Telemad: Face masks, blindfolds and slanted eyebrows in two popular Chinese period dramas

Seven Tan and Allen Ren star in Under The Power, a Chinese period drama set in the Ming Dynasty.
Seven Tan and Allen Ren star in Under The Power, a Chinese period drama set in the Ming Dynasty.PHOTO: BRIGHT MEDIA LIMITED

SINGAPORE - The two Chinese period dramas reviewed this week offer escape to a past where travel adventures are not flights of fantasy and face masks belong strictly on the faces of People Up To No Good.

Both shows are set in China hundreds of years ago yet are modern in their sensibility: Each boasts a heroine in a leadership role who shows off her chops, while snagging an attractive beau.

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