Bravo! So good to see a visual Celebration of the famed Mr Zhao! ;)EA
dear max: but this is in response to your celebration of hao hao I didn't have enough time to put in a better case but when I finally get home this weekend you will see what I mean. X
Dear DGBut this is more than good enough for me already dear. An impressive array!As a matter of fact, I re-posted the last pic where he smiles - so rare! - on my Chinese Weibo, and to a fair amount of fan admiration, too, coming from the Mainlanders themselves. As you may know, many PRC fashionistos/fashionistas have been rather lukewarm about Mr Zhao too...:(EA
Dear EA: This is very interesting. I'm very keen to learn why the fashionista mainlanders have not taken to zhaozhao. I was going to try to explore why I'm obsessed with him (or the way he looks anyway). Someone here has said that he looks like he belongs in a wuxia movie - just give him a sword. I think that more or less sums it up: he looks like the traditional chinese hero. He could be a scholar-prince, a monk-prince, a soldier, a poet. He's like a Jay Chou song. He looks the way a Jay Chou song sounds. Does it make sense?If you don't understand this no one will.X
A Jay Chou song embodied - what a Brilliant analogy! Except that I think he's a bit more on the refined side; but just difference in degrees, not in kind.As to why the Mainland Fashionistos/Fashionistas haven't sufficiently warmed to him: let me qualify by saying that they all seem rather proud of what he has achieved internationally i.e the number of Milan/Paris shows he has walked and editorials for international mags he's done. But there is also a rather strong sense of 'Why him?'. This becomes clear when you place his look next to, say, that of someone like the actor Huang Xiaoming/黃曉明 or the singer/actor Hu Ge/胡歌 (before his tragic car accident); as the latter two are commonly accepted...
...as the paradigm of 'good-looks', by mainstream Mainland standard.Put it this way: if a PRC film company were casting for male actors, Mr Zhao would almost inevitably be, I'm fairly sure, placed into a supporting role, rather than that of the leading man, which would go to someone like Mr Huang...:(EA
Dear EA: But why? That's what I'm interested in. ZZ and Huang Xiaoming are completely different types! In fact the latter is but half ZZ's height surely. HXM has rather a TVB look about him and it never registers that he's from China - i keep thinking of him as being HK. X
Dear DGYes - Height would be a problem, as it would be so hard to find matching actresses within even hailing distances - Ms Chi-ling Lin notwithstanding - of these towering model boys!Or, for that matter, everyone else within the same cast.As for HXM having a 'TVB' look: that's a very good, and very apt, description. That's precisely the kind of looks that will sell among mainstream Chinese marketS, as it transcends geographical boundaries.EA
May I hit it prease?
Dear beauty: And why not? X