The colours blend beautifully together, as do the exquisite sets and costumes, in this East-meets-West historical drama. A depiction of a French painter toiling in the imperial court of Qianlong Emperor, who ruled China throughout much of the 18th century.
An empress (Fan Bingbing) commissions a painting of herself from a French outsider and Jesuit priest (Melvil Poupaud) in hopes of stirring her husband's interest in this lavish period piece. This juicy tale of art, power, concubines and Catholicism, set in the 18th century imperial court in China, boasts exquisite sets and costumes, and East-meets-West historical exoticism.
“Bingbing looks at her finest and definitely fits the part…” Hollywood Reporter Cast Fan Bingbing, Melvil Poupaud, Jin Shi Jye, Huang Jue, Thibault De Montalembert, Féodor Atkine.