• @elizabeth That compliment should also go towards his 2nd wife who his kids consider their real mom. I'm sure if it wasn't for the dual maternal influences in his kids' lives (his mother & wife), it'd be difficult for him to establish and fulfill his fatherly obligations. Men get all the appreciation while women are sidelined. Tale as old as time.
  • What I appreciate about Paul is that though his mother helped look after his kids and he had to work mostly fulltime, he still took the time to build up a relationship with his kids and they both grew up to be decent people.
  • Being someone who liked watching Andy in the past, I am severely disappointed in him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt when this was reported last year but now I am indifferent towards him. Regardless of what level he is now with his manager, he needs to leave Catherine's life. The kids need a better father than him. Better no father than a lousy one. Ashley has been accepted into acting school and Catherine still has some income from ads. And for someone who does only one or two series per year and mainly relies on main income comes from endorsements of family products, he can say goodbye to his career because producers, sponsors and audience will now boycott him and his existing contracts may even get him to pay compensation for loss of image. And they can't chase Catherine for the money since her name has been taken off the company. As for the manager, she can say goodbye to her career as well because no artist of the sane mind would want to employ her. Good luck to both of them as they are a match made in heaven.
  • @elizabeth Totally agree!! Their cover is so cute!! I love their chemistry!! can't wait to see their sweet scenes haha so glad they didn't cast popular actor and actress to play the main roles.
  • @elizabeth I look forward to Peng Xiaoran and Chen Xingxu in their future works. They are both lovable on screen and off screen. Those who like them please go and check out their cover of the themesong as well as their interviews. I am glad that FBB was not cast as originally suspected a few years back. I am especially impressed with these young actors taking the time to learn how to ride convincing and not using doubles in the riding scenes (except for when CXX fell off his horse when he was blindfolded). The action scenes are pretty well done and not slow-motion. Wei Qianxiang is very convincing as Gu Jian and he can really act with his eyes. He is not exactly new but he is quite expressive with his eyes. This series has new faces supported but not overshadowed by veterans like Siqin Gaowa, Gallen Lo, Wang Zhifei and Zhang Dinghan (who I just found out is married to Wang Zhifei who plays her uncle in the series). Kristy Yeung makes a surprising cameo in the series. There will always be haters and not everyone will like this as it has its own flaws, but give it a go.
  • I am loving GMP at the moment. It is not the perfect drama but it is a good pace and the chemistry of the two main leads make up for it. I am a fan of the book and worried about it being dragged out to 52 eps with awkward comedic filler bits and repetitive flashbacks but currently, up to ep 36, I am so far pretty happy with it. This adaptation has changed the male character a bit but has managed to flesh out his development more. In the book, Li Chengyin was an enigma as the story was told from Xiao Feng's POV and you never really realised how he felt as he was so manipulative and cold. Being adapted to a series, I feel that showing how LCY gradually changed is more satisfying to watch. Some of LCY's schemes have been given to other characters to carry out and so he is not as hateable as in the book. I do miss the suspense from the novel where the story started in the middle after Xiao Feng had married for a while and then the story is told via flashbacks and weaved into the present. It was more shocking as from the book, it did not give away that Gu Xiaowu and Li Cheng Yin looked the same. But in the series, it is a dead giveaway so I can understand why the screenwriters decided to film in chronological order because you cannot get the same shock as from the novel because everything is presented visually. I think the production has done the right thing with this adaptation - making changes to the plot yet being able to keep the essence and spirit of the novel. For years, the song "Ai Shang" has been unofficially declared as the themesong of the novel by fans and the two are always linked together in Dong Gong fandom. I am very happy with the sincerity of the production by purchasing the copyright of the song for the subtheme. And I love how they managed to create the fab main themesong where the lyrics and melody suit the story very much. They have put a lot of thought into the OST which I think can make or break a good series.
  • @elizabeth Uhm, the problem is that luck of the draw get worse when it comes to cousin marrying because of the potential of the harmful genes being in both male and female, making it very likely to have defects. Whereas if you mate diversely, there is less chance you meet the same harmful genes in your mate. That’s why currently the rate of defect is quite a low percentage of our global population.
  • @elizabeth Maybe playing that nostalgic card? The new LOCH also didn’t have a new themesong.
  • @elizabeth Yeh. A lot of people also have the dumb idea that anyone with same surnames shouldn't date. That would be a huge problem in China since there aren't many surnames. I understand that if it was a village where everyone had same surname then there is a strong possibility of mating with a descendant from the same family. However, surnames get changed and evolve over times so it isn't important. What is important is the genetics and if there is a bigger risk in marrying a cousin then will be wise not to go down that path.....
  • @jimmyszeto Oh! My mum still thinks I should date her sister's son since we don't share the same surname! I talked to her about how the baby gets the same number of chromosomes from each parent but she still thinks that the sperm will carry more genes than the ova because it has a tail. I have given up explaining the reproductive process to her. I think it is the luck fo the draw whether the baby gets genetic defects when cousins marry, but it is not a risk I want to take.
  • @funnlim I remember I watched Titanic with my parents and I ran out of the cinema blushing when it came to the car scene.
  • @kolo I have no problem with the old songs and they are great. I get that this is probably paying tribute to the 94 version. I am just disappointed that the production team were unable to get a new wuxia-themed song written for this series and just used the main theme and subtheme of the 94 version instead. They have other songs by beautiful new voices like Zhou Chen and Hu Xia made for the more romantic themes but none for the wuxia element. The great and memorable themesongs of the classics instantly bring back memories of the series and the music and lyrics can create a wuxia atmosphere, even when hearing it many years after. I am just disappointed that this series does not have a unique wuxia themesong for it to call its own for people to remember it by years later.
  • @davy I can see that they put a lot of effort to give it a lot of rough surface detail, but it still looks very ugly and bulky.
  • @elizabeth the themesong was actually that from the 1994 version of dragon sabre which is in my opinion the best remake of jin yongs novel.
  • @elizabeth Yeah it is ugly. I thought it looked like rocks, is it made out of rock? Is it even sharp to be a called a saber, or is it just a flat baseball bat?
  • I am actually OK with the slow mo scenes. I prefer not to see them but it is not the worst thing. I really hate the look of the dragon slaying sabre. It keeps on getting close ups and i find it ugly and too thick. It reminds me of a metal cricket bat. I love the classic songs but why can't they have their own themesong?
  • @elizabeth I think Grace is travelling on a train just to enjoy the attention of getting noticed tbh. A celebrity when working will need to travel so many locations and studios so there no way is it more efficient travelling in a train than a chauffeured car. Also can't save much this way. Since Grace has married, she has tried ever harder to grab attention because she knows publicity is less once married....
  • @elizabeth yup, however, doesn’t matter how good the book is (I know it’s quite good despite didn’t read it), but this is still a Yu Mama’s production :/ at least that’s what I remembered, soooo I’m a bit skeptical, I always am when it come to Yu Mama’s drama. And his drama always have the problem of main character is then being sidelined so he can push up/give screentime for his other favourite up and coming actress (in the case of Phoenix lover where QXT barely appear n it’s all about the female general, and I like the female general, however, I didn’t care for that storyline :/). And with you said the book is short, lies another problem. Same with Ashes of love, I know the fans give the series like a 10, but I also read many complain about how the dark princess was given way too much screen time, and that novel was also short. So I’ll wait so I can just skip those unnecessary parts lawl
  • I am happy for Pinky that she has found peace and happiness.
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