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.