Yuan Shan Shan: The Road Ahead

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Last week or so, I heard some rumors about her leaving Yu Zheng’s company. I was feeling hopeful, considering how she had racked up all these “bricks” that could help her build a mansion–mostly due to being linked with him. Yet I didn’t want to be too happy and then be disappointed again. Then stuffs happened so I didn’t get to search for it yet. But it was confirmed later on. One of the articles went into more detail about how Yu Zheng had shared his thoughts regarding that and many suspected that he was issuing some sort of underlying threat about her career. I’m not much for conspiracy theories, but from Yu Zheng’s past reactions to events, I think it’s possible. But I’m just happy that she’s out of his grasp. Well, NOT yet since she still has some time left with her current contract. I’m still glad that she’s not renewing. Now, others can fight over who would get promoted next and can’t blame her for being in the way of their precious favorites anymore. I’m not saying she’s the best or whatever. I’m not saying that. I mostly like her because of her perseverance and hardworking attitude. But I’m just sick and tired of others hating on her because she was promoted more (instead of aiming at Yu Zheng for his decisions).

Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2012: Costumes – Part V

This one will focus on the various supporting of the series. I’m tired of doing individual posts so this will be the last one for costumes. YES, wrapping it up since it’s part 5 now and I want to focus on other parts of the series itself–along with some other discussions to prepare myself for the worst (LOL).

Dicky Cheung as Lu Zhu Weng. When I first saw his costume, I was like, “Seriously?” and had to laugh it off for a while. I guess when I think some other producers out there are being quite literal, Yu Zheng just has to top them all. Just because his name consisted of ‘bamboo’ does not mean he would have to wear blinding green–among other shades. So he has a nice, fancy instrument, but it’s going to be really hard not to laugh when I watch the actual scenes he appears in.

Kelsey Lv is Lan Feng Huang. I must say her character is very intriguing and I enjoy her character while reading the novel and even watch some versions. Kelsey looks the part in this outfit and for once, I don’t mind. I thought her outfits are actually one of the better designs, arrangements thus far. In fact, I got so carried away looking at some pictures, I wonder how it would’ve been cool if she’s actually Ying Ying. Well, NOT implying anything since I said I never watched Yuan Shan Shan before, but the outfits for Ying Ying for this version just kills it, and somehow it’s strange that they manage to get Lan Feng Huang’s outfits right for someone being in a mysterious cult, etc.

This is Tian Bo Guang. I’m not too sure how old he’s supposed to be in the book since I read it a long time ago. But I’m guessing he’s around his 30s SO Han Dong is the right choice. Not to mention how Ling Hu Chong was once mistaken for Tian Bo Guang because of their similar obsession for wine and all. No complaint. The outfit is about right. Kind of weird, but I’m over the style already since they managed to tone it down somehow. Later when he becomes a monk, his outfit is actually more reserved than the supposedly ‘nun’, which is hilarious if you ask me.

This is Lu Da You, portrayed Zhang Zhuo Wen. Again, forgot how old Da You was, but he seemed older in some of the other versions. Then again I remembered that Lin Hu Chong was younger than some of them but he was the highest-ranked because he had followed Yue Bu Quan since young. I have to go check again, seriously. It would be funny if Ling Hu Chong ended up being the oldest age-wise too in this version because he couldn’t be older than Lao De Nuo. (This one, I’m sure, considering what type of role he played in the grand schemes later.)

Oh yeah, almost forgot about her since she’s not really my favorite character in Xiao Ao Jiang Hu. (I SAID CHARACTER, NOT ACTRESS in case anyone didn’t read carefully.) What’s funny is she and the rest of the people in the North Hengshan Sect will wear some bright, girly outfits instead of the supposedly more calm shades like the usual white or grayish to distinguish themselves as nuns. Honestly? So TVB’s ’84 version cheated on not shaving the hair, but they sort of compensated for wearing calmer colors and putting the hair up in a way that showed they were supposed to be living simple, etc. Anyway, because the producer is so creative, I hope to like Yi Lin in this version for once, considering how cute Deng Sha looks in various photos. I don’t know, I just never like her character, NOT because of too boring either, but maybe too nagging at times.

This is to show the other costume that they have, purplish–a tad better but still kind of bright.

Members of the Sun Moon Holy Sect looking like ninjas? All right, it just gets better and better. (YES, I’m being sarcastic.)

I didn’t include all because I haven’t been surfing around lately to find pictures, and I’m getting tired. NOT to mention I got so confused regarding some plots since Yu Zheng’s VERY good at throwing out fake bombs SO I won’t even talk about them until this ‘grand’ production finally rolls out next year. Oh yeah, already talked about Bryan Leung and Hei Zi in the first post so I didn’t repeat here.

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

Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2012: Costumes – Part IV

Yup, time to update again. This one will focus on Lin Ping Zhi and Yue Ling Shan. I thought since they end up in the later parts of the story, might as well merge their posts together.

Although she reminds me madly of a parakeet in this outfit yet I don’t mind. Why? Out of all the girls in Xiao Ao Jiang Hu, I think only Yue Ling Shan is entitled to wear more colorful outfits to emphasize her innocent side at times and also her youthful look, etc. (Well, to be totally mean, super immature and childish, lol.) But anyway, she’s the only one that could wear blinding colorful outfits without justification.

I’m not a fan of either one of her hairstyles BUT what could I say? The damage is already done. At least that could be ignored for the most part and hopefully, the actress could bring out the character’s liveliness.

Another blinding combo but for some reason, it suits her. YES, I’m quite forgiving for her case because of the reason listed already about her personality.

Minus the hair, I actually find this outfit quite likable as well. But then again, comparing to the previous hairstyles, I guess this one is a tad better.

The above is a compiled collage (made by a fan) of her wardrobe. Seems like she has quite a variety, which is good in a sense. Now, Lin Ping Zhi’s turn.

Of the two, the one above is before he learned the other ‘sword technique’ and then the red one is after. (LOL, that’s my guess because there’s no other reason to have him dressed in that.)

Here’s another one:

That’s it for them. I have to admit, I didn’t save as many pictures of them, but that’s it for the most part.

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

Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2012: Costumes – Part III

Time to put the next victim on the plate. Well, more like victims, lol.

Well, since he’s supposed to be the main villain, it makes sense to be next, right? Matching outfits or close enough, not bad. However, it makes him look like he’s a scholar (like the rest of his disciples). I guess that outfit’s fine for her. Though colorful like the rest of the others, I’m tired of stressing that point so I’m cutting back on that for now. At least will try to for the rest of the post. I forgot how old they’re supposed to be exactly in the novel BUT I vaguely remember somewhere around 40-ish to 50-ish so not bad?

In this picture, they’re not matching anymore (obviously), but the hair clip makes her look like a nun? (LOL, mean but it looks like that from afar. Maybe it gets better when we can see it on the screen? Trying to be hopeful here.) And he still needs to get rid of that scholarly hat, lol.

The picture’s kind of blurry because of the effects used (and Wallace’s in the scene, lol), but it’s still visible to get an idea. He’s wearing green and she’s wearing purple? (LOL) Is the green one supposed to go with her other green one? Just wondering, lol. And indeed the hair clip does make her look like a nun? Or it’s the angle again.

Another outfit for her. It’s all right, I guess. Not too bright and the shades aren’t as blinding.

And that wraps it up for them. If I find some other outfits around, I’ll update this post. But it makes sense they don’t have as much of a variety?

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

Xiao Ao Jiang Hu 2012: Costumes – Part II

And I’m back for another update as promised. I was glad I waited since I saw some glint of hope. NOT by much but could somewhat resurrect ‘urge’ to watch. (Well, I’m going to watch anyway but just thought another thing might tone down the whole ‘fast-forwarding’ all the other parts, lol.)

Who’s the next victim on my list? Yuan Shan Shan. NOT because I want to put her on the platter too like others, but it’s reasonable because she’s the lead actress. (Again, I won’t even comment on the ‘acting’ part since I haven’t even watched a single one of her series yet. So don’t expect me to sympathize with the ones who are crying right now. I actually kind of pity her for getting so many negative comments thus far. AND don’t convince me to hate her too. I’ll decide that on my own later when I actually watch.)

First off?

OY! Where to begin for this one? White, orange, yellow, green, and blue? (You can call it turquoise or whatever you want but it still doesn’t go well with the other colors.) Like honestly? (YES, they were serious since I saw her wore that outfit during some scenes already.) This is the reason why I got quite confused with the majority of the female cast (except for one) as to who is portraying what character, etc. Someone should pick one color and stick with the various shades of that color OR something. ‘Cause all these mixed together? The brightest shades too. And I could never imagine Ying Ying in white. (I swear!)

Darker shades of colors. We’re good, right? YEAH RIGHT! Combination of colors is off again. It’s making me dizzy. And making her look sooo kiddish. Ying Ying has her moments yet I think she’s the mature one among all the girls in there. (NOT all, but out of the three?) Believe me, I like those colors, BUT NOT together.

Someone on DAN did look up this type of outfit already. Although it looks Korean (since we’re so used to seeing it in Korean dramas more), but it still qualifies as part of the Ming dynasty outfit (aka they do have those outfits back then). However, again, Jin Yong “jianghu”, NOT the historical one. The colors are a lighter tone and don’t clash too much. But we’re talking about Ying Ying here. AND, what’s that thing in her hair? A clip? It makes her look like a nun. (I’m serious!)

This one, I couldn’t find some other one she posed alone, but it was one of the outfits from the Hengshan Sect. (I’ll get to that one later–aka some other posts–since I have quite a few things to say about it.) But interestingly enough, it’s less blinding than the first two.

Since I included Wallace’s wedding outfit, here’s hers. (Awww…yeah, sorry, I got carried away, lol.) And because of that picture, I swear Ying Ying’s not going to die like some rumors are flying around at the moment. Like seriously? The wedding is like at the very end. If she dies, would that be a waste of time to even get together some costumes like that just to deceive us? Unless the “talented” Yu Zheng decides to switch details around again (like some of the previous versions did with having the wedding first before the last battle). It is Yu Zheng we’re talking about here, so anything’s possible. BUT IF it is true like most people are saying with Yu Zheng madly promoting Yuan Shan Shan, then Ying Ying won’t die. (And because I want to hold onto hope that Ling Hu Chong/Wallace doesn’t end up with a certain someone like the rumors are flying at the moment. I rather he be alone for the rest of his miserable life if Yu Zheng does the dramatic exit with making Ying Ying die.)

This is actually the tamest outfit she had out of all. (I saved it for last on purpose.) This is the only reasonable one, honestly. Even if it’s still kind of too light for the those ‘dark’ sects such as the Sun Moon Holy Sect, but it’s NOT overly bright. At least the combination of colors used aren’t too whacked like the ones above.

By the looks of it though, Ling Hu Chong’s wardrobe seems more extensive than Ying Ying at this point. SAD. I’ll update if I find some other ones.

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