Review is written and submitted by guest writer Sharon. If you would like to submit a review of any drama, movie, or novels, please contact Kappy.
This post has been delayed for so long. *_*
Two dramas premiered on the 14th, this and The Rise of Phoenixes. Will be making a post for each. 🙂
The Dark Lord (夜天子) is upcoming drama adaptation of a novel written by Yue Guan starring Joe Xu and Song Zu Er. Joe plays a prison guard, a title/job which is passed down in his family. He has an elder twin brother too but the man is too timid and kind to work as a prison guard, hence little brother who’s sharper and smarter took on the job. He’s asked by a high-ranked official (who’s on death roll) to deliver a will back to his hometown. The official only has one daughter (our heroine, I suppose?) with a mistress and hopes she’s well-off to get married. The job is of utmost importance because he goes as far as cursing our hero if he doesn’t fulfill his dying wishes. Sure enough, our hero meets his daughter who’s kicked out of the main house by the main wife. When she’s caught with our hero alone, main wife has an excuse to label her misconduct in public, hoping to secure the inheritance to herself. Our hero narrowly escapes the inheritance fight and is caught in another ploy, coerced into playing a magistrate for selfish means, which leads to his ascension in the ladder of politics.
Stills, press conference, BTS, and a trailer! Quite a few goodies for the upcoming novel-to-drama adaptation of The Dark Lord (夜天子) written by Yue Guan. I’m late into the game cause I’ve been trying to read the novel every night and fell asleep after a few paragraphs….then proceeded to not remember what I read. Lol. It falls under the ancient comedy category and features Xu Hai Qiao (Lost Love In Times) and Song Zu Er (Boyhood) as leads.
We are finally here! 3 whole months of airing. We start with marriage and end with marriage. Lol. 🙂
“You think you’re better than me because you wear pretty wedding gowns every 10 episodes?!”
One more week!
Drama within drama! Joe Xu Hai Qiao is a badass! We all know how shady the entertainment business is and many actors are forced to accept and move or lest they offend the big boys in the biz but lookie at Xu Hai Qiao, who directly tagged the production team on weibo about editing his lines (leading to words not syncing with mouth movements) and cutting his scenes. When he was cast for the role, he read the novel and really liked the character and in the five months of shooting, had done his best to bring the character forward. He frequently sought the novel author and together they hoped to bring the wholeness of his character to life. As an actor, he usually watches his works as they air to monitor and improve for later projects, which was how he began to notice drastic lines editing and reduced scenes onscreen. The author supported his stance and stated that his performance is ideal and closest to the character written in the novel. The producer (Tang Li Jun) and one of the screenwriters (Han Pei Zhen) have spoken up, explaining that the work of post-production teams is to enhance and highlight the characters and the plot to intensify the flow of the storyline. Every decision they made was done collectively, after speaking with the producer, directors, script writers, and post production teams. Interestingly, not with the actors! Han Pei Zhen stated that the small changes are deliberately done to enrich and link with the plots later on, so that as the story reaches climax, viewers will be able to see the characters holistically and not just under one color. Whether these changes will alter his character in a negative light, we would have to watch and see.
That’s it for today’s drama within drama! Lol.