If that isn’t just one of the most lovely drama stills of a fully grown up picture of Liu Shi Shi in her comfort zone of the period drama. I’ve watched her seen since she was a teenager in her early dramas like Legend of the Condor Heroes 2006 and Young Yang’s Clan and she’s always looked the part of the traditional image of the “period Chinese beauty” but lacked gravitas and polish gleaned from work experience. In the year since she’s been on a steady upward acting career climb with her most high profile and well-known product to date still the immensely popular Bu Bu Jing Xin (Startling with Each Step) and the critically panned sequel Bu Bu Jing Qing. The company last month began production on a new period drama called The Imperial Doctress with Liu Shi Shi reuniting with frequent co-star Wallace Huo. This is their third time working together after Chinese Paladin 3 and Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei (The Vigilantes In Masks), but this drama isn’t a fantasy or wuxia but instead looks like a C-version of Dae Jang Geum. It’s about the life of real Ming dynasty female court doctor (one of the first female doctors in Chinese history) named Tan Yun Xian and throwing in a fictional love triangle between her and Ming dynasty Emperor Zhengtong (nee Zhu Qi Zhen) and Emperor Jingtai (nee Zhi Qi Yu, younger brother of Qi Zhen who ruled for an interim 8 years when Emperor Zhengtong was captured by Mongols). Shi Shi is playing leading lady Yun Xuan while Wallace is Emperor Zhengtong and C-actor Huang Xuan is younger brother Emperor Jingtai. The first official drama stills are out and looks soooooo gorgeous, none of producer Yu Zheng‘s crazy colors and styles and instead is just exquisitely tailored and embroidered perfection.
Shi Shi’s agency and the production company Tangren has the fully completed drama-adaptation of Tong Hua’s Da Mo Yao (now called The Song of the Desert and made completely fictional) ready for airing in June so that means more period beauty Shi Shi coming right up. I’m definitely keeping an eye out for the Imperial Doctress since it looks visually pleasing plus I’m on a Wallace kick these days so more hotness from him is always welcome.