Actress Liu Yifei earns $3.4M for starring in ‘Tale of Rose’

By Phong Kieu   June 23, 2024 | 10:52 pm PT
Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei was compensated 25 million yuan (US$3.4 million) for her leading role as Huang Yi Mei in the film “The Tale of Rose,” making her the top earner of the film’s cast.
Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei. Photo from Lius Weibo

Chinese-American actress Liu Yifei. Photo from Liu's Weibo

Marie Claire Taiwan reports that Liu’s high salary is attributed to her selective approach to film roles and her status as the most recognized member of the cast, which heightened anticipation for the film before its release.

Taiwanese actor Wallace Huo was the second-highest earner, receiving 20 million yuan for his part. Chinese actors Tong Dawei, Peng Guanying, and Lin Gengxin were paid 18 million yuan, 15 million yuan, and 12 million yuan respectively.

Liu’s portrayal in "The Tale of Rose" has garnered acclaim, particularly for her depiction of a character’s psychological evolution from a lively young woman in her 20s to a more settled figure in her 40s, navigating numerous romantic challenges. Audiences specifically highlighted her performance during the emotionally intense childbirth scene and her portrayal of the complex roles of wife and mother.

"The Tale of Rose," broadcasted by China Central Television (CCTV), traces the life of Huang, a woman from a scholarly family, as she navigates through four significant romantic relationships.

Liu, 37, first became well-known after her television debut in 2003 with "The Story of a Noble Family." She transitioned to films in 2008 and has since established a prominent career in both Chinese and Hollywood cinema.

In 2009, Liu was named one of the New Four Dan actresses, a designation for the successors of the four most bankable actresses in China.

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