The many faces of Yang Guifei

This post may be an excuse to post this picture – another one of the promo photos that Sun Jun took for Lady of the Dynasty.

Xi Shi of the Spring and Autumn period, Wang Zhaojun of the Han dynasty, Diao Chan of the Three Kingdoms era, and Yang Guifei of the Tang dynasty are considered the Four Great Beauties of China. Of these four, Yang Guifei is famed for being quite plump. If we skip all the actresses (and actors) who played her in the iconic opera Gui Fei intoxicated, we’re still looking at some ten different renditions of her character.

The historical Yang Yuhuan (Yuhuan being “Jade Ring”) was born during the Tang dynasty, and was initially married to a Tang dynasty prince. Coincidentally, this prince’s mother had once been a highly favored consort of Tang Xuanzong, and was unable to become empress because she was from the Wu clan, and the Tang court was still shaken from the memory of Wu Zetian’s rule. Tang Xuanzong became enamored of the beautiful Yang Yuhuan, and sent her to a Taoist nunnery so he could marry her instead. Thus, she became Yang Guifei (where Guifei is a title, the highest rank a consort of the Tang dynasty could be without actualy being the empress).  When the An Lushan rebellion broke out, she and the emperor fled, but the soldiers blamed her for the chaos, and she died. Xuanzong later abdicated from the throne.

Which actress do you feel portrayed the famous beauty the best?
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Sun Jun photographs Fan Bingbing to promote Lady of the Dynasty

You can believe Yang Guifei was one of the Four Great Beauties of China now.

Sun Jun is probably my favorite photographer at this point. Fan Bingbing is stunning in these new promos for Lady of the Dynasty (I also love the pipa posters).   To be honest, I’ve wanted to watch this movie ever since Fan Bingbing announced her arrival on Weibo with that gorgeous picture of her on a horse (yup, in 2013). Lady of the Dynasty will hit the silver screen on July 30.  Continue reading

Lady of the Dynasty releases trailer and stills

Fan Bingbing really does have a thing for famous Tang dynasty women.  This is the second time she’s played Yang Guifei.

Lady of the Dynasty has released a trailer and is set to release on July 30th.  This rendition of Yang Guifei stars Fan Bingbing, Leon Lai, Wu Chun, Joan Chen, Ning Jing, and random white guy Steve Boergadine.

More stills below the cut.

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Photoshoot Friday: June 26, 2015

How do you like to relax (away from your computer?) Are you like Ni Ni, who plays with a goldfish, read on her roof (or porch?), and enjoys her garden in a new photoshoot for Trendshealth? Are you like Fan Bingbing, who reads while drinking milk in her photoshoot for Grazia? Liu Shishi, lounging about a tropical island? Gao Yuanyuan, putting on lipstick, ready to go out? A photographer like Song Jia?

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Fan Bingbing and Han Geng promote new movie with L’Officiel Photoshoot

Fan Bingbing is a flower fairy, again. She and Han Geng (the other star of this photoshoot for L’Officiel) recently starred together in the movie “Ever Since We Love 万物生长,” where Han Geng plays a man who is recently admitted into medical school, and Fan Bingbing plays a charming women who oversees the medical equipment. It’s supposed to tell a story of youth (although, if you’re going to medical school in the US, one would imagine that the story should be the opposite). Look under the cut for more pictures from their photoshoot! Continue reading

“L.O.R.D.” Guo Jingming wants to shape Chinese sci-fi, fantasy, animation

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Gathering up the faces of China’s biggest fandom isn’t just a commercial ploy for Guo Jingming, but also  necessary to insure the success of the launching of an industry.

China’s most ambitious animation project to date, Guo Jingming’s Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (L.O.R.D.) is not only  China’s first motion capture animation film and first Western fantasy film, it’s also going to be made using exclusively Chinese animation teams in little over a year. The plan is one of many moves he’s made as a part of his aggressive entrance into the fields of Chinese science fiction and fantasy literature, film, and animation.

Unlike the other Chinese animation projects that are produced by one company, Guo  wants to shake the entire industry up, working with a dozen Chinese companies to simultaneously develop characters and backgrounds. Guo Jingming reportedly even gave a few million RMB to the primary team Original Force, just so they would upgrade their software instead of using foreign companies.

Human models for the ambitious project include Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You can tell Guo Jingming went straight for the biggest fandoms with this cast to insure his project succeeds.

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Weibo Wednesday: June 3, 2015

Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announce relationship

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The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.

Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.

Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.

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Fan Bingbing is a flower fairy at Cannes

Fan Bingbing looks like she walked out of a fairytale in this Machesa Spring 2015 dress with Chopard jewels for the Cannes Film Festival.  Every time you think she’s reached the peak of her gorgeousness, she ups it.
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Fan Bingbing to star in China’s first Motion Capture feature

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Motion-captured goddess Fan Bingbing? WANT

Fan Bingbing is the first actor confirmed for director  Guo Jingming‘s next ambitious project, a motion capture feature film of his fantasy series Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 临界·爵迹.  The series, China’s bestselling Western-styled fantasy,  focuses  on stories of cavaliers and sorcerers set in an alternate realm of four kingdoms.

Just to get a feel of the extent of his ambition, the film is scheduled for Summer 2016 already.  It will be one of five films involving either him or people from his company set to be released within the next year.   From Yang Mi to Zhang Ziyi to Shu Qi to now Fan Bingbing, Guo Jingming has some of China’s biggest   actresses covered.    Guo Jingming maybe  new to film, but he might be  China’s most prolific producer yet.

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Can you count how many heads there are in the concept poster?

The Empress of China, available in full body!

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Pop quiz: do you remember what this hair style is called?

After forced to watch bodiless ladies, you can now finally watch the original gorgeousness in full  because The Empress of China will be airing on TVB and CTV on March 30th.  TVB chose to PS an addition layer of cloth in front of boobs (because how can men control themselves when there are boobs), but CTV is airing it without any cuts!

To give you a refresher, here are a group of drawing of the show by @大葱君–.
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