Top 50 Actresses of 2019

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Translations:

  1. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
  2. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
  3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
  4. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
  5. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y
  6. Li Qin / Lý Thấm
  7. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
  8. Angel Wang / Vương Âu
  9. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
  10. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến
  11. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
  12. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
  13. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát
  14. Angel Zhao / Triệu Kim Mạch
  15. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
  16. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh
  17. Li Yi Tong / Lý Nhứt Đồng
  18. Xing Fei / Hình Phi
  19. Yang Chao Yue / Dương Siêu Việt
  20. Yukee Chen / Trần Ngọc Kỳ
  21. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
  22. Wendy Zhang / Trương Tử Phong
  23. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
  24. Lareina Song / Tống Tổ Nhi
  25. Xin Zhi Lei / Tân Chỉ Lôi
  26. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
  27. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á
  28. Zhang Xue Ying / Trương Tuyết Nghênh
  29. Amanda Qin / Tần Hải Lộ
  30. @@@@
  31. Bridgette Qiao Xin / Kiều Hân
  32. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
  33. Yao Chen / Diêu Thần
  34. Zhao Lu Si / Triệu Lộ Tư
  35. Yoona
  36. Shen Yue / Thẩm Nguyệt
  37. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn
  38. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy
  39. Bai Lu / Bạch Lộc
  40. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái
  41. Ma Yi Li / Mã Y Lợi
  42. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
  43. Song Yi / Tống Dật
  44. Lulu Xuan / Tuyên Lộ
  45. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần
  46. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
  47. Meng Zi Yi / Mạnh Tử Nghĩa
  48. Yan Ni / Diêm Ni
  49. Wu Jin Yan / Ngô Cẩn Ngôn
  50. Li Nian / Lý Niệm

Top 50 Actresses of 2018

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Translation:

  1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
  2. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
  3. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
  4. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
  5. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
  6. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
  7. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến
  8. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
  9. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
  10. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y
  11. Lareina Song / Tống Tổ Nhi
  12. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh
  13. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á
  14. Li Qin / Lý Thấm
  15. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh
  16. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
  17. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
  18. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái
  19. Cecilia Han Xue / Hàn Tuyết
  20. Regina Wan / Vạn Tây
  21. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
  22. Li Yi Tong / Lý Nhứt Đồng
  23. Hu Bing Qing / Hồ Băng Khanh
  24. Shen Yue / Thẩm Nguyệt
  25. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
  26. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
  27. Yoona
  28. Li Xiao Ran / Lý Tiểu Nhiễm
  29. Yang Rong / Dương Dung
  30. Sebrina Chen Yao / Trần Dao
  31. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần
  32. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
  33. Qin Lam / Tần Lam
  34. Sun Yi / Tôn Di
  35. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy
  36. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ
  37. Lolita Wang / Vương Hiểu Thần
  38. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy
  39. @@@@
  40. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát
  41. Wendy Zhang / Trương Tử Phong
  42. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
  43. Dong Jie / Đổng Khiết
  44. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như
  45. Charmaine Sheh / Xa Thi Mạn
  46. Wang Li Kun / Vương Lệ Khôn
  47. Zhang Xue Ying / Trương Tuyết Nghênh
  48. Zhou Xun / Châu Tấn
  49. Xin Zhi Lei / Tân Chỉ Lôi
  50. Xie Na / Tạ Na

Top 50 Actresses of 2017

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Translation:

1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

2. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

3. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

4. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

5. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

6. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

7. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

8. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

9. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

10. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát

11. Li Qin / Lý Thấm

13. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

14. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

15. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến

16. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

17. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái

18. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

19. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm

20. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

21. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

22. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

23. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

24. Jennifer Shu Chang / Thư Sướng

25. Shen Yue / Thẩm Nguyệt

26. Wang Li Kun / Vương Lệ Khôn

27. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

28. Tang Yi Xin / Đường Nghệ Hân

29. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

30. Regina Wan / Vạn Tây

31. Cecilia Han Xue / Hàn Tuyết

32. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

33. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

34. Jacqueline Li / Lý Tiểu Lộ

35. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

36. Li Yi Tong / Lý Nhứt Đồng

37. Zheng He Hui Zi / Trịnh Hợp Huệ Tử

38. Sun Yi / Tôn Di

39. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

40. Lolita Wang / Vương Hiểu Thần

41. Adi Kan / Khám Thanh Tử

42. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần

43. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

44. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

45. Bridgette Qiao Xin / Kiều Hân

46. Maggie Huang / Huỳnh Mộng Doanh

47. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

48. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

49. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh

50. Janice Wu Qian / Ngô Thiến

Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

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I usually don’t do this, but I just thought I do it since year since I saw the list the other day.  (Go here for the list in its originality.) And I know she’s not ranked first, but I just like the picture, lol.

Anyway, here goes the translation for the list:

  1. 1. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng
  2. 2. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm
  3. 3. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch
  4. 4. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh
  5. 5. Yang Yang / Dương Dương
  6. 6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào
  7. 7. Jackie Chan / Thành Long
  8. 8. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh
  9. 9. Jay Chou / Châu Kiệt Luân
  10. 10. Wu Yi Fan / Ngô Dịch Phàm
  11. 11. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong
  12. 12. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu
  13. 13. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ
  14. 14. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên
  15. 15. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn
  16. 16. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh
  17. 17. TFBOYS
  18. 18. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca
  19. 19. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi
  20. 20. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng
  21. 21. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình
  22. 22. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa
  23. 23. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi
  24. 24. Jing Bo Ran / Tỉnh Bách Nhiên
  25. 25. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao
  26. 26. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba
  27. 27. Andy Lau / Lưu Đức Hoa
  28. 28. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy
  29. 29. Li Bing Bing / Lý Băng Băng
  30. 30. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột
  31. 31. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương
  32. 32. Lin Chi Ling / Lâm Chí Linh
  33. 33. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương
  34. 34. Chris Lee / Li Yu Chun / Lý Vũ Xuân
  35. 35. Sally Jing Tian / Cảnh Điềm
  36. 36. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình
  37. 37. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba
  38. 38. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á
  39. 39. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng
  40. 40. Cheney Chen Xue Dong / Trần Học Đông
  41. 41. He Jing / Hà Cảnh
  42. 42. Wang Kai / Vương Khải
  43. 43. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân
  44. 44. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm
  45. 45. Faye Wong / Vương Phi
  46. 46. Eddie Peng / Bành Vu Yến
  47. 47. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị
  48. 48. Shu Qi / Thư Kỳ
  49. 49. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long
  50. 50. Jin Dong / Cận Đông
  1. 52. Liu Wen / Lưu Văn
  2. 53. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương
  3. 54. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách
  4. 55. Li Chen / Lý Thần
  5. 56. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân
  6. 57. Jacky Cheung / Trương Học Hữu
  7. 58. Eason Chan / Trần Dịch Tấn
  8. 59. Donnie Yen / Chân Tử Đan
  9. 60. Zhou Xun / Châu Tấn
  10. 61. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc
  11. 62. Huang Lei / Hoàng Lỗi
  12. 63. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi
  13. 64. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi
  14. 65. Show Luo / La Chí Tường
  15. 66. Tony Leung Chiu Wai / Lương Triều Vỹ
  16. 67. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải
  17. 68. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như
  18. 69. Sun Yang / Tôn Dương
  19. 70. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn
  20. 71. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ
  21. 72. Ni Ni / Nghệ Ni
  22. 73. Yang Zi / Dương Tử
  23. 74. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến
  24. 75. Xie Na / Tạ Na
  25. 76. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy
  26. 77. Mayday
  27. 78. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên
  28. 79. Sandra Ma / Mã Tư Thuần
  29. 80. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng
  30. 81. Chen Dao Ming / Trần Đạo Minh
  31. 82. Carina Lau / Lưu Gia Linh
  32. 83. Jolin Tsai / Thái Y Lâm
  33. 84. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong
  34. 85. Aaron Kwok / Quách Phú Thành
  35. 86. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên
  36. 87. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn
  37. 88. Kevin Tsai / Thái Khang Vĩnh
  38. 89. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên
  39. 90. Han Han / Hàn Hàn
  40. 91. Feng Xiao Gang / Phùng Tiểu Cương
  41. 92. Xu Zheng / Từ Tranh
  42. 93. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Trạch
  43. 94. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân
  44. 95. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ
  45. 96. Jason Zhang Jie / Trương Kiệt
  46. 97. Zhang Hui Mei / Trương Huệ Muội
  47. 98. Zhang Yimou / Trương Nghệ Mưu
  48. 99. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong
  49. 100. Li Qin / Lý Thấm

Top 50 Actresses of 2016

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Translation:

1. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

2. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

3. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

4. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

5. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

6. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

7. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến

8. Crystal Zhang Tian Ai / Trương Thiên Ái

9. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

10. Guan Xiao Tong / Quan Hiểu Đồng

11. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

12. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

13. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

14. Guli Nazha / Cổ Lực Na Trát

16. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

17. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

18. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

19. Ada Liu Yan / Liễu Nham

20. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

21. Yoona

22. Olivia Wang Zi Wen / Vương Tử Văn

23. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần

24. Tang Yi Xin / Đường Nghệ Hân

25. Jiang Shu Ying / Giang Sơ Ảnh

26. Jia Qing / Giả Thanh

27. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

28. Zhang Xin Yi / Trương Hâm Nghệ

29. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

30. Erica Song Hye Kyo / Tống Huệ Kiều

31. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

32. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

33. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

34. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

35. Alina Zhang Meng / Trương Manh

36. Li Qin / Lý Thấm

37. Hu Bing Qing / Hồ Băng Khanh

38. Sebrina Chen Yao / Trần Dao

39. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

40. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

41. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

42. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

43. Xie Na / Tạ Na

44. Michelle Chen / Trần Nghiên Hy

45. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

46. Park Shin Hye

47. Song Jia / Tống Giai

48. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

49. Krystal Jung

50. Angel Wang Ou / Vương Âu

Top 50 Actresses of 2015

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Okay, this is for the female side. (Go here for the male list.)

Translation:

1. Tiffany Tang Yan / Đường Yên

2. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

3. Fan Bing Bing / Phạm Băng Băng

4. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

5. Angelababy / Yang Ying / Dương Dĩnh

6. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

7.

8. Vicki Zhao / Triệu Vy

9. Crystal Liu Yi Fei / Lưu Diệc Phi

10. Jiang Xin / Tưởng Hân

11. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

12. Cecilia Liu Shi Shi / Lưu Thi Thi

13. Zheng Shuang / Trịnh Sảng

14. Betty Sun Li / Tôn Lệ

15. Ruby Lin / Lâm Tâm Như

16. Park Shin Hye

17. Ada Liu Yan / Liễu Nham

18. Tong Li Ya / Đồng Lệ Á

19. Viann Zhang / Trương Hinh Dư

20. Michelle Chen / Trần Nghiên Hy

21. Jia Qing / Giả Thanh

22. Yang Rong / Dương Dung

23. Gao Yuan Yuan / Cao Viên Viên

24. Wang Li Kun / Vương Lệ Khôn

25. Lemon Zhang Meng / Trương Mông

26. Stephy Qi Wei / Thích Vy

27. Mabel Yuan Shan Shan / Viên San San

28. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến

29. Ma Su / Mã Tô

30. Loura Lou Yi Xiao / Lâu Nghệ Tiêu

31. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

32. Hayden Kuo / Guo Bi Ting / Quách Bích Đình

33. Hu Bing Qing / Hồ Băng Khanh

34. Jennifer Shu Chang / Thư Sướng

35. Li Qin / Lý Thấm

36. Jacqueline Li Xiao Lu / Lý Tiểu Lộ

37. Krystal Jung Soo

38. Huo Si Yan / Hoắc Tư Yến

39. Bai Bai He / Bạch Bách Hà

40. Li Qian / Lý Thanh

41. Mao Xiao Tong / Mao Hiểu Đồng

42. Cecilia Han Xue / Hàn Tuyết

43. Ivy Chen / Trần Ý Hàm

44. Ying Er / Dĩnh Nhi

45. Yoki Sun / Tôn Diệu Kỳ

46. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

47. Sophie Zhang / Trương Tuyết Nghênh

48. Anita Yuen / Viên Vịnh Nghi

49. Song Ji Hyo

50. Song Jia / Tống Giai

Chinese Paladin I

WARNING: NOT my usual positively cheerful post SO READ at your own risk. IF you disagree, it’s okay. But I DO NOT hope to strike any arguments with anyone. Take it as differences in opinions and that was just my take on it. I DID NOT aim to be right OR had a purpose in pulling anyone down. It was just my own opinion and my interpretation of the characters and/or plot.

What I enjoyed about it were:

  • The brilliant characters created in here, like Xiao Yao, Yue Ru, Tang Yu, Ah Nu, and other minor characters.
  • The fantasy concept. Although some parts were quite twisted, it was all right since they could call it in the name of creativity or whatever.
  • The chemistry between Xiao Yao and Yue Ru–from friends to lovers. They matched for wit and humor. Both of their actings were so awesome that they made it more real, more convincing. I loved their interactions throughout and their tacit understanding of each other. Although they weren’t from the same background (only the same that they both lost their mothers when young), they became good friends/ companions throughout, fighting many evils as well as learning the many things of life together. A great duo as a team and as lovers. Hu Ge proved his acting as the portrayal of a very carefree and mischievous Xiao Yao to a very considerate and honest Xiao Yao later on. Same with Ady An. She was so brilliant and convincing as the spoiled girl to a very considerate and sacrificing Yue Ru.
  • Tang Yu and Ah Nu. Yes, I ran across quite a few people that hated Ah Nu, etc. But I loved the fact that she was so innocent at the beginning and then turned out to be more mature and considerate toward the end (although through such tragic incidents). At her age, what would she think of but pure fun and food? (Yes, others would be more, but not her.) She had a pure and innocent heart, not wanting to hurt others, only wanting to be friends, etc. But I also liked the fact that Tang Yu was very understanding of her and always forgave her each time she hurt him. That was what real understanding was and not blaming her versus what happened in other stories. Because he chose to love her on his own, so he never blamed her. Their chemistry was quite cute at the beginning and quite touching toward the ending scenes. People often praised Xiao Yao and Ling Er as the ultimate couple and all those sacrifice stuff, but I honestly thought that Tang Yu and Ah Nu was actually the couple who was truthful throughout. Despite Ah Nu’s innocent nature and Tang Yu’s sense of responsibility toward his country and his godfather, they both stayed true to each other throughout. (It was thought somewhere here and there that she liked Xiao Yao, but it was just an innocent crush.) Nothing could separate them and they did overcome all obstacles, not doubting each other at all. Tang Yu was disappointed with Ah Nu at times, but he then regained his faith and would think to himself of only bringing happiness toward Ah Nu instead of sulking over the fact that he might not get anything in return. Ah Nu–although innocent and might not grasp the concept of love as strong as others–would always trust Tang Yu to be there for her and to protect her against all harm. Their trust and care toward each other were what drove the relationship throughout. After watching this, I realized that Eddie was a great actor of his time and was glad he was becoming more and more popular nowadays. Because he was quite convincing as the honest Tang Yu and also his sly role as Ren Sen Tian in Honey & Clover. As for Esther Liu, I was impressed since she pulled through despite her terrible performance in Westside Story. However, it was her very first role in the other one so could not really blame her. She was really cute and charming in this one, making her character convincing. This had made me change my opinions toward her and her capability in portraying cute roles also. (Click here for Tang Yu and Ah Nu’s own post and a little more breakdown of their characters.)
  • The many friends who would never betray each other no matter what, especially Yue Ru’s cousin portrayed by Bryan Wang. Jin Yuan was always so nice and kind. Although it was because he wanted to protect his friends that his parents died, in the end, he was never astray, even putting himself in the lion’s lair to help his friends gain access to other info and/or try to defeat the evil cult leader himself–if possible. Also, his touching story with the butterfly girl. She was so selfless and sacrificed herself for him since he had saved her, but she also went to the extent of giving up immortality. Great character also.
  • Tse Kwan Ho as Ah Nu’s father and Xiao Yao’s master. Although he might not have reached the enlightening point like his senior, his sense of righteousness and his care for humanity, in general, were very powerful and the drive to change things. He was very stubborn at times, but I liked the fact that he knew he couldn’t change things but would go and try instead of like his senior who would just sit around and wait. His death was quite brief and tragic, but he was known to try once. I loved his relationship with his daughter. They were quite a pair of father and daughter. They were very alike and I especially loved the parts where they went and got drunk together, then slept on the street-side after they got kicked out of the inn. His relationship with Xiao Yao as master and student was quite memorable as well. The part where Xiao Yao remembered back to what he was taught was quite touching too. A great man overall. Tse Kwan Ho’s performance was quite impressive and was one of the main highlights of the show.
  • The cameo or guest appearances of Achel Chang and Joanne Tseng were kind of cute and funny at the same time.
  • Last, but not least, the soundtrack. The songs were quite suitable and good for the whole theme of the series. Although I loved some songs over the others, it was pretty good overall. Hu Ge was not only good at acting but also at singing since he managed to bring his emotion to the songs also, making them more lively.

How come I never mentioned Ling Er/ Liu Yu Fei throughout? Honestly, if it wasn’t for other people’s excellent acting and the story’s many touching events, it wouldn’t work at all with her alone. There were many subplots trying to tie back to Ling Er and get people to accept her, etc. But I felt like if it wasn’t for other contributions, I wouldn’t have finished watching it IF it was only for her. Because the majority of the story was about:

  • Saving Ling Er
  • Finding Ling Er
  • Rescuing Ling Er
  • Protecting Ling Er
  • Helping Ling Er

and so on…

Yes, they tried to make her character a significant part of the story, but I found it quite annoying since the more they tried to make it big and shove it in your face, you will become annoyed. I meant–yes–I understand why she must do this or that or sacrifice for her country. It was almost as going to take her mom’s place and fulfill her duty, but I loved her mom’s character more although the majority was the same. She was always so petty and NOT to mention childish at times although she did mature later. But honestly, she always decided everything for Xiao Yao and others. It was always her who was right and it was supposed to be for the better, but so what? She never respected them enough to tell them. Yes, she cared for them and didn’t want to burden them, but didn’t they get the right to decide? After all, she said that they were friends, so why NOT at least tell them? It was her country’s business, but they were her friends and they were willing. Turning them down was being polite and considerate but doing it once too many times was just fake. There were also many layers of her character that I might like better, because I started out really liking her for her innocence and cuteness (almost like Ah Nu but I was preparing myself to dislike Ah Nu because of Esther and how she couldn’t act cute in Westside Story) BUT I was so annoyed with the character of Ling Er later that I couldn’t stand it anymore. The opposite and surprising thing was I ended up liking Ah Nu/ Esther more than Ling Er/ LYF. Near the ending, after Yue Ru’s death, if it wasn’t for Hu Ge’s excellent portrayal as Xiao Yao, I wouldn’t have made it to the end. Not to mention Tang Yu and Ah Nu’s story, plus her parents, etc.

Some might think I’m favoring Yue Ru/ Ady An right now. But at the beginning, I kind of disliked Yue Ru and usually don’t like loud characters so I was favoring Ling Er/ LYF more since coming into this series, I only know LYF and Esther and was mostly watching because I thought it was kind of funny and LYF was cute. I DID NOT know Ady An at all at that time. But her acting and portrayal and Yue Ru’s character transitions made me like Ady An better. In the future, I don’t know if LYF can pull it off, but Ady An had really built my confidence toward her with her convincing acting and not to mention, the ability to portray different characters because I hunted down The Outsiders, White Robe of Love, and Love Multiplication afterward (not consecutively of course) to watch. I do not want to judge LYF later since I will wait to see her in different types of roles to say something else and if she can portray different types of roles besides the somewhat similar ones being given right now.

And maybe a bad idea, but since it’s like a habit to be comparing Ling Er and Yue Ru, I’ll take a stab too. I’m siding with Yue Ru, mostly blindly throughout but after analyzing it more and as I’m getting toward the ending with the parents’ generation and its many past unfolding, I realized something. If it wasn’t for the scriptwriters making it that way and tying down Xiao Yao to Ling Er, her character would amount to nothing. Examples?

  • Xiao Yao and Ling Er were married like at the beginning of the story–which I thought was kind of fake because I honestly don’t believe in love at first sight and the fact that she had a childish crush on him since young was somewhat irrelevant for getting married.
  • Most of the tragic stories between humans and a non-human/demon usually involved a third party or his inability to accept her as a demon, etc. It somewhat tied it back and pointed out so strongly that Xiao Yao was at fault and how Yue Rue was a third party to make Ling Er a better person. I swear Xiao Yao lost his memory and can’t be at fault for abandoning her, BUT the irony of it was he was always searching for her and she was the one running away (one minute deciding they have to be together and the next taking off). Making Yue Ru feel guilty was lame since she didn’t know they were married either AND after she knew, she did give up although Xiao Yao finally accepted her.
  • Ling Er was essential and can be used to destroy the world. Okay, come on, talking about trying to make her character bigger than other characters so she could shine.
  • Her death scene was ten minutes or more. Okay, I exaggerated but I realized that many other death scenes throughout–there were lots near the end, but none were as long as hers. They made it tragic and dramatic to make an impression on us but it was even more draggy than all the death scenes combined. If it wasn’t for Hu Ge’s awesome acting, I would have given up or tried to fast forward to see what would happen after that.

Those are just my take of it after watching, so it’s all right IF others disagree but I find the pattern too repetitive so gotta share.

Posted: September 14, 2008

Re-posted: Sunday, May 9th, 2010