ChuHan Contention (mainly Peter Ho appreciation)

, Mousie, for you!

PD Guo, BRAVO!  Oh so smart to give us this sleeveless armor look.  It'll be ridiculous and lowbrow to have Peter shirtless ALL the time, afterall how busy r our eyes to appreciate all the diff muscle groups?!
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C Drama everything

If one only relies on weibo for casting 'news', Loverboy is the sizzling piece of holy Tang-monk meat everybody exc TR wants a bite.  All we know for sure is he's chilling back home in Wuhan, spotted partying everywhere in fanpics all over weibo and 'reading scripts' after Mulan wrapped. His name is popping up in every drama under the sun in preproduction. The most ridiculous being Goong 3: FengMi+HongShi r mentioned in same breath as the main quartet MUAHAHAHHAHA.  Then there's the up in the air one of Hawick, YaYa, YH transplanting to a modern TongHua adaptation (really I can count 2 or 3 or 4 TH adaptations in production atm GEEZ)now that the censor bureau is cramping down on period 'non-historicals' making Lonely Spring Court a possible no-go.  There's one potential pairing I'm praying to happen, even for the evil stepmom of a writer Fei Wo Si Cun's East Court (Sealed with A Kiss WTFery will never be easily forgotten here): YH + Wang ZiWen, an up and coming U25 C actress I'm keeping a very keen eye on.  She's still under the radar but with the smartest resume amongst her peers, popping up in EVERY genre possible, her work portfolio has the greatest balance of serious and trendy; silly popular idol vehicles, critically acclaimed blockbusters and indie artsy gems.  If u've asked me, she would've kicked LSS to the curb as RuoXi because there's a vivacity firing under her demure looks,  the often talking point of SS' sore lack of.  Wang's eyes, even with those horrid circle lens can wax poetic.

She earned some serious brownie points as a noob in Sheng Si Qiao/生死桥 (Lit. The Bridge of Life and Death), a drama adaptation of my favorite Lilian Li novel growing up.  She is DanDan, a fav character of mine in all of Lilian's novels. Needless to say I'm harsher than normal when watching and was prepared to jump at any stabbity chance.  She's green in it and wearing circle lens in a period drama is my HUGE peeve, but she's got the aura of the character pat down, impeccable casting by PD all around.  And what a seriously true to novel adaptation!   It's one of the best drama adaptations of any piece of novel I've seen in Cdrama,  even with new characters added on and filling plots out to enrich a full length drama epic.  The dedication and perfection in every painstaking detail in adaptation was only seen in the rare BBC masterpiece equivalent.  That said, it's not for entertainment, it's super angsty, no glimmer of rainbow for ANY of the characters,  tbh many times you'd wished them killed and RIP instead of living the hell.  At times it's draggy, bare in histrionics, brilliant ladyPD has no care of pacing it for an easier catchy watch, putting all her eggs in the basket of reviving the time and place and the fine artistry of Peking Opera.  RL artists are allowed to showcase real performances, often most of an act of opera.  The supporting cast is a list of the who's who of living national treasures.  It's a feast for the eyes with any care to historical accuracy, and for an art geek, it's glorious crack. I need a rewatch.

She's scene stealing most lately in the Great Magician, the sly-est political satire cloaking under the slapstick farce, a true storytelling 'magic' trickery.  She's the prettiest of the cast, esp when Zhao Xun is unbelievably haggard to play the love of their llives of both Tony and Sean.

I watched an episode of ZJZ's New Journey to the West 2011 last night.  It's not as headdesky as I thought in content, but severe acousticophobia alert: ZJZ is using his bloody inappropriate background music LOUD and 24/7 EVERY FkING SECOND OF THE EPISODE. EVERYYYYY! Lord, have mercy.  There are dense text st fr the classic, then the remaining lines r too modern, typical.  One of ZJZ's 'strength' is he's going to 'dramatize' any book clunkily page by loyal page.  There won't be much editing/adapting the dry text into a proper screenplay.  It's not an issue here, I'm just saying out loud.

Guess what this is:

The main issue:  Art direction and CGI are HORRIBLE (above: Cow Demon)  This looks exactly the same as things 30/40 yrs ago.   $1 billion RMB and u r giving us this crap?!?!?! I wasn't expecting anything, but hope u have pages of excuses for ur bankers, ZJZ.
Despite it all, I may still continue, for the insane amount of big star cameos! FSF has never looked more smashing and I've heard he's doing an endearing job with his role as the mystical hero, 3rd eye all seeing Erlang Shen.  He can be Pegasus Seiya in this get up. I approve!

In other news: me gusta HXM as the Legendary Sung hero General in the movie The Patriot Yue Fei:

This is no longer news: Peter Ho is BAMF!Hot in blood and grime.

more ChuHan picspam…

My (shallow) gut is telling me I’ll finally succumb to PeterHo

It's NOT fair PD Gao.  Do NOT blog kickass hot stills of my AILF (ahjusshi I'd like to…fangirl) right next to a guy I'm not attracted to at all….till NOW.

And I do not wish to look forward to drama very desperately like counting down the days when my Binnie will be discharged.   The WHEN can be a year, hundreds of days or MORE.  I hate hate hate waiting for anything, much less sth I am coveting every drop of it.  And I'm still definitely ANGRY I'm not getting my ChenDM/ChenJianBing most glorious clothes/rags-a-flying ahjusshi lovehate bromance….but Peter, I'll give u a chance, prove me VERY wrong.


Shall we all time travel back to 3rdC/2ndC BC Middle Kingdom and save the trillions of Yuan?!

FIVE!!!!!  SIX if I'm counting 大秦帝国2/DaQinDiGuo2/The Qin Empire 2. The worst case of copycats offense, EVER.

A roundup (in order of my interest)

1.楚汉传奇 (my guess fr C title it'll focus on the 4 yr Chu-Han Contention 206-202BC )
Draws:  producer GuoXiXi (3 Kingdoms), Lead actors: Chen DaoMing (confirmed), LuYi….
LAVI$H!! producer Guo is touting this will be grander than SanGuo (with MUCH more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$).  It's reported to be the most expensive TV production to date in Cdramaland and it's all still in preproduction prediction.  Guo has been working on this since end of SanGuo Both the main ladies Empress Lu, Consort Yu are still in casting.  Cameras will roll in August, big downer: might have to wait 2, 3 years for it to broadcast.

2. 楚汉争雄 (again on the Chu-Han Contention)
Draws: very soft spot for PD 陈家林, the trustworthy brandname gold standard for C historical, this is his very last project before retirement!  Any YangMi fan should check out her Wang ZhaoJun, she's allowed to be in sth decently scripted and to ACT, for reals. I fangirled Chen DaoMing because of his KangXi Dynasty (sooooo good, along with its brother piece YongZheng Dynasty  and I'm forever grateful they spoiled me of the 'amusement' in watching anything YuZheng can crap on KangXi/YongZheng 😉 )
Also PD Chen said this will focus on the XiangYu, ConsortYu vein.  I'm their shipper, Liu Bang was an STDs carrying cruel, weasel/douchbag.  '站在“失败者”的角度演绎故事,试图找寻真实的刘邦与项羽,以更公正的态度看待两人的对决 -PD Chen.   'We will hinge on the 'losers', in our quest for portraits of Liu Bang and XiangYu closer to the truth, a look at their contention fr a fairer standpoint''  WANT!! But this is still in very early pre-production, another Billion Yuan project, quite possibly will never materialize. :(((

3. 大秦帝国2 (mid 3rd C BC to mid 2nd BC?)
Draws: bookend piece to the awesome Qin Empire. Continue the story of YingSi, arguably the best (the YongZheng of Qin if I may) of Qin rulers, laying the groundwork for Qin's eventual unification of China.

I know netizen is already ranting on how horrible the 50+ min preview looks and without the awesome writer fr Qin Empire, this is never going to be as good.  But even if it's nowhere near, I still have to watch.

The preview:

Yes, the music is crap, the VO is fr the 80s….historical inaccuracies, atrocious editing blablabla.  I concur!  But, this is a C trailer and they r seldom good/ has much to do with the end piece other than the pretty, I can't stop myself fr watching even though I hate the casting of YingSi/main guy.

4. + 5. 王的盛宴 + 鸿门宴  (Feast at Hong Gate: new year's eve 205-206 BC)

Draw:  The real headbutt, I'm much more interested in wrestling the 2 movies together and its BTS shenanigans than each on its own.  Both will be based on the exact same Most Fateful ' Last Supper' in C history.  All the juicy players r rounded up there.  Lets see if any of the production can make a memorable art like Leonardo did for Last Supper, heh.

LuChuan is the WAYYY better writer/producer imo, but his production is plagued by many disconcerting snags..  It also amuses me to no end sizing up every single character and its actor on my scale of OMGvsMEH.  LuChuan's still edging on the gorgeous men front alone: Daniel Wu as XiangYu(OMFG!), LiuYe as Liu Bang(he can do layers, dark and connive better than LeonLai), Chang Chen as Han Xin (CHANG CHEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), Nie Yuan as Xiang Zhuang (sword dance!!!), and Sha Yi (Bigbro Sun) as brother of Consort Yu.  I don't have a care for the ladies in this.

6.  Yu PoS I refuse to name/watch/hear/read/tease/shit on.