Various Photoshoots

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Fan Bingbing recently graced the cover of ELLE magazine, who labeled 2009 as the “Year of Fan Bingbing Movies”, a very apt description. Fan Bingbing starred or will be starring in 7 movies: Shinjuku Incident, Sophie’s Revenge, Wheat, Bodyguards and Assassins, East Wind. Rain, Future Cops and an unnamed one. She’ll also be starring her own production, the drama ,The Last Night of Madame Chin.

We’re including in this post as well, several other photoshoots that we found pretty, but were too lazy to make their own separate posts for. There’s He Zhuoyan who idarklight likes, from the upcoming HSDS adaptation, Sun Feifei, a tv actress who most people seem to like, and Ma Tianyu who we’re curious to see act and pass judgement on. And then there’s Zhang Ziyi, and the director/cast for Nanking! Nanking! who we thank for already giving us ample to  pass judgement on.

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Zhang Ziyi on the cover of South Korean Vogue Magazine

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Weird…I thought that South Korea only got its first Korean star on Vogue’s cover last year when Song Hyegyo was on it, so what’s Zhang Ziyi doing on there? It’s odd timing too. The only new movie she has coming out soon is Mei Lan Fang and I didn’t think that would be the type to cross over to other countries, even other other Asian countries. Maybe it has something to be with her Chinese-South Korean joint production under CJ entertainment but that hasn’t even started filming. It’s just odd. More pictures here although they are only photos of the magazine, and they’re not very interesting. Photography by Oh Joong Seok.

A Drink is Worth a Thousand Words

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It’s become a cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words but lately Chinese media have been going for a variation on that, trying to describe the future of two famous Chinese females, dominant in their respective spheres based on what and how they drink. Neither of these stories warrant a post in themselves, but I found it amusing when juxtaposed together. First rumors of a Zhang Ziyi pregnancy were flying around after she appeared on a talk show. Then at a banquet for the Mei Lan Fang cast and crew she was caught sipping wine putting an end to those rumors quickly. Later, in Japan, Guo Jingjing was photographed sipping away as well, which an entire article was published on how Guo Jingjing was so poised and looked to be settling in to her role as a trendsetting, socialite (in view of her pending marriage). Anyway, silly posts deserve silly polls…so vote!

Zhang Ziyi being patriotic again

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New still of Zhang Ziyi from Mei Lan Fang, which has nothing to do with the rest of this post

While Zhang Ziyi fetches around 1.5 million RMB for an ad, lately ads have been appearing of advertising for a brand of cell phone, which netizens pointed out was not well-known and looked like a local band. Was Zhang Ziyi also a victim of the financial crisis? A reporter asked if she took a pay reduction for this ad, and a spokeswoman said, “Zhang Ziyi voluntarily offered to take a pay cut, in order to support local brands but the details of how much she received won’t be disclosed.”

Warning, this post goes horribly on tangent below from Hu Jintao to Janice Man to Chinese celebs having English names.

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Chinese Celebrities When They Were Young

I said I would do a special fun post in exchange for someone making my banner when site hit 10,000. Well, here it is as promised, although nobody ever made me a banner. :( This is still incomplete…I don’t have a few people in here, and I wanted to put an after pic of everyone, but I got way too tired of that so I only put some for some people I didn’t think people would know (like all the mainland guys apparently), but eventually I will update this and make it the most comprehensive Chinese celeb baby picture list ever.

Love or hate her, you’ve got to admit Liu Yifei was one of the most adorable children ever.

More of cute adorable children behind the cut. I think it’s really rare for Chinese people to do plastic surgery (as of now) so this won’t be one of those “spot the differences” posts. This took a lot of time and effort to put together, so PLEASE DO NOT COPY AND POST ANYWHERE ELSE, w/o permission.

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Zhang Ziyi’s New Flick

Zhang Ziyi who’s latest film, Mei Lang Fan is just wrapping up is apparently going to be a new film called “Sophie’s Revenge”, this time taking producing as well as acting. The film is going to be helmed by and “up and coming” Chinese director.

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