• Anyway very enhanced... there... And Peter is like checking.. just in case missing... and look as if It's there, ok?!
  • @funnlim I agree with you that Shaun Tam was good in those scenes and I also found him great when Qianlong confronted him about the poisoning. A bit overused, but he has the one manly tear thing down. His upwards glare is also repetitious, and unintentionally comical because he's probably the tallest main cast member. I have said this elsewhere, but unfortunately the character is always upset so he reminds me of the angry faced emoji with his eyebrows perpetually in a V shape. That expression could be improved and varied. But overall, he caries himself well and is believable as the cunning, paranoid emperor that has the strength to go toe-to-toe with Heshen. In this latest episode (17), I liked the resilience he showed while injured. This drama has a dark and somber tone that one must be in the mood to enjoy. It is an emotional, cerebral chess game. The general HK audience may prefer more lighthearted, easily digestible escapism. I am not belittling that preference because we all need that type of entertainment. I find that I have to work myself up to watch heavy dramas and that is why I haven't watch Handmaid's Tale 2 despite being memorized by the first one. The momentum of the series was dragged down by the Eighth Prince investigating the death of the Eunuch, but fortunately, since he's been banished, it has been full-speed engagement. On one hand, we can say that Heshen is poorly defined, but on the other, he can be described as fascinatingly complex. He doesn't fit a type. He's a dichotomy - intuitive but arrogant, loyal but self-serving, charming but despicable. He has the analytical ability to be reflective but can be overcome with hatred and revenge. He may be ruthless, but he is passionate and warm to those he cares for and I do see why his butler, Elaine and Natalie risk everything for him. I don't know if I like him or even if I am suppose to like him, but I like that he is interesting. Admittedly, it may be the Ruco effect, and there really should be more flashbacks to his youth, but the brief glimpses with Qianlong and his brother were enough for me to root for him, or at least root for him to win some battles. I actually cheer for Jiaqing too. It's like watching a great tennis match where you want both competitors to score jaw-dropping, unbelievable points. Heshen was holding back when Qianlong died, but now he is full-force scheming with multiple assassinations and psychological manipulations. Defense becomes offense. I enjoyed the gentle guidance he gave to his grandson contrasted with the vindictive assassination. Now that was fun. I am gleefully watching the plotting. I am also surprised how impressive Selena has been, especially today. Her past relationship with Heshen is unnecessary. There's enough hatred between Jiaqing and Heshen, no need for more with this angle. Maybe, her history with him might be useful later, but besides them sweetly reminiscing about the horse stable, there's no emotional connection left. He did not care if she died with Jiaqing and she has no signs of longing for him at all. I really hope the ratings improve because that's all TVB cares about. It's a shame.
  • @diana80 I thought Shaun Tam did very well but he tends to raise his voice too much until his voice breaks. Those who says he is one dimensional certainly did not watch the scenes when his father died or the one where he shen walked past him when delivering a bowl of noodle, etc etc. Both actors did subtlety well except Shaun is more raw. But at least I know who is jiaqing about. He shen is ambigous. I had hoped Ruco should just go all out greedy and ego instead of holding back. I hate to see He shen as hero of any kind, which he isn;'t even by this series' standard.
  • Yu Zheng is a rubbish producer and his costumes will make eyes hurt. But his series earn high ratings and is popular. However Charmaine can do cunning and I would love TVB to do an palace series where she is the villain 100%. Because for me Charmaine can play a smart manipulative woman and she can do villains well, better than goody 2 shoes.
  • Pity to those who stopped. For what it is worth, best show thus far. The scenery and costume and effect and background all are top notch. For once tvb really fills up the screen with people. Performances so far has been above decent. For me it is a battle of team he shen and team jia qing. I like that it didn't start with present and move to silly past scenes and working towards present. This series just goes off in present with one or 2 steps back to explain certain parts which makes it different and unique. Quite a lot of thought for the writing, and all else. production value is high for sure. Although some scenes are insane, some motivations are crazy and seems like it is showing heshen may be darn corrupt and his brother doing the bad deeds, he is not as bad as the emperor who is a jealous petty psycho. Well rumours has it and i would say with ruco as the hero or anti hero, series is working towards that route which I absolutely abhor. As for the 2 main actors, Ruco is doing well but I find his he shen confusing. Everyone, even himself seems to acknowledge he is corrupt and did the things he was accused of doing. He is no decent person. And he is supposed to be supremely confident, egoistical and above even the emperor. Like how Caocao is. But there is no grace to his heshen. I find his heshen self absorbed and thinks of himself too highly. He is a problem left by the dead ex emperor who deservedly and in of the best scene thus far, snubbed by his son at his death bed. That scene alone was so well filmed, so atmospheric and I was thinking what would the emperor do? Strangle the ex emperor? Well he did better than that. Or that scene where the emperor screamed at his father for letting he shen go, in away loving he shen more than him. Plenty of infuriating but well filmed moments in this series. Also silly ones, but at least the good ones are pretty great. But I find he shen not very well defined. And I can't understand why anyone is so loyal to him (not about money) considering what he did or the consequences of his action. Shaun Tam is a surprise. For once there is a good looking guy who looks robust, well built, and looks good in a qing costume and he looks kingly. And yes, his acting is raw, he raises his voice too much but he never screams or screech. His raises his voice like how his emperor would because his jiaqing was desperate. He was under the thumb of his dad, and now under the most corrupt man that he hates with a passion and he can't do anything about it. As the series progresses, he shen realises the emperor isn't stupid and at times could outsmart him. At this point, as I watch this at times smart brilliant series, but at all times very beautiful to look at series, I want he shen dead and I hate jiaqing to be s psycho as heshen says he is. Do watch it. first few episodes are some of the most atmospheric scenes and yes as the series progresses it gets infuriating but the acting isn't one of them. For me Shaun Tam is servicable as Jiaqing and I get his POV in his interpretation of this very very very low self esteem emperor. Actually I like him. I find him very attractive in this role and when he is not shouty, he actually speaks in a deep voice which befits an emperor. So far so good. I kinda could see where this is heading but what I like is the different approach this series is taking and it is out of my expectations. Only real criticism, apart from the weak interpretation of the ambigous he shen and the need to villify jiaqing is that it is too long. In its current form, I feel at best 15 episodes will do. Any longer it is just dragging the series and it isn't good. Why ratings is down is because HK viewers don't enjoy 2 men battling wits, they like 5 women bickering and fighting.. By the way he shen is doomed, that we know. Question is how the emperor gets him in the end. But I feel this series got it wrong. If He shen is supposed to be the one we cheer for, then this series is failing for me. Never at any time did I feel poor heshen, last 28 days, he is doomed. Never. There was never a sense of dread or pity or what ifs with this he shen because I just don;t like him. If TVB is gonna twist history, might as well go all the way and create a he shen we can all emphatise with and feel for him and make him sink deeper into his own undoing because by the time of his death we should all feel oh what a waste, I feel for him, etc etc. That's the problem with this format. We have a short flashback on his poor chilldhood, some scenes where he was bullied. Not much to give the viewers to hold on to and feel for him emotionally. maybe this series would have worked better as a longer series with a proper flashback scene in the traditional sense. Something like how Bu Bu Jing Xin did for the 8th prince where in the end as he sat in his prison about to drink his poisoned wine, you get a sense of pity for him. Before that was a sense of dread knowing he will die. Not with this he shen.
  • @funnlim Stephen Shiu Jr is producing this, so right now it’s not a TVB production. It sounds like a web series and Shiu may produce it with some backing of Mainland money, which is the trend for Hong Kong dramas to make real money now.
  • @funnlim Chilam's image is closer to Fukuyama Masaharu's role instead of Eguchi Yosuke's role but still, the cast is too old to play young adults. TVB's Galileo parody was soooooooooooooooooooo stupid. p.s. I pray hard that they won't start becoming funny and make a parody out of SPEC ~Keizoku~. I loved that weird drama to bits and Toda Erika x Kase Ryo rocked in it. xD
  • @funnlim Not sure if it's TVB since it wasn't mentioned in the article. Just assumed it would be TVB since they have a history of ripping off other people's works. Even the background music they used in dramas come from Japanese musicians like Kitaro, S.E.N.S. etc.
  • TVB please don't spoil it for me. This is one of my most fave japanese drama and Fukuyama Masaharu was sublime in here. The casting of Chilam Cheung is already wrong for the role of the eldest hot headed brother and a 10 episode arc is now 22 episodes? I suppose combining even the sequel? Please don't. Go spoil another series. By the way the original is still great. Yes it is a bit dated looking but the story is good. The sequel however is not good. P/s each is too old for each role, And definitely story changed. Myolie as the fiancee means story has changed unless this series changes the 2nd daughter into the fiancee which also means a significant change. Oh I miss Masha. Gonna rewatch Galileo and listen to his album. Well TVB remade Galileo without admitting it and it was a total farce.
  • No, Heshen was not like in the drama. What he could do, maybe but who he was? Maybe he is the Najib of his time. He was terribly corrupted. Unless he was terribly maligned, and he was a nice guy who kept the emperor's money in his own house filled with kingly ornaments meant for king. I want Ruco to be the anti hero. Ep 1 seems to suggest everyone thinks that Heshen is corrupt, like the emperor who however indulged his favourite "son". Like he may be corrupt but loyal. Like Wai Siu Bo? But real HeShen was more than corrupt. I believe he was a disruptive figure, manipulative and for a man to forget who he was because he was treated 2nd to none, not even the emperor's son, surely he can't be humble or nice. He only be nice to 1. I want Ruco's heshen to be bad, evil, have some bloody personality. But ep 1 is so I don't know, I see winter and I was like TVB still has some furs they need to use. Everytime Qing, must be winter. Shaun Tam is impressive as in his deep voice. he gives an impression he is not 50 pounds underweight and he looks like he has gravitas to be an emperor. Acting was ok, looking angry. I think he has a much better voice than his dad. Pitching these 2 guys together, of course Jiaqing was jealous. Which son won't be of a man who robbed his father of his affection? But he shen was not just a man interested in affection. I disagree with Ruco in his interpretation. I was in Beijing and went to his "mini palace" and it was disgusting to see it. It felt so pompously exactly like the forbidden palace and you can feel the ambition of the man who stayed there. At some point of the series I thought maybe TVB mistaken Prince Gong as He Shen. I hope ep 2 will be better but ep 1.. what a night our He shen had eh? One night and he went to the palace multiple times, assassination multiple times, embraced by 2 women, etc etc etc. Busy busy man. Ps interesting read https://www.bustle.com/articles/195013-7-outrageously-corrupt-politicians-from-history
  • @funnlim like i said, it seems like another adaption of Mulan legend. It has nothing to do with Disney cartoon. I'm glad an Asian cast movie will get world wide and onto US market as far as showing, but they shouldn't dub as a live action of Disney Mulan. Even C-ella and B&tB were true to Disney with some minor addition. This Mulan is totally new direction, and that's what been bothering me lol. Then again, they probably won't get as mich coverage, attention and release if they didn't tag Disney name. So uea double edge sword xD
  • @funnlim eternal love was 58! How is 66 short?!!! YM’s series is getting longer and longer it seems! Same with ZYL >_> the trailer didn’t really entice me that much. And the synopsis seems pretty standard - main hero obtained most powerful weapon, go on this epic quest (rpg game style again) fall in love with the future king, but there are forces against their love (harem stuff later on etc etc). Oh let not forget the familiar!
  • @funnlim It indicated that it's fictional. So far the series is on a steady pace, nothing too spectacular yet! Not a fan of the dubbing for the main male lead. 66 is still considered lengthy.
  • @m0m0 Different set of fans. And sleeping around may mean nothing permanent. The manager one because it's a serious relationship. I suppose his fans are over possessive and feel threatened or perhaps they feel offended he is with a mere ordinary manager, you know? That sort of mentality.
  • Why is cdrama ancient series always start with The Legend of ...? Anyway this looks interesting. Hope less CGI, and bad dubbing. At 66 episodes, it's like a short series for Cdrama.
  • No issue with idols having a sex life. Just make sure it is not some rampant random sex life or being a mlut.
  • I don't think she looks horrifying. For 42, she looks amazing. A bit too much make up or powder thus the ghostly look. She wrinkles means no botox or minimal botox. I don't even think she's wrinkle. it was the harsh bad light. That's all.
  • I love this girl but her expression is so Madam Tussaud. These probably are wax figures taken from Madam Tussaud.
  • Landlord's fault. Sue! And Ruco hasn't earn enough to buy a house??
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