The First Set of Stills From “The Last Night of Madam Chin”

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Posting this because I feel like there should be more Cdrama news because that’s even more underrated than cpop, and because I liked the costumes. This is the second production from Studio Fan Bingbing. From what I heard, her studio’s first drama Rouge Snow was good with fairly elegant production values, and this seems to be an even greater improvement upon that, costing as much as 950,000 yuan per episode. The drama is based on the novel of the same name, and was previously portrayed on stage by Chinese actress-legend Liu Xiaoqing. It depicts the story of Madame Chin (played here by Fan Bingbing), who rises to prominence from a lowly ballroom dancer in old Shanghai, and her relationships with three men, here played by Alex Fong, Vic Zhou and Anthony Wong.

Anyway, here are the stills. The women look as if they stepped out of a F. Scott Fitzgerald Novel. Correct me historians if I’m wrong because those books aren’t exactly picture-filled, just descriptive. But their outfits are colorful enough to be eye-catching, and yet not gaudy. The makeup is not subtle but it’s also not completely overbearing, just fitting to the decadence of the roaring twenties. Wait, I’m thinking of Gastby again. Even the wallpaper in Madame Chin’s room looks chosen with a lot of care. I like pretty things and this is pretty. I’m beginning to admire Fan Bingbing more and more. Despite doing some really bizarre roles, and getting a lot of criticism and personal attacks, no one can say she hasn’t taken control of her own life rather than simply being a flower vase actress without any substantial ideas of her own.

Actresses Fann Wong and Han Xiao also are featured in the stills. I have no idea who they are, and still too busy to look it up.

Full stills rather than thumbnails because what’s the point of that when an entire post is about how the series looks? You can thank me later for not forcing you to squint your eyes and spend those precious few seconds of your life debating on whether or not to click the thumbnail.

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26 thoughts on “The First Set of Stills From “The Last Night of Madam Chin”

  1. Qipaos look good on everyone, you just need a good one or a good taylor or a good stylist. I am very petite, believe me, I look amazing in a qipao:D I am afraid I might start a stampede if I do wear one out in the streets, I don’t think the guys are ready to handle it…hahaha:D

  2. @Ivana B. Anonymous

    I think Qipaos are elegant and very flattering if you can pull them off. Given the right body shape, qipaos are beautiful.

    Hanfu’s, though, have so many different styles and can look good on everyone. There are designs that would look good on people with larger body types, smaller ones, taller, shorter, etc.

  3. They should start a modern revolution with traditional garments in Asia — the Qipaos are ugly. Only certain people could wear them without looking lame and out of place.

    The Hanfus, on the other hand, are ridiculously pretty. Even if they look “out of place,” they’re elegant and extremely colorful. They represent what Asia is about more than the Qipaos do and they’re more historically accurate.

  4. @msx
    also women with large/uneven shoulder, large thighs, etc.
    For example, the girl in Zhang Liyin’s I Will MV had uneven shoulders and it was obvious with a Qipao. Zheng Shuang also didn’t look great in a Qipao because her figure is more petite and cute than slender and tall (though she’s not short).

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