This look like a decently happy cute snap of two actors in costumes, nothing terribly wrong with it on its own:
When the snarky Cnetizens started making long weibo collage of said pic with MZD propaganda…and you can not hypnotize yourself this has nothing to do with JinYong and wuxia no more, then hit on the head by the doctrine of MZD on conformity, juxtaposed against what JY is expressing at the core of many of his works written on the brink and during Cultural Revolution… YIKES.
Lets take a breather on more pleasant things: Chen Xiao’s face is gorgeous and deviant and devilishly handsome as YangGuo with a sprinkle of that naivete boyish charm sorely missing in some of the most popular renditions of this wuxia classic. I LOVE the eyes, that tiny hint of stubble, that smirk, the brows. Why his hair/wig has not been shampooed for the better of the 16+ years (this is supposed to be his post transformation to bona fide Hero look), beats me.
I could’ve tolerated the lavender tie-dye drapes mauled by a dozen pitbulls then draped on CX hiding his one arm contraption as if he needs some window dressing because his face in the above pic is screaming the young YangGuo I’m reading off the pages of RoCH atvm…but
There are more used rags and a dozen of things I could not describe as to what they are, hot gluegunned onto his waist region and some bits are used as crucial construction of his lower outfit.
If your eyes are still functioning (don’t rub it more, it won’t do a thing) to notice that little hint of jade/persian green next to the swab of black and white checkered cummerband?! There is more:
…perhaps it has meaning and is his phantom arm, symbolic token of the jade spectre of the Beggar’s Sect now reinterpreted as a fabric tail because we are so hot with reinventions in a yuma (see I can be nice)
This could work as a creative outfit for a store owner of scarfs and draperies on the run, the swags of which stolen on whimsy by brother Condor while hunting for poor little sparrows in the JiangWu with little gourds/ ancient water bottles attached and perhaps side fuzzy pockets for airing out chinese sausages on the go.
While I’m relieved other than the YangGuo’s costume is begging us all to off EVERYTHING around his waist and below and that is not a bad thought, you know, he is looking quite the part and he has proven they can do nothing to fug up his face…this post is obviously here to be mean and snark or my head and eyes will burst from the real FUG that is MC:
This is illustrating why having a maniac level of confidence, unrealistic self opinion of grandiose is a mental illness:
Costume person, I get it, you must be thinking you are on an imaginary Project Runway episode when you are recycling used home textiles like frayed floor rags, tattered curtains and yellowing mosquito netting to make wuxia costumes, so I would do my best Tim Gunn and point out that baby blue dye job on crinkly sleeves with a seam too obvious for period, so long it’s dragging on the dirt on someone barely 160cm and with droopy features that needs a ton of optical illusions of lifting things UP, with no grace in stance will just squish her down another couple inches to the ground and she needs them inches, don’t make those new heights painstakingly woven into that horns of hair headpiece be all futile now.
Netizen did a side by side of MC as XLN in broad daylight and that under the ‘fantasy’ of tonnes and layers of PS (it was noted the yuma PS guru needed 500+ layers to get the result on the rt). Frankly, the ‘fantasy’ is not impressing me.
They might as well use this following pic at the dreamy standard the stylist can at least try to attain:
Some sweetheart tries to savage it with her PS skills:
This is spoilerish if you didn’t know anything about Return of Condor Heroes: It has been 18 years since 1995 version, which is close enough to the 16 years the OTP spent apart not seeing each other. It is not hard to jab at what if MC is the XLN Louis’ YangGuo saw instead of Carmen’s face?! * he would cover his eyes uttering, ‘sorry lady I mistook you for someone else completely different from you.’
I would shut up because *surprise* I have run out of mean words to say and this above picture speaks louder than a thousand of mine. I am just silently nodding at it being snarked at resembling Jackie Chan in the nose and mouth region. I do not know about you, but Jackie Chan does not even make a decently average looking guy.
The sina mascot doll is sorta cute, MC is trying to be cutesy and I could not stop the urge to smash that doll to her face up close. Sell me some cold, aloof, no one should be a thousand feet near a XLN damnit! I am mean, but this time I have reasons, this is what MC said to the press:
MC said she’s very hurt in the beginning from all the negative remarks of her casting saying she’s too chubby and her face is too round like a ‘Xiao Long Biao’, a horrifying mismatch for the unworldly aloof beauty XLN. But after a lot of encouraging words from yu zheng and Chen Xiao, she has calmed down. She said, ‘ Everybody has their own classic in their minds, I have one myself and that is Carmen’s rendition. Anyone reprising the role nowadays would not be the same as the ideal XLN in your heart, because there is already one. I just want to present to the audience a different XLN. I have stop reading the comments online, I can not stand the negativity. I hope you can judge it after the final product is out.
Any smart lass with a functioning mind would not listen to one word of yuzheng. I hate it when MC is also hammering in the lie at 11th hour like yuma is doing to CX and the poor thing is standing next to her so miserable. When has he gotten the clout with the formidable yuma now to sway anything in casting?!?!! And I bet CX is numb about who he’s paired with by now, he would focus on his part and the rest, it’s yuma’s usual circus. He is smart like that.
On top of her physical disjoint from the character, her image of the sweet girl next door is also drastically different from the epitome of frigidity: XLN. Michelle is very confident, ‘ I am a hardcore JinYong fan, I have read all his books in high school. From my point of view, XLN was lack of feelings before she met Yang Guo, frigid and aloof, but after meeting YangGuo, she has changed, she is actually a very passionate person.
SO. YOU ARE A FAN OF JIN YONG AND YOU ARE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN TRASHING HIS CLASSIC TILL IT IS NOT RECOGNIZABLE?! What balls you have. XLN is one role no actress would have the brass to let the world know you have the opinion you can be the personification. It needs a public consensus like no other role. I’d rather you be like a CX during Swordsman, I do not know how truthful he was when he said he had not read Smiling, Proud Wanderer, so he would attack his Lin Pingzhi the best he could from the script, holding his own with a certain respect of JY’s masterpiece apart from the travesty he was working on at that point. And Miss Chen, from your own words XLN should sell us some frigidness and aloof, still. Humor me.
She went on with her take on XLN:
Most of the time, XLN is an extremely naive, pure, innocent girl. There is no rule set in stone XLN has a very reticent, serene, cold presence. Even if she has that aspect it was strictly in the Tomb before meeting YG. She can be cute and mischievous. When I’m reading JinYong’s book, there are mentions of XLN ‘嫣然一笑’, she is often happy, that is why this XLN will smile more.
Lord have mercy on your command of Chinese then, MC. 嫣然一笑 is a proverb describing how drop dead gorgeous a lady is, her lightest smile is so dazzling she will debilitate generals and commanders and reduce a fortress to defenseless. ie, the focus of the proverb is on the breathtaking gorgeousness of the lady, not the smiling. And in actuality, her smile is like a weapon of mass destruction and should never be taken lightly, nor perused often. It definitely has NO connotation of cute and mischievous. Yes, XLN smiles, but no one would be as mental to focus on that sole descriptive yet ignoring the pages and chapters of which XLN is described as frigid and awkward with her expressions even at YG. Just because you insist you are cuter when you smile, and the fact is you can’t emote other than smiling, does not give you the liberty to reinvent a new character stepping on the imaginary grave, on the body of a XLN in the book spitting gallons of blood and showering poison bee venom laden needles at you.
YZ used 4 characters to describe MC’s version of XLN. “天真呆萌” . 天真 is naive, innocent; 呆 is…stupid, slow; 萌 is cutesy. ‘Both the XLN’s by Carmen and LYF are reflections of each other in their interpretation (note: Carmen’s RoCH was done in 1995). Michelle’s XLN will gather all the strong points of every adaptation and form a most outstandingly unique XLN. ‘ (typical yuma’s gibberish). We’ve heard, MC ended up with the role partly because CX is strongly recommending her, ‘Apple of My Eye left a strong impression in me, her goddess on the screen is an image of innocence and pureness’, said CX.
This is CX pulling off the chore of answering that exact question by the press when he said about him recommending MC to yuma and whether she is his goddess. He said, ‘No, she is a screen goddess’. I do not know how else I can comfort the poor boy made to say stuff against his heart, looking at the ground, avoiding MC’s eager fangirly look of ‘say it, say I’m your goddess’ when CX has repetitively said in past interviews Joey Wang at her prime was his personification of a goddess.
Lets hear from the real orator of the batch, Mr. Chen Xiao himself on the controversy of MC’s XLN:
陈晓：因为我觉得戏是靠你演出来的，就像之前拍《那些年》的时候，她也没有说尖嘴猴腮，但她依然给我们塑造了一个很纯 洁的女神形象，然后都想到初恋的感觉，所以我觉得不能看几张剧照就下决论，还是要靠看演技的。小龙女冰清玉洁，我觉得“洁”字很重要，干净的东西，包括从 她眼神、气质上流露出来的那种纯净都通过镜头放射出来，我觉得她应该已经很有自信，在演戏的时候也游刃有余，说实话，就算外界有争议，但是播出来之后，大 家会明白的。
CX: Imo a characterization is portrayed by the acting. She was not as thin as a monkey with sharp features in ‘Apple of My Eye’ yet she successfully sculpted an image of an innocent goddess, letting us all reminisce the feeling of first love. That is why I do not think you can judge by a few stills (ie he has nothing nice to say about the stills either), but by the acting (jab her when she sux on your screen, leave me ALONE). XLN is pure, innocent as fresh snow, I think the word 洁 /clean and unblemished as fresh snow is crucial, she is the personification of chaste and virtuous, that includes her eyes, her aura, the untarnished pureness from her eyes will be dazzling through the lens of the camera. I think she is very confident, she can hold her own acting as the character. Frankly, even with all the controversy, after it airs, you will get it. *get it as you will know this has nothing to do with RoCH and XLN, so what is all the fuss?!!>!*
CX: Lemme distract you with a bit of BAMFness strutting, my golden paper fan in hand, because I just need one more accessory to distract you from the rest of my outfit and get those freaken bangs OFFMYFACE!
While I can see what the stylist is trying to do sticking this horrendous bun/ JPG cone bra made with fake hair on MC’s head to make her seems taller while not adding more volume to her already very round head/face. But this is just plain UGLY.
I have no care to fuss about MC being so pedestrian looking to be THE drop dead gorgeous XLN and even if she has the face, her body is the exact opposite of what’s described in the novel, that is on top of she can not act. Magic can happen on screen, I was still holding out hope. WAS. However, there is just not one pic that I can show my dad (who has absolutely not a care about anything TV plus never read the entertainment news/gossips) and he would have guessed this is someone trying to be XLN for Halloween. Not even that. The following pic is already the best shot at it:
And this is how much yuma can PS till what he thinks this ‘legendary’ heroine looks like:
now yuma, this level of very freaky PSing of every split second MC is on screen will cost you a lot of pretty pennies. I do not know why I am this generous but here is a suggestion: uniface a glued on bionic skin mask, and it is for realz.
I have never ever missed you this terribly Liu YiFei:
It is not like they do not have chemistry from the glimpses we saw, they do, as CX can have convincing chemistry holding a mirror gazing at himself (trufact)
It is absolutely night and day from the canon dynamics, the chemistry of the maestro XLN and her apprentice/underling hotboy YG in the original. Gone is the taboo of a ladymaster and her much younger boy student. Gone is the sweeping romance between 2 most gorgeous godly beings falling for each other and only each other, not like every mere mortal flailing for them all around because of their immaculate looks but because they are the only one able to look past the dazzle…where is this truly honorable romance when there is no dazzle to begin with?! How is this different with the fav shoujo trope of the mousy normal heroine snatching the impossible prince charming (who is a beggar of miserable taste in this case)?! Michelle is grinning like a madly flailing fangirl, all cutesy smiling (sorry, I know she’s known for her sweet smile but it is not doing her round face a favor), leaning on her YG like any swooning damsel. I was holding out hope, but every picture is still screaming at me this is 100% MC, not a hint of XLN.
Moving on, staring more at CX only, my face is like this HBinnie face at his birthday bash a few days ago: o-kay. I can deal with it. This is major fugging up by costume and hair but CX’s is too charismatic. I can look at his face and I have faith his acting would be spot-on!
See, even in a bts, he can make his soft features work wonders as an angsty pissed off YG:
Isn’t this better?! No bangs so we can see his beautiful brow and forehead. When you cover his whole forehead plus most of his brows, it offsets his very balanced face and he does not have a very strong masculine chin to make a statement.
MUCHO improved but still, costume designer, I suspect you have huge conglomerate of a family business deeply passionate with draperies and mosquito netting and rags.
Is this Yang Guo, the Condor Hero, literally paying homage to his bro, his real OTP, brother condor by cosplaying as a big brown bird?
Through the keen eyes of the fangirls, nothing is missed. Bravo yuma for probably referencing a meme from the hit drama of this summer Longmen Express. One of its colorful character Uncle Gong, at the sight of ChenXiao’s cameo Mr Miao, mentions the dashing adonis is a facetwin of himself when he’s young. And since Uncle Gong is just 40 years old (looking like a ripe old age of 60) it is around the age of the 16 years later Yang Guo, and so give it to the genius of yuma to just rip it off the playbook of Uncle Gong’s costume design.
And yeah, YG’s younger do is straight copycat of DengChao’s tragic hair in HSDS 2009, his fuggiest do out of his 40+ works in the industry. Chen Xiao has been admired as the facetwin of a young DengChao, I bet yuma knows it too.
You know your fantasy ‘wuxia’ too well if you can tell who is who:
BUT, I do think yuma is being adorable putting CX in an outfit of a character in his favorite thing, the manga Inuyasha’s Shippo, the idea is kind of cute, dressing Yang Guo as an orphaned little fox demon. I would properly credit you, yuma, if you are actively doing a joke of a rip-off of Inuyasha on the side to keep a CX sane. I have no problem of MC as Kagome (haha who cares about Kagome?!) in her school uniforms from Apple of my Eye:
Surprise! The rest of the cast is looking cute, with decent outfits for humans not made out of scraps on the floor from every episode of ‘unconventional material challenge’ combined. *yes I’m up to date with this season of Project Runway <333*
ARgh. I can’t look at a Where’s Waldo book the same ever again. THANKS YUMA! ><
Already there are YangGuo and GuoFu shippers:
Mama Huang Rong with the younger GuoFu.
I could totally get behind Yang Ming Na as XLN. I am not kidding. She looks spiffier than a 6 year younger MC for one. She was the mother in law of CX’s Lin PingZhi in Swordsman and they had a comfortable chemistry, my hubs considers her the prettiest face in that production and this.
I am not sure what the characters these two young actresses are playing, but they would flail left and right for Yang Guo for sure. Please pretty things, lose the circle lens. I beg you both. I think the cutiepie on the right reminds me of MikiHonoka, our Kotoko in Itakiss LiT.
My guess is this is Zhou Botong the Old Imp and his OTP Liu Ying
This is Lu ZhanYuan, who ‘wronged’ Li MoChou in love. Well, again, this can be a fine pattern on a cushion, a sofa, drapes, shower curtains, oh the possibilities:
First glimpse of our possible de facto female lead Li MoChou in midnight blue:
He is one of the Wu brothers under the care of Guo Jing and Huang Rong, both of them have a crush on Guo Fu.
Now that CX is confirmed as double-dutying as Daddy YangKang, which I like tbh as more screen time of CX will do this production a lot of good, netizens are picspamming the gorgeous that is YH as YangKang. I know what the poor desperate fangirls are trying to do, yuma and gang can lie YangGuo is dressed in nothing but fuggery because he’s a dirt poor urchin (and mental), but as a Jin prince, obviously shallow and flamboyant, just copy fr TangRen’s for freak’s sake, yuma! You of all peeps should know what a commotion and free press circus that is when you get every hair stands on its own on a Karenboss:
If you are sorely short on budget, this will do. This will so do.
And lemme give you my 2 cents, yuma. Change a few notes and shamelessly pirate the lovely song fr BuBuJinXin’s 3 inches of Heaven, one of the best production of your nemesis Tangren and just carbon copy this fanMV scene by every freaken lovely hot scene, especially when you have Chen Xiao and Zhao LiYing milking their nutso CP fandom as YangKang and Mu NianChi to your morbid delight.
Because I figure a Prince WanYan Kang who rocked a gold dainty ribbon bow in a coordinating outfit as he was making an entrance would pout some more and be pissed. He’s led a short life miserable enough, spat his blood at his death. He could not be happy with what you are throwing on his facetwin namesake, let alone what he’s stuck with as his daughter-in-law.
ETA: OK Prince WanYan Kang above, slow down on the puff and huff, no one can predict the carnival yuma is cooking up for us, so you maybe getting a sorta daughter-in-law you would covet and steal color-coordinated outfits from:
DAYUM yuma, what the fock are you doing here?! SO your costume nutso CAN pull a kickass outfit. We can’t deny Miss Zhang XinYu, our Li MoChou (she’s nicking herself No Worry Miss Lee) has a perfectly assembled face, and channeling some Sharla Cheung:
I can not imagine the discord on screen when she is sharing a screen with MC’s XLN, Miss Zhang can’t act as well, I can not make up my mind who is the less limited actress between Zhang XinYu and MC, but there is no acting that can possibly convince anyone the potential fck up pleasepleasepleasetellmeitisnottrue! storyline yuma yelped at YG falling for XLN because she reminds him so much of his first love Li MoChou. All the work clearly focused on LMC at the expense of even the outfits for YG is making me very nauseous this is really happening guys. I really have to work on my 2014 resolution ahead: how to fumigate a yuma.