Breaks me we lost Kimi Qiao, Be in a better place. Rest in peace.
He has a rare gift, hard to come by a very classic CNperiod face, promising young actor and idol at 28 with decades ahead to mature into fine fine thespianhood if he chose to, impressive in Lu Zhen/Female Prime Minister, and was quite delightful in new take of Justice Bao, Detective Alliance/ 新神探联盟. I am looking forward to the upcoming cute fluff Stay with Me with him in it, anchored by JoeChen and WangKai. Why don’t you stay?! Lesighlesigh
There is a HK drama that is worth savoring, tastefully done in all department: Margaret and David: Green Bean/瑪嘉烈與大衛: 綠豆. 芝蔴綠豆 (lit. black sesame green bean) is a cute Canto slang describing It, a thing, a bother which is not worth a trivial dime like a sesame seed or a green bean. I have not seen a serious slice of life adult romance about the murky in betweens, where we juggle the alrights and not actually, the almost happy and discontent, the little snags, disagreements, compromises, the almost there but not quite, the inertia we can’t let go, but should… The story is nothing earth shattering, nor epic in sweeping romance but about the little drops of je ne sias quoi being in a relationship or not in adulthood.
One may not like any of the characters, nor their stories, but I dare you not to find resonance in one or two, and before long a line or two hit that sticky inner spot. There is a lush application of voiceover, I almost always hate the overzealous poignancy VO forces me to pay attention to, the twerp in me rebels to be forcefed, so smug of my intuition I could figure it all out and it is part of the fun. It takes some getting used to, esp for me, not everyone’s cup of tea, but there are moments when it suddenly spook me graciously speaking my read my emotions my comprehension my thoughts my conviction my reaction my inner voice in head, it is surreal. It is like a watch-buddy ingrained, a green bean that we all bump into whether we notice or not.
I love it is so tactfully framed just to look at, but the blanks, at times bleakness add a greyscape of nonchalance, soothing, therapeutic, an understated calm of simple muted aesthetics, appropriate canvas allowing these characters to live a little and breathe a little and us audience to break from an overload of senses. They are telling their often insignificant but relatable sounds of their lives, inhibiting a city that is still quietly steadily thumping when we have looked away, counting it passe and out.
Hong Kong is often lamented as a depressing aftermath of roaring fireworks of brainstorms in this industry. Downtrodden, it is not dead yet.
And it touches on essaying homosexuality. Not cheeky BL fanservice. It seriously takes a look, however superficial on love and yearning of the same sex.
It was his birthday, he gave him a puzzlebox.
Years later, he rents out a shift of the taxi he owns (taxi license in HK is worth a small flat/fortune there)
Thank you, without you there is no ‘Me and You’.
He keeps casually throwing it out, over snooker. He must’ve never opened a box perhaps with 2 green beans in it, it sounds like.
Bowie Lam is almost always terrific, characters are reassured to be in his good hands, but seldom in such lovely nuanced material showcasing his gift, our loss not watching for his acting alone. He reminds me of Tony LeungCW in a pipedream of mine where he could just be at ease at his most relaxed form and enjoy doing sth he could just breathe in and out effortless almost meditative, without any pressure and compromises of Tony’s status.
My bromantic mind makes me see the bearded guy next to HuGe is YuanHong and they are driving off to the sunset eloping:
Onto much sillier cuter puppie things:
PARK BO GUM!!!!!!!!!!!! You are, this is, entirely, not legal, everything! You, KYJ, You+KYJ, you flirting with a 17yo KYJ unnecessarily but so acting out ALL our polluted minds what should happen in much prettier visuals, and you SCARED the pretty actor, she said it out loud, but is so professional as to LET you hold her as long as you want or camera stops rolling finishing scene or not (they still filming forgetting to hit stop get a rm) and you hold out your arms as if nothing happened other than your crazy yummy adamapple shaking with your impish crackle. Arrest him, his rightfulprison is my spare room.
KYJ, by all accounts is crazily gifted and the most seasoned saguek veteran of the lot and you distract her I bet just w the glare of ur ridiculously white perfect teeth into giggles, the crew is calling you out! enough of you I’m sure. I suggest PBG should walk around in a sandwichbag over his tiny head… oh but the suggestion of yumfood in neat package. Hmph.
I can’t kiss I did not do it well, *let’s kiss more*...blablabla I won’t cognitively say PBG is the best kisser that is not true, I just Feel for KYJ’s knees.
…Very weak buckling knees. *I’m kidding sorta the teenager seems mostly exhausted, flabagasted catching her breath…, I do not ship, need not toenjoy the joy of dying in cuteness overload*
I don’t know what they are doing but I saw that crew lady getting out of her way just to make room for them since they are not getting themselves one.
I…still am ugly crying because very chatty cousin of mine had to tell me everything about her BubbleGummy and I can not watch a scene of PrinceYeong missing Mom and not have my heart pulled out of me in lots and lots of tears and convulsions. Goodness for the sweetness of mankind and PBG’s face no more gorgeous young heroes missing his Mother, I can not bear the thought of PBG channeling anything from missing his own Mom. T____T someone cast him next in a drama where he is happily married to a noona thus could have Kim HyeJa, Na MoonHee, Go DuShim…etcetc to be his Mom/Grandma, MiL and Grandmainlaw the likes.
I love KDY here as ByungYeon. I had an agree to disagree with a dramachingu I do think KDY is doing a better job than YAI, even though I could concur YAI is more gorgeous. Just the work on his hair is marvelous, it does look convincing unattended to yet so hot a mane of untamed glory. I have never seen nor heard of him. Imo he is doing a v similar MoonyYAI role w a touch more subtle nuance and aware in a good way of the station of his character. He is very immersed in scene as a set piece, every reaction alert of being a very loyal sharp bodyguard and best friend to his Prince Yeong…take that about to check out her injured neck but slapped by a possessive Prince.
His eyes fixated on Yeong disclosing just enough shock and comtemplating for Prince’s wellbeing of both this must be a first of how Y is treating him, and sensitive to Y’s everything, blatant affection towards RO. BY sets his eyes sternly on Y to most importantly warn him in wary of how precarious Y’s attachment to RO is, and clearly Prince is aware, but BY doesn’t back down, yet never crossing the line as a subordinate, with just that he conveys how competent he is at his job to be eyes and ears for his Prince and that sensitive concern and worry of a friend.
Let’s pray they stay happily a 3some watching the sunsets forever