Category Archives: CULTURE



No body could resist a great love film especially women, here I want to share with you some of the chinese love films I like, most of them set around world war two era and of cause,  I got to mainly talk about the gorgeous chinese traditional dress Cheongsam worn by those sexy female characters.

The world of Suzie Wong 1961

Robert Lomax tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting. Finding a cheap hotel he checks in, only to find it’s used by prostitutes and their ‘dates’ who meet in the bar downstairs. Since he never picks up any of ladies, they all want to know more about him. Eventually he does hire one to model for him, but soon falls in love. But, since he’s on a limited budget, he can’t afford her exclusively, but doesn’t want to ‘share’ her.

Director: Richard QuineWriters: Paul Osborn (adaptation), Richard Mason (novel), and 1 more creditStars: William HoldenNancy Kwan and Sylvia Syms
The world of Suzie Wong 1961
The world of Suzie Wong 1961

In the mood for love 2000

A man and a woman move in to neighboring Hong Kong apartments and form a bond when they both suspect their spouses of extra-marital activities.Director: Kar Wai WongWriter: Kar Wai WongStars: Tony Leung Chiu WaiMaggie Cheung and Ping Lam Siu


In the mood for love 2000
In the mood for love 2000

2046 2004

He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention… recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.

Director: Kar Wai WongWriter: Kar Wai Wong(screenplay)Stars: Tony Leung Chiu WaiZiyi Zhang and Faye Wong
2046 2004
2046 2004

lust caution 2007

An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.Director: Ang LeeWriters:Eileen Chang (story), James Schamus(scree)Stars: Tony Leung Chiu WaiWei Tang and Joan Chen
lust caution 2007
lust caution 2007

The flowers of the war 2011

A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan’s rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.Director: Yimou ZhangWriters: Heng Liu (screenplay),Geling Yan(novel)Stars: Christian BaleNi Ni and Xinyi Zhang
The flowers of the war 2011
The flowers of the war 2011

Because of my great love for the dress, it make me feel a little disappointed that all those films with their actress adorned in the gorgeous cheongsam needing to have a troubled personal life who are very provocative but helpless. I am not judging a particular career at all since people meant to live their lives in different ways and we can not fit ourself in others shoes to know exactly how it feel to be anybody, why it is wrong to be somebody.  What I try to say is, that,

I would love to see the cheongsam which associated with the chinese identity  to refer to a wider range of female characters in the future chinese film, since exotic is not the only attribute of the dress, it could represent a successful woman with its no-fuss clean cut style, an independent woman who chosen what she want to do and doing what she love with its high collar, confident bold pattern having a sense of pride and prejudice, she could be a writer, a great pianist, a single mum or,,, ( ok,,, I need to stop my daydreaming right here.)

Films, media and celebrity culture are playing such an important role to influence peoples perceptions. I wish that for people not from China, interested in its rich culture could have a comprehensive view over this great traditional dress also the chinese women.


Chinese qipao cheongsam dress exhibition @Hong Kong Museum of History

Chinese qipao cheongsam dress exhibition – “The Evergreen Classic: Transformation of the Qipao” was held at Hong Kong Museum of History. Over 270 piece of delicated cheongsam dresses were exhibited.

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Anne Hathaway & Cheongsam

Anne Hathaway won the best supporting actress of 2013 Golden Globe Awards for “Les Miserable”. Since her performance in “The Princess Diaries”, Anne’s acting career has been blessed. From “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, “Becoming Jane” to now “Les Miserable”. Among many of her works, Anne once wore a blue cheongsam in “One Day”. Let’s get some hints from the stills from the movie on how to match colors for a blue cheongsam.

still from “One Day” – Anne Hathaway in a Chinese silk cheongsam
still from “One Day” – Anne Hathaway in a Chinese silk cheongsam

The movie was based on a best selling novel by British novelist David Nicholls. On the Sept. 15th, 1988, a college campus filled with the excitements of graduates. Dexter (by Jim Sturgess), a frivolous young man walked crowds, he was seeking for a girl that would spend a romantic night with him. He soon get in a conversation with Emma (by Anne Hathaway), a bright girl from a mid-class family. After a short talk, nothing happened, but that night changed their lives.

still from “One Day” – Anne Hathaway in a blue cheongsam
still from “One Day” – Anne Hathaway in a blue cheongsam

After separation, they kept meeting with each other as close friends once a year. They share the stories of each other, bitter or sweet. Dexter experiences the highs and lows in his careers and marriage, Emma goes through the hardship of low-class life. Even when they’re apart, their souls connects. It was a love that was so certain yet so distant…

still from “One Day” – Anne Hathaway in a Chinese blue cheongsam and a pair of light pink heels
still from “One Day” – Anne Hathaway in a Chinese blue cheongsam and a pair of light pink heels

In the movie Anne’s mid-length dark brown hair goes perfect with the silk blue cheongsam. And the costume designer matched the blue cheongsam with a pair of light pink heels, makes Emma looked simple but elegant, quiet and in good taste.

If you are happened to own a blue cheongsam dress a pair of light pink or wheat color heels or platform would be a smart choice to go with.

Girl Band in Mini Cheongsam – Musou

Whenever they get on stage in their iconic mini cheongsam, audience would go crazy. The well-known Taiwanese girl band Musou Band was inspired by Twelve Girls Band from mainland China who achieved great success in Japan. The leader of Musou said that they never though that they would achieve so much, now there are at least 30 bands who are copying them.”

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Team members of Musou Band in their iconic mini cheongsam


Founded by the end of 2008, “Musou Band” is the first Chinese folk music girl band in Taiwan. 40 members were chosen from Chinese folk music major students from major Taiwanese universities. And they are still recruiting new members annually.

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5th generation Musou Band

In fact, the current members of “Musou Band” are the fifth generation. Each performance, there will be at least 3 to sometimes over 20 members to get on stage. Since several members are college students, the band has to get back up members.

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In order to fit in mini cheongsam, members are in perfect body ratio

To make sure members can fit in challenging mini cheongsam, recruitment are somewhat strict with candidates, “they don’t have to be very tall, in fact, the average height of the team was about 165cm (5.4 ft), but you have to be in good body ratio, or longer legs.” said the team leader.

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Members of Musou Band at a commercial performance

Except for professional stage training, new members would have be trained with their postures. Professions will teach them how to talk, walk and perform in a elegant manner when they are in those mandarin mini cheongsam.


During their spare times, members of the band would be working in a coffee house near Ren Ai Park in New Taipei City. Many fans would come for the band.

“We spend most of our time in the coffee house. And we work as shifts, when some members are performing, others would be working as waitresses, we make coffee, cakes, and help serving customers.”

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Musou Band Performing in Manila, Philippine

The leader said that, although the location is not ideal, but the money is not the most important thing. With the coffee house, members get to excise, and it is also part of the marketing for the band. Many fans know about the coffee house, it help members and fans interact, and that they felt supported by their fans. And fans can get peripheral products from the coffee house.


Letters from a Cheongsam Dress Woman – Music Recommendation

“A Letter from an Unknown Woman” is a movie directed by Xu Jing-Lei. A cheongsam dress costume movie based on a novella “Brief einer Unbekannten” by Stefan Zweig. Published in 1922.

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Poster of the cheongsam dress costume movie “A Letter from an Unknown Woman”


The soundtrack of the movie was by a new age composer Lin Hai. Music critics call Lin Hai, the most noted pianist both in China and Taiwan, a genius with an eastern right hand and a western left hand. The music he composed for the cheongsam dress costume movie perfectly suits the movie, greatly boosted the lingering taste of the beauty of the cheongsam dressed women of that particular age of China:


1948, winter, an author (by Jiang Wen) received a long letter on his birthday. The letter was written by a woman (by Xu Jing-Lei) on her deathbed. It was about her love for him for nearly 20 years that he didn’t know.

18 years ago, a 13-year-old girl felt in love with the author next door, although the girl moved out of the neighborhood, her fondness for the author did not go away. As the girl grew up into a student, she moved back to the old house, and she had an affair with the author as she wished. But the author had no idea who she was. And one day the author left for some business, and the girl heard nothing from him since then. She gave birth to a baby alone in desperate. In order to feed her baby, the girl became a cheap woman who would attach to men for money. Years after that, she finally got a chance to met the author she loves again, the author still did not recognize her…

A gallery of the cheongsam dress costume movie: