The Many Faces Of Fan Bingbing

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The biggest new film in theaters this week in most of the world is X-Men: Days of Future Past, and you can read Peter Martin's review here. It is a crowded film though, providing us here at Twitch with an unusually large group of people to pick from for this week's quiz. After a short discussion we chose not to go for the most obvious actors, but rather zoom in on a surprising newcomer in this group: Fan Bingbing.

The seriously beautiful Fan Bingbing has successfully played a wide variety of roles in China, and no doubt many of our readers love her already, but recently she has been planning to break into the Western market as well. In her earlier entry in the Marvel universe, Iron Man 3, she was Blink-and-you'll-miss-her, and you needed to be in the right country to be able to get a glimpse of her AT ALL. But in X-Men: Days of Future Past she plays the inter-dimensional mutant called Blink, who actually is necessary for the story and gets some decent screen-time.

Also, yesterday we learned she'll be playing Jackie Chan's niece in Renny Harlin's Skiptrace. The lady is in the news!

So once again here is a gallery, with eleven pictures of one of my favourite thespians. As a quiz, click through the images and guess which eleven movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb. I'll post the answers next Thursday (or earlier if someone has all eleven of them right).

And here she is in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

This picture isn't part of the quiz yet, but all the other pictures are. Have a go through the gallery and see how many you know!

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  • Ard Vijn

    Darn, I forgot to add the final tally! I mean, it's down here in the comments but it's unfair to ask readers to sieve the right answers out of there.
    So here goes: all titles and the people who guessed them.

    1: KUNG FU HIP HOP (Art Vandelay)
    2: EAST WIND RAIN (Art Vandelay)
    3: WHEAT (Art Vandelay)
    4: A CHINESE TALL TALE (Gozan)
    5: FLASH POINT (Gozan)
    6: BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (Gozan)
    7: BUDDHA MOUNTAIN (Gozan)
    8: SHAOLIN (Gozan)
    9: LOST IN THAILAND (Gozan)
    10: SACRIFICE (Gozan)
    11: FUTURE X-COPS (Gozan)

  • Guest

    Number 3 is Wheat isn't it?

  • RedKobra

    I need to return my fan, it's making a funny noise.

  • Well, 1 is Kung Fu Hip Hop, 2 is East Wind Rain and 3 is Wheat.

  • Gozan

    Dammit, mixed up my WW2 spy movies :(
    Also mixed up my Bing Bings :P

  • Ard Vijn

    All three correct! Well done, that concludes the quiz.

  • Marcel Samson

    Not that I particularly dislike her, but I don't really see the appeal that much. Although she did have a few decent roles, I don't get why she's in all these hollywood productions all of sudden. Good contacts? Hollywood does have a reputation of only knowing a few asian actors and casting them in everything (ken watanabe, rinko kikuchi, anyone?)

  • waldomarek

    was never impressed by her performance, she just seems like yet another eye candy to me. she is very popular in the mainland, though, so that's probably why she gets pushed into hollywood kinda.

  • CHUD

    Her incredible beauty and talent as an actor might have something to do with it. Hollywood typically likes beautiful people who can act. I don't know that there needs to be more reason than that.

  • I somewhat agree. I'm more of a Jing Tian fan myself, but let's go ahead and give Fan a chance!

  • Gozan

    I'm guessing:
    2 The Message
    4 A Chinese Tall Tale
    5 Flash Point
    6 Bodyguards and Assassins
    7 Buddha Mountain
    8 Shaolin
    9 Lost in Thailand
    10 Sacrifice
    11 Future X-Cops

  • Ard Vijn

    You have the following correct:

    4 A Chinese Tall Tale
    5 Flash Point
    6 Bodyguards and Assassins
    7 Buddha Mountain
    8 Shaolin
    9 Lost in Thailand
    10 Sacrifice
    11 Future X-Cops

    Eight in a row! And I am VERY impressed you got LOST IN THAILAND!
    James and I had put that one in here as the really, REALLY difficult one (her appearance is just a tiny cameo...).

    Alas, number 2 is not THE MESSAGE, so the first three shots are still up for people to guess!

  • Is either one of these from Iron Man 3?

  • Ard Vijn

    Nope. I was tempted to include a picture of that but decided against it. There is one other hard-to-guess cameo in this list though...

  • I couldn't identify a single one from this list after the first one! I just watched X-Men: DoFP last night and that was probably the first time I saw her!

    P.S.: I did read the Iron Man 3 in China article and saw the pic there!

  • Ard Vijn

    Heh, that shot is one of only three possible pictures you can take of her in IRON MAN 3, and as I wanted to mention that film in the article I thought nah, let's keep it out of the quiz.
    ;-)

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