Star Bulletin: Hawaii International Film Festival - Oh my, Bai!

by Nadine Kam - 21/10/2005

Bai Ling's made a career of playing the fearsome dragon lady in 1930s-style screen siren meets 21st century dominatrix mode, characters who would just as soon seduce as slay you in films like "The Crow," "Red Corner" and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."

Say what you will about the stereotype. She looks good kicking butt.

Her ability to show off an outfit won her a modeling gig from Sak's Fifth Avenue last year, and while in town to promote her film, "Dumplings," to be screened during the Hawai'i International Film Festival, she'll be dressed by festival sponsor Louis Vuitton.

The festival coincides with today's grand reopening of Louis Vuitton's Ala Moana boutique, which has grown from a one-story gallery to the center's only two-story luxury purveyor. Bai Ling will make an appearance during Louis Vuitton's private party at the boutique tonight.

The actress was true to form during fittings yesterday afternoon. After causing a stir in a strapless dress at an 8:30 a.m. press event at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, followed by a trek to the beach in an itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny zebra-print bikini, she arrived at Louis Vuitton's Waikiki store in oversized white-frame, movie-star sunglasses and a black one-piece, skirted swimsuit.

There's a reason for that. When asked what she brought to wear for the film festival opening night, she said, "Nothing. Swimsuits. It's Hawaii!"

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