Viann Zhang shakes up gender norms to play a man in Untouchable Lover

Untouchable Lover
After learning that Producer Yu Zheng has joined the cast of Untouchable Lovers, I really thought that nothing could surprise me but apparently, I was wrong. More promotional stills of the upcoming Chinese drama were recently released and it looks like we're in for a different kind of surprise this time as Viann Zhang (Song of Phoenix) also joins the cast. She posted on weibo, "Forget who I am, forget my gender. Please take care of me. I am Wang Yi Zhi."

It probably takes a historical drama fan with a keen eye to recognize that the actress is completely dressed as man (despite looking very womanly anyway). And no, this is not one of those instances where the woman pretends to be a man because the role of Wang Yi Zhi is literally a male supporting character in the novel and a fan favorite too. 

I honestly find the whole idea unnecessary (because surely there are actors who could rise up to the challenge), but it's not unheard of. It worked in 1992 with New Legend of Madame White Snake and it could work here. In all honestly though, I'm beginning to feel like I'm just here for the laughs.  


Untouchable Lover

Untouchable Lover

Untouchable Lover

Untouchable Lover Viann Zhang

Untouchable Lover Viann Zhang
Untouchable Lover Viann Zhang


2 comments:

  1. My reaction: wth? I have not heard of shortage of handsome chinese male actors.

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  2. Huh? I thought she was just playing an actual woman disguised as a man?.. TBH I was looking forward to it But idk anymore..whyyy

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