• @hohliu The yogurt wastage was another reason for the halting of the Youth With You 3. The authorities sensed the program was becoming too popular and influencing mass behavior in idol worshipping, and likely wants to put in the necessary checks. Hopefully, YWY3 can still air its finale and work out its problems soon. Like Tony Yu didn't really leave the program due to "health reasons," the show didn't completely stop filming either because of "food wastage."
  • @jayne Wu Lei still lacks the imposing aura of a warrior... muscle won’t do it alone...
  • @jayne Yes, little child WL definitely shined in this role of his. His reactions w/his eyes are truly expressive. His crying scenes were also really good. One of the good things about this drama are the fight scenes and archery horse riding scenes and WL definitely made them looked easy peasy. He did not look 21 esp in his tribal outfits. I agree, FL is interesting to watch but her loving side of her character isn't nearly as expressive towards the ML and I am not sure if that was the actress herself or the under the director's instructions that she did not need to be as expressive due to her being a female. Honestly, Wei Shuyu character isn't great but wasn't that bad either to me I never even like the bodyguard that much from beg to end but I know alot of people do that's why the 2nd leads gets just as much screen time if not more. It was funny in one of the BTS Wei Shuyu and the FL were all a bit confused by his character. haha..he himself didn't really understand his own character and calling it a bit perverted if my Mandarin was right. lol haha but I think he did redeemed himself at the end I feel he is still a very normal character giving that period in time.
  • @jayne Vocals are in a disadvantaged in these shows. These shows usually tune the vocals before they are aired. The off-tune and off-key singing all become in-tune and on-key. This made the truly good, stable and skillful singers couldn't stand out, unless the contestant's voice is really great like Xu Ziwei.
  • @wm2017 The creator of the manhua for Changge had disputes with her studio over who owns the copyright, so publication of the comics abruptly stopped and there is no ending. The TV adaptation had to write their own ending, which is why the second half of the drama may seem weaker. For the drama adaptation, more romantic scenes were added between Changge and Ashile Sun. To emphasize his heroic side, he also "saved" her more frequently in the drama than the manhua. Some fans of the original manhua also feel that Changge's character in the TV drama was too impulsive which landed her in more trouble than the manhua, which depicted her as a more brilliant strategist. I'm only halfway through the drama, so can't comment on the ending yet. I like the premise of the story, and Changge's character reminds me a lot of Mulan. It is nice to see strong female characters in historical dramas, and the characters are all memorable (but not all necessarily acted perfectly by the artistes). I even like Wei Shuyu, who is depicted as such a weak character, but they cast Fang Yilun appropriately. As for the performances, Wu Lei really looked the part of a strong warrior thanks to his athleticism. He's been riding horses since a teen in real life and looks convincing in all the battle scenes. As a romantic leading man, he always looked at Changge with love. However, Dilraba doesn't seem to convey the same level of affection in their romantic scenes together. Even in the spoiler clips I've seen in the later episodes, Wu Lei seems to be having a "one-sided" crush on her, while she seems to be just happy/friendly but not truly in love with him. I think this may be the reason why viewers decided to ship Leyan and Hao Du instead.
  • @kidd I remember in the first round of public votes, Duan Xingxing's ranking was very low. It was Lisa who consistently praised him and promoted him on the show that gave him greater public awareness. Duan Xingxing's look is very unique as he is more tanned than the other contestants, so I noticed him right away. Youth With You 3 also seems to prioritize dancing skills more than vocals, so his popularity grew over time on the show.
  • @jayne I like Duan Xingxing too. Not much into his look. But, his skill and personality grows on me. Btw, Lisa likes Duan Xingxing very much. She was so happy when Duan Xingxing joined her performing team. :)
  • @kidd Tony competed in Produce 101 before so he is well known among international fans, which helped pull some votes for Youth for You 3. He speaks fluent English since he is raised in Canada, dances well, and carries himself with confidence so I can understand his appeal with international fans. I only watched some clips here and there, but my favorite is Duan Xingxing from the start. He reminds me of Luo Yunxi in looks, and has a cheerful and fun personality.
  • @mars The correction has been made. Thanks!
  • @jayne Will you do an article about tvb’s top 4/5 upcoming fa-dans 2021 ver.? Would be interesting to find out who they are and I’m sure it’ll get us all discussion.
  • @jayne The problem is that TVB is far too cautious and would rather keep relying on the old rating guaranteed veterans such as Bobby,Moses and rather bring back Raymond than to gamble on a younger actor. The ‘five tigers’ were all carrying lead roles all by themselves at an early age. It’s hard for a young actor to shine or learn more about himself when he is either playing support or 2nd lead.
  • @jayne I also agree with you that TVB should produce different genres of drams to cater for different demographic. Bring back the wuxia series. Costume and scenery wise, they might not be able to compete with China, but, they can focus on good script and good presentation and storytelling. China viewers still watch old dramas, why? Because they have good acting and story.
  • @jayne I really don't understand TVB's promotional plan for the 90's Five Tigers. Why name them 5 Tigers and never bother to seriously promote them? Did TVB do it just for the quick attention? Or that TVB really just wanted to promote 1 or 2 in the group and the others were there just to make up the numbers. Of the 5 of them, only 2 have been given lead roles in dramas (i.e. Louis and Leo). Carlo was in a few youths teamed dramas but as an ensemble cast. Keith got the least promotion. There was reason for Hawick lack of promotion though. In one interview, he admited that his work ethic was not good when he was in TVB, thus losing a lot of opportunities. He realises the error of his way when he became older, so, he left TVB to start anew and changed his attitude.
  • @kidd During the 1990sFive Tigers, only Louis Koo really made it big as a consistent reliable male lead. Leo Ku got more famous in his music career, and Hawick Lau didn't really make a big name for himself until he went to China. The problem was that consistent resources were not put behind the 1990s Five Tigers to really promote them--only Louis Koo got cast in big-budget dramas...the others' acting careers slowly faded to the background. While the new Millenial Five Tigers is a big label, Joey, Karl, Brian, Kalok, and Dickson won't really have chances of high success unless TVB dedicates to developing their careers for the next 3 to 5 years. They really need star-making roles. Like the 1990s Five Tigers, the promotion may be short lived or only dedicated to promoting one or two actors out the batch. I think Joey is at the greatest advantage now because he has the highest recognition in the group. Thanks to "Hong Kong Love Stories" being a hit, producers are more willing to cast him as well. There are other good looking young actors in their 20s/ early 30s such as Telford Wong and Ricco Ng, but their acting won't improve if they are always given the younger brother roles. TVB can should produce different genres of dramas catering to different demographics if they are truly chasing after a global Chinese audience. The young actors can be cast in miniseries idol dramas, and slowly phased into more mature roles as their acting becomes more experienced. Otherwise, actors in their early thirties such as Owen Cheung, Matthew Ho, and Hubert Wu are more experienced and close in age to the Millenial Five Tigers, and would compete in similar roles.
  • @jayne it’s possible if the senior management makes a big effort to change. Fire the incompetent, set expectations and folks that can’t adapt? They shouldn’t be there in the first place. If you cannot find such person in local market, go international. Dynasties fall when people go soft and nepotism creeps in. Use only people with passion, with capability and with creativity, that may turn TVB around.
  • The turnaround for TVB will be very difficult because of so much lost time. Corporate culture is also slow to change, and will require extensive restructuring and new management to bring innovative ideas. I agree with everything Li Ruigang pointed out, and wish this discussion emerged at the executive board level much earlier.
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  • My favorite look from the ladies is Ni Ni's Gucci dress. It's very elegant, and love the bows at her shoulders. For the men, Jackson Wang looked stylish in his gray ombre suit and love his diamond accents. While most male celebrities wore black, Gong Jun's colorful LV suit was certainly memorable. As for Nicholas Tse in jeans, he looks ready to dash off on his motorcyle at any moment. What's your favorite look? Share your thoughts!
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