Tian mi mi

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"Tian Mi Mi" (Chinese: 甜蜜蜜; pinyin: Tián Mì Mì; literally "very sweet") is a 1979 Mandarin Chinese song by Teresa Teng. The lyrics were written by Zhuang Nu. The music was adapted from a 1940s gambang kromong about sampan boats called "Dayung Sampan"[1][2] by the pasindhèn Dasimah.[3]

The film Tian mi mi (Comrades: Almost a Love Story) is named after and features the Teresa Teng song.[4][5]

Recording and versions[edit]

In 1978, while on tour in Southeast Asia, Teng produced an Indonesian language cover of "Dayung Sampan", a popular song in Indonesia and Singapore.[6] In 1979, she was arrested in Japan and deported to British Hong Kong for using an Indonesian passport, which Japan found had been obtained from the Indonesian embassy in Hong Kong under suspicious circumstances.[7] Fearing punishment from autocratic period Taiwan for using an Indonesian passport, unable to return to Japan, and unable to stay permanently in Hong Kong, she went to America and became a student at the University of Southern California.[8] To fulfill her contractual obligation, she composed a Chinese cover of "Dayung Sampan" while studying, which became Tian mi mi. Zhuang Nu (莊奴, 1922–2016), a Taiwanese songwriter, wrote the lyrics in roughly five minutes after being told he was writing for Teresa Teng.

Although the song is indelibly associated with Teresa Teng it has been recorded by many artists.

Luhan version[edit]

"Tian Mi Mi (Sweet As Honey)"
Luhan Sweet As Honey.jpg
Single by Luhan
from the album Comrades: Almost A Love Story OST
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2015
FormatDigital Download
Recorded2015
GenrePop, R&B
Length4:03
Songwriter(s)Zhuang Nu

The Chinese singer and actor Luhan recorded the song for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Comrades: Almost a Love Story. On January 26, 2015 it was announced that Luhan would be singing the theme song for the film's release in China Comrades: Almost a Love Story, according to Chinese media outlet Sina. The movie, directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan, was originally released in 1996. Due to the political tension between Hong Kong and mainland China, however, it has taken 19 years for the film to be approved for release in China.[9] A member of the production team explained, "Peter Chan asked [Chinese musician] Dou Feng to arrange for the recording of a new version of the theme song, and requested that Luhan sings for the film’s soundtrack." Director Peter Chan is said to have asked Luhan to participate due to his gentle and clear voice as he felt it would be effective in expressing the emotions of the song. Generally speaking, it is a much more modern and youthful rendition than the original version.[10] The song was officially launched on February 3, 2015.

The teaser video of the song was released on February 2, 2015. The music video of the song was released on February 4. The music video was also made to convey the sweet and pure emotions of the lyrics by keeping it very simple and letting Luhan's expressions deliver the message of the song.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chee, Johny (January 2008). A Tapestra of Baba Poetry (3rd ed.). Penang, Malaysia: Johny Chee. p. 60. Retrieved December 23, 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Music Primary 2. Perfect Match. Singapore: Pearson Education Asia Ltd. 2008. Retrieved December 23, 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Muh. A. Affandie, “Daya Swara Sunda” (1948), quoted in Pandi Upandi, "Pengetahuan karawitan latar belakang dan perkembangan karawitan Sunda" (thesis for Universitias Indonesia, 1984), p. 23
  4. ^ Rey Chow -Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films 0231508190 2012 "SWEET TERESA If we follow its Chinese title, Tian mimi, the film may be seen simply as the romantic saga of the two protagonists. “Tian mimi,” which means “sweetness,” is the title of a Mandarin hit song originally performed by Teresa Teng, ..."
  5. ^ Gina Marchetti From Tian'anmen to Times Square: Transnational China and the Chinese ...2006 1592132782 "Bottles of soy milk and the commodified music of the transnational Chinese pop star Teresa Teng (Deng Lijun)56 circulate within the film, too. In fact, Teresa Teng's song, "Tian Mi Mi" ("Sweetness") provides the film with its Chinese title, linking ..
  6. ^ Liner notes to 君之紀念冊 (Teresa's Memorial Album, Universal Music Hong Kong, 2013)
  7. ^ 有田芳生著『私の家は山の向こう』(文芸春秋, 2005); 水トク!「甦る昭和の歌姫伝説4 新春限りの豪華保存版」2013年1月9日放送
  8. ^ Teresa Teng Memorial Foundation
  9. ^ "Luhan to Sing Theme Song for Chinese Release of Movie "Comrades: Almost a Love Story"". Soompi. January 26, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  10. ^ "Luhan lends his gentle voice for remake of 'Tian Mi Mi' for the OST of 'Comrades: Almost A Love Story'". Allkpop. February 2, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Luhan stars in a simple and pure MV for his OST remake of 'Tian Mi Mi'". Allkpop. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015.