GuoGuo: Xixiang Ji 28

GuoGuo, Pianpian
GuoGuo Mangaka Pianpian Character



The House of the Western Wing

Xi : west
Xiang : house
Ji : story

One could thus translate literally "Xixiang Ji" by "History of the house of occident".

If there is a classic of the old Chinese theatre, the zagu style, it is well that one. The piece was written, partially apparently, by WANG Shifu, a playwright of the Yuan period (1279-1638), who inspired it from a fable by YUAN Zhan (779-831), "Yingying zhuan", in which the author tells the love disappointments of the beautiful Yingying, who gives herself, before marriage, to a somewhat frivolous well-read. WANG Shifu's adaptation, much more sanctimonious, is one of the most beautiful traditional love stories.

The house of the western wing is where Yingying's mother lives, took in by the temple's superior, a friend of her lost husband. She is accompanied by a young servant girl, HONG Niang, who serves Yingying ever since her childhood. It is HONG Niang who will be the link between the two lovers so as to help them so as to carry out their common dream of happiness.

SUN Jiayu's manhua version is largely inspired by WANG Shifu's piece; even if the main characters' names have been changed (Yingying has become for example YE Pianpian, which means "elegant and beautiful woman"). The play takes place under the Tang dynasty (618-907), in the city of Pu Zhou, now known as Youg Ji, in the Shan Xi province.

Here is then a real treasure of the classical Chinese literature, magnified by the young GuoGuo's graphical talent.

Her real name being Guo Chaoxu, this young Chinese artiste, graduated from Shanghai university (specialized in costume drawing), fulfils here her first manhua, thus proving a great mastery of her art, particularly in the rendering of colors.

Sun Jiayu
He enters the world of the manhua in 1980. In that decade which announces a renewal of the genre, he participates to a great number of editorial projects, but it is in 1992 when he fulfils his first serie. Since 2000, with his Jing Ding Company studio, he has produced more than ten manhua series, all published in continental China.

(i didn't invent this.... i just translated what was in the book.)

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  1. punkgivemeadumbname Oct 22, 2007

    this is amazing i love it, very well done

  2. madiexmizuki Oct 22, 2007

    its buteafull i love it.

  3. selemental Banned Member Nov 04, 2007

    wow that's a really beautiful pic! the only manhwa i read is Legend, King of Hell, chronicles of the cursed sword, & some other books licensed in the us. i really like this artist's style! thx *favs*

  4. MedicineLover Nov 22, 2007

    Pretty, Pretty, Pretty.... Love Ot....

  5. LadyGoddessCeres Jan 26, 2008

    Beautiful! I love the artist's work!

  6. aozoraskies Aug 19, 2008

    This scan is just so gorgeous. She's such an oriental beauty. Loving the glow and and sheen of the flowers and hair, as well as the Chinese patterns.. Thank you for sharing! I need to keep tab on this artist..

  7. ForSakenAngelsAbandonMe Nov 16, 2008

    The picture is so beautiful!

  8. Princekt Nov 22, 2009

    so beautiful <3

    love it~~

  9. kumiarrow Dec 11, 2009

    Thanks for uploading

    the picture is so beautiful

  10. jaeyu Feb 15, 2010

    she's beautiful
    thanks 4 sharing

  11. cmhlxiao Jul 19, 2010

    The lady is as beautiful as the flower

  12. Mustang6593 Mute Member Dec 09, 2010

    thank you for sharing.....................

  13. lupinchan Apr 03, 2011

    she is so very pretty! love the pic

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