Our website is currently not open to the public; it will be ready for release in 12/12/2012. Our group is currently using our blogsite: http://1heavenandearth.blogspot.com
Yes, our group is currently active and translating The Myth (神话). The video raw (video without subtitles) is downloaded from online and it is free. As most of the Chinese dramas are not copyrighted internationally, we actually do not know if we are running any risk with copyright laws. US copyright laws are stricter than Chinese ones but the internet really takes copyright laws into the gray zone as most people and even the law makers themselves do not fully agree nor comprehend the laws governing the internet.
From my viewpoint, ancient Chinese dramas are more popular, especially the WuXia genre over contemporary dramas (I might be too bias).
Most of our fans loved Heavenly Sword & Dragon Sabre and The Myth dramas the best. We really don’t care which drama is popular in China, or even bother wasting our time guessing who is interested in what drama…that is not really how fansubbing works. We select the dramas to subtitle based solely on our group members’ interest. Fansubbing really is make possible by fans like us. We are the fans and we like the dramas so much that we want to subtitle it to share it with all the fans out there in the world. That pretty much sums it up. (If the drama does not catch our interest, it will never get subtitled.)
Most of the fansubbing audiences are from all over the world, so it is really the international audience that are our fans and that forms our group. You can use our Heaven and Earth Fansubbing Group as a perfect example of the type of fans and workers that form the whole fansubbing community. Zilly is from US, loves watching dramas and started subbing because I want to improve my Chinese and give thanks to all the subbers that enable me to watch & understand all the dramas out there in the world. Pomi is from France and loves to watch dramas, especially Chinese dramas to help improve Chinese comprehension. Currently Pomi is in China learning Chinese. Then we have Gurlzrule who is our translator from Singapore, Willy our blog manager from Indonesia, Blumischief our video encoder from India. We all have the love of drama in common and most of us just want to share a good drama with everyone out there.
I prefer ancient dramas, especially the WuXia genre over contemporary dramas. But overall I prefer any type of “good” drama as long as it has a great plot and good actors. My favorite Chinese dramas are The Return of the Condor Heroes (Andy Lau & Ady Chan TVB 1983神雕侠侣) and The New Adventures of Chor Lau-Heung (1984 TVB楚留香之蝙蝠传奇).
To a point I do agree that people are interested in developed countries pop culture because it looks different, more sexy, more powerful or more beautiful compare to what they commonly know in their own country. But I also think it is because many people are just simply curious about new things and how other people lives in another country compared to their own self. Interesting enough, Americans have a great interest in Asia…you can say American guys loves Asian women! There is always a mystique about Asian woman and it has nothing to do with China becoming a more developed country. China becoming a more developed country is attracting money and many companies to open branches in China; currently China’s communist state, repressive bans on many situations are not attractive to most drama viewers, only the business opportunists. Maybe in 10 years when China is more developed and are more open to democracy, the drama viewers will find it more attractive.
I think dramas should be about dreams/fantasy, reality, and more. There are actually audiences for all types of dramas. There is the world out there and everyone wants to see different things, therefore there is no need to just produce or broadcast only one type of dramas. I am sure there will be interests in China’s daily lives…if the show is produced well.
I really can’t abandon all my experiences…as all my experiences make me what I am and what I am interested in. I would really like a comedic, reality show about the Chinese government and how it works, more like a satirical drama. And throw a romantic couple (Korean/Japanese guy & Chinese woman who met in a small book store) in the drama and the woman is a Chinese government spy who plays a double role as a rich & poor character and the guy travels to Tibet…mmm…it might be rather interesting. Let me know if a movie or drama like that ever gets produced, I might be interested in subbing itJ
I think China and its people are still rather conservative compared to my country. I do think the new generation of Chinese are more open and are less conservative, but I have not really come across many of those as most social sites are banned by the Chinese government and most Chinese citizens cannot easily get access to foreigners like us.
China’s current system & cultures do have core values, such as ethnics, morality, right and wrong and many other various life values. Many foreigners are open and acceptable to it. But unfortunately it is not really communicated well to the world as most people find the Chinese language extremely difficult to understand, too much negative news about China’s communist state, widespread repressive ban of the internet and government corruption does not help to endear itself to most westerners.
There are too many! But some of my favorites are:
· China: The Return of the Condor Heroes (Andy Lau & Ady Chan TVB 1983神雕侠侣)
o The love story between Andy Lau & Ady Chan & the poem.
· China: The New Adventures of Chor Lau-Heung (1984 TVB楚留香之蝙蝠传奇)
o Great cast and the princess is my favorite female actor.
· Korea: Jewel in the Palace (大长金)
o Great historical drama! Casting, actors, customs, and the food were all fabulous!
· Korea: You’re Beautiful
o Great cast, songs & comedic laughs.
· Korea: Boys Before Flowers (2009花样男子)
o Great Cast.
· Japan: Naruto & Bleach (Animation)
o Great art work & character development, very good story line…unfortunately the fillers kills the fans.
· Nodame Cantabile
o Great cast, funny, interesting plot and amazing music.
· Taiwan: Summer’s Desire
o Great cast. Interesting plot.
· Taiwan: It Started With A Kiss 1 & 2
o Funny & silly.
· US: Sex in the City
o Great cast, plot, customs, & funny.
· US: Pretty Woman
o Best romantic movie ever! Great chemistry between Julian Robert & Richard Gere.
· US: My Fair Lady
o Audrey Hepburn is great! Amazing customs.
· Multi: Memoirs of a Geisha (film 2005)
o Great customs & cinematography