While waiting for this to air, I thought I go back to sharing more images. ‘Cause seriously, when in the world is it airing? I swear, if I was more active in translating the novel, I would have been done with it already.
Not sure what’s going on with that scene, but another random image.
Oh, they have a kid!
*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.
I was doing my typical browsing on Weibo the other day. Well, I rarely browse there anymore since it could get oh-so-addicting and time-consuming. But glad I went back in time to discover this new adaptation. To be honest, I didn’t even read the novel SO I won’t even make any comparison with previous versions. Yet I’m just excited that Ken Chang and some of the cast have a new project. It’s also an ancient one and from the same team who made the recent version of Chu Liu Xiang. But I just hope they improve on the martial arts parts. I meant I was fine with some people’s fighting, especially Louis Fan. But the overly used CGI and other blinding effects made it quite annoying. I liked the qing gong parts, NOT the actual fighting parts. Moving on, there are some of the similar cast from Chu Liu Xiang, but they had somewhat improved on the attires for this one or something. Well, again, I liked some of the costumes from Chu Liu Xiang, but others I thought was too exaggerated, especially some of the combination of colors for the female population. So this might even be more promising. Anyway, looking at some of Ken’s costumes for this series.
The typical Chu Liu Xiang pose, lol.
OMG, something hasn’t changed, he’s still surrounded by the beauties, lol.
He looks so fierce in this one. Probably the Ding Peng attitude?
Taking a stroll in the garden, nice?
This one is actually the same one from the press conference, but posting it again for a closer look.
Then there’s this one, somewhat similar with the above, but different design and shade.
Ding Peng and Qing Qing! They’re so cute already! Can’t wait to see more scenes of them. (The actress is Yang Xue.)
Okay, this is the last one, really. (The above picture they were just being silly behind the scenes, lol. Was waiting for the preparation of the next scene or something? LOL…)
Anyway, I have an urge to go read and translate the story to English at the same time. Nice or what? YET no promises. But if it gets translated, etc, there will be a link.
*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.
I said that I would do an overall analysis on this one so here goes. I thought this set of stories was quite lacking compared to part 1. Don’t say ‘Duh’ ’cause honestly, it wasn’t a whole story to be on the same scale with the whole ‘sequel’ thing. YES, it was a sequel, BUT because it was not just one story and then this was following it in that matter to be counted that way. It would be more accurate to say that this was another set of stories that followed the previous set of stories. I remember not watching only one story from the last one ’cause I already watched another adaptation elsewhere hence not watching it because it was basically the same with a different cast. However, this one was quite fresh with the set of stories but some of them seriously failed to capture the main points and let it drag on so it was quite disappointing. I will list the order of the stories to which I feel it deserved its place and then provide the reason as to why.
Yan Zhi – I can’t believe this had become my favorite and also earned the first spot. I was really, really surprised that the story was soooo good. Possibly because it stood out from the rest so it seemed really good to me in the end. Because I thought it was average at first but analyzing it more later, it was the only one that I seemed to write an in-depth summary about. It actually had a good theme, a solid story, and was not dragging at all. Things kept happening to drive the plot forward, not letting it dwell on one or another thing for too long. There were frustrating parts, but it soon passed and gave way for other things. It was also my first time watching Cecilia Han Xue and really liked her in here. My second time watching Yan Kuan and really liked his performance, feeling he deserved this lead role.
Lian Xiang – Though I felt the story was strange with them at times and I thought I wouldn’t like the way how things were with them but I finally understand why it must to be that way. One thing drove the other forward and many events were unavoidable. I actually felt that their chemistry wasn’t bad. I actually accepted the ending though it was not a happy one. It did not have to be that way. A possibly typical battle between good versus evil but it was all right. At least it did not drag out to the point of unbearable. There were also enough actions going on to drive the plot forward, keeping it mysterious with providing us with pieces of the puzzle slowly until the end.
Ying Ning – The story became somewhat dragging and repetitive toward the middle and somewhat in the ending parts but I forgave them because somehow the story still made sense. I actually liked the chemistry between June and Zhao Yi–like I said in the other review. It was really cute between them at first and then there was some bitterness. Not too bad at all.
Fen Die – What made this one standing fourth though it was supposed to be one of my most anticipated was its stupidity with dragging on and on about believing too much what the dreams were implying. YES, it could be true and could hint at the future. BUT I felt Fen Die relied so deeply on the dreams to tell her things or let her decide that it was way too pathetic for me to endure. Eddie and Esther still had great chemistry but the story was a bit weak to endure. Not to mention how the ending was a bit weak–to say the least. Though it was a happy ending and it did show how Wang Feng was able to see through their true love and let go but it was too much of a rush.
Yi Qian – Kind of refreshing idea like I said in the other review with the reversed role of letting the girl accepting the guy. However, the plot became sort of weak in the later parts. Though there were some comedic moments, it could not make up for the ending. Too fast and too ‘whatever’ to forgive.
Luo Sha Hai Shi – It was way too obvious from the individual review that I didn’t like it. Or more like I was really disappointed in it. Regardless of how it became so tragic (as most Liao Zhai stories should be) near the end, I could not make myself move it up from the list. It was too dragging to endure. Not to mention though it was a happy ending, it was just too much of a disappointment with the plot and characterization as I said before in the other review.
Just to end this on a positive note, I really liked the ending theme song used for this part. Does that even count? LOL! The song is called “White Fox“, which really suited this kind of theme with the mystical settings.
Seriously though, it would be nice to collect and watch and skip around and then snap some caps to do nice wallpapers or other types of graphics with since the costumes were nice–for the most part. And the scenery was equally mesmerizing. If only they had worked more on the plot development because like I said before, there were a lot of good ideas yet wasted with repetitive scenes or draggy formulas. So recommended or not? If you’re curious, go ahead and hunt for it to watch. Or you could be collecting because you like the artist mentioned. BUT I wouldn’t recommend it for the plot. The good thing is I saw on YesAsia you could buy the stories separately so you could try it out for yourself without having to buy the whole set of stories.
This was the first story for this saga (or so according to the version I watched). I thought this story was a bit raw for an opening story. Sure, the story was intriguing with the opening and building up for the final battle. Yet I felt the middle parts were sort of lacking, especially the parts where Sang Xiao was struggling between the misunderstandings with his xiao shi mei, Fang Lin, and the fox demon, Lian Xiang. I liked the build-up of the story between Sang Xiao and Lian Xiang much more after she saved him and they lived at the small house in the wood together. It was still hectic yet it focused on the whole human-demon relationship from there on. What I even liked more was the struggle with Lian Xiang after realizing what she was taught wasn’t so and her consulting in the enlightened monk throughout the story. The link between her, the monk, and Sang Xiao was really nice to watch. Many philosophical/religious stuff worth thinking about.
Hugo Ng didn’t get robbed at all, considering he became the main villain later on. The ending, like most endings of Liao Zhao stories, was really sad yet it made sense. Lian Xiang needed to lose her evil shell before beginning a new journey to reach enlightenment. Sang Xiao finally realized there was a love that could surpass those between a man and a woman, allowing him to become a monk, going on the same path to reach enlightenment.
Acting? Hugo Ng didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t familiar with some others but I thought Yang Xue and Jia Qing both did pretty good for their roles. Chen Da Wei was all right I guess since I actually liked the chemistry between him and both girls, considering the circumstances.