As reported on ECNS News, previously, the Fan Bingbing-produced series were taken off broadcast for additional editing, after SAPRFT declared that the cleavages were not appropriate for public television.
Hong Kong actress Kathy Chow recently expressed her disappointment towards China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TV (SAPRFT) for censoring actresses’ cleavages on the historical drama, “The Empress of China”.
Kathy, who played Yang, one of the wives of emperor Li Shimin in the series, stated that the bodice that the actresses wore in the series was not created by a mere designer, but was part of the fashion during the era.
“According to the scrolls and sculptures excavated from the sites of Tang Dynasty, the royal ladies really did dress this way,” she said.
Kathy considers the cuts to be a show of disrespect towards history, despite SAPRFT’s insistence that the images were unhealthy.
“I hope that the authorities will give more support to historical shows and allow more creative space for directors,” she said.