Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.
Ni Ni is a Ming dynasty warrior in Ninna-ji in this latest set of photos by Chen Man. The actress is currently filming fantasy drama Love and Destiny 宸汐缘 with Chang Chen.
In addition to being an amazing actress, Ni Ni ( #beautiful ) is also known for being super photogenic. Here are some photoshoots (mostly ads) of her in semi-casual clothing around the world.
Ni Ni is known for some of the most glam shots while simultaneously rocking out some of the simplest outfits and no-makeup looks, which makes her kind of perfect for playing both Feng Zhiwei and Wei Zhi in The Rise of Phoenixes. Half of the clothes in these photos are from Uniqlo and pretty affordable, while the other half are from Gucci and not.
Dilraba, Li Qin, Ni Ni are beautiful under the red lights of these photos
I’m picturing a film of three neighbors living in an abandoned motel turned rundown apartment in the red lights district. Li Qin is a small town college graduate at her first job, trying not to lose herself among the lights of the big city; Dilraba is an aspiring actress who has run away from her affluent home to pursue her dreams, only to be turned down again and again; Ni Ni is a singer/dancer at a nightclub who has long given up on any dreams she might’ve had.
Theme song – Red Lights Fading from Tiny Times
A fashion round-up of designer William Chang Suk Ping’s
only good best drama work since Eternal Love.
Despite William Chang’s penchant for patterns that look like they came from your grandparents’ sofa, the muted colors of the leads’ costumes in The Rise of Phoenixes worked well with the color palette of the overall drama. It helps that Ni Ni and Chen Kun can make Uniqlo look like high fashion.
Ni Ni joins Elle Fanning in the Chinese version of the Moon River ad for Tiffany & Co. Here’s a collection of Ni Ni’s ads over the years for the jewelry company, from cute to elegant to rocker.
I just want to personally thank Tiffany & Co. for sponsoring beautiful Ni Ni photoshoots like this, this, this, this, this and events that allowed for pictures like this gorgeous photo of Ni Ni in the rain.
The Rise of Phoenixes streams with English subtitles on Netflix beginning today here. The series is the first ancient drama brought in as a “Netflix original” and stars Chen Kun, Ni Ni, Ni Dahong, Liu Mintao, Zhang Xiaochen, and Bai Jingting.
Here’s a bunch of stills and posters that have been released since the show begun airing other than the ones we’ve already posted, like Chen Kun’s color palette and Ni Ni’s costumes. The show also has a great OST, including Helpless 奈何 by Sam Lee, How did we become so helpless 何奈何 by Ni Ni, Like Yesterday 如昨 by Liu Xijun, and Schemes 心机 by Wang Xiaomin. A couple more behind-the-scenes stuff have also been released since the last round-up. Watch them here and here.
Look at these beautiful people attending a party for Elle China’s 30th birthday party. The event is somewhere up high in Shanghai, but it’s not like you can tell from the photos since they just used two fake skies as a backdrop.
Guests include Ni Ni, Li Yuchun, Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Angelababy, Song Qian, Bai Baihe, Liu Wen, Zhang Zilin, Wang Junkai, Lin Yanjun, Mao Buyi, Xu Weizhou, and the casts of Meteor Garden, The Story of Yanxi Palace, and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. There are others at the event but I only included people who got an official photo from Elle and a few notable looks. Which ones are your favorites?
For those of you waiting patiently for the English subbed version of The Rise of Phoenixes, it will stream on Netflix on September 14. Also, if you’re in the U.S., Ni Ni will be making her US magazine debut on one of four covers for L’Officiel USA on top of L’Officiel Singapore, France, and China. I will link to magazine ordering site if/when it’s up.
The drama is stunning but a little slow (not in what’s actually going on but the editting) but this drama gave me so much more appreciation (I know, I didn’t think it was possible) for Ni Ni. She’s hands down the most convincing female lead crossdressing as a male in a Chinese drama in maybe forever. She’s the only one who is simply playing a male instead of a woman crossdressing as a male. I never knew how much I needed Ni Ni to play all my favorite wuxia male leads until I saw her as Wei Zhi. I had chills watching a drinking scene because of how much it reminded me of Linghu Chong, and an escape scene that I thought would be perfect for Yang Guo.
Also the male voice she uses in this drama is apparently closer to her real voice, which is amazing because it’s so much huskier than the voice of most of her previous characters that I’ve seen.
Anyways here is the Netflix trailer and some pics of her by Yin Chao below: