Li Bingbing earlier went to the Venice Film Festival to promote the film in competition DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (DIK YUN KIT ji TUNG TIN DAI GOK). She mentioned that when she first tried costumes for the film, director Tsui Hark became interested in her eyebrows. At the time he looked left and right and still felt something was missing. Later he asked the image stylist to iron Li Bingbing's brows upward and immediately turned Bingbing into a heroic female prime minister with both brawn and brains. Bingbing's first film after winning the Golden Horse Best Actress award was drastically different from THE MESSAGE. Bingbing expressed playing both the smart and strong female prime minister was no easy task. Not only were her eyebrows ironed, she also had to perform in the nude and fight her own battles.