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My taste in drama serials is rather diverse- American, British, Korean, Japanese and a sprinkling of mainland Chinese and Taiwanese. Bu Bu Jing Xin (translated rather horribly as Startling by Each Step) is my favourite mainland Chinese drama, and it happens to be a period piece (though not strictly authentic).

To me, costumes are a main feature of any period drama or film, and the Manchu attire in Bu Bu Jing Xin is so richly-coloured and ornate. I particularly admire scenes in the snow as they showcase dramatic capes with fur-lined collars. The black fur Manchu hat that men occasionally don is striking in its austerity, a contrast to the elaborate gilded headdresses of the women. It’s fascinating how actors can transform into their characters with the aid of their wardrobe.

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