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Thursday, May 27th, 2010
5:49 pm - "THE WHITE COUNTESS" (2005) Photo Gallery

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"THE WHITE COUNTESS" (2005) Photo Gallery

Here is a PHOTO GALLERY featuring images from the 2005 Merchant-Ivory film, "THE WHITE COUNTESS". The movie starred Ralph Finnes and Natasha Richardson.

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Sunday, April 18th, 2010
2:13 pm - Shanghai Jazz Revival
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In the colourful cabarets and sepia-lit dance halls of Old Shanghai, Jazz music set the background score to a fleshy world of mobsters, adventurers, and sing-song girls. Old Shanghai was the uncontested Jazz capital of Asia, where musicians from the World over tested their musical mettle nightly to the delight of enthusiastic audiences.

In 1935, Du Yu Sheng, the notorious overlord of Shanghai's ominous "Green Gang" ordered into creation the first all-Chinese jazz group, called "The Clear Wind Dance Band", to perform at the Yangtze River Hotel Dance Hall. Critics called this music ‘pornographic,’ but the band played on just the same.

The wheels of time brought Shanghai's heady heyday to an end as the once-bustling nightclubs were boarded up or converted into Communist factory buildings, and Jazz music was outlawed as an 'indecent' form of entertainment...Until Now.

"Shanghai Jazz: Musical Seductions from China's Age of Decadence" features classics like “De Bu Dao De Ai Qing” (The Love you Can’t Get), delivered through the titillating gravel-voice of ‘Ginger’ Zheng ZhiXiao. Things get jumping with tunes like the riotous “Wo Yao Ni De Ai” (I Want Your Love)—charged with life and humor by the confidently flamboyant ‘Coco’ Zhao Ke, and closes with a bittersweet version of “Qing Ren de Yan Lei” (Lovers Tears) sung with heart-wrenching compassion by ‘Carrie’ Zhang Le.

In total “Shanghai Jazz” contains contributions from a cast of more than twenty talented young Chinese musicians, the leaders of an exciting jazz revival amidst the dramatic social and economic reform of the New Shanghai.


John Huie

http://www.shjazz.com/

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Sunday, April 11th, 2010
4:26 pm - to break the silence
_eka_ Gong Li sings Bai Kwong's "The Pretender" in "Shanghai Triad" movie.

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
5:20 pm - "THE MUMMY: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" Review

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"THE MUMMY: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" Review

Here is my REVIEW of the new movie, "THE MUMMY: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor". Set in 1946-47 China, this movie stars Brendan Fraser and Maria Bello.

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Friday, July 4th, 2008
10:27 pm - Shanghai Vice, "The Paris of the East" in New York 7/5

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Shanghai Vice Flyer

Tomorrow, July 5th, Dances of Vice returns to the venerable Montauk Club (25 Eighth Ave, Brooklyn) - for an evening of pleasure and decadence inspired by the Orientalism craze of the early 20th century - featuring live music from 1920-30s Old Shanghai, burlesuque, tap-dancing, bellydancing, and more!

At the time, Shanghai was revered as the "Paris of the East", but was also known as the "Whore of Asia". Which are you coming for at "Shanghai Vice"?

See the full line-up and artists biographies HERE.

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
9:12 am - Gambling and prostitution in French Concession
agent_marge Hi,
Does anyone know, were gambling and prostitution prohibited in French Concession in 1920s?

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
4:59 pm - Help: Book recommendations needed

failing_angel
I appreciate that this is perhaps a tad left of field, but I'm considering working on a CoC game that may well involve 1920/30s Shanghai.

Does anyone know of any sourcebooks &/or non-fiction books about Shanghai, from the late c19th to about the 1930s, that they would recommend? In addition, is there anything similar to be recommended for China itself?

Ideally I'm looking for something to provide an overview of the period and politics, the people and provide a basic overview. Whilst I don't mind whalloping great text-books, I would rather something a bit more digestible, perhaps akin to Caleb Carr's 'The Devil Soldier'.

Many thanks,

current mood: hopeful

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
5:11 pm - Request: Shiao Yun/Shen Qi ~ Liang Xiao and a mystery song.

_xela_
Someone here posted a couple of songs once (this is a couple of years ago now, but I remain optimistic), one was a lullaby and one was an erhu instrumental. I would love to hear both, but the only one I have any information on was called Shiao Yun/Shen Qi ~ Liang Xiao. If anyone here could point me in the direction of the songs, or even post them for me I would really appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

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