The Last Emperor actresses Joan Chen, Vivian Wu in their first cover together

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In many ways, Chinese-American actresses Joan Chen and Vivian Wu have similar trajectories in life. They both became movie stars in their native Shanghai, went on to attend college in the U.S. and become American citizens, were shot into fame in Hollywood with The Last Emperor, spent years playing mostly supporting roles in Hollywood, and now have returned to the Chinese entertainment industry, even guest starring together in Ruyi’s Royal Love. Joan Chen recently directed her second Chinese-languge film English 英格力士 , while Vivian Wu recently produced and starred in Dead Pigs 海上浮城, the directorial debut of Cathy Yan ( who is currently directing DC’s Birds of Prey ).

And now, here’s their first cover together in the 30+ years they’ve known each other, as photographed by Feng Hai.

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Friday Photos – Award-winning actresses

Six best actresses – Joan Chen, Karena Lam, Zhao Tao, Gwei Lun-mei, Ma Sichun, and Chun Xia – gather for this photoshoot by Feng Chuxuan. I would love if some magazine started doing Chinese versions of the Vanity Fair photoshoots.

Joan Chen, Zhao Wei, Karena Lam, Zhao Tao, Gwei Lun-mei, Zhou Dongyu, Ma Sichun, Chun Xia, and Chen Wenqi. Continue reading

Cast of Ruyi recreates vintage Qing dynasty photos

False history: The concubines scheming to overthrow the emperor together.

Photographer Yin Chao used  wet plate processing and large format cameras to recreate vintage Qing-dynasty looks for currently streaming series Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace.   (FYI The camera was invented after Qianlong’s death, but there are definitely photos of later Qing dynasty harems) . Watch the series starring Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo on Youtube here. Continue reading

Photoshoot Round-up: Actresses over 50

These Chinese actresses over 50 are timelessly beautiful no matter what their age

Last time I posted the photoshoot of over 40 celebs together, a couple of you guys mentioned being in interested in photos of celebsover 40, so here it is featuring Gong Li, Kara Hui, Jiang Wenli, Vivian Wu Junmei, Carina Lau, and Joan Chen. I did 50+ instead of 40+  because there was simply too many otherwise.

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The cast of Ruyi don regal attire in new posters

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace is a 90 episode epic that will chronicle the failed marriage of Ruyi (Zhou Xun) and the Qianlong Emperor (Wallace Huo), and has just released grand posters of its cast in formal court robes (chaofu / 朝服), which is worn strictly during state ceremonies and important festivalsThe historical romance drama is tentatively scheduled for a New Year premiere.

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An introduction to the characters in Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace

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For Zhou Xun’s sake, I hope this drama will live up to expectations.

Historical romance drama Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 后宫·如懿传, also known as the sequel to Empresses in the PalaceLegend of Zhen Huan 后宫·甄嬛传, has finally released the full supporting cast list.

I have translated the plot, character descriptions and ranks below. All the information I have gathered is based on the original novel. A word of warning that some of the characters’ endings are also included, so do proceed with caution.

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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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Rain and Liu Yifei star together in “For Love of Money”

 

Beach volleyball, anyone?

Directed by Gao Xixi and starring Rain and Liu YIfei in the lead roles,  upcoming romance film “For Love of Money” 落水红颜” will be hitting the silver screen on November 7th. (By the way, if you don’t care about Liu Yifei or Rain, you might be interested in seeing Joan Chen or Tang Yan in side roles).

Liu Yifei came from an aristocratic family, which has since fallen to ruin. With no other choice, she lives like an ordinary girl (oh, woe is her!). She meets and falls in love with a mysterious artist in a coffee shop, thus heralding the beginning of an uncertain love story.  Continue reading

Feng Shaofeng, Fan Bingbing collaborate for “Double Exposure”

JULY 9, 2012 | POSTED IN MAINLAND CHINA,MOVIES, TAGGED DOUBLE EXPOSURE, FAN BINGBING, FENG SHAOFENG, HUO SIYAN, JOAN CHEN, LI YU

Bingbing, you’re going to have to liven up a little if you don’t want to be suspected of murder.

In upcoming  movie Double Exposure二次曝光, Fan Bingbing becomes a consultant at a plastic surgery center who inadvertently discovers her boyfriend Liu Dong (Feng Shaofeng) cheating on her with the pretty Huo Siyan. Soon afterwards, Huo Siyan’s character, Xiaoxi, disappears and Fan Bingbing’s Song Qi is drawn into a strange murder case. Yet Xiaoxi continuously appears in Song Qi’s dreams, bringing Song Qi guilt and torment. As the details of the case develop, she finds that another, even bigger secret has began to close in on her. Within this secret, her love, her dreams, and that unassuageable hurt inside her all surface with the advent of one mysterious trip. What Song Qi must face and search for is the life she already lost.

Double Exposure is Fan Bingbing’s third work with her favorite director Li Yu (Lost in Beijing, Buddha Mountain).   will be released on September 29. In addition to featuring Fan Bingbing, Feng Shaofeng, and Huo Siyan, actress  Joan Chen also makes an appearance as Doctor Hao. Stills can be seen below the cut.  IP.