Modelos [images are numbered; mouse over or click on pics to get number]
Pics 1-4. Power Zhang Ye/張葉
Photography by Mr Ren Ren/任壬
6. Members of the rising Mainland idol acrobatics duo/偶像級雜技組合, '最終力量'/'Ultimate Power', comprising Messrs Power Zhang & Dong Guanglong/董光龍. Both were army veterans/退伍軍人.
7-9. Eddie Peng Yuyan/彭宇晏
10. Rojam Wang Zhu Xiaoyin/王朱篠寅
11-12. Chen Kun/陳坤
14. Nan Fulong/南伏龍, enjoying a fag break in the background...
15. Zheng Jun/鄭鈞
16. Anja Li Yingqi/李英奇
17. Lin Dan/林丹
18. Zhang Jike/張繼科
25. Zhang Xinzhe [left] & Rock Ji/張信哲 [男模; 左] & 紀煥博
30-31. Victor Chen Hui/陳輝
33. Wang Mei/王魅 [?]
34. Location Lhasa/拉薩 [?]
And the theme song for this post is none other than...
...Mr Emil Wakin Chau/周華健's elegant rendition of the Zhou Xuan/周璇 classic, 《天涯歌女》/Songstress at Sky's Edge'.
This is a rather excellent example of what Thinkcount has been banging on lately: selecting & updating, as an aesthetic strategy, traditional Chinese cultural materials for contemporary, internationally orientated delectation.
The mainly piano- and erhu-based arrangement endows this 1937 hit with a freshness that feels quite today, while at the same time imbuing it with a post-May Fourth Art Song/文藝歌曲 aura.
And by taking on role of the '小妹妹', or little sister, of the song, Mr Chau is but continuing the centuries-old practice of having men play women's parts in Chinese regional operas.
In other words, brilliant eras-blending that gracefully sidesteps the mindless anachronism that so plagues your usual Po-Mo attempts.