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!
Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (Chen Kun, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Yang Zishan) began screening in selected U.S. theaters on Feb. 27th. I’m guessing that the run has ended for most places, but it can’t hurt to check. Check times here and read the review by Variety’s Maggie Lee here.
The White Haired Witch of the Lunar Kingdom (Fan Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming) – FREE in selected U.S. cities via Well Go USA. More information on airing times here, and review here. The film is in general not hightly-rated, but you get to see the leads’ gorgeousness on the big screen, and hey, it’s free so why not.
Lost and Love 失孤 (Andy Lau, Jing Boran) screens with China on March 20th as a rare not-super-commercialized film distributed by China Lion Film in the U.S. and Canada. Read the overall positive review by Variety’s Maggie Lee here. More on screening information here. I’m mostly giddy that baby Jing got good reviews, and sad it’s not airing near a theater near me.
Although it soft-pedals the dire situation of human trafficking in China, the result provides poignant insight into the victims’ psychological scars. …Jing, on the other hand, outshines the rest of the cast by not sweating it, limning small-town insouciance while hinting at deep emotional scars.
From childish to sexy to classy to androgynous, Fan Bingbing shows six faces of herself for Grazia China’s 6th anniversary. My only complaint is that the androgynous Fan Bingbing this time is not as hot as when she fought droids in the Unfollow ad, but it’ll do. Photos by Chen Man, who also did the Elle cover shoot with Fan Bingbing.
Fan Bingbing does a Chinese New Year shoot for Elle. Photos by Chen Man.
After over 80 episodes, Fan Bingbing‘s Wu Zetian finally becomes The Empress of China to Aarif Lee‘s Emperor. The outfits were apparently so heavy that Aarif Lee couldn’t say his lines after climbing the stairs. He’s lucky, because Fan Bingbing still has to become the Heavenly Empress and the Empress Regent, each of whose costumes are even more elaborate and heavy. Some photos from the extravagant scene (episode 85 and highly recommended, complete with a gold tree) below the cut.
Zhang Jane@YouTube was even kind enough to put up a cut of it, so you really have no excuse to not watch it.
Intricate headdresses and cleavage aren’t only to be found in The Empress of China; Fan Bingbing brings those characteristic elements of the (uncensored version of) The Empress of China to her new shoot with Marie Claire. One of the costumes has a “Virtuous Empress of Han” vibe, but the rest are largely modern – look below the cut for more! Continue reading
If you have 260 outfits like Fan Bingbing‘s Wu Zetian, then you certainly got to have the perfect hairstyle to match each one. Here are a round-up of some of Tang imperial fashion a la The Empress of China while we wait for Li Shimin to die already (Seriously, we’re over half way through the drama and the ex-husband haven’t even died yet. Shouldn’t this happen in ep 1 of most dramas?).
Note that I’m no expert at all, and the drama is no historical documentary. Plus, being a drama of the imperial court, most styles are highly decorative and not really what you would see in everyday Tang.
The Empress of China really does rule. Not only did it take over the top spot on Chinese TV in one day after a low season for Chinese dramas, but the premier broke records for highest opening day rating, and the most viewed drama per day online.
I don’t think you’ll see so many pretty outfits in one drama (the background dancers changed outfits three times in one episode) . The dialogue between the females start off a bit weak, but the plot picks up quickly and does a good job of highlighting what makes a series about Wu Zetian unique – one that entangles both court and harem intrigue. The music is beautiful, and the set is amazing. Also, baby Li Zhi has the cutest dimples ever and I totally ship him and Ruyi in a non-creepy way.
Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?
Here’s the ending MV for the theme by Jane Zhang:
image credit: yojyo
With her side-parted red hair in that photoshoot for L’Officiel, super model Sui He reminds me of Jessica Rabbit. She’s surrounded by superstars this week: Zhang Ziyi looks like she’s ready for an evening party, while Ni Ni seems like she just wants to cuddle with a book. Gao Yuanyuan looks like she’s having fun, stuns for Elle, while Fan Bingbing looks as glamorous as ever. Look below the cut for more pictures. Continue reading
Fan Bingbing‘s The Empress of China released yet another gorgeous trailer, this time themed on power and intrigue. I think I would watch this show just for Fan Bingbing’s face.