Stars glam up the movie premieres…or not
THE EMPRESS STRIKES BACK
Detective Dee was touted as Carina Lau’s comeback feature film, and she played the only female emperor in Chinese history, no less.
By Jeanmarie Tan
October 29, 2010
As if that wasn’t enough to grab my attention, the 45-year-old Hong Kong actress took it one step further at the recent Venice Film Festival, where the fantastical period whodunit was in competition for the coveted Golden Lion award.
Directed by Tsui Hark, Detective Dee revolves around a legendary detective (Andy Lau) who investigates threats to the imposing Empress Wu Zetian’s (Lau) rise to power.
Wu’s bizarre eyebrows may have been the talking point of the movie, but it was Lau’s daring dresses that raised mine.
Naturally, she left her Detective Dee co-star, 34-year-old Chinese actress Li Bingbing, in the dust.
Hey, she is the queen, after all.
Li plays Wu’s right-hand woman, a skilled martial arts warrior.
But at the Venice Film Festival, it was clear which lady held court.
Li is a classic beauty who’s a fixture on fashion magazine covers.
But she couldn’t compete with Lau, who oozed more poise and confidence.
Welcome back, Your Majesty.
1 At the Detective Dee photo call, Lau gave a hint of what’s to come by exposing her back and legs.
She really worked the hell out of this black one-sleeved Versace dress with an asymmetrical hemline and a side train, completing the sassy look with black Salvatore Ferragamo pumps and a blown-out bob.
2 Li also wore a simple black outfit – jazzed up only by the embellished bold shoulders – to the same event, but the cutting of Lau’s piece had a lot more drama.
3 For the movie’s premiere later in the evening, Lau stole the limelight and didn’t shy away from flaunting her body in this show-stopping, jaw-dropping backless electric blue Versace gown which is slit-up-to-there.
It’s a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen, but you can’t deny this woman has guts!
4 Li looked elegant in her nude strapless Guo Pei mermaid gown embellished with red Chinese characters for fortune along the hemline and matching detail along the bodice.
It’s a nice nod to her roots, but it just wasn’t enough to pip Lau.