Okay, okay. This remake looks pretty decent! Abundant of real outdoor scenes with waterfalls, mountains, and trees. The girls are gorgeous to look at and like I said last time, Zhu Xu Dan as Zhou Zhi Ruo is stealing all my attention without breaking a sweat. She has that cold beauty vibes going for her and I’m a sucker for it. Lol. Our hero played by Zeng Shun Xi worries me a little because he only has one expression throughout the trailer. xD To be fair though, Wu Ji the character isn’t very expressive…
First peek at Yang Yang’s upcoming novel-to-drama adaptation of the popular work The King’s Avatar (全职高手) written by Butterfly Blue is out! Looks very similar in style to Just One Smile is Very Alluring, with the boys strutting together in unified arrogance. Lol. From the smiles, the whole experience is pretty unique in the modern filming realm.
Yumama is working his little lamb! After the success of the Story of Yanxi Palace, Wu Jin Yan is back in another palace drama, The Legend of Hao Lan. It’s based on the life story of Queen Dowager Zhao, mother of Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC. Of course with Yumama, a lot of things will differ…. According to the drama synopsis, our heroine was born into a prominent Zhao family but is targeted by her stepmother and loses everything. She’s bought by Lü Buwei (Nie Yuan) who then gifts her to Prince Yiren (Mao Zi Jun, yay! leading!), later King Zhuangxiang of Qin, who is held as a political hostage in the Kingdom of Zhao. The fight for power and love begins~
Han Dong Jun is back onscreen in modern garbs! Plus, he’s alongside the capable Yang Zi Shan in a plot that has been done over and over again; a pair of deeply in love young adults who were torn apart by social status and financial differences, yet their hearts remain with each other for years and the heroine finally decides to pursue the man she chased away years later. I hope their acting and chemistry will elevate the drama into something memorable.
This has not been a good week/month for Hong Kong entertainment as quite a few beloved names bid farewell to the world. Legendary wuxia writer Jin Yong (real name Louis Cha), actress Yammie Lam, veteran actor Elliot Ngok, and famous producer Raymond Chow Man-Wei (Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon, Police Story). I grew up with Jin Yong’s novel-to-drama adaptations, the world he craftily created now remains an integral part of almost every wuxia drama produced. To me, he was always like one of the top masters of a sect, who already attained immortality, and forever looked down at the humans adapting his works into various mediums. He was 94 when he passed away. A name we will always remember. Then there’s Yammie Lam, a beautiful and talented actress of the 80s in TVB dramas, whose life was marred by tragedies; failed relationships, parents’ deaths, and being a rape victim to two power players. I’m just terribly sad that there was no uphill in the latter half of her life and she died at the age of 55 in her own home, found by a friend. May she rest in peace and find freedom in the other world. Veteran actor Elliot died at age 76 with his wife and daughter by his side. He was one of the actors that I watched backwards because I only saw him in dramas beginning in the late 2000’s after he returned to Hong Kong (and TVB). Lastly, there’s renowned producer Raymond Chow, co-founder of Golden Harvest, a Hong Kong legendary film studio, producing memorable films as well as discovering and nurturing many stars. He passed away at 91.
I know, I know. I should have talked about the biggest shock of last week but I was away in the mountains, away from technology. So you can pretty much imagine my face when I got home and saw the news of Li Ying’s marriage with Feng Shao Feng that took weibo by storm. I was shocked for days… and by that time I didn’t think it was necessary to write about it anymore. However, one needs closure and this is it. Honestly, I wasn’t ready to let her go…..off the market but she deserves happiness, just like everyone else.
And today, the sweet couple Luo Jin and Tang Yan also tied the knot with a wedding.