Sunday, March 6, 2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016
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
Sunday, February 14, 2016
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
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
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
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
Sunday, February 1, 2015
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
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!