Friday, March 31, 2017

Once Upon A Time Official Trailer (aka Three Lives Three Worlds) is Out!

My excitement for the movie adaptation of Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossom or Once Upon a Time is mounting with every new material released. Even though Yang Yang could be manlier but his pretty boy looks definitely fit the role of Ye Hua. The CGI effects are tolerable but I wish the art direction could be a little less "westernized." The scene that stands out  most in the trailer is Su Su jumping off the Zhu Xian Terrace. I kinda like how they choreographed that scene.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Yang Yang and Crystal Liu's Movie Version of Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom Posters

The movie version of Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom, aka Once Upon a Time, starring Crystal Li and Yang Yang are going to the Chinese theaters this summer. Although this version started production and wrapped up shooting before the Yang Mi and Mark Zhao's TV version, the movie has remained relatively low-key and secretive in the media. The movie only released a  a 15-second teaser showing a few shots of Bai Qian and Ye Hua and some movie posters of the some leading characters. Unlike the TV drama, I feel the art direction of the TV movie has a grandiose and mythological feel. The costumes are a definitely more ornate and colorful. Ye Hua's wardrobe also diversified from his signature black palette, as shown below. I also heard there may be a sequel planned for the movie version if the first installation is a box office success. The original story is pretty dense and I don't think a two-hour screen time will do the story justice. I hope the movie version is as successful as the TV adaptation so we can get more Ye Hua/Bai Qian/Su Su goodies!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Full Chinese Script of Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom

Many have requested to read the full script of Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom in Chinese. I provided the download link below but asked that you don't copy the link and share it elsewhere.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Deleted Scenes from Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom Script

Three Lives Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom (3L3W) or aka Eternal Love has officially ended for over three weeks but I'm still suffering from serious drama withdrawal! It's been a long time since I've been this obsessive over a drama series. I think the last series I followed religiously was Go Princess Go, which was over a year ago.

The production of 3L3W far exceeded my expectations. Not only were the actors' interpretation of the characters right on the spot, the scriptwriter did a wonderful job filling in the story gaps. If I have to point out some flaws about this drama series, I wish the side characters (aka Donghua/Feng Jiu) had less screen time and the the original written scenes scripted for the OTP was kept in the drama series.

After reading some parts of the original script, I notice some scenes between Ye Hua and Su Su were either taken out from filming or completely altered to facilitate shooting. One major scene deleted was a bed scene that was supposed to explain little A'Li's conception.

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.