Yeah. Those were the days:
That is the first thing popping up in my head when all three of them are making headlines with their new upcoming dramas.
ShiShi in BuBuJingQing:
Well, nothing will make me watch this. I am over being annoyed of the shitty things transpired, but this just does not interest me AT ALL. I am shallow, Nicky, that is very fugly hair unless you are imitating a skunk, ok I know, perhaps the art peeps think this is a clever reversal of the Qing queue do, but no, do not listen to them. Stop it and also stop the attempt to do young. You are aging plenty well, but what is in vogue for guys half your age are 1) usually WTF to begin w/ and 2) more WTF! on ANYONE double their age.
I do not appreciate being forcefed lazy nonsensical fanservice, this is as obvious as copying that iconic BBJX scene can be and unless there is a reason why Shishi’s character’s butt is stuck by say superglue there in pouring rain in the middle of all the cement, or she has no pants on and therefore can’t in any decency stand up, otherwise, there is no reason why Nicky needs to waste the time to take off coat and umbrella her like a damsel when I see modern sheltering all around and hence this has nothing to do with being romantic but pure shrills. Homage my foot. This is airing in April, literally weeks away, but hardcore fans of the franchise are whining why is this premiering only on a single cable channel instead of the way big deals hit the airwaves these days airing on joint networks up to 4, 5 regional cable honchos.
The 11 min trailer:
ShiShi also has a greatly anticipated ‘Ming Medicine Woman’ aka Mingdynasty/Chinese DaeJangGeum in the works, filming is said to start in April. ‘DJG’ sticker on any ladydrama period vehicle never EVER gets old, does it?!?!? It is rumored her co-star is Wallace Huo, for shallowness in many, this is a match made in periodpretteh heaven. Wallace is very pretty, but super boring dull and meh an actor, imo he got upstaged in every mediocre thing he touches since forever, I have never been impressed by a role he’s taken up, if we can look past his gorgeousness, which is hard and not a thing many care to do anyway. But this is not good news for the dimmering care for Shishi in me, she needs to up her game stat if she has a want to stay afloat and moves into the field of cutthroat top actress stratosphere. Life is not fair and late 20s is when you either make it or break it, working alongside someone who has no chance to elevate your game time and time again is a waste of time and feathers as the saying goes.
HuGe’s 琅琊榜/Nirvana in Fire has its first short teaser out. I am keeping an eye on this one, even if just for the fact I have not seen a truly pretty and not extremely headdesky C idolperiod since, well… hello, LoCH08?!?!?
It is alright, the peeps are pleasing to the eyes and adequately ‘period’ authentic, and what I mean by that is I do not see circle lens, I do not see synthetic things stuck on as body parts, nor eye-scorching fluorescent coloring on anything, but hunch is this is aiming a bit too high than what the cinematography is accomplishing. It tries to be movie epic-esque but I do not see it, yet. I do love what they are trying to do in that shot of seeing the world from our protagonist’s pov as he ages, but a few seconds in I am screaming all those HG bebes can spin a much smashing fanvid trailer with what material they have instead of this, especially on the choice of music. I have deliberately avoid reading anything about the source material so as to approach a HuGe vehicle with fresh eyes. I do not know if there is some epic romance to be sold but our leadinglady Tamia Liu/劉濤 has serious bigger sister/noona vibe against a very hot and maturing very well HuGe imo.
ETA: O__O GOSH HU GE Y SO FINE!
Mind is BLOWN. I have never seen HG looking better, this is what his face is born for, very refined, wise, sophisticated, grown and mature and scholarly and melancholy hot period men. He could play a ZhuGe Liang AND a ZhouYu in this, easy. And this is what I am talking about an aesthetically sophisticated Cperiod gorgeousness, muted rich textured tones that speak volumes of how the hero is carrying himself in life, his conviction in philosophies be it Confucius, ZhuangZi… teachings of the great philosophers of the Chinese heritage have a common thread more of less revering harmony between humans to our environs. I really do not understand why we have to deal with all the gaudy distracting Cperiod styling for sooo very long.
And a longer, 15 min trailer is out for Yuan Hong’s 秀丽江山之长歌行/ Chang Ge Xin.
This is actually more in tune with my expectation (I was very pleasantly surprised by the first teaser a few months ago), which is watchable for the sake of the abundant glorious pretty men, but no way truly Good. This has a lot of Ruby’s production stamps I can not get too excited about. It is VERY MarySue and heroine-centric, vibe is LiuXiu the competent young emperor reviving the Han House is more a lovelorn pup who earns his wings all thanks to the love and aid of our more powerful, omnipresent heroine. The politicking is receded to the backseat and it is fully a LOVE conquers all type of deal when this could’ve been so much more. I do not think Liu Xiu in the history book is the cookiecutter swoony romantic loveboat defined strictly by our modern sensibilities, he was a savvy competent young king earning all from naught and fidelity to one woman was a very silly notion no one would even spend the time to scoff at then. Clever marriages were entirely political, that was the responsible, patriotic way and no other way for a pauper-ed princeling scavenging for survival. He needed both of his wifeys desperately to secure his empire, and this was no playground for our shoujo angelic heroine versus evilbitchygirl2.
Not saying this is atrocious, quite the contrary, this looks well put together, a lot of care and effort is put in and it is all visible, none of that middling fingering of our brain every second of a Yuma poop will present, but this, I fear, is slighted by the shoujo idoldrama bend on a much richer story to be told and it is a pity. This is still only a trailer, so the final product might surprise me nicely, but I do not feel much sizzling to-die-for cosmic-shifting earth-shattering chemistry between our OTP which is all the more essential here if the story is told from a solely romance vantage point. Seriously Ruby, this should be the last of your productions where you are forcing yourself into a young heroine role, you can not call a YuanHong ‘BigBro3’ and not expect me to roll my eyes when his looks is clearly of a decade younger than your very young looking 38 years of age. No, I do not think Ruby is horrible here, she is her usual, alright, not buggy but nothing surprising here to see. She is pushing it to be the formidable lady warrior in battlefield, whereas in quieter scenes, she is convincing. But there are just many facets to her character I do not think she is the best fit.
Even if it is any worse, I can stare at the pretty. But why are lips so soooo pink?!?!!
These are minor gripes, I mean a fangirl took a screengrab of other fangirls pausing and flailing and typing out, gushing over Loverboy’s beauty especially his ridiculously gorgeous hands. For a trailer…:
I expected Loverboy to be so intense I would squee every second he is on this trailer alone, but…sadly that did not happen. He is good, but lacking wonton, his crying has improved drastically technically from his Prince13 days and every emotion, face is well executed, but his scenes with Ruby just did not evoke much in me. Now his scenes with our badLady2 are explosive and packed a punch. I have a feeling Loverboy has been overthinking his craft the more experienced he is, and the self-doubts are hindering when he has to bounce off a less competent partner like Ruby, if he has an easier time to let things happen naturally, he could shine like what he did as YeLuXie which he has vexed repeatedly he was so green and horrible in it not knowing a thing about the industry and have no skills in his own opinion, but what a natural, charismatic job in our eyes. He looks the best he has been since his Yang Kang days, especially with the ‘stache.
Why yes, I am slightly bumped after the 15 min. Very peeved by the lazy straight use of Game of Thrones theme at the end. Where is any whiff of THE GLORIOUS BROMANCE WITH 28 HOTTIES!!!!!!! Ruby, you’d better had a vid of nothing but that lining up very soon even though we have no close date of when this will air.
My consolation is I will put all my eggs in the Hua Xu Yin basket expecting him and JiangXin to burn holes on my screen and heart now. Jiang Xin has my vote as the most talented actress he has worked with next to Song Jia (and that explain why Tian Di Min Xin is still my utmost favorite job of Loverboy). Disappointing me in HXY acting-wise would be UGLY. So, DONT.