OH, JIN DONG
Admittedly, my knees give up more on seeing him selling stuff in suits than his dramaz, pains me more biases wasted in mediocre than not seeing them at all. He has 浮出水面, a modern spy thriller out shortly, my hopes are not high, then there is Ode to Joy2 (argh), 鬼吹灯/Candle in the Tomb (will be so chopsueyed by censors unwatchable), Surgeon (w BaiBaiKe (awesome in GrowUp<3)and LiuYeJun his old mate fr Disguiser I am willing to be decent, not asking much) AND Please be AWESOME 我的前半生, original novel by HK romance queen YiShu costarring Chen! Dao!Ming! (really?! I have to see to believe)
Trailer for 浮出水面, sth I will watch only if I have time and could part with what’s owning my entire heart atvm:
I think it is safe to earn an eternal spot in ajummadom if one would kill puppies to protect Park BoGum if necessary, his place in my heart is the status of a newborn babypanda with that harmless good looking face of his attached, and my eyes physically pained me dazed by the literally godtrillion pics of him ‘post’MDBC mania. I should properly gush about Reply 1988 when I have time, I gobbled it up in a few days in lieu of sleep. Must. This is the first reply series eternally owning my heart, soul, everything in being so restraint, so beautifully lack of dramatic gloss and sheen and you feel and love every single character as your family in due time. PBG’s Taeki is not the best thing out of it because they all are equally most precious. This is the first time I kinda understand the shipping wars but not really because these are down to earth, grounded angels, all of them so realistically marriage material, and this is the first time I thought the series have so much trust respect and love for the characters to let them be and allow us to just enjoy spending glorious quality time with their mundane, extrapolating to our own life’s experience and COMBUSTION. It got me so emotional I cried for them and for myself reminsicing the lovely nostalgia of just living, then as an 18, 20sth year old. I actually see very little wringing of our emotions in that tiresome game of who’s the hubby this time around. One of them will take all the care for her in life, no matter being a bff, a husband, always a dear constant; the other, she wants to take care of for life.
Yuan Hong, my ex loverboy, yeah I have officially dumped him, just lost interest. I could snap back with one terrific drama, an awesome role, his upcoming in a few days 咱们相爱吧 is not cutting it, the lines are almost entire composed of nauseating sexist ageist propaganda veiled behind some 30sth girlpower, absolutely driving me batshit, that and my sadder and sadder aversion to plastic surgeries on faces I have to stare in HD in order to watch some drama, ie his RL wifey, no thank you:
The drama 远大前程/Great Expectations he is working on, I am crazily excited about, not because of him though lol, I just beg him to put in his best job to date and not freeload because this is nothing but OMFG bamf!veteran thespians each could eat him alive not even spliting out bones. I can make a list of works I adore, will recommend from them:
Chen SiCheng writer/producer/lead actor: his last brainchild movie Detective Chinatown was surprising solid, at least there is some working script and good effort put in the directing and acting. In the superthin offering of watchable C movies 2015, 2016, this took the cake.
YH’s Ordinary World and Chang Ge Xing are his recent decent dramas, just no hooks, nothing to be obsessive about.
Liu HaoRan is my less pretty CN Park BoGum, will go far in the business. I am actually keeping a hopeful eye on Lang YaBang2 with him attached and a few most amazing thespians in the industry for periods namely 孙淳/Sun Chun, the president YuanShiKai in one of the most critically acclaimed work by Zhang Li 走向共和 <-engsubbed; 张博/ZhangBo, I have mentioned his worth here and there; and 郭京飞/Guo JingFei, I am a stan and he is always glorious!…thus pwning LYB1 for me on average talent of roster…yet firmly holding opinion Miss LYBscriptwriter is talentless for scope. He is on the roster of the dripping with gorgeous Cat Demon (more later) by Chen ZaiGe next.
赵立新 Zhao Lixin, A PD Zhang Li regular again, magical in Ming Dynasty, Rise of the Republic…etcetc, I was floored by him as CaoCao in a lesser work 曹操 (2013), my parents have been nudging me to watch a recent better Cdrama offering 中国式关系 with him in it.
I could not imagine anyone haven’t seen some Mr 金士杰 King ShihChieh‘s work, any HHH, any. Or a Good old CPeriod 貞觀之治/Rise of Tang Empire, :
Mr 倪大红 Ni DaHong is DABEST, always terrifyingly a league above in ANY ensemble, even in horrible stuff, but he elevates even the best scripts, eg 大明王朝1566 or the flawed more recent All Quiet in Peking.
He is best known as hottest fashionista Grandpa no one is arguing.
富大龙/ Fu Dalong is sooo memorable in Qin Empire 2. 陈昊/Chen Hao is the only actor I have not seen a thing.
Tong LiYa, is super gorgeous, very decently talented, I have yet to love any of her drama, let this be it. She is also doing a cameo in LYB2, along with HXM, I am not as revolted with HXM cameoing in a period, lest we forget, he started out with passing grade in a period as a newbie against a Chen DaoMing, with micromanaging direction not encouraging him to preen and strut, he could serve his role. But yeah, y am I getting any bit excited about LYB2 when I can’t stand LYB, y.
Amber Kuo is a weaklink, stop doing miscasts in nothing but CRAP, you were refreshing in First Page Taipei.
刘奕君 Liu Yijun, recently rewatched bits of 大染坊 (2003) just to revisit fondly when ShanDong production company was good with heart and enthusiasm and passion.
黄志忠 is also on the cast, from the same troupe of ZhangLi regular thespianhood, 10+ works 8+/10 at douban, that crazy perfect.
Legend of the Cat Demon/ 妖猫传
While Chen KaiGe is not my love for directors, he has breathtakingly lush aesthetics, I could hope there is a working script by 王蕙玲 (Lust Caution, EatDrinkManWoman and…argherm The Crossing) because how else could it attracts this mindboggling otherworldly beings?!?! Zhang YuQi as春琴/Shunkin, wife of Guard possessed by Cat Demon or The Consort Yang/Yokihi whose romance and death memorialized by famous Tang poet Bai JuYi’s lyrical poem Chang HenGe (Song of Everlasting Sorrow), poet/detective played by the everywhere in everything Huang Xuan, here assigned to investigate the strange, then there is the ever scene-stealing Zhang LuYi as Emperor, Qin Hao (Blind Massage) as Palace Guard, Sometani as Monk, Liu HaoRan as lil White Dragon, Crystal Zhang (GoPrincessGo)as Cat, Sandrine Pinna, Keiko Matsuzaka, Abe Hiroshi. O__O Geez I adore them ALL, shallowly and/or rabidly.
Because I can not stop myself being stupid and nosy, checking out TWO just out Cdramas penned by DingMo (not my cuppa fr what I cant finish of her Love Me If You Dare): 美人为馅/Memory Lost and 如果蜗牛有爱情/When A Snail Falls in Love, it hits me how memorable, the only worthy thing Mr Zhang LuYi was in LMIYD. I did not have the time to go past ep1 of both currently airing offerings, impression is MemoryLost>>Snail. At least there are things I could follow with some interest plotwise in M, Snail’s (ie LMIYD) PD has no sense of pace nor a clue in building tension of ANY kind other than feasting the fangirls lots of WangKai, and since his PS is more and more visible for me and me alone, I am having a hard time not occupying myself nitpicking the oddness of his chin and so forth when the story does not really need to take the snail in title so literally.
I feel, this is all of Snail I should mildly pay attention to.
Memory though, has a lot of hot romping ep1 scene1:
Yang Rong, absolutely gorgeous, criminally stiffled under YuZheng’s management, so I must brave this for her sake, her first leading heroine at 35, keeping in mind the reality check this is still a YuZheng’s shit. I do not mind Bai Yu the actor at all, he is not cookiecutter plastic, thus a lot of novel fans are wailing he’s ruined their pretteh, but he has been competent in quite a few dramas I liked: Grow Up, 少帅/Young Marshal (a lesser liked ZhangLi is still a ZhangLi) , and come on he is nowhere near the bottom of the acting barrel in One Smile is Very Alluring.
I do not know why there are suddenly three crime procedurals out in C dramaland everyone is watching, amongst them, Dr Qin is the best by a mile. All three leading characters are charming in their ways, very little OTTness, and quite lovely acted by Zhang Ruoyun, Jiao JunYan and Li Xian. It does not try to be jawdroppingly amazing, the cases are too simple to really worm our brains in, but then that makes it a very easy enjoyable watch, its allure. Zhang Ruoyun is someone that can perk my interest up, he is not in my pretty manrem, BUT he is so charismatic owning every role, his Dr Qin is along the thread of every Sherlock, brittle like a Simon Bo of WH just not as unbelievable, Zhang injects that facade with just enough whiff of warm cute heart thumping under the surface so organically.
Wallace HuoHuo, you are still a ridiculously gorgeous man to my shallow eyes, it is not human to look this good without hair:
And how is it fair very pregnant Ruby looks almost exactly like 20 years ago, with a dash more womanly allure however much photoshop magic there is?!?!
lol and remember the days when the world ship WH and TY?!?!?!?!
I love her latest pictorial, finally capping into her right aura of a much more aggressively lethally alluring woman than those ditsy bimbos she keeps playing. ‘Fresh’ is the rumor Tang Yan is dating her costar LouJin of several drama collabs, their 锦绣未央/Princess WeiYoung will air 11/11. It could be a guilty pleasure, I doubt mine as I find all the guys across the board not my type of period handsome and fugly styled.
军师联盟/Advisors Alliance looks too snazzy to be real, but a drama that can have this much gorgeous to chop out of making a trailer could not possibly be utter Crap, right?!??!?!! Do not be another case of teaser pwning the drama by a world. This should be interesting on the premise alone, focusing on a greyer power player Sima Yi during Three Kingdoms era.