Known for his comedic role in iAppartment series and Er Kang in Huan Zhu Ge Ge, Li Jiahang is starting to break out into other roles. He tended to play a lovesick puppy boy always yearning for his lady love. My impression of Li Jiahang has been on roles where he always revolves around a central female character. In Xiu Li Jiang Shan: Chang Ge Xing, he will once again revolve around one central female character (Yin Lihua) played by Ruby Lin. But at least this time, their relationship is purely platonic (I hope) and his heart belongs to another pretty lady, Riyiza (Ding Rou). As General Feng Yi, Li Jiahang takes on a less romantic role, engaging in military affairs and the restoration of the Han Empire. Feng Yi is a rather introverted character who does not express much with his actions but rather with his eyes. This character portrayal will differ dramatically from Li Jiahang's past roles where he openly act with intense body language. The character Feng Yi demands much more subtle acting with a Confucian gentleness and refinement.
Since the original novel only identifies a young Lady Ding as Feng Yi's concubine in a brief passing, I am extremely curious how the writers will expand on Riyiza's character. If the soul mate is a concubine, what will become of his principal wife? How does the character Ding Rou manage to subtly creep into the solidarity life of Feng Yi and become a important part of his existence?
I expect another Cinderella story at work for this drama. Based on the newly released official stills, I suspects Ding Rou to be a palace slave since she is tattooed on her neck with the character "palace." But hey, recycled plot devices are always welcomed if they can be rewritten with a good twist and execution.
|General Feng Yi and Yin Lihua (Ruby Lin).|
|Ding Rou gets labeled with a neck tattoo|