Sunday, March 6, 2016

First Promotional Stills of Three Lives Three Worlds and Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms

I read the novel of Three Lives Three Worlds and Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms ("Three Lives") several years ago and barely remembered the details. Like Hua Qian Gu, Three Lives is one of the most popular online romance novels that is getting adapted on the big screen and small screen. The movie version is starred by Liu Yifei and Yang Yang, while Yang Mi and Mark Zhao lead in the TV drama production currently underway. I actually have no hope or expectations for the TV version because I find both Yang Mi and Mark Zhao unsuitable for the roles. I prefer the Liu Yifei/Yang Yang pairing because they are absolute eye candies.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Honeymoon phase for Zhu Qiyu and Tan Yunxian pairing is ending in Imperial Doctress + Beautiful MV

According to the scriptwriter of Imperial Doctress, Liu Shi Shi and Wallace Huo's characters are the OTP of the story. The role of Zhu Qiyu is just a plot device to achieve the end results she wants, which to me is quite unfortunate. Zhu Qiyu's evil transformation would provide the platform that the scriptwriter needed to justify the love relationship between Zhu Qizhen and Yunxian. Zhu Qizhen was written to be Yunxian's soulmate and confidante. He also gives her unconditional support in everything she does. On the other spectrum, Zhu Qiyu is destined to be her first love, husband, and father of her child as well as a major obstacle in her medicine career. I guess the writer is trying to convey the message that first love is not always good husband material. Love is not the only ingredient you need to a happy marriage. So be careful with whom you choose to fall in love! LOL.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Huang Xuan looks dashing in Les Interprètes with Yang Mi

After watching Imperial Doctress, I've grown very fond of Huang Xuan as an actor. I just find his acting to be infectious. At first sight, Huang Xuan is no eye-catching candy like Wallace Huo. It actually took me awhile to give him a chance because my superficial eyes always get disattracted by other pretty things. Huang Xuan is definitely not a newbie in showbiz and has starred in famous dramas like Legend of Mi Yue. His upcoming modern drama with Yang Mi, Les Interprètes, may be his next breakthrough role when the drama airs on Hunan TV this year.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Shipping on the minority boat in Imperial Doctress

When I first reported about the Imperial Doctress nearly two years ago, I was adamantly against Liu Shi Shi's character falling in love with the second male lead, Huang Xuan's Zhu Qiyu. I was strongly shipping Wallace Huo's character, Zhu Qizhen, with Liu Shi Shi's Tan Yunxian (pseudonym Hang Yunxian). I even decided to abandon following the news about Imperial Doctress when I found out the story may not go in the direction I wanted. After watching Zhu Qiyu's first appearance and the available promotional materials, I'm completely sold on Huang Xuan's performance as Zhu Qiyu, Zhu Qizhen's younger brother and later the seventh emperor of the Ming Dynasty. He prevented the Ming Dynasty from suffering a similar fate as the Song Dynasty, which got split into the Northern Song and Southern Song when the Jurchens invaded northern China.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Third Ending for Go Princess Go

If you followed from beginning to the end of Go Princess Go, you would probably be fuming right now about the two endings already released. But don't fret over it! We're going to get rewarded with a happily delicious ending of our dreams! I hope. This third ending is scheduled to be released on Valentine Day. If you don't want to be spoiled, please don't continue to read.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Current Drama Fave: Go Princess Go

Hey all! I just want to drop by quickly to recommend a new drama called Go Princess Go, which was produced entirely for web broadcasting. There is not much "wow" factor in this little drama besides some very hilarious lines and an attractive cast. If you like to watch lighthearted, brainless romantic comedy without having to think too much, I highly recommend this series. There are certainly huge plot holes, bloopers, exaggerated acting, weird costumes, cheap props, but somehow the OTP of the story compensates for many flaws of the production, which suffers from extreme shortage of funds.

It's been awhile since I've been passionate about a series. Just wanted to take this opportunity to share my new-found interest with you all.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nirvana in Fire Character Profiles

The political plotting and myrid of characters in Nirvana in Fire or Lang Ya Bang may get a little overwhelming for non-Chinese speakers. When I was first exposed to the story, I got drowned in the many names and relationships of the characters. I hope the character profiles will give you a better understanding of the story as well as the trailer. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Legend of Fragrance BTS Weddings

It is one day away from the official release date of Legend of Fragrance. Hunan TV will be airing two episodes per night and take a brief hiatus during the Lunar New Year to broadcast New Year related programming. In a recent press conference interview, Shu Chang revealed that although Huizi is the aggressive in her pursuit of An Yichen early in the story, An Yichen will actually take more of the initiative in the later half of the story. Now...I am extremely curious how much of the initial An Yichen will take to pursue Huizi. But no matter how much An Yichen later loves Huizi, it's hard to forgive him for forcing her to get an abortion (not sure if the baby actually was aborted). The scriptwriter loves to add in unnecessary twists and turns. I heard that there were nine weddings in the drama, and most of them weren't successful. In fact, Huizi got married twice. I believe her first marriage is to the main lead, Ning Zhiyuan, but later they divorced and she marries An Yichen.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

William Chan and Shu Chang's pairing in Legend of Fragrance + Teaser

I am getting more and more excited about William Chan and Shu Chang pairing in Legend of Fragrance. As mentioned in my previous post, Shu Chang plays a young Japanese lady named "Keiko" or Huizi in Chinese romanization while William Chan is An Yichen, a Chinese doctor/inspector with a family vendetta. Although I have a penchant for poignant tormented love stories, I dread tragic endings and try to avoid them like how I avoid cockroaches.  But somehow the onscreen chemistry of the secondary lead couple in this Republican-era drama convinced me to hop on their sinking ship boat. And I'm not alone. Chinese netizens are quickly jumping on this sinking boat with me due to William Chan and Shu Chang's unexpected onscreen chemistry. The musical score (from the same composer who created Chinese Paladin 1 and 3) I'm hearing so far definitely enhances their pending tragedy and heartache. My gut feeling tells me that William Chan and Shu Chang's performance may outshine the main lead couple and steal the viewers' hearts. Based on the promotional materials released so far, expect to see the following unfold between to see guy save girl's life, girl chases after guy, drunken one-night stand, pregnancy, miscarriage, misunderstanding, etc.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rooting for the secondary couple in Legend of Fragrance

I just want to drop a quick hello and talk about my latest interest in Chinese dramaland. And sorry for the silence these past two months! Nothing has really piqued my interest to write until I watched a MV for the upcoming Hunan TV series Legend of Fragrance, starring Tiffany Tang Yan and Li Yifeng. The premise of this drama is neither refreshing nor brilliant. The plot basically consists of typical Chinese melodramatic angst, revenge, unrequited love, love triangle, family feud, etc. Two handsome guys will fall in love with Girl No.1 (Tiffany Tang). Girl No.1 initially has crush on Guy No.2 (played by William Chan), while Guy No.1 (played by Li Yifeng) madly pursues Girl No.1, the Hana Yori Dango-style. Then comes the villainous Girl No.2 (played by Shu Chang) who is infatuated with Guy No.2 and even took advantage of his "body". The new splash in this otherwise typical drama formula is that Guy No.2 will learn to love Girl No.2. In sum, Guy No.2 and Girl No.2 are my latest drama obsession because they just look so gorgeous together!