First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

This one really snuck up on us, didn’t it? Not a lot of promos, then bam! We are airing! A lot of dramas are. Part one Sparrow with Li Yi Feng and Zhou Dong Yu got decent reviews, so I’m gonna go on a limp and say this one must be of parallel quality? The premise is quite interesting with Zhang playing dual roles – a spy and a gangster who makes a living by trading intelligence (kind of a perfect transition). Because of his resemblance to a Japanese spy, he’s forced by the Japanese to work for them, after they kidnap his younger sister. Unfortunately, he’s not the type of man to betray his home country and he eventually realizes his responsibilities as a citizen and fights alongside other comrades against the Japanese.

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Episode 1.

  1. 6 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

    I had been waiting for this since I loved Sparrow. Plus ZRY and Wang Ou? Yes please!

    I only managed to watch the first episode. So while Sparrow had an amazing, almost haunting opening theme song, Awakening of Insects does not. I’ve already forgotten the melody. =P That was slightly disappointing.

    Will try to report back once I try a few more episodes. Read on Douban that it gets better from episode 3 onwards.

    • 6 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

      Hope you’ll have a happy Halloween and a great Nov birthday.

      Nice to read your review above. I’m super slow with dramas lately. But I saw ZRY in Namiya (film) on Viki. He looked very different there.

      I bought cinema tickets to watch (… Swan?) film with Hu Ge, Gwai Lun Mei, Wan Qian. I’m hoping to watch the animated White Snake film later when it gets to the cinemas. When I first heard they animated WS, I had my doubts. But WS’ trailer looked good to me. They are doing a WS prequel for the animated feature. A slightly different spin than the usual WS I think. You didn’t watch the Nezha film? I didn’t.
      Super busy lately, so haven’t AVV-ed much the last 2 weeks.

      • 6 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

        Thanks! I hope you have a Happy Halloween as well.

        What’s the Chinese title of the movie? I have only watched him in WuXin, Medical Examiner Dr. Qin and Sparrow. Enjoyed all three and he left deep impressions on me especially in Sparrow. At times I thought he stole the spotlight from Li Yifeng.

        Let me know your thoughts on the Hu Ge film. It has been a while since I watched him in anything. I am not a WS fan as I feel like it has been overdone. Nezha did amazing at the box office from what I read, but no, haven’t watched that either. The only recent film I watched at the cinema was Jade Dynasty, which was surprisingly entertaining.

        Take care and hope to hear from you soon~

        • 6 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

          Namiya is 解忧杂货店. The timelines jump around as the movie goes on. I didn’t even bother trying to sort out the scenes chronologically as I watched it. All the subplots seem to tie back to one of the people at an orphanage. That looks like to be the unifying theme to focus on.

          I’m moderately allergic to Li Yifeng. Still didn’t like him much in Sparrow. I didn’t finish Sparrow. I thought when this .. Cicadas/Insects trailer & news came out months ago, you mentioned there had been too many entries in this genre and that the genre could be discontinued.

          I saw a few eps of Hotel De(l?) Luna (should have been “de la”). It would actually fit Halloween once you get to the spooky or supernatural parts. I wasn’t planning on watching it, but my D BFF has a soft spot for horror flicks. This drama looks sooo glamorous. FL’s outfits look pricey. And there are 7-10 outfits per episode. Speaking of outfits, did you finish Xing Zhaolin, An Yuexi’s … in Time? You mentioned her outfits there.

          I’m not expecting much from Hu Ge’s Black Goose Lake film. I suspect it’s a bit like those visual-oriented Wong Karwai movies. My drama BFF dislikes many of those, except for Chungking Express. It’s just been a very long time since I saw a cfilm. 1 reason that makes me want to watch WS is the animated Hangzhou, lanterns, and pagodas. lol. I like classical style architecture. WS’ male lead looks like Yang Xuwen, ROCH.

          Re: our past mentions of skin color issues and things, recently I was really blown away as I was reading about past CA eugenics (“Final” CA victim figure was ~22,000. About 66,000 nationwide). Puerto Rico was ~45% (of all women I think). Not to mention a bunch of Vox channel news on YT watch?v=UGqWRyBCHhw watch?v=tkD6QfeRil8 watch?v=x-ItsPBTFO0 I experience a milder form of these things sometimes. There are just tons of these pasts. Like articles on The Atlantic (2016), The Guardian (2018) on how select neighborhoods were selected for freeway constructions. Apparently it was not random. After skimming one article, I thought maybe certain neighborhoods were targeted because of their low economic standing. The next article changed my mind. Old redlined map of Seattle lists the color-coded tiered preferences, iirc. Most large cities were redlined, but not all cities listed the color preferences in numerics.

          I now have a whole new level of appreciation for the Civil Rights movement. The PR incident has been so secretive, reporters & investigators can only guess that most likely, it continued until the 1970s. In CA, some of the former sites where these things took place are now part of some of the Cal State Univ systems. One of them is now, or recently, the location for Sun Microsystems office complex. I’m not sure if all the past buildings were demolished. It’s eerie and it’s not all just from Halloween. I wasn’t aware of any of these things before.

        • 6 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

          Hmm. My previous post a few minutes ago may have gotten snagged in the spam folder.
          Let me wait a day or 2 to see if it appears.

          Take care!

      • 6 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zhang Ruo Yun and Wang Ou’s Awakening of Insects?

        Sorry for the late reply!

        Oh, Namiya! It’s on my list to read but I also watched the Japanese movie. I liked how everyone and everything is related to each other, but the chronological order can be confusing for sure.

        I appreciated LYF in Sparrow and really liked his character there, however it’s not a drama that I would watch again. Insects is still not as good as Sparrow but Zhang Ruoyun is finally getting the spotlight he deserves. Yes, the genre is still overdone and I haven’t thought otherwise.

        Kdramas are not my thing but I have seen the title you mentioned. Didn’t realize it’s supernatural. Oh I haven’t started An Yuexi’s drama yet. Just recently finished Lucky’s First Love and needed a break from Xing Zhaolin.

        Did you like Hu Ge’s film? I’m waiting for him to return to dramaland.

        I grew up watching Wong Karwai films and never understood the hype around them. Sure they are heavy on the visuals but the plots themselves are not that appealing.

        Chinese classical style architecture is right up my alley. Do you also like Chinese gardens?

        Thanks for sharing the information you’ve been reading. I looked up the article in the Atlantic and everything seems so familiar. At one point in college I took a course titled Race and Power in the US, and a good portion of the class focused on issues like this. It hits close to home. In the article they mentioned Boston’s Big Dig but they didn’t give the specific details. My neighborhood Chinatown was in the center of this huge project, when they started to tear down buildings in the 50s and 60s for a toll road, and I think they underestimated the impact of this. Thanks to this project, we lost a majority of the land in Chinatown, which is one of the biggest reasons why we’re so small and densely populated.

        I’ll have to read up on CRM another time but thanks for bringing this up!

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