Yang Kang and Mu Nianci's costume styling revealed for Return of the Condor Heroes
We have good news followed by some potential bad news regarding the new Ying Xiao pairing in the new Return of the Condor Heroes. The good news has obviously already been revealed through the release photo above. And thank goodness Chen Xiao finally has one decent "normal" costume styling! I really dislike the new Yang Guo's hooligan and "I-belong-to the-Beggar-Sect" styling. Though his Yang Kang's costume is definitely not up to par with the majestic details of Yuan Hong's version in the 2009 Legend of the Condor Heroes adaptation, it is certainly several degrees better in magnitude than his Yang Guo's mess.
Now here comes the potential bad news. Since Yang Kang and Mu Nianci are not the central focus of the sequel and are long dead before the story before began, there is a possibility the flashbacks may only include Yang Kang and Mu Nianci in SEPARATE scenes. In other words, Chen Xiao and Zhao Liying may end up not having any scenes together!Nothing is actually confirmed yet at this moment. But I just want to throw out that possibility to set our Ying Xiao expectations low and not be too disappointed if this possiblity becomes a reality.
When we have Yang Kang and Mu Nianci, we cannot neglect the other famous couple of the Condor Trilogy - Huang Rong and Guo Jing. I am actually quite fond of the actor and actress cast for the middle-age version of Huang Rong and Guo Jing. Zheng Guolin never seems to achieve big success in the Chinese TV industry, but he has quite a impressive acting resume under his belt and possess the acting experience to tackle the matured Guo Jing. As for Yang Mingna, I was always fond of her. Even if she completely butchers the character, I think I can forgive her more easily than another actress I dislike.
Yang Mingna and Zheng Guolin as the Huang Rong and Guo Jing
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…