Top 50 Actors and Actresses of 2021 – 7 Months

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This list combines both female and male artists.

Translations:

1. Simon Gong Jun / Cung Tuấn 

2. Allen Ren / Nhậm Gia Luân

3. Xu Kai / Hứa Khải

4. Li Qin / Lý Thấm

5. Xiao Zhan / Tiêu Chiến

6. Zhu Yi Long / Chu Nhứt Long

7. Wang Yi Bo / Vương Nhứt Bác

8. Zhang Zhe Han / Trương Triết Hạn 

9. Shawn Dou / Đậu Kiêu

10. Cheng Xiao / Trình Tiêu 

11. Johnny Huang / Huỳnh Cảnh Du

12. Yang Zi / Dương Tử

13. Zhou Dong Yu / Châu Đông Vũ

14. Victoria Song / Tống Thiến 

15. Dilraba Dilmurat / Địch Lệ Nhiệt Ba

16. Yu He Wei / Vu Hoà Vỹ

17. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

18. Zanilia Zhao Li Ying / Triệu Lệ Dĩnh

19. Liu Xue Yi / Lưu Học Nghĩa 

20. Zhang Yun Long / Trương Vân Long 

21. Ju Jing Yi / Cúc Tịnh Y

22. Zhai Xiao Wen / Trạch Tiêu Văn 

23. Gina Jin Chen / Kim Thần

24. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

25. Tan Song Yun / Đàm Tùng Vận

26. Yang Mi / Dương Mịch

27. Lan Ying Ying / Lam Doanh Oánh 

28. Zhao Lu Si / Triệu Lộ Tư

29. Jackson Yee / Dịch Dương Thiên Tỉ

30. Steven Zhang / Trương Tân Thành 

31. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

32. Tamia Liu Tao / Lưu Đào

33. Song Ya Xuan / Tống Á Hiên 

34. Luo Yun Xi / La Vân Hy

35. Cheng Yi / Thành Nghị 

36. Janine Chang / Trương Quân Ninh

37. Roy Wang / Vương Nguyên

38. Vin Zhang / Trương Bân Bân

39. Leo Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi 

40. Jenny Zhang Jia Ni / Trương Gia Nghê 

41. Deng Lun / Đặng Luân

42. Yao Chi / Diêu Trì 

43. Sun Yi / Tôn Di

44. Ou Hao / Âu Hào 

45. Esther Yu / Ngu Hân Thư 

46. Liang Jie / Lương Khiết 

47. Ma Jia Qi / Mã Gia Kỳ 

48. Liu Yu Ning / Lưu Vũ Ninh 

49. Bai Jing Ting / Bạch Kính Đình

50. Liu Yao Wen / Lưu Diệu Văn 

Top 50 Actors of 2019

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Translations:

1. Zhu Yi Long / Chu Nhứt Long

2. Deng Lun / Đặng Luân

3. Jackson Yee / Dịch Dương Thiên Tỉ

4. Xiao Zhan / Tiêu Chiến

5. Wang Yi Bo / Vương Nhứt Bác

6. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

7. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

8. Li Xian / Lý Hiện

9. Luo Yun Xi / La Vân Hy

10. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

11. Luo Jin / La Tấn

12. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

13. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

14. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

15. Alan Yu / Vu Mông Lung

16. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

17. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

18. Roy Wang / Vương Nguyên

19. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân

20. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

21. Xu Kai / Hứa Khải

22. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao

23. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

24. William Feng Shao Feng / Phùng Thiệu Phong

25. Vin Zhang / Trương Bân Bân

26. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

27. Lei Jia Yin / Lôi Giai Âm

28. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

29. Shawn Dou / Đậu Kiêu

30. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương

31. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Dịch

32. Zhang Yi / Trương Dịch

33. Lai Guan Lin / Lại Quán Lâm

34. Chen Xiao / Trần Hiểu

35. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

36. Xing Zhao Lin / Hình Chiêu Lâm

37. Johnny Bai / Bạch Vũ

38. Guo Jing Fei / Quách Kinh Phi

39. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

40. Bai Jing Ting / Bạch Kính Đình

41. Yang Shuo / Dương Thước

42. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân

43. Xu Wei Zhou / Hứa Ngụy Châu

44. Joseph Zeng / Tăng Thuấn Hy

45. Johnny Huang / Huỳnh Cảnh Du

46. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

47. Huang Lei / Huỳnh Lỗi

48. Jeremy Jones / Từ Chính Hy

49. Hu Yi Tian / Hồ Nhứt Thiên

50. Jin Han / Kim Hàn

Top 50 Actors of 2018

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Once again, here’s the list of the most popular people based on searches on Weibo.

Translations:

1. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

2. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

3. Zhu Yi Long / Chu Nhứt Long

4. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

5. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

6. Jackson Yee / Dịch Dương Thiên Tỉ

7. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

8. Deng Lun / Đặng Luân

9. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

10. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

11. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

12. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

13. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

14. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao

15. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

16. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương

17. Luo Jin / La Tấn

18. Cai Xu Kun / Thái Từ Khôn

19. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Dịch

20. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

21. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

22. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

23. Roy Wang / Vương Nguyên

24. Elvis Han / Hàn Đông Quân

25. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh

26. Zhang Han / Trương Hàn

27. Allen Ren / Nhậm Gia Luân

28. Yu He Wei / Vu Hoà Vỹ

29. Shawn Dou / Đậu Kiêu

30. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân

31. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách

32. Louis Koo / Cổ Thiên Lạc

33. Lei Jia Yin / Lôi Giai Âm

34. Johnny Bai / Bạch Vũ

35. Bai Jing Ting / Bạch Kính Đình

36. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu

37. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

38. Alan Yu / Vu Mông Lung

39. Dylan Wang / Vuong Hạc Đệ

40. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình

41. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên

42. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba

43. Bosco Wong / Huỳnh Tông Trạch

44. Zhang Dan Feng / Trương Đan Phong

45. Nicholas Tse / Tạ Đình Phong

46. Ma Ke / Mã Khả

47. Chen Kun / Trần Khôn

48. Guo De Gang / Quách Đức Cương

49. Song Wei Long / Tống Uy Long

50. Zhou Yi Wei / Châu Nhứt Vi

Top 50 Actors of 2017

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Once again, here’s the list of the most popular people based on searches on Weibo.

Translations:

1. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

2. Lu Han / Lộc Hàm

3. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

4. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

5. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

6. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

7. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

8. Chen Xiao / Trần Hiểu

9. Wang Jun Kai / Vương Tuấn Khải

10. Allen Ren / Nhậm Gia Luân

11. Zhang Yi Shan / Trương Nhứt Sơn

12. Lay Zhang Yi Xing / Trương Nghệ Hưng

13. Mark Chao / Triệu Hựu Đình

14. Jackson Yee / Dịch Dương Thiên Tỉ

15. Kenny Lin Geng Xin / Lâm Canh Tân

16. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

17. Peter Sheng / Thịnh Nhứt Luân

18. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách

19. Xue Zhi Qian / Tuyết Chi Khiêm

20. Roy Wang / Vương Nguyên

21. Luo Jin / La Tấn

22. Joe Xu Hai Qiao / Từ Hải Kiều

23. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

24. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương

25. Ma Ke / Mã Khả

26. Vin Zhang / Trương Bân Bân

27. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

28. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị

29. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy

30. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

31. Qin Jun Jie / Tần Tuấn Kiệt

32. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu

33. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân

34. Cheney Chen Xue Dong / Trần Học Đông

35. Shawn Dou / Đậu Kiêu

36. Neo Hou / Hầu Minh Hạo

37. Jiang Jin Fu / Tưởng Kình Phu

38. Deng Lun / Đặng Luân

39. Zhang Han / Trương Hàn

40. Alan Yu / Vu Mông Lung

41. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh

42. Zhang Jia Yi / Trương Gia Dịch

43. Huang Xuan / Huỳnh Hiên

44. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba

45. Huang Zi Tao / Hoàng Tử Thao

46. Li Chen / Lý Thần

47. Bai Jing Ting / Bạch Kính Đình

48. Zhang Yi / Trương Trạch

49. Yu He Wei / Vu Hoà Vỹ

50. Liu Hao Ran / Lưu Hạo Nhiên

The Classic of Mountains and Seas

I started this a while back but had to put it aside. Finally went ahead and watched it fully. I think it took me several days since I was in a binge mood. How was it? I had to step back for a while and think about it before I put this review together. What didn’t change my mind was the feeling of the series as an overall. It was average and that was being lenient. I think what helped for me was the plot was moving forward, at least it wasn’t too character-focused that they would eventually have to sacrifice the pace. Sure, it was about 40 episodes, but they did have a lot of characters involved and the journey to find all the key characters took more than half of that, and then the conflicts and some of the cases they encountered added to the main story. What made it an average series for me was the weakness of some characters in here. I’ll go into details in a bit.

Main Cast/Characters:

  • Zhang Han (张翰) as Chi Yu (赤羽) and Xin Yue Hu (心月狐). I became his fan after watching him in The Four. I was actually impressed with his performance in here as both Chi Yu and Xin Yue Hu. I thought it wouldn’t make a difference since both were quite mysterious and had a dark side. However, there were many differences–aside from the obvious dressing style, lol. In a way, one couldn’t completely hate Xin Yue Hu, because he was trying to regain a life that he never had in the first place. It was indeed sad. He was cunning and in many ways untrustworthy, but I think he was able to learn many things when he was trying to experience. In the end, he chose to sacrifice himself so Chi Yu could escape to help Su Mo with the battle. Zhang Han’s acting really captured both characters nicely. Chi Yu, seemed fierce on the outside, yet he was really caring and playful when time allowed for it. Although I must say Xin Yue Hu could be so hilarious too, considering his dressing style. It cracked me up so hard with how colorful it was with his wardrobe. Not to mention how he pretended to be lost so he could follow Su Mo and Su Shui. He had alternative motives but that was hilarious how he was like trying to act innocent.
  • Guli Nazha (古力娜扎) as Su Mo (苏茉) aka Shun Hua (舜華). First time watching her in a drama, because I watched her previously in the Up Idol reality show and liked her. I think she was really raw in here. She seemed all right in the normal scenes, but in some cases where there were more complicated words/phrases, I noticed she wasn’t looking at her co-stars while she was saying those lines, like she was trying to remember. But she wasn’t completely terrible so I have confidence in her future series. About Su Mo, I think there were mixed feelings throughout. I admired her bravery at times and how she tried to gain strength and not be a complete weakling with the guys needing to protect her all the time. I thought her character started out as smart, at least smarter than Fu Er in some sense and not trust Baili Han–with her suspicions at times (way before she knew the bigger picture and what the motives of all the sides were). However, I think her character became inconsistent that they (the scriptwriters) made her dumber or something. Not sure what happened there. But I think that was what made her character go downhill later. She could be so stubborn at times or silly, but I didn’t think her character deserved to be dumb down to move the story forward. Like how they (the scriptwriters) made her too forgiving at times or her indecisiveness. I wished they would make her more involved with her powers. I meant they did put in the part where she was training and gaining strength and was better in some sense with the fighting techniques, but it ended up turning into some comedy scenes instead of taking it seriously. Sure, the comedy was funny and I thought it was needed to ease the situation, but I felt in the sense of needing those skills for the battle, it failed. I know she wasn’t the type to love fighting, but she was already determined to contribute and help others so I didn’t like that the plot didn’t allow for her to be able to fight back with her skills and how she ended up being a sort of “Snow White” character. What I mean by Snow White is how she was wishing at the ending for all of the conflicts and hate to disappear, etc so she ended up like a silly wishing princess. I know because she didn’t lust power so she was different from others and wasn’t pulled into being used by Baili Han in that sense, but it was frustrating to watch her turned into a complete weakling along the way. I guess what I’m saying is I want her to be able to defend herself. I don’t need her to be so good that it would be unrealistic but at least more capable.
  • Kenny Kwan (關智斌) as Shangguan Jin (上官锦). I swear he looked familiar, but I didn’t really know who he was at first, lol. Mostly because I don’t watch him that actively and didn’t realize that was Kenny Kwan I used to watch ages ago–until I looked up the cast list. At first, I was really suspicious of his character and thought he would be the false nice guy. In a way, he was too good to be true. But in the end, he didn’t disappoint. Throughout, I didn’t know if he was going to turn, etc, because the characters in here were indeed unpredictable at times and where the plot was going. However, I think my favorite scene of him was near the ending where he was upset with Su Mo because she didn’t trust him yet had gone with Xin Yue Hu thus getting tricked. He wasn’t just jealous of Xin Yue Hu, but was seriously upset because his reputation wasn’t trusted over Xin Yue Hu-regardless of how much she thought she was trying to protect them by not wanting them to enter that dangerous palace. That part made his character so real because he wasn’t holding back anymore. He was seriously disappointed and upset.
  • Lan Ying Ying (蓝盈莹) as Fu Er (芙儿). I hated her right from the start. I don’t know. Bias or whatever, but I just can’t stand her. She was really unreasonable and two-faced. She expected and expected yet didn’t think or care for Su Mo at all. If things went her way, sure. But other than that, she was determined to pave Su Mo out to be the bad person. She was willing to risk her sibling’s connection with Su Mo just so she could chase after some guy. They were family after all–or at least that was portrayed from the start. She was already so jealous of Su Mo that it was so easy to manipulate her and trick her into believing Su Mo would want to kill her. Sure, Shangguan Jin didn’t help matters that one time when he attempted to assassinate her, but she didn’t believe Su Mo enough to understand that Su Mo wasn’t that kind of person. According to the story, she was the gorgeous one yet she felt inferior to Su Mo for some reason hence fueling her hatred. Despite all of that, I swear the plot ended up making her more active to move the plot forward than Su Mo (ironically). In the end, it was also her that fought back to Baili Han (after he revealed the truth).
  • Li Chao (李超) as Baili Han (百里寒). I knew he was up to no good from the start. The early details of his schemes helped, but when he appeared at that one town, it was obvious there was an agenda with him. When it was revealed why he’d become that way, I do sympathize with him on some levels with having a spoiled brat brother and how he was betrayed. Yet there were many things in this world that weren’t like that. What had the others done to him? I understand if he didn’t trust others and would want money and power to secure his place and never to be left in such a position again. However, I can’t sympathize with him for wanting to take over the world. Not to mention he used all those people who trusted him.

Supporting:

  • Wu Lei (吴磊) as Shi Pei Pei (石佩佩). I thought he was one of those obnoxious, annoying bad guys at the initial meeting. But later, his character grew on me. He was just spoiled rotten by his parents because he was so prone to the curse or whatever that was predicted ages ago. It was hard to blame him for how he didn’t have any friends growing up or know how to interact with others. He was still obnoxious at times later, but he was indeed more caring toward others around him. He liked to have fun and all, but he wasn’t unreasonable or wanting to harm others. His sacrifice was really heroic and so unexpected. I thought he would make it to the end.
  • Yin Zheng (尹正) as Su Shui (素水). I thought he was creepy at first (which was on purpose since the characters in here were afraid of him too). But then his character revealed to be quite sweet. It was just that he carried a burden of his ancestors. He became my favorite character later. Yes, I liked the others in the group yet I felt Su Shui brought forth a sense of loyalty and silent support that was touching. There were many lovable things about him. Although he seemed cold at times, he had their backs if the others were in trouble. Since Su Mo was the one he needed to protect, he followed her more. However, he showed that he cared about the others too. Despite the fact that he kept popping up out of nowhere to scare them (on purpose or not is questionable) at times.
  • Tang Wan (唐菀) as Liu Ruo Shuang (柳若霜). Mixed feelings throughout. I pitied her for having such a tragic past yet the people she helped Baili Han harm were innocent. I wished she would somehow see the real side of him before her death. Sure, she helped him with a lot of cruel things, but she thought she was doing good for the big picture. She didn’t question him or judge him, because he saved her from hopelessness after what happened to her family. But I felt she at least deserved to know the truth that she was just a pawn. Or would that be too cruel?
  • Vengo Ko (高伟光) as Bin Yi (宾翊). I felt like I couldn’t pity him at all. Sure, I was torn at the beginning. Then he made up my mind for me because instead of stopping Fu Er, he helped her by teaching her to control others with his technique. Yet in the end, that worked out for him? Because Fu Er finally realized he was the only one willing to protect her and care for her from the start? Even if that was obvious before. But she finally understood that when he was trying to stop her, he was really trying to help her, not just because he wanted her because she looked like his wife.
  • Nicole Wan (万妮恩) as Hong Ling (红菱) aka Tian Xiao Ju (田小菊). I didn’t really like her at the beginning. Then it changed. Well, it was normal to be suspicious of her motives. I knew there was something wrong when she tricked Su Mo to go alone in the woods. But then she appeared and attempted to save Su Mo, because she claimed she was in it for the money and not wanting anyone dead. Her background was revealed and I felt bad for her and that had affected her reliance on money more than anything. But somehow she didn’t click with me until a little later because I was paranoid, thinking she might change her mind again. Yet when the story progressed, she became one of my favorites as well. Her honesty and feisty natures made me loved her even more later on. I especially liked it when she went against Fu Er when Fu Er tried to attack Su Mo and the rest of their group. It was actually quite hilarious to watch since Hong Ling was so awesome and fearless.
  • Caesar Li (李茂) as Baili Bing (百里冰). Baili Han’s younger brother. Can you blame him? He was scared. He was only a kid. I didn’t like his spoiled nature either when he was being petty over food. But the robbers incident was really scary. He witnessed his parents being murdered and many other villagers being killed as well. He chose to sacrifice himself for his brother in the end (which caused a reaction from Baili Han but just slightly). The actor was really good actually because he was seemed as timid, not having enough confidence and quite guilt-driven after learning of his past, but when Sun Ju was disguising him, he looked more cunning and full of confidence. Also, before he regained his memory, he was quite obnoxious and playful.
  • Matthew Ko (高鈞賢) as Sun Ju (孫巨). Another person whom I haven’t watched for ages now so I forgot. But I knew he looked familiar. This role was interesting for Matthew. I meant it wasn’t like he hasn’t portrayed villainous roles before. But this one left room for more development. Too bad that the ending rushed it that his character became deranged on purpose. I could understand that the lack of his father’s approval caused him to go insane. But it just didn’t quite click with me because of the pace. Not to mention out of character. The argument could be it was his father after all and it would cause him to lose control. Yet he had plotted and have been patient for so long. Why snap when his scheme (supposedly) was about to come to fruition? Not to mention killing his father at that point. It was like it was getting toward the end and the scriptwriters didn’t want to try anymore so they just unleashed a bunch of killings to show Sun Ju’s ruthlessness and then end him to show Baili Han’s cleverness. I don’t doubt Baili Han’s cunning level, but the flow for Sun Ju’s story was sloppy, to say the least. I would think he could at least imprison his father or somehow make the old man see his accomplishments (or so he thought) before he takes any type of action. He was the other brain in this series that could come face-to-face with Baili Han. Yes, he was arrogant and he seemed taunting toward Baili Han at times, but I didn’t think he was that careless. His somewhat silliness or playful side at times concealed his deceptiveness.
  • Liu Chang De (刘长德) as A Su (阿肃). He was seriously scary at first or somewhat creepy because of his background. I thought the reason why he needed someone to talk for him at the beginning when he met them was because he was being arrogant, acting secretive and trying to conceal his identity. Yet it was revealed later that he couldn’t talk in front of the female population. It was indeed quite funny. It reminded me of Raj in The Big Bang Theory, especially with how he couldn’t really talk to any female unless he had some alcoholic drink. But even that would make him obnoxious–or unreliable. His character really grew on me later, especially with how he got along with the group and all.
  • Ethan Liu (刘骐) as Xiao Yang (枭阳). Dummy. Mean, but I don’t know what else to describe him. He was seriously easily manipulated. However, the honorable thing about him was not taking advantage of the situation to win over someone. Sadly, that was the reason why Sun Ju couldn’t get him to harm Baili Han when Baili Han was injured.
  • Piao Shuo (朴铄) as Yu Yang (玉羊). I don’t know whether to hate him or pity him. Because he was also used by Baili Han to pursue power and all. He did learn to become more human (or so that was defined versus how he was before). He ended up liking Liu Ruo Shuang and would do anything to protect her.

Others:

  • Tian Yu Peng (田宇鹏) as Hong Tai (宏泰). A loyal person by Chi Yu’s side. He was the reason that pushed Chi Yu to the max thus causing the inevitable with Xin Yue Hu rising to the surface. He wasn’t just a loyal servant to Chi Yu, but also an older brother. I wonder if he liked A Zhi and was just making up the other story to trick the others that one time.
  • Liu Hong Li (刘鸿利) as A Zhi (阿芝). I thought she would survive until the end. Well, even if not that long, but at least longer than expected but she died halfway through. At first, I didn’t like her because of how she abandoned Chi Yu and made him feel worse than ever. Yet after Xiao Bing’s incident, I realized in a way, she couldn’t be blamed. She was scared (like she said) of being attacked by others. Yet I felt the whole chasing him down was taking it to the extreme. Perhaps, she thought that if she was face-to-face with him, at least she could control the situation better, but that was very hurtful for him to see such betrayal.
  • Ren Xue Hai (任学海) as Fu Er’s father and Su Mo’s adopted father. Mixed feelings. I guess he was those traditional fathers so I wasn’t too into him. However, in the end, I think he said what was really in his heart, actually treating Su Mo like his daughter. I think he was one of those who remembered what happened the first time around? Because he looked at her and shook his head in a way that was like, “Poor girl with such a burden”?
  • Qian You You (钱宥佑) as Fu Er’s mother and Su Mo’s adopted mother. She was a kind and caring mother and also quite brave to stay behind with her husband like that.
  • Su Mao (苏茂) as Shangguan Bo Yu (上官博余). Shangguan Jin’s father. Mixed feelings since he was the reason Shangguan Jin was so stressed out and tried to take out Fu Er at one point so I wasn’t really a fan of his.
  • Guo Zi Qian (郭子千 ) as An An (安安). A very tragic ending for her.
  • Xiong Zi Ling (熊梓菱) as Jia Jia (嘉嘉). An An’s sister. She trusted Su Mo and ended up becoming friends after the events of the earlier episodes.
  • Zhang Ke Yuan (张珂源) as The head of the immortal disciples. He was sooo funny, kept being underestimated by the others.
  • Tong Xiao Mei (童晓梅) as Su Mo’s grandmother. At first, I disliked her of how she made Su Mo choose. But then I realized she couldn’t be blamed. The hate and the feuds between the tribes were too much. It was hard to let it all go. She wasn’t totally unreasonable either since she finally understood and told Su Mo not to hold a grudge, because of what she learned from Su Shui.

Friendships / Relationships / Whatever:

  • Zhang Han/Chi Yu and Nazha/Su Mo. Just rating based on this series and ignoring their outside relationship (lol), I think they did match. Their chemistry wasn’t bad. But I think Nazha was still a bit raw to convince me here. Perhaps, because she was kind of new at that time (at least from what I read in her filmography). Maybe in the future, they would collaborate again on-screen and I would like it even more.
  • Zhang Han/Chi Yu and Kenny Kwan/Shangguan Jin. At first, they had a guarded attitude toward one another, which was understandable, considering how most people around them have motives of some sort. However, they became almost like brothers later on with drinking together–chatting or competing. Although Shangguan Jin had a better life growing up regarding how he did not have to run for his life most of the time, his father putting pressure on him was enough to break him. In a way, he could relate to Chi Yu and vice versa.
  • Zhang Han/Chi Yu and Tian Yu Peng/Hong Tai. It was obvious that they weren’t just a pair of master and servant like said before. They were like brothers. It was really tragic and frustrating to see Hong Tai’s ending. That had fused Chi Yu’s rage.
  • Wu Lei/Shi Pei Pei and Liu Chang De/A Su. They had a funny friendship. At first, Pei Pei was teasing A Su, but later they became like brothers. Pei Pei had to represent A Su to talk to the female population at first but later ended up being someone A Su could confide with.
  • Wu Lei/Shi Pei Pei and Caesar Li/Baili Bing. They didn’t get along at first. It made sense since Xiao Bing caused a lot of troubles for Pei Pei and A Su. Yet they got along all right later. Because of their constant bickering and wanting to upstage each other, it allowed for Pei Pei to understand Xiao Bing even more. It had also aided in discovering the truth when Sun Ju tried to disguise himself as Xiao Bing.
  • Nazha/Su Mo and Yin Zheng/Su Shui. I think Nazha’s best scenes were with Yin Zheng since Su Mo and Su Shui had a special connection. He was really loyal to her and helped her regardless of the situation. Moreover, because of how Su Mo’s bridge of emotion was broken when she realized what had happened to Su Shui. He had sacrificed himself to save her grandma. It was the first time ever that she thought of revenge and hatred toward someone. Shui Sui’s death also allowed Su Mo’s grandma to realize she should let go, especially how he had used his own life to save hers. At the part where Su Mo called Su Shui and he “appeared” there again, it was so touching and so real that I actually cried a bit–with how Su Mo realized what was going on, etc. It was indeed a memorable scene. Nazha did quite well here.
  • Nazha/Su Mo and Nicole Wan/Hong Ling. I felt like they were more like sisters than Su Mo and Fu Er. Mostly, because despite Hong Ling’s obsession with money (with reason) and all, she actually cared for Su Mo and understood Su Mo, even if she did chide Su Mo at one time for being silly or too naive, etc. She even defended Su Mo against others. I enjoyed their friendship so much, which made Su Mo’s reaction so genuine when she realized Hong Ling had sacrificed herself.
  • Nicole Wan/Hong Ling and Liu Chang De/A Su. They were a bickering couple. Well, if you can bicker with one being quiet all the time, lol. But as far as it went, it was hilarious trying to see how they would eventually end up together. It was funny how Hong Ling gave him misinformation so he went and dressed like Shangguan Jin, lol.

Favorites/Likes:

  • The main theme. The song “Don’t Ask” by Zhang Han definitely helped me with moving forward with the series in general. Although short, but it was a good song and addicting too.
  • The concept of the story. Although another fantasy-related series, I thought it was more refreshing to be focusing on the legend of these four constellations instead of the same old, same old.
  • The cast in general. I must admit, I actually liked all the cast involved, more or less.

Annoying:

  • The whole pushing Su Mo to one another with the guys. Whether it was between Chi Yu or Shangguang Jin or Chi Yu with Xin Yue Hu. It was so frustrating. Like she didn’t get to decide or something. Sure, if something happened to Chi Yu, he would want her to end up with a good guy or someone he could trust to look after her. But I felt it was sooo not respecting her with deciding that for her. Sure, she liked Shangguan Jin at first or seemed like it, but that didn’t give Chi Yu the right to decide for her if something happened to him. Or when Chi Yu was ready to let Xin Yue Hu be with her. I’m not talking about the ending where he wanted to sacrifice himself so at least one of them survive to help Su Mo with the final battle. I was talking about the part where their souls were struggling to gain control of the body. It seemed hopeless for him, but did he have to turn her over to Xin Yue Hu? Seriously?
  • The inactive vibe of the main character aka Su Mo. I already covered in the above section about characters but I just want to put it here again for emphasis. To the point that it took Baili Han’s arrogant rant to allow Fu Er to see that she was wrong. Although Su Mo couldn’t really prove she didn’t mean to kill Fu Er and didn’t really know what Fu Er was saying about the cave incident, Su Mo didn’t really actively think about it or ask if others know about it. Or more like the scriptwriters didn’t care to let other characters explore the possibilities further and undo the misunderstanding. Eventually, they just moved along. Then it wasn’t until Baili Han revealed of his trick that it was clear. I understand the misunderstanding needed to last for Baili Han’s plan to go through, but in some aspects, it was kind of scattered.

Recommended? I would say you have to be a major fan of the cast to go through with it. The story is indeed interesting, but eventually I just couldn’t overlook some of the factors I mentioned above. In a sense of an ancient/fantasy series, I think it contains a certain formula that lived up to it. But there were some weaknesses that made it frustrating. To be fair though, I think it was one of the better series of nowadays, plot-wise and length-wise.

Forbes China – Top 100 Successful Celebrities 2017

(image credit: Zhao Li Ying’s Studio Weibo)

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 Actors of 2016

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Translations:

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

Top 50 Actors of 2015

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Just saw this so I decided to share. These are the ones people searched for the most on Weibo, etc.

Translations:

1. Li Yi Feng / Lý Dịch Phong

2. Yang Yang / Dương Dương

3. Wallace Chung / Chung Hán Lương

4. Wallace Huo / Hoắc Kiến Hoa

5. Li Chen / Lý Thần

6. Hu Ge / Hồ Ca

7. Michael Chen He / Trần Hách

8. Hawick Lau / Lưu Khải Uy

9. William Chan / Trần Vỹ Đình

10. Chen Xiao / Trần Hiểu

11. Zhang Han / Trương Hàn

12. Ryan Zheng / Trịnh Khải

13. Deng Chao / Đặng Siêu

14. Huang Xiao Ming / Huỳnh Hiểu Minh

15. Lu Yi / Lục Nghị

16. Wu Lei / Ngô Lỗi

17. Lee Jong Suk

18. Kim Soo Hyun

19. Ray Ma Tian Yu / Mã Thiên Vũ

20. Du Chun / Đổ Thuần

21. Luo Jin / La Tấn

22. Lee Min Ho

23. Ma Ke / Mã Khả

24. Jia Nai Liang / Giả Nại Lương

25. Bosco Wong / Huỳnh Tông Trạch

26. Huang Bo / Huỳnh Bột

27. Qiao Zhen Yu / Kiều Chấn Vũ

28. Jing Bo Ran / Tỉnh Bách Nhiên

29. Ji Chang Wook

30. Wu Jing / Ngô Kinh

31. Nicky Wu / Ngô Kỳ Long

32. Tong Da Wei / Đồng Đại Vỹ

33. Chen Xiang / Trần Tường

34. Qiao Ren Liang / Kiều Nhậm Lương

35. Aarif Rahman / Lý Trị Đình

36. Zhu Ya Wen / Chu Á Văn

37. Ren Zhong / Nhậm Trọng

38. Liu Ye / Lưu Diệp

39. Yuan Hong / Viên Hoằng

40. Jin Dong / Cận Đông

41. Wang Bao Qiang / Vương Bảo Cường

42. Wu Xiu Bo / Ngô Tú Ba

43. Zhang Ruo Yun / Trương Nhược Quân

44. Wang Kai / Vương Khải

45. Zhang Dan Feng / Trương Đan Phong

46. Eddie Peng / Bành Vu Yến

47. Sun Hong Lei / Tôn Hồng Lôi

48. Wei Qian Xiang / Ngụy Thiên Tường

49. Ken Chang / Trương Trí Nghiêu

50. Mickey He / Hà Thịnh Minh

The Legend and the Hero

I never thought I watch it. So serious here. I actually followed the production of it somewhat when it first filmed. Because of how butchered it would turn out to be, I didn’t want to touch it. Yet I couldn’t believe years later, I was sitting around watching this with my mom. How was it? Well, it was a toss between half and half for the rest of us novel followers. But I think the positive side–the whole fighting and magic effects–won over all those sides, nonsense dramas. For those who do not know the actual legends, it’s going to be a REAL lost. But that’s how it is so there’s nothing new. As for me, I was sitting there rolling my eyes a lot at first, but soon, I totally didn’t want to care about some side made-up dramas anymore so I just paid extra attention during the battle parts. That helped A LOT with getting through 2 full series of it. Yeah, funny that they thought it needed a second season. One should be enough if they cut out all the extra, side dramas and focused on developing the essential parts of the novel. But it was all right, I wanted to watch it for some people. Not too much of a loss for me. But what totally ruined it for me was the lame ending.

Cast:

  • Liu De Kai as Jiang Zi Ya. A good choice for Jiang Zi Ya actually. Having been a fan of him since the old days, I felt it was a suitable character for him. Yet thinking about the character Jiang Zi Ya, in general, made me want to laugh. Because he seemed so helpless at times, always needing rescuing from others. But according to the novel, some events did happen so I was fine with that. Yet I still have to say for a leader, he was quite weak (like said above) and didn’t keep me interested enough. I just know that he was essential to the story and that was it. And way down the road, he had gotten more and more passive (thank you scriptwriters–NOT) to the fact that he had to go and clean up the mess Ji Fa created more than focus on the battles.
  • Zhou Jie and Victor Huang as King Zhou Wu aka Ji Fa. I want to say that I’ve never been a fan of Zhou Jie, but actually watching this, he really won me over. It was just that I never got into him since the HZGG days AND possibly because of the weird Qing era hairstyle that I didn’t feel like paying attention to him. Though I know he could act. But this one, he was really charming and convincing. He made the character seemed powerful and intelligent. Not to mention there was a mixture of gentleness and playfulness added in at times as well. The script had helped also. Yet changing it to Victor for part 2 was just painful. I don’t know. Victor looked more like he belonged to the villain side more than this side. Then I suddenly pondered if Zhou Jie made a very good choice of not returning. Since though it was supposed to be a change of cast AND not character, they made it so that the character was SO unreasonable at times, especially how he was yelling at his siblings and being stubborn about love. It was like he was taking on his oldest brother’s personality or something (like from the first part how Bo Yi Kao kept caring about love, etc). Whoever the writers were made his character really inconsistent with part 1. In fact, it had gone from bad to worse, and worse to worser. Yeah, I know “worser” is not a word, but I’m exaggerating to make a point here. Seriously? Disobeying Jiang to go search for the jade pieces? Honestly? Yeah, yeah, people might be saying it was really touching how he cared for his girl, etc. BUT he was so into the whole thing that he disregarded the soldiers and what others were fighting hard for, etc. It seemed like he was not any better than the King of Shang Zhou. OR possibly he’s even worse. So why are all those people fighting for anyhow? Part 1, they exaggerated and made Ji Fa ending up with Bi Can’s daughter, but it wasn’t so unbearable since they only squeezed it in between some conflicts. Yet this one? Totally going from bad to worse. And it was not like I want to hate Victor either, but the script really wanted to kill him for it. At least it did for me. (It’s not like I’m against romance either since my blog is filled with dramas involving romances/soaps/whatever you call it. But this story wasn’t supposed to revolve around romance, honestly!)
  • Priscelia Chan as Zi Xian. Funny that they made her Bi Can’s daughter and even let her become Jiang Zi Ya’s disciple. However, I actually liked this addition to the story and felt that was kind of a riot at times. At least she was the strong character and NOT nagging type. She was quite brave and was able to contribute to the plot majorly without being too ‘in your face’ at times. Which was good for me.
  • Bonnie Xian as teenager Ne Zha. So cute and funny. I read some comments about the confusion of Ne Zha being a guy or a girl and I have to laugh. The majority of past adaptations cast a girl to portray the role. (NOT sure if it was due to some superstition or something, I don’t know. It just has been that way.) Ne Zha was just plain cool in here. Having Ne Zha appeared made the plot tenfold more interesting, aside from Huang Fei Hu already ruling the show in here.
    • Wu Lei as childhood Ne Zha. The kid was soooo cute! It didn’t matter if the role was supposed to be so mischievous but he was one cute kid. Good child actor also since he managed to exude the mischievousness to the max. Then the later parts with crying and all.
  • Han Dong as Er Lang Shen Yang Jian. OMG, so handsome and so cool in here! He didn’t appear until like more than the last half of the first part. But made up for all the made-up lame plots/episode fillers previously. It was like he saved the show for me in a lot of ways. Glad they made his character cool like it was supposed to be in the novel and didn’t reduce him to some nonsense character. Then he got to do lots of cool stuff too in part 2. I was so glad they didn’t replace the cast OR I would’ve stopped watching, same with how it was with Ne Zha. Then somehow, they just ended up pushing his character aside along the way, which I don’t mind as much as long as there were other characters involved and they kept the plot going at the right pace with some of the battles. And yeah, having him being in charge of the food supplies was important since no one could snatch it from him, etc. However, what I do mind was that they not only dragged the plot out to the point of unbearable with some of the love stuff (that didn’t even exist in the novel) but also dragged him in as part of the stupid conspiracy while the other gods and goddesses and other deities were helping with that one big battle. (What the hell? I couldn’t blame him since the plot was that way BUT the plot was just pathetic trying to use his skills like that–and at such a hectic time where more pressing matters needed attention toward.)
  • Tay Ping Hui and Ix Shen as Huang Fei Hu. Okay, I like Ix Shen. He looked very cool in Angel Lover. But this one? Tay Ping Hui hands down. He looked so powerful as the general. I got used to Ix later on but it still didn’t feel right. I think it was because of Tay Ping Hui as Huang Fei Hu that I stuck around that long or hung on long enough for some other key characters to appear. And indeed, Ix’s portrayal did grow on me later since they managed to keep his character consistent even with the change in cast. The most powerful scene must be his death. YET I felt it was for a really stupid reason. It was because he wanted to see the stupid ghost.
  • Zhang Bo Jun as Li Jing. When he first appeared, I felt like he didn’t suit the role at all. It might have to do with the fact that Huang Fei Hu was so tall and overpowering others around him. Yet I later got used to him. This story made him less cruel (as it appeared at first) regarding destroying Ne Zha’s shrine, etc. They tried to cut back on that, which was funny how their priorities were. I didn’t want to drag the whole matter out anyway, but it seemed I rather see it focus on relevant matters than other side stuff.
  • Wang Hai Di and Ding Ting as Jin Zha. Ne Zha’s oldest brother. Didn’t notice much since there were too many characters but good enough for me.
  • Steve Ma and Ray Lui as King Shang Zhou. Seriously? I have to say that Ray Lui rules! Yeah, people might be saying how they made Steve Ma more handsome and possibly more appealing in many ways to watch. However, the character was not supposed to be handsome. I felt like the image they created for Ray was more suitable. Not to mention how Ray looked fiercer and powerful. Not saying I hate Steve Ma since I really like both actors, and think they’re good looking in their own way. Just that Steve leaned on the side of looking like some lovesick dude, almost as bad as Bo Yi Kao, not really exuding the cruel king image as much. Though if Steve wanted, he was able to achieve the “fierce” look at some parts. They tried to let others pity Steve or something. ‘Cause it seemed like they were saying ‘poor, rich king’ kind of idea. Though people leaning on ‘love’ stuff would root for him because of what he did for love, like the other goddess said, he doesn’t care for his people at all.
  • Fan Bing Bing and Ruby Lin as Su Da Ji. Um…have to say FBB was more convincing with taking the role of a fox. She exuded the cruel side and somewhat of the struggle between the fox and the real Su Da Ji really well. Plus, she was willing to go all out on the whole ‘seduction’ scenes so I guess that worked for her. Ruby tried to be super mischievous and was really cunning at times. Yet she was just too cute to be an evil fox demon, lol. I had fun watching her but I felt it was funnier than anything. And Ruby was so reserved in her outfits so she had become a cute little fox instead.
  • Miao Hai Zhong/ Miao Hao Jun as Shen Gong Bao. I swear he was like the master/pro of PR back then in the days. If not, how could he persuade them and/or recruit all of those people to die for him? He was sure slick. Yet he seemed to get away with it every time. (It reminds me of a certain someone in modern days.)
  • Du Zhi Guo as Su Hu. Su Da Ji’s father. SAD, tragic moments, especially how he was torn in between saving other people and sacrificing his daughter. Then knowing that it was some demon possessing his daughter–and that his daughter had to die later as well, etc.
  • Lou Qi as Wu Ji. Jiang Zi Ya’s disciple. One of the actual disciples in the novel. Had fun watching him and how he got a good amount of screen time, but it collapsed later when they made way for the soap of other stuff. Yeah, I’m rolling my eyes again.
  • Qi Fang as Deng Chan Yu. OMG, one of the feisty and funny girls in here that actually existed in the novel. I loved watching her scenes and her constant bicker with her shorty husband, lol. Her death was actually the most tragic or seemed that way and it got me actually almost tearing up, unlike some of the senseless scenes in here. All the flashbacks and the background music were all it needed to capture their moments.
  • Mi Zi An as Princess Long Ji. Cute and another character actually from the novel. Except they did change some details regarding her. She should appear more, not some senseless characters.

Others:

Died along the way or didn’t appear much or just plain didn’t have anything to contribute to the plot in general

  • Tang Guo Qiang as Yuan Shi Tian Zun. One of the most powerful gods. I cannot believe they dragged him into one of the most stupid moments of the plot too. Probably just to say, “One of the powerful gods said it too so it must be right” kind of thing.
  • Wu Ma as Shang Rong. The late actor took this very righteous role and he totally nailed it. It was super frustrating to see him die and like that, but that was what happened.
  • Guo Kai Min as Bi Gan. Poor guy. Yet it had to be that way, considering how his nephew was already WAY beyond help, even before Da Ji came into the picture.
  • Jin Qiao Qiao as Empress Jiang. She was a brave queen yet couldn’t escape either. Loved her as the elegant and graceful empress. Too bad with her fate.
  • Xu Huan Shan as Wen Tai Shi. For some weird reason, I just plain don’t like him. Well, it was obvious since he was on the other side. Yet I swear he was not that likable even if he tried to use his power against the king and made him obey, etc. He was so oblivious to stuff at times, especially with the rant of how Huang Fei Hu betrayed them. (The guy’s wife and sister DIED, what else did the old man need as proof?) So he was actually one of those elders that I didn’t care for.
  • Eddie Kwan as Bo Yi Kao. I swear they made him so weak and so wishy-washy in here that it wasn’t even funny. I usually felt sad or pissed off when they kill him off in some of the other versions. But this one, I was just glad. Yeah, heartless, but the character got ruined because of other made-up catalysts.
  • Liu Tao as Moon Fairy. I enjoyed her scenes in here, however little it was. She wasn’t supposed to be in the story anyway, but they made it dramatic with the other couple so whatever. But she sure exuded the fairy-like look.
    • Fan Bing Bing as Moon Fairy. Seriously? What a way to try and come back to the show. And that was my reaction when I saw her name in the cast list. But my reaction when the scenes came around involving the Moon Fairy was “What?” Because of the somewhat blurry effects so I can’t really see if it was her. But it was strange making Ji Fa seeing that she resembled Su Da Ji.
  • Wang Li Ke as Zi Yu. Seriously? Why did they create her character except for episode fillers and another distraction to the overall theme? I swear I couldn’t even like her at all. From the start, she was just boring, but I accepted that they wanted to waste time. Then she just went from boring to annoying several episodes later, with her whole tantrums and demanding Ji Fa personally go fetch her. Really? Oh, not to mention her rudeness to Lei Zhen Zi later during their first encounter. What the hell was that? And she became even more useless and annoying as time went by. I never imagined I would say “useless” for any character, BUT she sure pushed past that breach. (Since I don’t like to think of it that way, even at times when characters aren’t my favorites but they could be there for a short time, etc.) What was the point of making her running off, going through some painful trials, committing suicide, and then try to revive her? What? Waste of time. I do get all the reasons for her character and personality and all the pain she went through BUT again, in such a story, why were the scriptwriters torturing us with the soap-ville stuff? It was like trying to raise her character up yet failed since they did give her a lot of credit for stuff throughout. It was like the world revolved around her BUT not really. I’m probably considered heartless by now but I’m the rare few that felt so strongly against her. (Or possibly the only one feeling that way.) As for Wang Li Ke, I looked up some of her pictures outside and I swear she looks better in real life. (And people think I was attacking WLK? NO, I was talking about the character.) What really irked me though was how they were on this journey to purify her before resurrecting her again, as if saying she was somehow “dirty” because she got raped. Yes, I was really pissed off at the scriptwriters for making it seemed that way. I didn’t like her character but didn’t like how they implied that people who weren’t obedient would eventually get raped or killed, etc. Sure, it was during a turbulent time and so chaotic, considering how they were at war, etc. But that was soooo wrong to make it that way. Yet, why should I be surprised, right?

Couples/Friendships/Bonds/Whatever else:

  • Zhou Jie and Priscelia Chan as a couple. Cute couple! I liked how they were somewhat of a bickering couple. Very subtle at times and it was enough to the story, NOT too lame and draggy like how some of the other parts in here were. So I didn’t mind if they exaggerated the thing about the two characters getting together, etc.
  • Ray Lui and Ruby Lin. Thanks to my sister, I suddenly remember that they had collaborated in this old ATV series where he was Zhao Chao and she was Princess Fei Feng. They didn’t end up together since he didn’t like her and she was later married to someone else. But it was really funny seeing them together like this and this time as a couple. Sometimes I enjoy their scenes (though there were indeed cruel and ‘shaking head’ parts but that was somewhat going along with the story) more than others. Then it got WAY more dramatic so I was like “ugh” as well.
  • How the disciples of various characters were fighting at times. OR more like they were competing to see who got there first or completed a certain task first. That was hilarious and I loved those parts. It was actually funny, unlike some parts they tried too hard.

Interestingly Funny or more like “What?”:

Some of them were actually funny of how they made up stuff AND others were just worth some head shaking or eye-rolling moments.

  • Bo Yi Kao and Su Da Ji were engaged before Da Ji was forced into going into the palace. Really? When did that happen? Not only that was outrageous with their supposed relationship along with how they were somehow linked to the Zhou side, but it led to some really draggy subplots later, like for Bo Yi Kao’s focus on love only, not caring for other stuff. Well, he did pull himself out of it when he realized it was going to harm his family BUT still, unnecessary plots.
  • One of the two guys by King Shang Zhou’s side is actually Su Hu’s cousin. Really? When did that happen? And here we go again with them linking together different characters.
  • Ne Zha’s mother was actually Huang Fei Hu’s sister. REALLY? So they wanted to connect the loyal/good people together. But seriously? Like who would believe that one? I actually let it slide since I was laughing the whole time, but still. It seemed like they were eager to link different characters in here.
  • The exaggerated love between King Shang Zhou and Daji. Or more like with the fox-spirit. Like seriously? That went on and on for the majority of the first part, which I was fine with since it didn’t last long. Yet it just kept dragging on with how the fox spirit had fallen for the king for real and even wanted to help him keep his dynasty. Really? And what was more was using reasons or excuses for the king’s behaviors at times throughout the story, like in part one with him not really doing it on purpose for causing the death of Huang Fei Hu’s wife. Really?
  • Princess Long Ji is actually the late King Zhou Wen’s adopted daughter. WOW, really? Yeah, I’m saying “really” A LOT. But it’s that outrageous with how they try to connect different stories together.
  • Anything having to do with Zi Yu and Ji Fa for that matter. (Part 2 for Ji Fa since I liked him in part 1.) AND yes, I have to pick on them again. But since the storyline kept emphasizing their relationship, I think it’s fair game. Again, what the hell was that? Episode fillers and waste of time. I’m talking about characters and plot surrounding them, NOT the actor and actress SO don’t jump in trying to say I’m just hating them or jealous with them or something along those lines. And by the time I got to almost the end (since I was still hanging on for some characters), it got from worser to worsest. Because not only were the story-line draggy and pointless, it dragged Yang Jian into their stupid conspiracy, which made him miss the last battle between the disciples of the gods and all. Then making it seem like some epic romance by dragging one of the higher gods in by praising their so-called love story.
  • Lei Zhen Zi was made into a senseless character. I didn’t remember much from the first part except he was cool enough. Yet again like characters in the 2nd part, he was reduced to some senseless role. Like he would go around and try to search for one of Ji Fa’s chicks like that. There’s a war going on! His mission (according to his master) was to go help Jiang Zi Ya fight in the battles, NOT go search for Ji Fa’s chick. Then eventually, I give up on his character altogether, especially with how he blamed Ne Zha for Zi Yu’s death. Like really? It was a slap in the face to be called stealing someone’s woman when Ne Zha was outside. Of course, Ne Zha had to go confront Zi Yu and asked what the hell was going on.
  • The King of Shang Zhou went to Heaven to suck Ji Fa’s energy out of the star that represented Ji Fa? Really? Who thought of this one? Another episode filler?
  • The monkey/ape who fought with Yang Jian near the end will turn into Sun Wu Kong in the future. What? Um, like really? I laughed harder than the rest of the made-up stuff. It was actually funny and interesting how they tried to link both stories together. But seriously? I couldn’t stop laughing until the next day. The characters from both works were linked later because the ones who fought against each other in this part will eventually become gods/goddesses or fairies of different sorts. But trying to link Sun Wu Kong in because that one ape also knew the same skills as Yang Jian? LOL!
  • Jiang Zi Ya reserved a spot for himself YET gave it to Huang Fei Hu later. The BIGGEST what in here. Like seriously? Jiang wasn’t supposed to be one of them since it wasn’t his fate. Huang Fei Hu was already secured for that one spot, to begin with. There was no “dividing the pig” after the battle, seriously. AND having that part with Jiang arguing with his late ex-wife was also QUITE stupid and off.

Other Topics:

  • “Can it get any worse than this?” is like a dare to the production team. YES, it’s true for part 2 mostly BUT every time I utter that phrase out loud, the answer delivered somewhere several scenes later or several episodes later seemed to say, “Challenged accepted.” I’m so serious.
  • Part 2? Like seriously? I meant okay, I know some of the details for part 2 were what happened in the novel, more or less. But did they have to split it? I think if they cut out all the nonsense crap and the exaggerated love stories (on both sides actually), they could fit it into 40 eps or so.
  • What could have been focused on? There were a lot of interesting stories in the novel and could have been focused on instead of some made-up senseless stuff that couldn’t match up to it. In fact, I’m tempted to go read the novel again and extract stuff from it that was more relevant. (My first read was somewhat unsuccessful because of some side stuff so I didn’t finish exactly but knew some of the things were irrelevant.)

What was good about it?

Yes, Apparently I’m saving this topic for last because I rather end it with a positive note (or whatever is left of it that I could find).

  • Effects. Seriously, loved the effects and it was really suitable for these types of stories.
  • Ne Zha. YES, the cute kid actor and eventually the actress who portrayed the character. Plus all the cool stuff Ne Zha got, later on, weapon wise and the skills acquired.
  • Yang Jian. NO, Yang Jian’s NOT supposed to be under command of that Ji Fa. Since Ji Fa wasn’t that bossy in the novel. Besides, Yang Jian only listened to his master, who they merged it in and gave a lot of credit to that one god, BUT he wasn’t supposed to be Yang Jian’s master in the novel. And when he was sent down to help Jiang, he only listened to Jiang, NOT some idiot. Aside from that, Han Dong is now my favorite Yang Jian. So handsome, so cool, and all. YET they ruined him near the end. BUT I guess it wasn’t his fault.
  • Huang Fei Hu, mostly Tay Ping Hui, but yeah. Loved the character overall and he was the sole reason I stuck around for more than the first half of the story (like stated before) and managed to hang on.
  • Ji Fa–BUT only the first part. YES, I have to say it again, Zhou Jie made a very wise decision for not coming back.
  • Zi Xian. Priscelia made it very cute and likable at times, but she was also a very strong and admirable person.
  • Deng Chan Yu and her shorty husband. Favorite couple in part 2 since they were sooooo funny. Too bad they had to die tragically as well.

Recommended? After all my rants, it’s more like from the side of the minority who couldn’t stand it anymore. But for people who enjoy it or like the cast, go ahead. I actually don’t think it’s worth it and if possible, just fast forward or search around for scenes that you might enjoy and watch. ‘Cause I swear I wasted like millions of brain cells watching it. (My fault actually, but since my mom wanted to watch and I somehow was just sitting there, I might as well.) But one thing’s for sure, I will try to avoid this producer and director’s works for the future JUST to eliminate another mistake I might make.