dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
So, the poster featuring the four leads of Beauties of the Emperor has been released.



My eyes!!! My eyes!!! I cannot unsee this Photoshop Horror so I shall share my misery with you.

This is by far the worst drama poster I have seen in years, crossing from 'uninspired' straight into 'make it stop, dear God, make it stop!!!' territory. When I compare this with the gorgeous concept posters, I want to weep.

Let's start with our protagonist Xiang Yu. Now, I have never liked Ming Dao, but even then, the poor man deserves better than this - I don't find him attractive but never before have I thought of him as a gargoyle. His head and neck are much too small for his body and photoshopped at an odd angle - has Xiang Yu's vanishingly scrawny neck proven too feeble to hold his tiny head and just broke?

The ladies fare slightly better, except for the unnatural frozen expressions, which miss 'alluring' by about a mile or dozen. Also, while I have no idea if Lu Zhi was supposed to be beautiful, she was supposed to be powerful and smart and fearsome, but Chen Qiao En looks about as scary as a kitten. Consort Yu was a legendary beauty but to even call her actress attractive would be stretching it quite far. Yikes. Are there no beautiful ladies in China? Or are they all allocated to other productions?

Oh, but at least I'd totally go for this version of Liu Bang, greasy hair and all. Which statement sums up the wrongness of the whole poster and casting endeavor clearer than anything else ever could.

P.S. For all I know, the drama will turn out good, horrific poster notwithstanding. But when I think that Yu Zheng is making Xiang Yu and Lu Zhi into star-crossed lovers, something funny happens to my stomach and my eyes start a self-appointed roll. Hegemon-King Turns Into a Frog is NOT the drama I am looking for. I am a YZ-drama fangirl and his disregard for history doesn't usually bug me too much, but even I draw a line somewhere.
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
So, the poster featuring the four leads of Beauties of the Emperor has been released.



My eyes!!! My eyes!!! I cannot unsee this Photoshop Horror so I shall share my misery with you.

This is by far the worst drama poster I have seen in years, crossing from 'uninspired' straight into 'make it stop, dear God, make it stop!!!' territory. When I compare this with the gorgeous concept posters, I want to weep.

Let's start with our protagonist Xiang Yu. Now, I have never liked Ming Dao, but even then, the poor man deserves better than this - I don't find him attractive but never before have I thought of him as a gargoyle. His head and neck are much too small for his body and photoshopped at an odd angle - has Xiang Yu's vanishingly scrawny neck proven too feeble to hold his tiny head and just broke?

The ladies fare slightly better, except for the unnatural frozen expressions, which miss 'alluring' by about a mile or dozen. Also, while I have no idea if Lu Zhi was supposed to be beautiful, she was supposed to be powerful and smart and fearsome, but Chen Qiao En looks about as scary as a kitten. Consort Yu was a legendary beauty but to even call her actress attractive would be stretching it quite far. Yikes. Are there no beautiful ladies in China? Or are they all allocated to other productions?

Oh, but at least I'd totally go for this version of Liu Bang, greasy hair and all. Which statement sums up the wrongness of the whole poster and casting endeavor clearer than anything else ever could.

P.S. For all I know, the drama will turn out good, horrific poster notwithstanding. But when I think that Yu Zheng is making Xiang Yu and Lu Zhi into star-crossed lovers, something funny happens to my stomach and my eyes start a self-appointed roll. Hegemon-King Turns Into a Frog is NOT the drama I am looking for. I am a YZ-drama fangirl and his disregard for history doesn't usually bug me too much, but even I draw a line somewhere.
dangermousie: (Chuno - slave girl)
So, the poster featuring the four leads of Beauties of the Emperor has been released.



My eyes!!! My eyes!!! I cannot unsee this Photoshop Horror so I shall share my misery with you.

This is by far the worst drama poster I have seen in years, crossing from 'uninspired' straight into 'make it stop, dear God, make it stop!!!' territory. When I compare this with the gorgeous concept posters, I want to weep.

Let's start with our protagonist Xiang Yu. Now, I have never liked Ming Dao, but even then, the poor man deserves better than this - I don't find him attractive but never before have I thought of him as a gargoyle. His head and neck are much too small for his body and photoshopped at an odd angle - has Xiang Yu's vanishingly scrawny neck proven too feeble to hold his tiny head and just broke?

The ladies fare slightly better, except for the unnatural frozen expressions, which miss 'alluring' by about a mile or dozen. Also, while I have no idea if Lu Zhi was supposed to be beautiful, she was supposed to be powerful and smart and fearsome, but Chen Qiao En looks about as scary as a kitten. Consort Yu was a legendary beauty but to even call her actress attractive would be stretching it quite far. Yikes. Are there no beautiful ladies in China? Or are they all allocated to other productions?

Oh, but at least I'd totally go for this version of Liu Bang, greasy hair and all. Which statement sums up the wrongness of the whole poster and casting endeavor clearer than anything else ever could.

P.S. For all I know, the drama will turn out good, horrific poster notwithstanding. But when I think that Yu Zheng is making Xiang Yu and Lu Zhi into star-crossed lovers, something funny happens to my stomach and my eyes start a self-appointed roll. Hegemon-King Turns Into a Frog is NOT the drama I am looking for. I am a YZ-drama fangirl and his disregard for history doesn't usually bug me too much, but even I draw a line somewhere.

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