This Is the Way of MMA in China
Too busy to get your daily dose of RADII? We got you every Tuesday with a summary of all the freshest takes on China’s youth culture in the last week.
- If you fancy yourself an MMA fan, you’ll need to check out the 2 trailers of ‘Way of the Warrior’ and join our OFFICIAL ONLINE PREMIERE.
- Could open appreciation of same-sex romances on TV be seen as greater acceptance of LGBTQ culture in China today?
- A Berlin-based, North China-born filmmaker examines the two submissions from China that premiered at Berlinale 2022 — Return to Dust and JetLag.
- “(Garlic) is smelly, but people like it. That’s kind of like me.”Cacien is China’s Garlica Princess, whom we can’t help but love!
- HBO's "My Brilliant Friend" is getting a Chinese remake set in 1950s Shanghai.
Intrigued? Keep scrolling, my friend.
UFC Fans Need to See the Trailers for This New MMA Documentary
The two trailers for RADII STUDIOS’ upcoming two-part, MMA-focused mini-documentary Way of the Warrior officially dropped earlier this week and last week, and we’re beyond amped to share this sneak peek with our readers and the broader mixed martial arts community.
Directed by Billy Starman and produced and filmed across China and the US, Way of the Warrior reveals the challenges faced by Chinese fighters pursuing their championship dreams at the highest level of competition in their sport — the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Among the profiled fighters, Qiu Lun comes from a humble family background in Southwest China’s Sichuan province, and — after a stint at the renowned Enbo Fight Club — is now fighting for a shot at competing in the UFC.
Meanwhile, Song Yadong leads the pack as number nine globally in the bantamweight class. The doc follows this fearless challenger as he moves to California to train with UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, the founder of Team Alpha Male.
Also featured in the film is Shi Ming, a student of traditional Chinese medicine who also kicks ass inside the Octagon. Inspired by UFC world champion Zhang Weili, Shi breaks social norms and challenges gender stereotypes in China.
The personalities in Way of the Warrior come from not only across China but from around the world and across the socio-economic spectrum. Their bonds of friendship and commitment to the sport they love highlight a powerful truth: Sports know no boundaries.
“We’re thrilled about the release of this film, one that goes beyond the fabled Octagon battles but also gets to the true heart of what drives these athletes, those who support them, and the trials and tribulations they must endure in their pursuit of glory,” says Executive Producer Brian A. Wong.
Join us at our OFFICIAL ONLINE PREMIERE on 12 April (US)/13 April (China) and be the first in the world to watch this 2-part documentary!
Go behind the scenes with director Billy Starman, producer Brian Wong, UFC SVP Kevin Chang, as well as MMA fighters Shiming and Qiulun, and hear what they have to say about this incredible sport. Click here to sign up.
Think you know all there is to know about home pickling after reading Sandor Katz’s 2012 book The Art of Fermentation? Think again. Fermented vegetables, known as pao cai (泡菜) in Mandarin, have been consumed in China for thousands of years, particularly in Sichuan province in the nation’s Southwest.
Synonymous with damp and overcast weather, Sichuan is famed for its agriculture and robust livestock, fishing, and farming industries. No wonder it’s known as the ‘land of plenty,’ as described in renowned food writer Fuchsia Dunlop’s writings. And with no shortage of edibles, surplus vegetables are preserved to prevent food waste.
Sichuanese locals rely upon ceramic crocks or earthenware pots or jars to make piquant pao cai, which brings a bright and refreshing balance to the region’s fiery cuisine. These low-profile yet ubiquitous receptacles are often sold in hole-in-the-wall stores and street stalls scattered across the province.
Explore the world of Sichuan pickles here.
- Subscribers of Disney+ can expect to stream one of China’s most talked-about TV series of 2022, A Lifelong Journey (人世间), sometime this year.
- Wuxia drama ‘Who Rules the World,’ starring pretty boy actor Yang Yang, is a tale of love, war, and perseverance.
- Fasten your seatbelts: Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands acquires Eden Games to expand crypto racing games.
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