Two Chinese celebrities who have seen better days agreed over the weekend to tie the knot.
Zhang Ziyi, best known for her lead role in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, was the break-out Chinese female star of the 90s. Crouching Tiger made over USD 100 million at the box office, and Zhang went on to star in Rush Hour 2 and Memoirs of a Geisha. But controversy – somewhat unfounded, frankly – regarding a fundraising effort on behalf of 2008 Sichuan earthquake victims gave her a black eye with Chinese audiences, and she has since been eclipsed by other stars, namely Bingbing and Bingbing, in this case Fan and Li, respectively.
Zhang said yes to pop singer Wang Feng, who delivered her wedding ring via drone to her birthday party. In front of a whole bunch o' other celebrities, including Blackhat star Wang Leehom, Wang Feng asked if he could jump out of her birthday cake forever, and she tearfully accepted. Awww.
Wang graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and named his first band after its address, 43 Baojia St. He quickly developed an affinity for leather pants and acting like a rock star, which worked out pretty well because that combination has carried him quite far. Wang's now on "China Sings" or whatever the hell those 50 shows of celebrity judges who choose a winner from broken karaoke heroes on a last-chance power drive are called. He's almost as well known now for being an outdoor guy who wears Toread, whose founder used a helicopter to help her summit Mount Everest.
And what should we call them as a celebrity couple? Wang Ziyi? Zhang Feng? Just doesn't have the same ring as Brangelina.
Anyway, if they're happy, we're happy for them. Check out Wang performing "Good Night Beijing," back in the late 1990s when he was still with 43 Baojia St. and hadn't changed the lyrics to make them stupid.
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