•降魔篇), director/writer/producer Stephen Chow finally unveiled the first concept teaser for his fantasy comedy in a press conference held in China recently.

Chow said he no longer plays a major role in this film and focused more on the directing aspect of the production. Chow remained tight-lipped on the plot but revealed there is a love story, and his special brand of humour is presented as with all his previous films. The production company Huayi Brothers plans to create the most spectacular domestic special effects film in China that is on-par with Hollywood blockbuster standards.

Even though shooting was finished since early of last year, there was a long period of post-production at Macrograph that was required to complete a large proportion of the computer special effects involving creatures, magic and supernatural elements. The concept teaser shown to the press is still an incomplete work-in-process and doesn't necessary reflect a finished version. A sequel to continue the ongoing Monkey King saga is definitely in the works, hence the "Journey - Fell Monsters Chapter" in the literal translation of the title.

As mentioned previously, Derek Kwok (Gallants) is the co-director and the cast includes Shu Qi, Bo Huang, Zhang Wen, Show Luo and Chrissie Chow. The theatrical release date is tentatively during the Spring Festival in 2013.
http://youtu.be/EeNUq_grIHw

2013/01/31

Cough Hack Sputter: 1 Man's Mission to Combat Beijing Pollution

-Cough sputter hack is right!
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In a city with toxic crazy bad air,
How does an artist cope?

Find out how Matt Hope uses his mechanical engineering background to combat pollution.

COOL SPARKS is a web series by Xiao Li Tan & O Zhang.
Its goal is to profile cool people doing inspiring work.

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Produced, Directed and Filmed by Xiao Li Tan & O Zhang
Edited by Xiao Li Tan
Graphics by O Zhang
Associate Producer: Brian Ho
http://youtu.be/p9VEj-cmb6w

2013/01/30

All about Zhu Ruifeng the guy who got Lei Zhengfu thrown out of the party for Sex Tapes!

-More power to you!


FEBRUARY 3, 2013By Jonah M. Kessel and Andrew Jacobs
Zhu Ruifeng is a citizen reporter on a mission to expose corruption in China. But his passion for truth has cost him his marriage, and possibly more.

A former migrant worker with a high school education, Mr. Zhu has become an overnight celebrity in China in the two months since he posted online secretly recorded video of an 18-year-old woman having sex with a memorably unattractive 57-year-old official from the southwestern municipality of Chongqing. The official lost his job. Mr. Zhu gained a million or so new microblog followers.
Little background information...

They show images DANGER!
"Last Friday, city official Lei Zhengfu was removed from his post as district party secretary in China after a five-year-old sex tape was leaked by a journalist. But now, Zhu Ruifeng said the girl in the video was offered as a bribe and claims he has tapes of similar nature of other city officials.

The sex tape of Lei Zhengfu and an 18-year-old woman who was not identified went viral last month despite being filmed five years prior in what The Associated Press called an "apparent extortion attempt." The tape was uploaded by Beijing-based former journalist Zhu Ruifeng on Nov. 20, subsequently going viral on the internet.

hu Ruifeng told The Associated Press that he received the tape from an anonymous source inside the Chongqing Public Security Bureau. He also said the woman was hired by a construction company to sleep with Lei Zhengfu in exchange for construction contracts and to extort business.

He added Lei Zhengfu reported the extortion to Chongqing officials in 2009, prompting the detainment of the woman for a month and the jailing of a construction boss."*

Cenk Uygur breaks down the Chinese official's sex tape extortion scandal and how the internet and Wikileaks help expose corruption in cases like these. http://youtu.be/S86ZmqWLJeE

2013/01/29

Beijing Pollution: Carbon Trading, Smog Spreading and Canned Air...

-Cough Cough. Hack Sputter Cough... 

As China scrambles to respond to the choking smog that has blanketed Beijing in recent weeks, authorities in several major cities are experimenting with so-called carbon-trading markets. The schemes allow air polluters to buy and sell official permits for their harmful carbon emissions, and create strong incentives to cut these climate-changing pollutants. Carbon trading is the latest effort to get control over run-away greenhouse gases in an economy still hungry for cheap energy. Shannon Van Sant reports from Beijing.
http://youtu.be/x00O0pSszvY



Extreme air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing has prompted authorities to increase the level of health warnings and order the temporary shut down of more than 100 factories.

Authorities urged the city's 20 million people on Wednesday to stay indoors and shut windows, eat a "balanced diet" and drink plenty of water. A third of all government vehicles have also been ordered off the road.

Al Jazeera's weather anchor Steff Gaulter reports on the latest
http://youtu.be/6wLAHoAahpI



Chinese billionaire sells canned air

An eccentric Chinese multimillionaire's latest venture-- selling what smoggy Beijing dearly needs after the past two weeks -- fresh air. On Wednesday Chen Guangbiao and his colleagues took to the streets to give away hundreds of cans of fresh air-- purportedly collected from far-flung and pristine regions of China. Though it may not be the cure for Beijing's ongoing air pollution problem, Chen hopes the stunt will send a message. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) CHINESE BILLIONAIRE CHEN GUANGBIAO SAYING: "I'm selling this clean air to remind everyone to protect our environment. Selling this air, I am using an exaggerated method, a principle, to tell everyone that if we don't start protecting the air in our environment, in ten years our descendants will all be wearing gas masks." Beijing's air quality often registers far into the unhealthy zone, but this month has shocked citizens with the worst ever recorded smog. Chen started his campaign last September. Footage provided by his office shows a truck which sold his cans as it made its way across the country. Footage provided by him shows people holding the cans performing a slow dance and scooping the air inside. Proceeds from selling the cans for five yuan each will be donated to charity.
http://youtu.be/nt8FlHdH7qM

Totally reminds me of SPACEBALLS! and Perri-Air...

http://youtu.be/SiabeNR_q0U

2013/01/28

2 Videos of Massive Sinkhole Swallowing 2 Houses in Guangzhou

-Gotta love sinkholes... 

A sinkhole swallows an entire building complex in China's southern Guangdong province.
http://youtu.be/IMIWq8_Ezjc



A huge hole has swallowed an entire building complex in China's southern Guangdong province.
The buildings collapsed inside the hole which was near the construction site of a new subway line in Guangzhou.
Police moved more than 300 nearby residents and closed the area to traffic.
http://youtu.be/Q_XfI4PH6D8

2013/01/27

Chinese Innovation: Awesome Pen Add-on Translates as you READ!

-Amazing... 


From Mashable



Learning a new language comes with its difficulties, but three designers are looking to put translations right at your fingertips.

The Ivy Guide, a device that fits over pens and pencils, scans words and projects its translation directly onto the document. Check out the video, above, for more.


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