The phenomenon of cross-cultural and cross-racial relationships has been a topic of hot debate for some time. In some circles, both in China and abroad, "interracial couple" is nearly synonymous with "Asian female-Caucasian male couple," but these days, more and more Asian male-Caucasian female couples are making their presence known to the world.
The issue will be examined yet again in an upcoming Sino-Italian film production called 事出有姻 (English name: There Is Always a Reason), a romantic comedy to be shot in Chengdu and Sicily.
The film stars one of its producers, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, best known for her roles as a Bond girl in The World Is Not Enough and as Beatrice Russo in Il Postino, as the romantic partner of Chinese actor Huang Bo.
Cucinotta and Huang visited Chengdu last week to visit filming locations, including the Panda Base, old alleys, and the Jinsha Museum.
The on-screen coupling raised commentary from press-conference attendees about the height and perceived attractiveness disparity between the two stars, reported China.org.cn.
... [D]oubts have been raised regarding the stark differences between the two actors. Huang is just an average guy, both in appearance and height, compared to the sexy and tall Maria.
The film is due out in late 2012.