The big-budget, big name cast (not to mention big bosomed) period C-drama The Empress of China is wrapping up after a wild seven weeks run that included censoring, wonky editing, and WTF historical inaccuracy all around. This wasn’t an idol drama and actually had legit cred with acclaimed C-actress Fan Bing Bing playing the Tang dynasty Empress Wu Zhe Tian, aiming to do the same mainstream popularity that launched Sun Li‘s career to stratospheric heights after The Legend of Zhen Huan. The drama was already seen as all style and no substance even before Cleavage-gate, after the slicing and dicing where all the female characters could be seen only from the neck up the drama became a netizen favorite for mockery.
With the amount of money poured into securing the massive cast and outfitting everyone in the most eye-popping historical fancy duds, the viewers are not impressed at all with the amount of NG slip ups that have ended up onscreen. The complaint is that SARFT had problems with boobs but then didn’t have problems with all the gaffes. The media has picked up on the netizens mock-watch which has been collected into a series of handily labeled stills showing all the mistakes in the drama which range from: the actor playing the Prime Minister not wearing pants underneath his court robes and showing his legs while kneeling, props magically changing positions, and hiring a bunch of men to play female nuns and shoving apples on their chest as fake boobs. I can’t make this stuff up if I tried.