Virtuous Empress of the Han Trailer + Wang Luodan turns ethereally beautiful in white as Wei Zifu
For a mainland Chinese actress, I find Wang Luodan to be rather plain and average in the look department. She can look quite attractive and memorable in modern clothes, but the parted hair that completely covers her ears and almost half of her face in Virtuous Empress of the Han Dynasty does absolutely nothing to accentuate her natural beauty. In the official promotional poster, I thought the bad angle and bad photoshopping even made her look distorted and hideous. Consequently, I was rather disappointed in the casting decision. I felt Wang Luodan does not possess the striking beauty to portray Wei Zifu, the dancing girl who managed to captivate the attention of the tyrannical Emperor Han Wudi. I strongly believe great beauty as well as prudence played a great role in helping this poor dancing girl to climb up the social ladder and to attain the status of empress. To my great surprise, the production finally released these pretty stills to prove me wrong! Wang Luodan is absolutely refreshing as Wei Zifu.
More than a decade ago, I thought Raymond Lam to be extremely dashing and commanding in his powerful portrayal of the First Emperor of China in A Step into the Past. In my opinion, Raymond Lam left a much deeper impression than the more reknown Louis Koo at the time. Unfortunately, time has somehow withers away Raymond Lam's commanding presence and I found his screen presence in this drama series rather weak. He does not convince me as the formidable and despotic Han Wudi. Perhaps it's the makeup? He still looks handsome...but meek.
BTS photo of Wang Luodan and Raymond Lam. I am starting to like her extravagant imperial regalia headpiece.
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.
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.
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 vers…
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 …
Are you unsatisfied and frustrated with the final episode? Expected a happily ever after? Apparently, the scriptwriter succeeded in getting us all hooked onto this series for 28 episodes and suddenly bombarded us with a really CRAPPY open ending. My reaction when I first finished watching the final shot of Mo Shaoqian walking lonely toward the police station was like this...
I so expected the last scene to be the novel's ending where Tong Xue cried at the airport, and not Shaoqian at the police station! At minimum, I think they should have put Shaoqian's police station scene before Tong Xue's airport scene. Then show us Shaoqian at the airport watching Tong Xue's cries from a distance, as described in the epilogue.
To cure my poorly frustrated mood, I rushed to reread the dreamily happy epilogue that the author wrote for Sealed with a Kiss novel. After reading various analyses by different viewers online and the scriptwriter's comments about the ending, I still…