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“The Last Night of Madam Chin” starts filming

Fan Bing Bing new drama “The Last Night of Madam Chin” starts filming
Waited 10 months for Zai Zai Zhou Yu Min

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After experiencing a "crisis of copyright" and more than a year of preparation, the TV version of "The last Night of Madam Chin" started filming yesterday in Shanghai. This is also the second production from Fan Bingbing’s studio following "Rouge Snow". Zhou Yu Min, Wong Siu-kei, Fang Zhongxin, Anthony Wong will act as the important men in the lives of Fan Bingbing’s character Madam Chin. Fan Bingbing said, due to the schedule of “young boyfriend" Zhou Yu Min, she waited for 10 months.

Waited 10 months for Zhou Yumin

In the drama, during her youth, Madam Chin has three men appear in her life, acted by Zhou Yu Min, Wong Siu-kei, Fang Zhongxin. Fan Bingbing said that in order for Zhou Yu Min to act as her “young boyfriend”, they have to wait 10 long months. "From the beginning, we have already identified him and has strongly invited him to join. We waited from February until December. Finally he emptied out a timeslot/ schedule. It must be that he was moved by our sincerity."

It was reported that in the original story, the role played by Zhou Yumin ie. “Yue Ru” is a University student kept by Madam Chin, and only served as an adornment in the story. But this script specifically increased the character’s portion just for Zhou Yu Min. Anthony Wong who portrays Madam Chin’s ”last man” in the drama, due to commitment to film a movie with Johnnie To which causes his schedule to be not the same with Zhou Yu Min, and so they had no choice but to reduce his portion in the drama.

While still in Taiwan shooting Ruffian Hero, Zhou Yu Min, has also expressed great interest in the role of “Yue Ru”. He said that "This role is very challenging. If I can successfully interprete it, it will be a major breakthrough for my acting." Zhou Yu Min will formally join the group on the 19th Dec.

950,000 yuan per episode, the most expensive period drama

Fan Bing Bing selected the drama after reading more than 20 scirpts. The cost per episode is at 950,000 yuan, mainly in sets and costumes, and is the most expensive period drama to date. This includes luxurious stage and dance hall, and filming in Taiwan.

When asked if she is worried that it will be difficult to recover the production cost of 950,000 yuan per episode, Fan Bingbing and her partner/ agent (Mu Xiaoguang) said that the drama has receive very good reception from overseas. Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as Singapore and Malaysia have ordered in advance, so that even high production cost can be recovered.

*950,000 yuan = NTD4.64 million per episode

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