Top 50 Actors of 2016


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1. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

2. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

3. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

4. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

5. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

6. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

7. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

8. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

9. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy

10. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân

11. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

12. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách

13. Zhang Han / Trương Hàn

14. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

15. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên

16. Song Joong Ki / Tống Trọng Cơ

17. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm

18. Jiang Jin Fu / Tưởng Kình Phu

19. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu

20. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương

21. Luo Jin / La Tấn

22. Ma Ke / Mã Khả

23. Li Chen / Lý Thần

24. Lee Jong Suk

25. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương

26. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương

27. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị

28. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

29. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh

30. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba

31. Chen Xiao / Trần Hiểu

32. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải

33. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi

34. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long

35. Du Chun / Đổ Thuần

36. Qin Jun Jie / Tần Tuấn Kiệt

37. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

38. Song Xiao Bao / Tống Tiểu Bảo

39. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

40. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong

41. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột

42. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

43. Zhang Lu Yi / Trương Lỗ Nhất

44. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

45. Park Hae Jin

46. Benny Chan / Trần Hạo Dân

47. Yin Zheng / Doãn Chính

48. Ji Chang Wook

49. Yuan Hong / Viên Hoằng

50. Yang Shuo / Dương Thước

Liao Zhai 2

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Ending Theme Versions:

Featuring Luo Sha Hai Shi and Yan Zhi: Here

Featuring Yi Ning and Fen Die: Here

Featuring Lian Xiang and Yi Qian: Here

I said that I would do an overall analysis on this one so here goes. I thought this set of stories was quite lacking compared to part 1. Don’t say ‘Duh’ ’cause honestly, it wasn’t a whole story to be on the same scale with the whole ‘sequel’ thing. YES, it was a sequel, BUT because it was not just one story and then this was following it in that matter to be counted that way. It would be more accurate to say that this was another set of stories that followed the previous set of stories. I remember not watching only one story from the last one ’cause I already watched another adaptation elsewhere hence not watching it because it was basically the same with a different cast. However, this one was quite fresh with the set of stories but some of them seriously failed to capture the main points and let it drag on so it was quite disappointing. I will list the order of the stories to which I feel it deserved its place and then provide the reason as to why.

Yan Zhi – I can’t believe this had become my favorite and also earned the first spot. I was really, really surprised that the story was soooo good. Possibly because it stood out from the rest so it seemed really good to me in the end. Because I thought it was average at first but analyzing it more later, it was the only one that I seemed to write an in-depth summary about. It actually had a good theme, a solid story, and was not dragging at all. Things kept happening to drive the plot forward, not letting it dwell on one or another thing for too long. There were frustrating parts, but it soon passed and gave way for other things. It was also my first time watching Cecilia Han Xue and really liked her in here. My second time watching Yan Kuan and really liked his performance, feeling he deserved this lead role.

Lian Xiang – Though I felt the story was strange with them at times and I thought I wouldn’t like the way how things were with them but I finally understand why it must to be that way. One thing drove the other forward and many events were unavoidable. I actually felt that their chemistry wasn’t bad. I actually accepted the ending though it was not a happy one. It did not have to be that way. A possibly typical battle between good versus evil but it was all right. At least it did not drag out to the point of unbearable. There were also enough actions going on to drive the plot forward, keeping it mysterious with providing us with pieces of the puzzle slowly until the end.

Ying Ning – The story became somewhat dragging and repetitive toward the middle and somewhat in the ending parts but I forgave them because somehow the story still made sense. I actually liked the chemistry between June and Zhao Yi–like I said in the other review. It was really cute between them at first and then there was some bitterness. Not too bad at all.

Fen Die – What made this one standing fourth though it was supposed to be one of my most anticipated was its stupidity with dragging on and on about believing too much what the dreams were implying. YES, it could be true and could hint at the future. BUT I felt Fen Die relied so deeply on the dreams to tell her things or let her decide that it was way too pathetic for me to endure. Eddie and Esther still had great chemistry but the story was a bit weak to endure. Not to mention how the ending was a bit weak–to say the least. Though it was a happy ending and it did show how Wang Feng was able to see through their true love and let go but it was too much of a rush.

Yi Qian – Kind of refreshing idea like I said in the other review with the reversed role of letting the girl accepting the guy. However, the plot became sort of weak in the later parts. Though there were some comedic moments, it could not make up for the ending. Too fast and too ‘whatever’  to forgive.

Luo Sha Hai Shi – It was way too obvious from the individual review that I didn’t like it. Or more like I was really disappointed in it. Regardless of how it became so tragic (as most Liao Zhai stories should be) near the end, I could not make myself move it up from the list. It was too dragging to endure. Not to mention though it was a happy ending, it was just too much of a disappointment with the plot and characterization as I said before in the other review.

Just to end this on a positive note, I really liked the ending theme song used for this part. Does that even count? LOL! The song is called “White Fox“, which really suited this kind of theme with the mystical settings.

Seriously though, it would be nice to collect and watch and skip around and then snap some caps to do nice wallpapers or other types of graphics with since the costumes were nice–for the most part. And the scenery was equally mesmerizing. If only they had worked more on the plot development because like I said before, there were a lot of good ideas yet wasted with repetitive scenes or draggy formulas. So recommended or not? If you’re curious, go ahead and hunt for it to watch. Or you could be collecting because you like the artist mentioned. BUT I wouldn’t recommend it for the plot. The good thing is I saw on YesAsia you could buy the stories separately so you could try it out for yourself without having to buy the whole set of stories.

Liao Zhai 2: Yi Qian

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This was probably my second most anticipated story in here. However, like several stories in here, it was another letdown. Though it wasn’t that terrible, it was like it did not measure up to what I expected it to be. There was a strong foundation with how the story was build up at first yet it strayed from the original theme and made it senseless along the way. Though I did enjoy Benny’s performance as the god dog or his story while in the human realm, it was hard to imagine his chemistry with the main girl. Blame it on Benny for having such a baby face so it was a bit hard to see too much of chemistry between them. Wasn’t too bad but still not the best. Also, I hated that the ending wasn’t satisfying at all. Though I kind of liked the comedy around how Benny’s character couldn’t return to Heaven yet and how his master was really pissed off. But I felt that the cat got off so easy. Yes, the other family killed his family and he was seeking revenge but it did not explain how he was able to use all sort of means to get what he wanted. He even wanted to kill the girl who saved his family and was nice to the animals throughout. He also wanted to kill Benny so it was not like he was just seeking revenge. But he was going way overboard. So why in the world was he spared? I felt the ending with how the ultimate Buddha let him follow and serve was kind of too easy. It was incorporating elements of Journey to the West into the story or something. Like how it was their fate that the cat had come down to the human realm to cause disruptions and then the cat was caught and had to return to Heaven. Too easy.

Not sure where this story stood but perhaps fifth? I actually have to give them credit for reversing the roles a bit this time around. What I meant was seeing how when human and non-humans fell in love or something like that, it was usually the guy was the human and having to accept the fairy or demon girl. This time, it was reversed and I will say it was different. Aside from that, that was it.

Legend of Demigods

Unexpectedly good. Wasn’t going to watch it because of Linda Chung and my experience with her past dramas. However, I must say she did improve in this one. She did exaggerate when she was trying to do the comedic scenes, but in the serious scenes and normal scenes, she was just fine in it. She shouldn’t be given the improved awards until now. Whatever, that’s TVB.

Benny Chan was really good in here. I was like “Wow” when I was watching it. He was totally adorable as the usual over-hyped and somewhat nutsy village bully. But he was also quite convincing as the evil one when he was being possessed. A smart mouth he had. But still very straightforward although quite foul-mouthed with the way he worded things, lol. But really like his character as an overall point. I’m so glad also that he didn’t end up with the other girl or it would be so over-killed and beat the story’s purpose.

Sunny Chan’s character was very lovable and a very kind guy. Starting to like him more and more these days since his acting is way better than those days of Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain.

Like Factors:

  • Benny and Sunny as a hilarious and odd duo – friends or brothers or arch-enemies, it’s just too funny to see them bickering and somehow learn to become friends and others in between. Their comedic parts were way funnier than watching Linda attempting to be funny.
  • Stephen Au and Nancy Wu as the tragic pair. I really like their collaboration here. Too bad it had to be that way but quite memorable.
  • Sunny and Stephen as friends. Really great how Sunny’s character learned and grew through Stephen’s guide and persistence and encouragement. Very memorable as well.
  • Sherming Yiu as the Princess. Very cute Sherming in here and really liked her character. Though I thought it was going to be tragic with her ending, I was glad things worked out.
  • Charmaine Li as Benny’s sister. Really liked her performances recently. I honestly think that she improved much faster than expected since just one or two series later and she improved already. Strange. But really liked her as Benny’s sister in here. Their bro and sis relationship was both hilarious and touching at the same time.

Overall, this one was a really good ancient and fairy/ gods series. Haven’t been impressed with TVB’s ancient series much lately. But this one could pass for a really good one.

Posted (on Xanga): October 19, 2008

Re-posted: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010