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The Eternal Love 双世宠妃

19 Sep

So I ended up dropping Cheewit Puer Kah Huajai Puer Tur after ep8 cos as delicious as Jespipat was as Wayu, I found it hard to believe that Rin could fall in love with him so easily when she barely knew the guy. I re-watched a few old lakorns instead and wonder if it’s a sign that I’ve been watching lakorns for too long when I think they don’t make lakorns like they used to. lol

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After starting and stopping on a few new dramas, I finally found one which I couldn’t stop watching. The Eternal Love 双世宠妃 – not to be confused with Eternal Love aka Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花, gawd cdramas need less repetitive English titles – is a low budget web drama with a very Mary Sue-ish plot and starring new faces. Doesn’t sound like much but it all came together to form a very addicting show … kinda like opening a giant bag of potato chips, once you start you can’t stop. If you’ve watched Go, Princess Go! 太子妃升职记, The Eternal Love is pretty much in the same vein. While both are about time travel, they each have their own unique spin on it. GPG had a guy who ended up in the body of a crown prince’s consort after travelling through time, while in TEL, a modern lady travels back in time and wakes up as Qu Tan Er in ancient China but the original consciousness of the body she now inhibits is still present, so we have 2 souls sharing the same body! This set up is not spelt out upfront and since I didn’t read the synopsis before starting the drama, I got a bit confused initially but it was easy enough to pick up after one ep. Zhang Tian Ai wowed me at first sight in GPG (she was so perfect as Zhang Peng Peng I feel her performance alone warrants watching GPG) but I was mildly irritated by Liang Jie in the first few episodes especially when she’s playing Xiao Tan who’s from the modern era. It’s surely not easy playing 2 different characters in the same drama and maybe that’s why she plays up the differences by making Xiao Tan very brash but it feels a bit forced? That said, I got used to how the characters were presented after a while and thanks to the love story developing at lightning speed, I was soon swooning over the oh-so-sweet main couple and was ready to ignore everything else. There were so many real kisses omg! and save for a short misunderstanding, the OTP’s love was unwavering. After the head banging experience watching Yu Wen Yue and Chu Qiao in Princess Agents ALMOST GETTING THERE BUT NEVERRRR FOR 58 EPISODES, this was such a joy to watch. TEL’s male lead Mo Lian Cheng is played by Xing Zhao Lin who also acted as Yue Qi in PA and it was hilarious reading the many comments asking ‘Yue Qi’  to go teach his master Yu Wen Yue some moves on how to get the girl.   Continue reading

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It’s time for wuxia romances!

5 Mar

When I wrote my post on drama romances, those in wuxia dramas completely slipped my mind till Fia mentioned them perhaps because I was first introduced to the genre in the form of novels and later watched the countless movie/tv adaptations so it was never just ‘a drama’ to me. My memories of wuxia stories and the host of characters are an amalgamation of both experiences and my perception is still continually shaped by each new re-make as well as my age. Wuxia has given us many enduring romances but I will focus on 2 lesser known (in the English fandom at least) ones in this post. Feel free to share you own favourites!
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Drama status

12 Apr

Dropped:
Rak Ok Arkad [ep watched 2/total ep 14][lakorn]: This sounds like a reverse ‘Poo Yai Lee Gab Nang Mah’ which I enjoyed tremendously and I wanted to like this for Cherry but the laughs were too slapstick and Om’s acting too stiff for me to carry on.

Forensic Heroes III [6/30][HK drama]: This one went for the CSI route but didn’t match up and it didn’t pull me in on the character front either so bye bye it was. Random observation: Age is really catching up with Maggie Cheung Ho-yee!

Too Late to Say I Love You [15/36][Cdrama]: Wallace Chung as Murong Feng charmed my socks in this one and I also loved the strong-willed heroine Jing Wan but after skimming through the novel on which the drama is based on, I couldn’t bear to watch the betrayal that I knew Jing Wan was going to suffer later. I did catch the last two episodes and the drama version white-washed Murong Feng to give him and Jing Wan a happy ending when in the novel, Murong Feng engineered an accident to kill Jing Wan's husband and daughter and to revenge him, Jing Wan carried her dead daughter to Murong Feng and lied that she was his biological daughter, then proceeded to kill herself with the gun that Murong Feng gave her years ago. How fun. I might finish this one day when I’m in the mood for angst.
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匪我思存的小说

26 Mar

去年看了《千山暮雪》的电视剧,虽然知道是由匪我思存的小说改编,却没有特别想要去翻原著。最近因为《来不及说我爱你》的缘故又和匪大的小说搭上,又非常巧的在图书馆撇到她的书,自然就把几本抱回家。

《千山暮雪》
It’s the first time I find a drama adaptation such a good complement of the novel which it is based on, actually building upon the novel’s foundation and making it a fuller story. The novel is narrated from Tong Xue’s POV and while this gives us privy to her thoughts and feelings, our understanding of other characters are also TX-filtered and none more so than Mo Shao Qian. 我是先看电视剧的,当时觉得莫绍谦的角色很饱满,他和慕氏之间的斗争也写得很精彩,没想到这些都是原著里没有的,让我实在好佩服编剧。看剧了解了莫禽兽,回头看小说了解了童雪。
那些小说里描写比较多的人物我还是偏心小说的设定,例如刘悦莹,赵高兴,萧山,李姿娴。慕氏一家,童雪舅舅舅妈,莫绍谦的母亲和手下… 这些人物小说原来就着墨不多,编剧的补充自然就成为我的headcanon.

《来不及说我爱你》
电视剧看了前15集加最后两集,小说看了结尾部分。电视剧是童话版的有情人终成眷属,却也已经不是小说里的慕容沣和尹静琬。小说里静琬对沛林最后的报复是那么的决绝,但那都是他咎由自取的。他失去了她,是他心里永远的疙瘩,但他照样拥有他的天下,照样和别的女人养儿育女,照样长命百岁。她为了他、因为他,却是一无所有。
终究没把小说好好看过,就不多加评论了。

《如果这一秒,我没遇见你》
这本倒是老老实实地看完了。慕容清峄和任素素在医院那段有感动到,其他部分就感觉平平。我只是一直不明白,除了素素的美貌,慕容清峄到底爱她什么?

Looking back on 2011 – Chinese dramas

25 Dec

China
Sealed With A Kiss: The premise of a man blackmailing a girl into becoming his mistress in order to exact revenge for her father’s sins might not sit well with many but if you’re a lakorn veteran, this would not faze you a bit. It has all the elements of a typical slap-kiss – Greed! Betrayal! Revenge! Abuse! Manipulation! – and I was expecting a standard lakorn with the only difference being the characters speaking Chinese but I was pleasantly surprised by nuanced characterization and tight plot. lengthier than I thought

塞外牛羊空许约

24 Feb

*bawls*

I thought it wouldn’t affect me much since I’ve read/watch Qiao Feng’s story so many times already but … but… *bawls some more*

I couldn’t get past the scene where Ah Zhu tries to stop Qiao Feng from taking revenge on Duan Zheng Chun. It breaks my heart when she says ‘if we are separated, you will be lonely and so will I’ because it’s so true. They have no one else in the world except each other but fate has to play such a cruel joke on them.

*spoilers*
That’s why I am actually relieved when Qiao Feng dies in the end because honestly, fate has been too harsh on him and without Ah Zhu by his side, he has no more strength to live. In death, he can finally be reunited with his beloved Ah Zhu.