If 欢乐颂 has anything to do with human joy needs glorifying with ode, perhaps just me, I’d rather writhe in my choice of misery…
…by writhing I mean a kissy romp with WangK, then dumping him after over some card game making smuggy excuse of being a shouty player with obvious flagging of needing anger management therapy, which I would throw him a spa giftcard as I kick him out claiming I dunno how much is in it just go chill urself and card only haz 2000yen, let him embarrassingly fish for cash nikkid at spa for the merit of the spa ladies and guys into WKK.
I have never felt this hopeless and depressed watching a drama, this bright insta-summer filtered OTT upbeat music playing often trauma, with too rude wakening of the flagrant sexism in CN society, so ubiquitous nobody even realize to call it out, moreover the tone of the dramamakers are playing an ode of praise to that joy of being the dominating sex it seeps into every fiber of existence and is the acknowledged way of life. I have to call this drama dirge to yoj
By now I know the ShanYing Uncle dramamakers/tptb too well, read: SY trendy is shrewd meticulously fabricated glossy layers of fancy ‘quality’ gorgeous masterful worthy wrappings: a promising cast, acting jobs commendable overall, production value impressive in C dramaland…looks good, aftertaste poop, w a covert ball of dump at core SY should have patent by now being so masterful at churning out. I have skimmed the novel, by some buffoon faking it, hustling to write about realistic slice of life professional womanhood he/she knows shallowly chauvinistically little about <- most probably exactly the reason why this appeals to the SYUncles to adapt as some charity case for the womanfolks. Source material is absolutely wretched, SY shows me no hope it will suddenly wake up from its hustling frenzy of money making hits. I prepped myself to enjoy this solely for the acting, a layer of the much promoted tight beautiful SY drama wrappings, who could deny being wowed by JIANG! XIN! and here also by Wang ZiWen and Yang Zi, as cherries to the cake. If Liu Tao manages to make me shut all my jabs at her acting for real in yet again a miscast imho, the merrier, good that I did not bet on that ever. Rounding up the young lady quintet, Qiao Yin is the newbie pleasant young actress under the management of ShanYing, her bit role in NiF is very safe from all my dissing of that pretentious period princetoad, her character in Joy is harmless and levelheaded and she just needs to do a decent job channeling that and viola, the exposure. There are all the uncles who can act as accessories who had turned me a fangirl in at least one most worthy past work each. Just ask WangK to wear scrubs and smiles as he pours his gorgeous eyes into his OTP, Miss Wang’s Qudiva (I’m coining), who has tried and true chemistry with him in the past as work buddies, the fangirls will be more than hormonal and free effective teaser for their next upcoming ‘SY trendy’. Safe investment of sure returns, so much win, no?! How splendid, like while I enjoy all the unconditional sweetness from pet puppy, I still have to clean poop when it haz nonstop explosive diarrhea.
My watch kicks off shocking me in a new way: how exact it is spot on at my expectation. I know how flawed, and exaggeratedly so the characters could be, did not frustrate me per expectation. All the cringe bombs of the SY uncles attempting elements of trendy and failing spectacularly, right there, without aware are so predictable, quite amusing to smirk at. The music cues are as laughably horrible, passe and often distuned from the emotion of scene whenever they overdo, yup, their take on ‘cool’. I literally caught them playing comedic music while the character is wincing in inner angst. The most right on tone bit they used was a few notes stolen from Long Vacation, a 21 year old jdorama. The songs on the OST are all sang by the actresses/actors themselves, and I am torn between asking SY to stop this practice because other than JiangXin’s emotive if imperfect crooning, everyone else sounds bland and amateur, but OTOH the songs are awful why bother. That narrating grandpa voiceover is annoyingly redundant, not exactly redundant as often it is a preachy disconnect like an odd uncle trying to be cool inserting his bizarre dissection on shoujo fluff watching along unwelcomed, only from the minds knowing shit about women would obviously hold the opinion the audience, mostly female they bet on, are all bimbos incapable of own thoughts and interpretations which would vary from theirs, blasphemy. We will miss every brilliant(NOT!) progression they designed unless spelled out stately like some public ed announcement, in their eyes the actresses are never trusted to convey exact emotion of scene they require, but to us way more congruent than their narration is trying to fool us on. I do not recall much if any narration of the much serious denser Battle of Changsha, nor any of SY’s past well done dudefests. Take Yang Shou/杨烁, playing the other suitor hitting on Liu Tao’s AnDi at first sight, he has a famously manly baritone, but beyond overdoing it, comes off sleazy ‘I am too smexy for my everything, incl woman’. I am embarrassed for the actor in his hammy and very bad taste closeted gay clothes. Good that I had the memory of him brilliant in a brotherhood SY drama about 4, 5 guys: 生死线 , quite a bookend heaven vs hell representing what SY can do: high quality human drama with depth about brotherhood juxtaposed against this moneymaking revealing of their own rotten ignorant condescending personal pov on sisterhood.
Of course there is nothing wrong with producers, dramamakers having a point of view, and expressing it blatantly through the work. It is more than welcomed, adding another intriguing layer to the experience. Just so happened their read on the contemporary CN society is so putrid, bigoted and discriminating against the poor, the female, the poor AND female and condoning such bigotry, glorifying all things rotten as shiny beacon of city savvy brilliance, the same trait, action, words spoken by a male character most often rich and successful is considered wise, savvy, honorable and another yardstick is encouraged to be used by these male characters to severely berating, degrading the ladies, our gender is not equal to them, of coz we all know too well living it, but tyvm for thumbing it up with all the not too silent likes and pats and hearts permeating the entire drama, we are never worthy of human respect unless we fit into their mold of what they want us to be perfect 21stCentury stepford wives with an astonishing career, their message …that is what most revolting about this drama. IT is not the content, the characters, the plot, per se, it is the social commentary of what the producers are revealing, knowingly or not… even sadder is I suspect they are ignorant what is empowering woman in modern society has nothing to sing joy to as they did portray here realistically, critically judging womanhood on everything under the sun, looks, education, upbringing, what they do with their own body, their family,, woman can only earn regards as a pseudo human being if they are an AnDi or a QuDiva, with more male stereotypes than what is associated with female, shocking even to the males themselves, thus deserving nods like they shower generously on other men if they meet ALL elitest criteria, if one less, the woman is again dispensable object dumped on curb forgotten existed, such deplorable double standard fr their absolute domineering gender vantage point.
Let me and you chill and lower our bps with a beautiful fanmade girlmance of all the ladies to Prisoner of Love:
Even in lighter harmless moment of drama, where the ladies just bond and are caring friends, nothing offensive, nothing really genius either but these SY uncles are not letting us off hammering they are doing a most generous charity case of gifting us this girl power lady drama, BOW WOMEN, branching out and catering to our wants, gathering a bunch of ranging from harmless, well-liked (LiuTao, Qiao Yan) to promising natural full of potential(YangZi) to dependably competent (Wang Zi Wen) to THE best of any actor her age bracket Miss JiangXin, give them all substantial screen time and all the emoting to show their worth. Let the men be dreamiest perfect accessories according to THEIR dictation, as shallowly essayed as 2D ciphers. Yet truth is, never have I seen a more male brownnosing sexism pandering in plain view. Jin Dong’s Tan is a cameo I know but he is shown doing nothing but sit and stand and be handsome breathing in air and breathing out the most gentle advice but when I cover his face is mostly meaningless CO2, patronizing commands controlling EVERYTHING over a grown woman platonic my foot friend, AnDi, this most competent CFO at 31 years young, STILL HAZ to wow everyone first and foremost screaming out her drop dead prettiness repeatedly every other scene. No, she can not be truly perfect, she has to be forcibly stuffed into the typical Cold Prince Guy1 mold of being extremely socially incompetent because she is an orphan, where on earth is that a scientifically proven cause and effect!? ‘can’t be physically touched’ is her psychosis, how male-servicing for some purity virginal obsession. Her romance with her online almost boyfriend is so awkwardly uncomfortable to watch, cringeworthy is too mild a word.
As my opinion still stand strong, LiuTao is a very hardworking household name, very limited actress, lacking combustible chemistry with her costars I have seen, unable to break her own gentile matronly typecast shell, or more damningly, these male producers never desire her to, Miss LT has perhaps earned her clout in the industry by her own competent good wife persona and how much it punctuates all her characters, all I have seen is she is playing versions of herself, or ideas she imposed on a character. Her line reading is timid and muddled as if she throat is filled w cotton candy and her characterization is thus at a disadvantage superficially not screaming an impression of decisive crispness off bat. It does not help it is obvious she is trying to convey asocial but coming across as monotonous with her emoting without a proper arsenal of acting chop. As someone pathologically out of touch of all things ‘feminine’, too cool to care about the stigma a CFO driving one Porsche after another out of male boss’ garage immediately labeled a mistress obvious on that fact alone by the rich spoiled princess character…yet when push comes to shove, inserting progress in romance desperate, she is this subservient girlfriend worshiping someone she has just met except being online friends of a year, as ‘idol’ she said out loud, listening to every meanest judgmental bitching he has over EVERY female close in her quarters, in her life and she takes his every distortion imo, disparaging BS just after some briefest meeting with the lady, showing such a horrible read of him to me as being nasty yet the producers are actually saying this shows attractive worldly wisdom our wisest AnDi agrees without processing he is this smartest most gentle soul, some god of social skills. WTF. YET, she shrivels and cringes like us all whenever creepy pushy ‘dreamboat’ boyfriend she has proposed marriage to tries at skinship… excuse being she cant tolerate any physical touching while next afternoon she went to a SPA being massaged all over by a girl masseuse. Hmmm, are the SY uncles trying to insert a fantasy she is a lesbian?!?!
Zu Feng, fine fine actor, please watch him in All Quiet in Peking or an even better work 潜伏/Lurk instead. In Peking, he slayed ALL there, ALL. His character WeiWei is the main cause of my vomiting at ZuFeng’s otherwise unoffensive face. His regard on JX’s Fan ShengMei, calling her names just a pretentious shade nicer than an extremely useless materialistic whore was based upon spending a day with her and her suitor not meeting a crucial criteria of being rich and hiding that fact fr her. Why doesn’t Fan have every right to have criteria of what she desires in HER mate?! Who asks someone who is not living her life his judgment huh?! Just because she wants financial security on top of love that does not make her gold digger in the straight sense, she is not extorting money under the pretense of romance, she genuinely wants to fall in true love with a guy with no financial burdens, but hitting 30, per society cruelly dictates, ‘beggars’ and no choosers and she compromise, the glory of JX is she laid bricks of logic for her character prior her Fan must have been that naive love conquers all innocent young QiuYingYing once, that’s why she insists there are mistakes to be lived through by nobody but a girl to learn life’s lessons growing into, compromising as a practical woman. It is exactly these discriminating judgmental sentencing she wants nothing of no more, think about her dazzling feminine looks that would give all the sleazy male ideas unrightfully she is part of the feast to be enjoyed and consumed whenever she sits down a business dinner, sth the goody2shoes pure smart likable hireable uppermiddle class QuanQuan has to deal with with much less frequency. Do not tell me it is not because Quan’s physical harmlessness that is giving her biased merits in both AnDi and Qudiva’s eyes, they did not really observe her at work to throw such high praises as an office newbie, same token they have nothing substantial to shrug off Fan as incompetent indecisive at work. If Fan is rich or born to a rich blood daddy, she would be on Uncle WeiWei’s good side as shrewd and smart and has focus, goals like how befuddled to me he is impressed w Qudiva off bat… still he hollers he is entitled to instill fear in Qudiva just to keep her under his control. If Fan is damned a sinner because of being materialistic, is WeiWei any less?! When AnDi asks him why he loves her so, he spills out honestly, as if gifting her a compliment because he is a visual animal and she is very pretty. Superficial beauty has nothing to do with the person within, almost same line of thought as financial success’ correlation to inner beauty but i would argue it takes some inner qualities perhaps desirable to many to build own’s wealth. I do not see a demarcation where one is cute and fine to impose upon your mate and the other the lowest denomination of human existence. To illustrate his smarts and sensitive caring, we have him calling a psych MD friend spilling AnDi’s very private phobia of intimacy over the phone right after the problem arising and will provide more confidential info as he pokes more so his friend can properly diagnose and treat HER, her involvement in HER own mental health?! Consent?! Rights?! Never crosses his mind. AnDi is frankly just an unrealistic doll, existing in figment of imagination of sexist bigots. Raised in US, ColumbiaU educated, climbing corporate ladder swiftly, successfully yet her debilitating phobia does not hinder her at all, nor alert such a genius competent woman to acquire help?! how why?! Am I safe to assume, tis all because she is ‘so pretty’ for someone this competent at work thus she advances smoothly?! And she is not smart enough to seek professional help all these years in US nor flagging Tan her closest most caring buddy mentor all these years because?! She broke down devastated when she finds her long lost younger brother because he is mentally challenged and to feed in the social ignorant stigma towards mental health she is breaking down solely because she is scared she must inherit that mental gene as well, all the leisure for fabricated angst about HER and insert the most generous caring of WeiWei when she just find long lost only blood kin, her lifelong ‘dream’. My last straw on the camel’s back, my grossest Guy1 I have seen in WeiWei is when the cutest not smartest thing YangZi’s Qiu, nicked lil wormy, asks him genuinely for work advice running a business, and as soon as he is done, he rolls his eyes and smirks how impossibly inhumanly dumb and waste of (his) time and she is doomed in failure. He is a self-made man with his admitted failures in the past, bankrupcy bla, all I see is lil wormy seems way more advance than him at same point in life other than he is supposedly smart and male. Y turn me into seriously plotting murders of unworthy fictional douches faking as dreamboats?!
WangK’s character is not much better, he hops on bed easily but is again so discerning towards his fling over her not being well read, does not know her Shakespeare nor interested in classical music concert and thus not as smart as him. Oh he likes to listen to classical music and read his Keigo Higashino in his spare time. How civilized. 😐 Well, fyi uncle WW, squarely as civilized as any dorama fiend once 14 year old fangirl of Nodame and Masaharu Fukuyama. None of her lacking was a turnoff when you initiated the kiss then spent the night romping in her bed. As soon as he nitpicks her shortcomings he just LEFT and breakup without even a word, not a proper SMS, nothing. Not even much of any anguish nor lament of disappointment, he goes straight to some male bonding fun all smiles and joking over mutton is some rat meat over meat skewers. What invincible appetite for a guy who just decides on breaking up a hot romance he is seen twirling and smooching in public earlier the day. As if he is just throwing away used, soiled underwear. And Nobody gives him a flack, WeiWei is like his spokeperson worm in tummy, almost fanboying his every fart, AnDi blames the girl, her fast friend more as WW preaches. And writer/producer/drama did not even see the need to criticize any of it, the ‘voice of reason’ Mr Weiwei still regards WangK’s sleazy doc as so erudite and sophisticated. Qudiva haz to apologize to allpowerfulWW because he is some 22th floor harem running seer, begs for his ‘wisest’ advice to plead doc back and he tells her to be subservient, do everything she can to be subservient, please Doc’s fine civilized taste but do not attempt on books nor music, that’s too above her. WHATTHEFUCK.
This is my friend.
Jiang!Xin! is again perfection, and saving my sanity there is HD cut of her scenes. She is more praiseworthy here than usual because this is the most magnificent holding my emotions hostage elevating CRAP caliber ever. I am up to date at e32, which I honestly experienced for the first time I have caustic acid, puke creeping up my throat from the disgusting undertone of every scene every minute and I am otherwise very healthy gut-wise. In a super gross added plot twist for drama, Fan ShengMei is stuffed in the cheapest looking red lace number a size too tight, overused jazz music to overdo her vavavoom sensuality, in a scene she is whoring herself, and this is too much telling of what the rotten minds behind the scene producing this drama I could care and I have they are making me quit J!X! while she is owning me. I often tear up before her character allows herself to cry, I did not cry because I witness her Fan SM crying, she is so glorious in portraying every minute emotion her character is going through every split nuance my soul connects with her char’s every fiber and feel and emote her emotions myself for her character in sync. A most transcending finest acting watching experience this is. Latest episodes have those disgusting SY uncles inserting scenes of her truly using her body out of silly pride, refusing help fr AnDi AND breakup friendship furious at AD just because she is tactless poking. A female character is not even allowed to care and help out a friend spontaneously, but it must be calculated, dissected, managed by a male first and weighing if it is worthy or may harm self and let that be the litmus. WW did not even accompany his now fiancee AnDi to a seedy nightclub to ‘save’ Fan, and from that gif above, it is Fan vending off sleazy advance without a hesitation…yet this all is buildup of advancing friendship between two women ran down rotten drain fast. All the female character constructs are dispensable, as this is peruse crudely to justify every demeaning labels those rich characters had puked on her. As traumatizing this has become i watched and rewatched her in one woman show wandering at train station showcasing what hopelessness, lost and despair are. None is a joyful enjoyable human emotion to sit through but it is real and it echoes my feelings watching this dreadful sickening abyss. Scene does drag on too long, and no lines, yet i could have watched an episode of her Fan and cry along because she makes every mundane predictable scene extraordinary wonderful a treat.
Young ladies, it is none of my business some of you enjoy this drama on some/many levels but never just sit there munch on popcorn while dramamaking men r brainwashing us with sexist abuse with motto of drama being, if you are poor and a woman, just be contented you are born and alive, no amount of working hard will get you anywhere unless you care to be called too dumb to exist or a too materialistic whoring gold digger. That is a message, a lesson I never wished ever existed in the day and age me, any woman coexists along with her male counterparts.