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Ancient Chinese etiquette in The Legend of Mi Yue

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"I have to demonstrate to the actors and actresses how to kneel that I have frazzled three of my trousers," said Li Bin, etiquette director of the ongoing TV series The Legend of Mi Yue

“我得给演员们示范如何下跪,都已经跪破了我的三条裤子。”当前正热映的古装电视剧《芈月传》的礼仪总监李斌说。

According to Li, the cast of The Legend of Mi Yue received special training on ancient Chinese etiquette before shooting. And for Li himself, he had been closely following the crew, being on site with the team full-time while filming.

据李斌介绍,《芈月传》演员阵容在拍摄前接受了中国古代礼仪的特殊培训。而李斌自己,也一直在密切跟着剧组人员,在拍摄现场全程跟组指导。

His careful approach regarding Chinese etiquette and its delicate presentation has paid off, as the TV series hit a historical high 1.97 percent rating within ten hours in late November, breaking online viewing records.

他对中国的礼仪及其精美的呈现的这种谨慎态度,得到了回报。因为在11月底,电视剧刚上映10个小时内,在线观看电视剧记录就一路飙升,超过历史最高记录1.97%。

"Compared with many other costume dramas, the etiquette and costume in this drama is more solemn and up to standard. My interest for history is greatly evoked by it," said Sina micro-blog user Jinyumantang_297.

“与许多其他的古装剧相比,这部戏的礼仪和戏服更为庄重和规范。它极大的引起了我对历史的兴趣。”新浪微博用户jinyumantang_297说。

While speaking to Beijing Times, Li said he put a lot of effort in filming the wedding scene between Mi Shu and Emperor Qin. "Dressing in an exquisite red wedding dress, eating a slice of meat from a porket, drinking water from the same calabash nuptial cup and eating rice from the same bowl with hands are all in line with what's written in history about national weddings of the Warring States Period (475-221 BC)," Li said.

在与北京时报的交谈中,李斌说在拍摄芈姝和秦王婚礼场景时,他付出了大量的努力。“服饰大红、同牢而食、合卺(jǐn) 而饮(与历史记载一样的葫芦瓢式酒杯),夫妇食黍(与历史记载一样的饭碗,且不用筷子只用手)等,所有都与历史上记载的战国时期(公元前475-221)皇室婚礼相同。”李说。

"The first three practices are meant to show that the emperor and the empress are ready to love each other dearly, to share with each other on an equal stance and are inseparably bounded as one. Eating rice is the emperor's pray for a continuous golden harvest in the years to come."

“前三项的做法是为了表明皇帝和皇后将深爱彼此,在平等的立场上合二为一,永结同好。食黍是皇帝祈福来年风调雨顺,国泰民安。”

As the disciple of Zhang Xiaolong, the etiquette consultant of another costume phenomenon (The Legend of Zhenhuan), Li is no less professional in being precise with the ABCs of ancient Chinese etiquette as his master has taught him at The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing.

李斌,是另一部宫廷剧(甄环传)礼仪指导张晓龙的弟子。张晓龙在北京中央戏剧学院教授古代礼仪,李斌作为他的学生,对中国古代的礼仪是了如指掌,张口即来。

"We didn't use the red silk cloth to veil the bride's face as what we believed to be a necessity in traditional Chinese wedding because it was not written in record until the Wei Dynasty (AD 220-280)," Li said.

“我们没有使用红色的丝绸面纱盖住新娘的脸,是因为我们认为最早追溯到北魏(公元220-280)时期,才在传统的中国婚礼中有了使用红盖头的历史”李说。

"But we did try to make the etiquette more visually appealing – the books didn't write how women walk while making a bow with hands folded in front, so I borrowed the idea from the move in one of Zhang's choreographed dance. The supplement enriched the ceremony with more details."

“但我们也试图让礼仪更具有视觉吸引力—-书上并没有写女人双手交叉在前面腰弯作弓状的趋步要怎么走,所以我借用了张晓龙在某电影里编排的舞蹈《新雅乐》里的一个动作。这个补充丰富了婚礼仪式更多的细节。”

The Legend of Mi Yue is based on a popular online novel which tells the story of Mi Yue and her life entwined with politics, war, and romance. Mi Yue, a real historical figure who lived during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) was reportedly the first empress dowager in China.

《芈月传》是基于一个流行的网络小说而拍,它讲述了芈月和她的生命交织着政治、战争和浪漫爱情的故事。芈月,一个生活在战国时期(公元前475-221)真实的历史人物,据说是中国的第一个太后。

2016-06-24

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