Mulan is FINALLY getting a possible air date ‘soon’. Soon *just read a news article it’ll be June*. At least we have a cable channel attached and leaking out a proper trailer. I’m taking it with a sea of salt since I’ve seen loverboy’s drama Ad Mania to air 2 eps and then evaporated from the face of the earth for no reason WHATSOEVER, STILL. So unless there are full episodes by the truckload leaked out on the interweb, I’ll keep my squealing at a controllable level. Somewhat.
It looks….GOOD. Honestly, no biased babbling here, just GOOD. Needless to say Loverboy in particular. He really is kickass in periods like nobody’s business amongst his peers. I bet Chen SiCheng and Elanne Kwong would’ve been alright in any other run of the mill Cperiod nowadays, as in, I’ve seen wayyyy worst, but next to Loverboy, they are no match. The guy1 is/should be the prince played by Chen Si Cheng……hahaha he did nothing in the trailer to earn my good will, still sleazy slimy mehhh baddie countrythud looking with no princely aura at all. His role, of course, could have been handled by a sleep-walking Loverboy EASY. OTOH, I’m seeing and loving what Loverboy is challenging himself here, he’s playing a bookish wuss, cute and bumbling and none of his killer badboy smexy, fallible at any situation needing physical exertion in life in general, let alone some bloody battle we are talking about here.
Most of the time, he’ll have this wussy look on his face, that’s something new!
He is so scene-stealing cute and cuddly most of the time, and intense and charmingly handsome the next in every snippet we saw in the trailer. So, phew….we’ll still have glimpses of our HOT!Loverboy.
Elanne is coming across as slightly TVB…ie she may be intentionally OTTing and slapstick for some intentional comic relief? I’ll have to see drama proper if this is befitting the tone. The battle scenes look well done, GuoXiXi, your ChuHan sucks even next to this little fluffy thing. Not saying it’s blowing my mind but my expectation is honestly quite high.
This is his wedding outfit from HXY. *sighhhh* So gorgeous it hurts HXY is not out now for me to lick my screen.
Just the other day there was this surprise casting of Raymond Lui, my longtime tween ahjusshi crush from TVB wuxia days playing KC’s daddy in the drama.
Wow, that took me by surprise, a nice one. I’m not the only one thinking Loverboy has some resemblance to a young Raymond.
And another sweet cherry on the cake, we really have the most underrated talented veteran Tse Kwan Ho/謝君豪 in C/HK dramaland as sifu:
And drama will use a real tiger from the looks of it playing a companion for our heroine?!?!?! O___O HXY has been such a rollercoaster ride to follow, never a boring day to say the least. It went from getting me in cloud 9 with a JX+YH pairing in one of the most angsty stories, then freefall me with the most ridiculous fugly looking costumes and very wacky all over the place casting. I really need to see it to know what’s the deal. Or, I REALLY NEED TO SEE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GAH, how gorgeous is he and Ruby in CAMEOS for Young Detective Dee?!?!
I’m keeping the very slightest corner of my eye on King of LanLing. Nope, obviously I’m weird and not looking forward to this nor have any hope for it contrary to the rest of the Cdramafandom…BUT I sincerely hope I’m so very wrong and this would be the biggest surprise hit for me in 2013 Cdramaland. But, tbvvvvvvh, very unlikely. I’m no longer a fan of Ariel. I was cringing at her being cast as Huang Rong, it ended up being my favorite role of hers and me a converted fan, it was sweet while it lasted. So what am I but one who is finicky and love to eat crows?!?!? Let me expand on what I don’t see working here, she is playing a drop dead beauty, a woman who will capture hearts of every guy setting eyes on her, and as much as I love Ariel the person, she just does not have the stature, the classic period looks to carry it, that would demand a FanBingBing. Nor is FSF anywhere near pretty enough for the part of Gao Changgong, the most beautiful general ever existed in middle kingdom inasmuch he had to wear a mask on battlefield lest he stuck out too much and why? For fear he dazzled the opponents to a daze or his own brigade to too much droolzing of the pretteh!?!?!? (but isn’t this some unique weaponry if put to good use though?!) Now Northern Qi, the time period drama is based, is notoriously known as a very short-lived dynasty with passing glimpses of grandeur but mostly ridden with corruption and debauchery. What was in vogue was a fluidity in sexuality, records of emperors and powerful noblemen keeping male concubines and lovers. The blur on the sexes was in vogue, it was a period when, at least for some rulers, guys were encouraged to have an indulgent eye for beauty and to beautify/objectify themselves to be more desirable than girls in the open. Think Caligula years for the Romans. So this begs a lot of decadence, the art direction has the right thought, but it came out cheap and gaudy imo. I am just not stimulated by anything I’ve seen of the production when the story itself should be incredibly intriguing, angsty and breathtaking full of the most gorgeous people living in middle kingdom maybe ever. And to be brutally honest, I have never had faith in a basically TW production handling any period piece.
I’ll hold out for a tiny hope Ariel will hit it, but I just don’t see FSF have the gravitas, the right blend of machismo for the most revered general on top of the pretty and won’t come out being…gay. I mean I am not that biased and Young Detective Dee would be a middling Cperiod at best, but I’ll take that cameoing pair above over this and the cheapo outfits they are wearing.
All that babbling and pre-drama dissing, I still would check out this drama, why?!?! Because of one kickass song from Mayday. 入阵曲 has my vote for one of the best Cdrama themesong this year. We can never have too much MayDay AShin.
兰陵王入阵曲 “Prince Lanling in Battle” was a well celebrated dance number in Northern Qi till Tang dynasty, created by the soldiers under his leadership , it was recorded in the historical record for Northern Qi 《北齐书》 praising the magnificent Prince LanLing, choreographed for a solo male dancer. It became an imperial court dance in the Sui dynasty court later. The dance had gradually vanished from the middle kingdom after Tang, instead made its way to Japan and now preserved in a famous 雅樂舞楽 gagaku/bugaku piece:
The Mayday King LanLing MV:
My translation of the song:
当一座城墙只为了阻挡 所有自由渴望 A fortress is nothing when it blocks out all the desire for freedom,
当一份信仰再不能抵抗遍地战乱饥荒 when faith can no longer feed the famine across the lands.
兰陵撩乱茫 LanLing land of chaos and despair
天地离人忘 Men forgotten, earth and heaven can’t repair.
无畏孤冢葬 Fearless of his lonely grave
只怕苍生殇 Citizens perished his only grief.
夜未央 Night is still young,
天未亮 Dawn is yet to come.
我在幸存的沙场 I’m surviving the battlefield.
只盼望 Only hope,
此生再 Another chance,
奔向思念的脸庞 a dash towards the face I longed.
泪未干 Tears still wet,
心未凉 Heart still warm,
是什么依然在滚烫 What is still seething?
入阵曲 A battle song,
伴我无悔的狂妄 accompaniment for my frenzy with no regrets.
入阵曲 A battle song,
只因恨铁不成钢 lamenting the failure to dream’s success.