By THE NATION
CHINA’S Fan Bingbing is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, but she had to come to Thailand recently to sign up for another job – as global ambassador of the newly revamped shopping and entertainment complex King Power Rangnam.
“I’m delighted to have been invited to such a beautiful country,” the 36-year-old actress-TV producer-pop singer told the press. “I’ve been here many times, either for film shoots or family holidays, but any time I need to relax, Thailand is always the first country that comes to mind.”
Calling King Power “a shopping heaven”, she said she’d participated in making a TV commercial promoting the complex and had again been enjoying Thai food and sightseeing.
“King Power is also very popular in China, and I want to help it become even more popular and attract tourists to come shopping in Thailand.”
Shopping, Fan said, is a way to reward oneself for working hard work and also relieve stress.
“I usually buy body lotion, lipstick and face masks at the duty-free shop,” she added. “During the commercial shoot, I was given coconut oil to try and it was really good for my skin.”
Fan found fame across Asia in the 1998-99 TV series “My Fair Princess”. In 2003 she starred in “Cell Phone”, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year and received critical acclaim.
Her other movie roles have included “Lost in Beijing” (2007), “Buddha Mountain” (2011), “Double Xposure” (2012) and “I Am Not Madame Bovary” (2016), the last earning her awards at the Golden Horse Film Festival, Asian Film Awards and Tokyo and San Sebastian film festivals.
She’s also appeared in foreign-language pictures including “Stretch” (France, 2011), “My Way” (South Korea, 2011) and the 2014 Hollywood blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
Since 2013 she’s been cited as the highest-paid star on the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list and was in the top 10 in the seven years prior to that. Her many appearances on red carpets and in fashion shows have also made her a global fashion icon.
In December, Fan signed on for director Cao Baoping’s upcoming crime thriller, in which she’ll again co-star with Huang Xuan.
“It’s the second mystery thriller in Cao Baoping’s ‘Burning Hearts’ series. I was in the first one with Huang Xuan, who’s a very good actor and who shared his experience with me.”
Joining Fan at the blue-carpet opening of King Power Rangnam were Thai celebrities Jesdaporn “Tik” Pholdee, Preechaya “Ice” Pongthananikorn, Thanapop “Tor” Leeluttanakajorn, Ratchawin “Koy” Wongviriya, Chantavit “Ter” Dhanasevi, Napat “Gun” Injaiuea, Suteewan “Baitoey” Taveesin, Nathaphon “Taew” Temirak, Mario Maurer, Pakorn “Boy” Chatborirak, Matthew Brag, Praya “Pu” Lundberg, Nawat “Pong” Kulrattanarak, Ornjira “Pang” Lamwilai, Treechada “Poy” Petcharat, Kanyawee “Tanerng” Songmuang and Chanon Santinatornkul.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak presided at the event, which also featured a performance by British outfit Spirit of Travel, which specialises in acrobatic flying balloons, plus a traditional Thai shadow play, a theatrical presentation by choreographer Sutheesak “Joe” Bhakdidheva, a fashion show and mini-concerts by Bodyslam and Thaitanium.
Occupying 22,000 square metres, King Power Rangnam represents a Bt2.5-billion investment and a “one-stop shopping destination for every need”. It has luxury beauty products, watches and sunglasses, souvenirs, Otop goods, street food and internationally known restaurants, as well as areas for meetings and other events.
“The reopening of King Power Rangnam heralds a new era in Thailand’s duty-free business,” said King Power Group chief executive Aiyawatt Sriwaddhanaprabha.
“King Power Rangnam will undoubtedly become Thailand’s and Bangkok’s newest landmark, catering to both local and foreign guests. It will help boost the country’s economy and positive image.”
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