Wu Yifan, the Twist for the Rookie

Wu Yifan, the Twist for the Rookie

Well, hello again, it’s been while since my last post in here. All this while I don’t feel to write anything but here I am right now, ’cause twitter seems can’t handle my opinion anymore,  well so I guess I’ll start to write again.

There many things happened during this span of time and to be quite honest, I don’t know where do I have to start. So I picked up the most recent issue going on in my twitter which I have many pro and contra, well, it’s no other than my bias, Wu Yifan.

So, the recent issues were all about movie posters and Harper Bazaar photoshoot.

Why those two became issues? Trust me, I don’t know either because I don’t see much problem in there especially for Bazaar photoshoot.

Well, let’s get started with the movie poster.

Some fans upset with the poster for many reasons and here I show you several posters and official casts photoshoot they released those far

The two photos released shortly after the official announcement of Somewhere Only We Know production and the two didn’t drew any bad comments yet and fans begin to wonder what kind of story of the movie be like since in China, movie or drama production always kept under the wrap. There so little things about the storyline or anything about the movie that revealed to public.

New posters been released again and it was nothing ‘cause it still consistent with the previous two or the other promotional photo that officially released, there alwas four of the casts.

However the talk begin when the first movie clip released, in the 30 second video, there only Yifan and Likun couple and Gordon Alexander and Jinglei couple, the other two, ChangZhao and Yizha all of sudden vanished from the sight.

First teaser

Second teasers

The questions begin, from, where did Changzhao and Yizha dissapeared? And did Grdon Alexander and Jinglei couple did so much in the movie? Or, what kind the storile of this movie exactly? But many comments and opinion were over promoted of Yifan and Likun couple (I don’t like to say but I think the opinion is true).

The arguments went on as the new posters came out

The posters only consist by two couples and from here Changzhao and Yizha were definately out of sight. And so, when the official teasers came out, all the clip was all about Yifan, Likun, Jinglei and Gordon Alexander.

Even me, I was fooled by the storyline before. All this time I was thinking that the main story would revolved around Yifan, Likun, Changzhao and Yizha. But I guess, I surprised by the — abrupt — change of the promotional photos and posters.

All the more when the cinema version poster came out, all the bad comments toward the director rising once again. Some of fans accused her to use Yifan for promoting the movie, as if there only her and Yifan.

For me personally, from the photos that released earlier (where there always four casts in it) and the official posters, I think it was inconsistent from the SOWK team. I know, the whole storyline only the team themselves so all they can do whatever they want for the posters or teaser clips. My point is, if there four from the start then ideally will still four in the end because movie is not like the real life where none of us can’t handle the future. In the real life is still possible we begin with four and end up with three or two, but hey, this is movie, there a director, a script-writer and whole team to control where the story will going and how it will ended.

If you asking me I like this final poster or not, well, I don’t like it. My reason why I don’t like the poster is, SOWK can hired a better graphic designer. I don’t care about how many of them in it (though I still rooted five or six of them on one frame) or how huge Xu Jinglei face will be, the only one that intriguing me is the design. They should do much more better than this.

From the poster, the storyline seems ambigous. Especially the one where Xu Jinglei, Yifan and Likun on one frame, people can suspect that Yifan was involved in love triangle where the fact is not.

Another issue was, Bazaar photoshoot. And this issue is the most ridiculous things I ever heard. Some upset about Jinglei see-through blouse and saying Yifan shouldn’t do such kind of photoshoot. Other upset and questioned, why did Jinglei even follow Yifan to appear in the cover, why didn’t she leave Yifan alone on the cover?

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Well, for the first issue about Jinglie’s see-through blouse, I don’t have problem with it so, I let you to judge it by yourself. If anything, I like the photoshoot, Jinglei can pulled of her sexy look with someone much younger than her and most of all, she didnt need to reveal her skin.

The second issue, I’m not Bazaar editor so I don’t know the motif, why they took the couple for their cover. FYI, I’d been a editor so quite sometimes and even if it’s not magazine, but I know how they work. I don’t think it was Jinglei’s request to appear in the cover with Yifan. It must the editor of the magazine (in this case is Harper Bazaar) itself.

Honestly I, myself, I don’t see any problem with them being the cover. I don’t know if there many mind that.

Lastly, there one opinion thar drew me to write more in here. Last night, I came acrross with the funny opinion to me. It said, to those who obligated to be thankful to Jinglei with all her decisions and everything is insult Yifan because surely even without Jinglei, Yifan still can do so much.

I’m agree with that but also I’m disagree.

I’m agree that we should thankful to Jinglei to give Yifan so much — great and rare — opportunity he was dearly wished for. To me, SOWK is like Yifan’s experiment project. Why? He’s rookie (and please not that he was never been in acting before unless for his group MV or CFs) but he took lead cast for a movie, secondly, have you ever heard an amateur up for the big chance of being songwriter and even producer for the movie OST?

I’m sorry to called Yifan as an amateur because for me he is. Sure he worked in musical field before but please notice that he was a performer, he only sung — well, he was a rapper before — the song the team given to him, he didn’t write or produce or anything, all he did was sung the song according the score, nothing else.

If I was Jinglei, SOWK is my movie, why I do trust an amateur to do the soundtrack where obviously I can find the better musician to do it because let’s face it, music is doing big thing in the movie too? The answer is either Yifan request to her to do the OST and she sees the potential in this rookie, so she trust him.

If you argue, but Jinglei was still supervising the MV.

Let make this clear, MV and music is DIFFERENT I don’t think Jinglei has something to do with There is a Place because there only mentioned Yifan and Bingyang.

But again, just because I’m thankful to her doesn’t mean I agree with all her policy, I have some dissagreement toward her since the beginning of the SWOK promotional, but at that time, fans accused me as Yifan antis and now when I’m already move to think something else, fans starting to protest to her with the same reason I did before. It’s so funny to me.

And, I’m still believe that even without Jinglei, Yifan can do so much, of course he can because he is Wu Yifan. He can do everything he can and wants. But unfortunately, it was the woman named Xu Jinglei who took him under her wings for his first project, so, you liek it or not, Jinglei, SOWK and There is a Place playing huge role in Yifan’s future career as solo artist AND it was normal that you should be thankful to her, because I think, Yifan personally also thankful to her.

Actually, the relation between Yifan and Jinglei is mutual benefit, Yifan need the chance and room to explore himself and Jinglei need his popularity and fans to give her movie so much love and attentions. This is win win situation for both parties.

If you can’t see her as someone who give great chance to your idol and I don’t think you can appreciated someone who help you in real life either.

Well, it’s enough I think, I need to stop writing before I can’t stop myself. LOL

I welcome opinion from you all as long as we can discuss and talk with chill head and appropriate language ^^

See you next time

Photo by various weibo outlets

Video by galaxy fanfan

Written and posted bt Tara Lee

Luhan, a Glimpse of Him

Luhan, a Glimpse of Him

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It’s been weeks since his lawsuit towards SM-Entertainment and finally, press caught the glimpse of him yesterday 2014, October 22nd.
Caption from 新浪音乐 said, around 22 PM, Luhan appeared on Wangjing coffee shop (apperantly it was Starbuck). He was wearing T-shirt that day denim sneakers. He was leaned on the desk for few second (to order his drink),   looked in good mood, very casual, but he did not intend to stay in the store, just take away a cup of drink on speed away on once he had done to the front passagers seat car
He looked way healthier since the last time his appearance in The Lost Planet in Beijing. I hope he’ll be more and more healthy to face his new path.
Another news is his first movie, Miss Granny (Back to 20) will hold the press-conference in 11 days or October 3rd, unfortunately still there no announcement about his presence or not.
Another Update from Back to 20 Weibo
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Tara Lee, Music and I

Tara Lee, Music and I

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photo by linkin park

It’s been while since my last post in here.

Well, I’ve been busy with my book project that I’ve never imagine before that solely being writer is busy enough for me keep in touch with my fan girl’s life before. I still around CNBOICE though, but since my translators also decrease gradually, the fan site is also not as active as before. That sad to admit but well, even admin has life and work to life LOL

There some change for my self too and if you guys notice, in my last few posts in here is about EXO and Wu Yifan, did I switch fandom?

No, I’m not, I’m still Boice.

It just that, CNBLUE’s music recently changes their direction which was nae style aniya if Kris said.

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photo by cnblue japan

photo by cnblue japan

Then is EXO my style? Not either, just new things to distract me.
The frequent questions to me recently are, why I keep on complaining about CNBLUE — be it music, appearance, drama or crazy schedules (well for schedules I complaining for EXO too — especially M) — but shut my mouth about EXO?

The answer is easy.

CNBLUE and EXO are different. That’s all.
From the start CNBLUE being prepared to be band, to be musician while EXO being prepared to be entertainer, performer that is why I have never complain about their appearance or outfit they wear on or off stage (I even love EXO when they’re wearing suit like Growl era ^^ but sorry for CNBLUE Can’t Stop :|)

Then what about Mayday, L~arc~an ciel?

L~arc~an ciel is visual kei band and even if Mayday is not either, but from the start they have that style which is hard to justice. Meanwhile, CNBLUE is not in between. Their Japanese style was cool before but recently is not my style, sorry.

And speaking of CNBLUE, maybe there question why I didn’t say much about Go Your Way and Wave. Yes, as expected, the only two songs I fancy about, Control and Paradise and if you listen to them you will know why I like those songs. I won’t say much ‘cause there nothing new to say.

I’m still waiting for Yonghwa and Jonghyun to back on their track and giving me wonderful excitement just like they did for Come On single. Up until now I still remember how excited I was when the teaser was out and even stay up till morning just to wait for the PV released.

Oh and my promised I made is still on.

If CNBLUE release a full-length album and 75% song go with Come On and Get Away’s style, I’ll buy the entire versions and go to their tour, all tour.

I don’t know if they do that in the future though.

Actually my most problem with CNBLUE is not with their music, but more, I don’t like they being follower, I like them as trendsetter. Just like they did before as new leader of new Korean music, unlike what they did recently.

If you ask me what band that never fails me, my answer is only one. LINKIN PARK!!! From the beginning until now, all they do to create new trend without losing their original sound as LP even though every member have side project.

Can CNBLUE follow or even to better than them?

Enough for CNBLUE and now let’s talk about my baby, yes, he is, Fanfan hahaha

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left to right, Sam Ku, Kris Wu, Kevin Wu photo by Kevshin7

There lot of things to talk about him but I prefer to talk about what happen yesterday when I almost shrieking upon seeing the picture on Instagram.

At that time, there no confirmation it was Fanfan or not but, BUT not me if I can’t recognize him from the back, I know it was him then Kevin confirmed it.

It was like heaven for me. It was simple, but meaningful.

I almost can imagine what kind of music they’re working on right now.

If you ask whether their music is my style, my answer is still no, but why I keep rooting to them? Simple, the same reason with CNBLUE why I like their Japanese song more than Korean. Although I can’t deny their Korean songs were cool, perfect in many ways, but sorry. I’m not.

I’m not racist

But for me, being musician it means you work on your own music with all you heart and might, that is why self composed song is very demanding to me. For me, I better listen to underrated song but self-composed rather than high rated and popular but it was another composer’s work.

Ever since I listen to lullaby, I keep hoping that one day, Fanfan will have their own music and collaborate with Kevin (which is now happening). I don’t know if they will collaborate in a song or just being producer, but either way, they will produce a music that help Fanfan out of his box he’s been inside for 9 years.

High hope for their work!!!

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[STARCAST] 2014. Lee Jung Shin’s Dreaming Picture Story

[STARCAST] 2014. Lee Jung Shin’s Dreaming Picture Story

Hello. This is Lee Jung Shin from CNBLUE.
When I was a student, I dreamed of becoming a photographer along with becoming a singer. Since New Year 2014 is here, I am feeling joy as I started taking pictures again as my hobby. I am curious about what kind of dreams and plans everyone has in 2014.

For few years after making a debut as CNBLUE in 2010, I was getting used to getting pictures taken rather than taking pictures, but I suddenly remembered the dream when I was a kid and decided ‘Let’s try taking pictures~’. With curiosity, I read this and that and also searched and I came to remember the time one by one of studying photography by myself and also the good memories of my childhood and I am getting happy.

A month ago in January 2014, I went to North, Central and Latin America with CNBLUE members as part of the world tour. In America, other than the performance schedules, shooting for the album cover to make a comeback in Korea that will be released soon (will be released on 24th, next week!) was also expected to take place throughout the regions of New York so it was a bit tight schedule. It was a tight schedule but I decided to contain in my camera this special travel story.

I diligently carried the camera and took pictures of things I want to take pictures of and had a fun time. I would like to share with everyone what I saw, felt and what I want to talk about. So I have prepared.

On the day of performing in New York, I usually do not go to bed early and do not get up early but maybe because it is due to jet lag, I was able to wake up in the early morning. I took the camera and just walked out the door. On this day, it really snowed a lot but the streets of New York was crowded with lots of people. I got a feeling that everyone was busy living their lives in different ways. There is a person who waits for the traffic light, a person who is looking for some place in a complicated street and there are people who are moving as if they are heading to the place they always go to… I felt that there are really various people.

bunnystarcastbunnystarcast1bunnystarcast2I have caught those very moments in the camera.
To me, the first impression of a city called New York is either cold or not familiar yet… It gave me that kind of feeling.
However, a cold dawn passed and the sun rises and I got more excited as the performance in New York is coming up.

bunnystarcast3I also caught on the camera New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, the place where we shot the album cover of our new album ‘Can’t stop’.
I always carried the camera just in case while taking pictures of the album cover and I am glad I did that since a good picture came out. It was a very freezing weather that is below zero but when I saw Brooklyn Bridge, it was a day after meeting with fans in New York, who greeted us, so I remember at least my mind being very warm.

 

Fortunately to me, there are always excellent models. I come to think about old times a lot when I take pictures of the members, and it also feels like taking pictures of people is becoming much more fun.

bunnystarcast13bunnystarcast14bunnystarcast4bunnystarcast5After performances in New York and LA, we went to Latin America. Right here is Peru, which we visit for the first time1
Peru feels a lot different from New York.

bunnystarcast6In Peru, the performance hall was outdoors. So there were lots of things to take pictures of. I have taken a picture of Yong Hwa, an excellent model who makes best poses when I am holding the camera. It is a picture that I took at the back of the waiting room after the rehearsal for the performance in Peru is over, and it is always fun taking pictures of the leader of CNBLUE who is also the oldest member. He automatically makes poses and he sometimes takes a picture of me also.

 

There are so many fans lined up behind Yong Hwa and can everyone see them?
No doubt… This is Yong Hwa, who can easily make poses that can sometimes look awkward.

bunnystarcast7The fact that people from this far away know CNBLUE and passionately supports our concert was rather cool and an honor. I felt that lots of people love CNBLUE while doing the world tour so I was happy and at the same time, the sense of responsibility got bigger.

bunnystarcast15This is guitarist from CNBLUE, Jong Hyun. It is him going around the performance hall before the rehearsal. This person… He is relatively picky when taking pictures. It is hard to find him standing still.. He is a picky model but Jong Hyun, he really is white.. Yes.. He looks like mayonnaise.

bunnystarcast8Next up.
This is Min Hyuk, the drummer from CNBLUE, in the middle of the rehearsal. The truth is, out of all the pictures in my camera, I have least of Min Hyuk… I don’t know the reason why. However, when I looked with the perspective of someone who takes pictures, Min Hyuk was really chic… Why would Min Hyuk through the lens become chic..?

bunnystarcast16bunnystarcast9The last but not least of this world tour, Chile!
The day before the concert, we went to different places for SBS comeback show that will be aired on March 2nd (make it as an excuse). We met a kid in a restaurant. I have taken a picture of a kid, who was really naïve, in the camera. I thought that this kid will match well with the song ‘Children’s Song’, the song that is listed in the album Can’t Stop.

 

Also, throughout the regions in Chile, we could see either graffiti or fancy decorations easily, and it is said that it also contains the meaning of trying to fight off evil spirits.

bunnystarcast17The weather of Chile back then was Korea’s summer and I had a special feeling as I was able to feel the summer weather in winter. I guess this is the reason for travelling to countries that has warm weather in winter, right?

 

Just like you see in the picture, everyone has joyful steps~

bunnystarcast10When we were passing by, there happened to be kids under the shade~ We love kids very much, and Yong Hwa is saying hi…

bunnystarcast11We also went to a wine farm for the after-party after the concert is over. Maybe because the entire performance is over, everyone looked really relaxed.bunnystarcast12There is me taking pictures and I see Min Hyuk, who is looking at me(?) from far away~
When I looked at the members through the lens and took the pictures myself, I was able to feel once again that ‘everyone is becoming mature and are really turning into men’. It is 5th year since making the debut as of this year, and I think I will be happy if I can be together with the members for a long time and hold the pictures of them in my camera. There are more pictures but sadly, this is it for now~
There are lots of parts in which I lack but I hope everyone look at it in a positive way. I hope to keep enjoying taking pictures and share it with everyone from now on to the future~

 

Thank you for watching until the end and please show lots of support toward CNBLUE Can’t Stop that will be released on February 24th.

Thank you.

 

 

Written by/pictures : Lee Jung Shin (CNBLUE) via Starnaver

Reposted by Tara Lee @ bpb decoded/cnboice