Mainland China Entertainment

Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2017: Cast Update

Yes, I’m back with another update since it’s important to straighten out a few things. I know, I’m behind again but I just want to make sure before posting it up. (Special thanks to this page and this article for clearing things up a bit.) I made some mistakes last time.

First things first, Ding Guan Sen is still Ling Hu Chong (令狐沖) at this point, Ren Ying Ying (任盈盈) is actually going to be portrayed by Xue Hao Jing (薛昊婧).

Lin Ping Zhi is indeed Chen Xun (陈讯).

Jiang Zi Xin (姜梓新) is Yue Ling San (岳靈珊).

Li Hao Han (李昊翰) will be Yue Bu Qun (岳不群).

Zheng Hao (郑昊) is Zuo Leng Shan (左冷禪).

Jiang Hao Yan (姜浩严) will be Liu Zheng Feng (劉正風). Don’t be alarmed by the effects, lol. He posted the picture himself, lol.

Ding Zhou Jie (丁舟杰) is Dong Fang Bu Bai (東方不敗). There’s the red theme again, but I’ll just let it slide for now.

Tan Qun (谭群) is Lu Zhu Weng (綠竹翁). The little girl he’s carrying is Little Ren Ying Ying portrayed by Zhou Yi Lin (周奕琳).

Ji Dong Ran (季东燃) will be Tian Bo Guang (田伯光).

Liu Jia Tong is still in as a cast member but she will be portraying Yang Lian Ting (楊蓮亭). YUP! Ding ding ding! We found a reason for me to leave, right?

Jiang Zhuo Jun (姜卓君) is Yi Lin (儀琳).

Lu De Liang (吕德亮) is Monk Bu Jie (不戒). He is Yi Lin’s father.

Ryu Kohata (木幡龙) will be Yu Cang Hai (余滄海).

Of course, some of the pictures do not reflect the outfits that they’re wearing in the drama. I was just fishing around for pictures. But got tired so didn’t want to go into it too much in case the cast change or whatever else. I heard some other not so great details that could be changed SO will hold back for now. But be warned that my next update might be my last one. It will all depend on detail confirmations so I will wait a little to make sure that’s what it is going to be before just quitting altogether. Because seriously, I could use that time to watch Jackie Lui’s version, lol.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

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Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2017 Adaptation

Yes, it’s happening! I was looking around and thought it was a gag, but found some decent sources to verify it. I actually found out via Yuan Shan Shan’s Vietnamese Fanpage that they were doing another one. When I went out to search, realized they just started, sorta, so probably not much news yet. But there were like 2 or 3 actual articles highlighting the project. (Click here for one of them.) They’re planning to use fresh faces for this new adaptation.

Ding Guan Sen (丁冠森) will portray Ling Hu Chong.

Liu Jia Tong (刘珈彤) will be Ren Ying Ying.

From someone’s post, this guy would be Lin Ping Zhi (林平之). Not sure.

You might be wondering if I’m nuts in following this one since: 1) I haven’t finished the 2012 version yet, 2) I complained up and down about the last one, and 3) why bother? But guess what? Here are reasons why I’m sticking around to see what’s up for this one:

  1. The outfits are tamed. People who are so used to seeing glossy outfits are probably disappointed but these are considered the right tone for traditional wuxia outfits.
  2. Dong Fang Bu Bai is a guy. YES, it is important.
  3. 30 episodes. They could somehow extend since changes are inevitable, but I’ll stay hopeful for now.
  4. If you think it’s too early to have another adaptation, think 2003 when they did HSDS and then 2009 brought forth another adaptation.

So for now, I’m waiting. If they as much as say they change script and want to go the bizarre route like some other ones, I’m out. Serious. So I wouldn’t complain up and down like the other version. What would qualify as bizarre–since I don’t rate like others? If they cut Qu Fei Yan (曲非煙) out, I’m out. She was a brief character in the novel BUT played an essential role to the whole story. She was also my favorite character in there so yes, that would be the tipping scale component for me.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

Hong Kong Entertainment

HK TV Series Worth Watching

This is the Hong Kong list, as promised in the other post.  This will be longer, mostly because I started with watching HK ones first. And I also started this two years ago but didn’t launch it until now.

Ancient:

A Tough Side of a Lady – Mulan story going haywire. YET consider it a comedy and enjoy it for its humor. Wong Hei and Marianne Chan made such a cute couple in here.

Better Halves – A fun, light-hearted (for the most part, lol) drama. Nice collaboration between Steven and Maggie.

Destined to Rebel – Ignore the history and you’ll enjoy this since the cast’s really nice to watch. Tragic ending yet it wasn’t too lame.

Heroic Legend of the Yang Family – I don’t remember much anymore, but it was indeed a grand production that was worth it.

In the Realms of Joy – Many people might not even remember or care about this but I thought it was one of those best comedies because they managed to include major and minor characters into the plot. I hate it when they kept focusing on one or two persons SO it would get bored so fast.

King Maker – Was surprised. There were times that it veered off the road, BUT I guess compared to some recent ones, had to say it was good enough.

Lethal Weapons of Love and Passion – This was an adaptation of Huang Yi’s novel, which had gone haywire somewhat because of the alterations in characters and plot in general. Nothing new because adaptations could never match that of the original author’s intention and it often had to do with the capability to do it or not. But regarding characters, I think they did it on purpose with making some people ‘too good’ so as not to damage some reputations. (PUH-LEASE.) I wasn’t so against the cast though had my doubts regarding some people. YET I watched anyway since I just love those ancient serials and how it was wuxia too. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it.

Mystery of the Parchment – Some stuffs didn’t make sense. Yet it was one of those if you don’t pay attention as much, you end up enjoying it for its ancient setting.

Road for the Heroes – Half comedy and half serious. But it still retained some of the ancient feeling that didn’t make it corny at all.

Road to Eternity – This was surprisingly good without ruining it too much. This has a lot of Buddhism in it (obviously) and zen stuffs.

Safe Guards – What can I say? I’m a sucker for the Steven and Wayne team.

Square Pegs – The ending sort of killed it. Yet I guess it couldn’t be any other way. But it was too frustrating. Still worth the time with some parts though.

Swordsman Lai Bo Yee – It was quite draggy at one point too. But the overall was pretty good for an ancient one.

Ten Tigers of Guangdong – Major production from ATV. Can’t say there weren’t frustrated moments. But it was somewhat worth it with those series back then.

The Buddha Jin – One of the earlier adaptations of Ji Gong that was worth it.

The Commandments – I used to hate it when I was little since I didn’t get why people were so gossip-y, etc. YET I learned to love this little comedy later on for its intention.

The Duke of Mount Deer 1984 – Interestingly, it was the version that got all the chronological orders right with how the main dude met all the girls/women in his life. Though the personalities and plot elements had gotten lost for some people. (YES, I’m technical so sue me.) There was also the start of the whole ‘Andy and Tony’ team that had grabbed the audience over the years when they reunite in another movie/series. Oh yeah, Elaine Chow Siu Lan actually got a role worth mentioning in that one.

The Gentle Crackdown II – One of the rare times that the sequel was better than the 1st part. Maybe because some parts made a lot more sense.

The Great General – The sequel of “Heroic Legend of the Yang Family”. Wasn’t super perfect, but was really interesting for the most part, not to mention excellent acting from the majority of the cast.

The Greatness of a Hero – One of the rare surprises of recent years.

The Hunter’s Prey – Despite the ending that left some of us felt like we were choking but the overall plot wasn’t bad. Eddie Cheung got sacrificed as usual but what else was new? (YET people still dare to say that he just got sacrificed recently just to boost some younger faces. YEAH RIGHT, he got sacrificed a longgggggg time ago. STOP making it into some stupid fan war to bash the new generation.)

The Legend of the Condor Heroes 1982 – Actually a big and long production that was worth it? The plot got shuffled around a bit but I guess the overall wasn’t too bad. (Don’t convince me how phenomenon it was or how “classic” it was, I watched it! Like more than 10 times too. AND then read the book right afterward so I know what the hell got shuffled and sacrificed. Despite being a grand production, it wasn’t that accurate either. IF you have the resource, at least DO IT RIGHT.)

The New Adventures of Chor Lau Heung 1984 – Despite the fact that it distorted sooooooo much from Gu Long’s novels, except for some parts, it was pretty good if look as a totally different series. (AND don’t even get me started on how they tarnished Gu Long’s vision of the actual story, the point got missed major time but turned into a popular route instead, which was a super shame BECAUSE those who watched this first will never appreciate the more accurate adaptations of the later years. OR should I say the ones that came before as well?)

The New Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre 1986 – Let’s just say, the first part of the parents’ generation was much more interesting than the rest. YET it was okay overall. You just watch for the cast ’cause if you really think about it, it was kind of frustrating at times. Not to mention it had distorted some parts and characters.

The Return of the Condor Heroes 1983 – OMG, it was more accurate to the novel than the first part. That was what made it even better to watch. (NOT saying it was better than part 1 here because technically this is just part of the trilogy, just saying it was more accurate hence making it even more enjoyable on its own.)

The Slicing of the Demon – Another surprise in recent years. Maybe because it didn’t go the typical, formulaic route with playing safe and all.

The Smiling, Proud Wanderer 1984 – OMG, this was awesome from the music to the acting, etc. Yet interestingly, it was CYF’s only ancient series? Honestly, he was awesome as LHC. The story got shuffled around, some characters were tone down to be more endurable YET they sacrificed others to make a certain character looked better. But like that was news. The overall was good if you skip around more. Then I just did a re-watch of recent and I found the ending unendurable. I swear, NOT picking on this BUT XAJH is technically my favorite (after DOMD) BUT TVB killed the ending. (YES, it was so dragging with them trying to make heroes out of the lamest characters.) It’s sooo sad that they never do a correct adaptation for this one OR the casting is so off. I don’t know if there will ever be one that actually do the novel justice, BUT even this version didn’t satisfy me. Despite awesome acting with some people. AND oh yeah, the song that became the drive for LCH’s journey was practically forgotten halfway through already. OR maybe a third way through. What the hell was that? Then I pulled myself together and reminded myself that at least it focused on jianghu related stuffs more than on the soaps side (cough cough). Not to mention they didn’t cut out some of my favorite characters just to make room for some characters that only got 2-minutes fame in the actual novel.

The Two Most Honorable Knights 1988 – Umm…the cast made it good. I don’t know. There wasn’t much to go on because they butchered the plot. Once again, Gu Long got robbed but what else was new, right? I hated the whole ‘merge in characters’ for some people. I heard the ’70s version was more accurate but I can’t be sure since I didn’t watch that yet. And there was also the whole thing with me not finishing the novel yet.

Vampire Expert II – Those traditional vampire capturing stories. Great stories of various sorts, but also included some comedies as well.

Where The Legend Begins – Only some people made it good. Yet it was an interesting take from the other side of the whole ‘three kingdoms’ stories.

Pre-Modern:

Au Revoir Shanghai – NOT because I liked most of the cast involved. That helped. But I thought it was well thought out. In fact, most Shanghai related series are good. I said ‘MOST’, NOT ‘all’.

Coincidentally – The first series that Frankie and Annie paired up together – despite the fact that they’ve been in several series together already.

Fist of Fury – It was awesome! One of those ATV classics.

Good Against Evil – I loved it. Not only because of Deric but how the plot seemed to have mixture of mystery, comedy. etc.

Phoenix Rising – I was surprised to really enjoy this. A lot of gray areas come into play. And sometimes you really wonder if you should take some people’s words for it. Some were obvious, but others were hard to figure.

The Charm Beneath – One of those surprisingly good ones. Regardless of the cast. Or if the plot might be frustrating at times.

The Legend of Dragon Pearl – OMG, I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much. The comedy was mad and random, but it was really charming because of everyone’s acting. OR more like most people’s acting.

The Price of Greed – Despite some poor acting in place, the plot was really good. It had really carried out some chilling effects with all the plots and schemes.

The W Files – Sci-fi/detective/ crime solving one. Pretty cool actually since it addressed a mixture of cases that had to do with the phenomenon side.

Thou Shalt Not Cheat – OMG, it was a riot! Despite some frustrations here and there, the series was good overall. The comedy wasn’t too over either.

Modern:

A Great Way to Care – Ignore the somewhat lame title since it was overlooked somewhat because of that. I didn’t regret diving in though I had my initial doubts.

Black Heart, White Soul – Need I say more? It’s been awhile since I enjoyed something so this one had to be placed in after I was done with the series.

Catch Me Now – One of the surprisingly good ones. YET the ending sort of killed it. But I guess it wasn’t the worst of them all when it was trying to kill the main character.

CIB Files – The only series ever that I could like Bowie Lam. (Don’t know why, just that he always seem to be intimidating regardless.) It was creative the way it was shot at the beginning and led us into the story. The office dramas were reflected throughout and it was fun to see. Though the Wong Hei and Maggie Siu pairing was kind of odd but wasn’t the worst and was still cute in a way.

Cross Border Daddy – Inspirational one. NOT perfect since there were quite a few parts that could do without. Yet it turned out fine.

D.I.E. – The first one was enough. There were mixes of madness among other things since most characters were quite weird. Yet some of the foundation got ruined in the later parts, especially near the ending. But it was decent overall.

Family Man – I lost count with how many times I watched this already. Quite meaningful though not flawless. A good mixture of comedy and romance.

Forensic Heroes I & II – YES, I listed 2 as well because I still liked it despite it sacrificing some characters. The cases were all right.

Forensic Heroes III – MOST people were against it because of its link to the previous installments but it was really decent for a standalone series. There were glitches within the plot (like most TVB series) but it was NOT that terrible like some claimed.

Hearts of Fencing – A light-hearted, youth drama. Many might not care for it. But I thought it was worth watching if you want to reminisce about the old school days. AND for the first time, the ages of the students weren’t off since they used some fresh faces (at the time) to fit the roles.

Just Love II – It honestly was better than part 1 for some reason. Since the foundation was better with some clarifications. And perhaps I rather deal with Johnson’s Mr. 13 than some annoying ‘father-in-law’.

Last One Standing – Quite intense and mind games were involved. The deception and conspiracies from both sides were quite nerve-wrecking at times. Yet worth it.

Life Art – Many will disagree since it seemed so average. Yet I felt it was one of those light-hearted ones. There were dramatic moments that the characters went through. But overall, it was really genuine.

Master of Play – Psychological theme, and other dark themes. Add in some more art. NOT everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s one of those that forces one to think about life in general and the choices people make (and much more).

My Date With A Vampire I, II, & III – YES, I’m the rare one who liked all three. Though there were parts that could do without and there were frustrations, but I think I valued it for the story, the acting, and interesting interpretations at times. (LOL!)

Not Just A Pretty Face – Hilarious!

Odd Man Out – MOST people probably didn’t remember this or might not know of its existence. It was one of those nonsense comedy but didn’t go into the ‘lame’ boundary.

One Step Beyond – It was mad random and bordering on nonsensical at times. But it managed to capture some of the unpredictable at times.

Placebo Cure – I was surprised since I didn’t think much of it when it came out. But I checked it out anyway later.

Project Ji Xiang – I’m a sucker for those ghost-related ones. Not to mention it was a decent one overall with the plot NOT moving too fast or too slowly.

Reincarnated II – Didn’t watch the other version, and didn’t read the novel either, but enjoyed the series overall.

Seed of Hope – Loved it, very meaningful and not too much. Though I hated some of the ending stuffs that happened to Kenix’s character, but I tried to just erase that part for its traumatic effects. Patrick and Kenix also made an interesting pairing.

Shade Of Darkness – Ghost revenge type of series. Surprisingly interesting.

Speech of Silence – Another surprise.

Steps (aka The Whole City Is Dancing) – Steven & Bernice. AND Wayne. NOT the best since the ending sort of killed it. But decent overall.

The Brink of Law – Quite exciting and actually unpredictable at various points.

The Ghostbusters Gang – It was mixed with comedy and ghost related stuffs. But really nice to watch the cast battle it out at times.

The Hero From Shanghai – Good Gallen and Maggie collaboration. Didn’t realize they had so much chemistry and were quite cute together. There were also nice fighting scenes, lol.

The King of Yesterday and Tomorrow – Fun, time travel drama. Loved the cast and acting.

Tiger Cubs – Short and simple. The end.

When Heaven Burns – A major surprise for me. Many things I already mentioned in the review since I actually did a long one for the series, but it honestly was worth it. Some might not like it because of the ‘slow’ pace but I didn’t think it was slow at all. Sure, there were times that I got impatient but I was worried the ending would get ruined. But the details were essential for later parts.

Who Is The Killer – Old, but good overall.

Sitcoms:

Be My Guest – It was sooo long ago, but I remember loving it.

Off Peddar – Despite the fact that the ending ruined it, it was pretty good overall.

Welcome to the House – Some of the cast annoyed the world out of me, but the rest made up for it. And besides, it was mostly a senseless comedy so I didn’t really mind.

*NOTE*: This list will be updated from time to time. Also, the list is by alpha order AND not by significance. And this will also be included in the “Helpful + Fun Posts” in case anyone’s interested.

Chow Yun Fat, Hong Kong Entertainment

The Smiling, Proud Wanderer 1984: Theme Song

*NOTE*: Video got taken down already, I’ll try to find another version later.

Because of all the hype lately, I just have to hunt down for one of the old versions, LOL! Since people were wandering about music (the heart of the novel), so I hunt around for the song of an old version as well. I just love the song so much. The song said it all. So jiang hu. In fact, I’m tempted to go watch again. Anyway, the song is ‘Xiao Ao Jiang Hu’ (the title of the series) and it was performed by Johnny Yip and Frances Yip.

Ady An, Chinese Paladin, Hu Ge, Mainland China Entertainment, Taiwanese Entertainment

Hu Ge wants to be Ling Hu Chong

This is nothing new since it has been like years back that Hu Ge mentioned this in one of his interviews. But I just thought of something that I gotta share. In case anyone didn’t read or hear about it yet, Hu Ge had said that if he was in some Jin Yong adaptation, he would pick to be Ling Hu Chong (令狐沖). However, he also said that there has been numerous adaptations in the past already so it would not be highly likely that he would be able to fulfill this wish.

So adaptations aside, I thought if he had a chance, he would be perfect for the role. Why? I was just listening to music and suddenly remember some parts from Chinese Paladin. (Don’t ask, my mind is random like that.) Anyway, the part I was thinking about was from the first part when Xiao Yao kept drinking away and suffering with how Ling Er was leaving him. Whatever, I don’ t really remember that much anymore. Then Yue Ru kept having to take care of him while he was drunk. (Though she could choose not to, I know, BUT this is not about the cat fight topic, so I shouldn’t even go on regarding that.) That part was really well done because he managed to capture the essence of his character. Then it somehow reminded me of the part where Ling Hu Chong got drunk because Yue Ling Shan misunderstood him–AGAIN. Then along came Ren Ying Ying who was in search for the music score and of course she was told Ling Hu Chong had it. She found Ling Hu Chong all drunk and mumbling away, which she attempted to take care of him. (This was actually in TVB’s ’80s version with CYF and Rebecca Chan.)

Bottom line? Seeing Hu Ge in those scenes, I thought he could make a more convincing Ling Hu Chong than some of the recent adaptations. Too bad…

*All images were scanned by DTLCT