• @vell Uhm, no, I don’t think they went all out to find an actress that look like those painting to portray them. Yu Mama just got lucky. She’s from his studio, and he gave her beefy character in his last series, untouchable lover. By beefy I mean strong independent woman who knows how to manipulate to get her stuffs done disregard who she’s hurting, including her brother. This is laying the foundation for her next series. She looks older than her age I think, however makeup well, and she’s quite small. I don’t think she’s ugly, just a bit too bony.
  • @vell Yea, there are alot of comments about the lead actress's appearance. The only thing that annoys me is how they wrote her character. She wouldn't be alive acting all strong, brave and talking recklessly and not being afraid of the royal family- concubines.
  • I can already tell this drama has potential because it's a mainland series, and they're the best at producing ancient dramas. But why is the story about looking for sister so similar to the previous drama we just watched? Did they hire the same person to do the script or something... Honestly though I'm pretty far in the series and I'm already hooked with the story and acting (also love the dialogues and the smart banters between characters). My parents usually love to watch ancient dramas, but they refused to watch this because they think the main actress is ugly... actually a lot of people online are saying the same thing, but I just couldn't help but root for her (she looks a lot like Anita Mui if you haven't noticed). I did some research and notice she is supposed to portray Jiaqing's mother. If you look closely at the ancient paintings, her facial features fit this actress perfectly. They really went all out to find actors/actress to play their respective roles, which I really like (ex. Qinglong with his sharp jawlines and skinny cheeks). I honestly don't watch Asian dramas that much anymore, but Qinglong is my favorite emperor to watch. I might just binge watch and finish the Mandarin version and forget the Cantonese one.
  • @llwy12 also add to the fact that the story is incredibly predictable. I knew from the very beginning who Edwin truly is and I knew what Nancy and Tai Ping princess were going to do next... I watch too many western dramas lately and I really miss the unpredictability aspect in it (ex. Game of Thrones, Sopranos). You never really know what will happen next.
  • @jcc10 Why do you think SW plot is bad? I stopped watching after episode 6, but I'm now I'm trying to get back into it because people are saying the later episodes are pretty good. I wish they made Jiaqing a more likable character... Also no one really stood out for me when it comes to TV king... Ruco is the only good one that comes to mind but he's always good anyway.
  • @vell Agree...but not as bad as India...especially for women. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5873285/Girl-six-led-away-raped-murdered-killer-India.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5990417/Indian-father-arrested-burning-teenage-daughter-tried-marry-man-caste.html
  • @vell Yup...the other advice is not to buy anything while traveling in China either because there’s a 99.99% chance that the item will be fake / knockoff and poorly made...and 100% guaranteed they will price gouge you too...
  • @jjwong @vell That’s the problem with Mainland China – there’s no rule of law over there, so pretty much anything goes. Lam Suk Jing did the right thing. Things like that happen in Mainland all the time and the only way to make sure appropriate action (though still depends on circumstances) is taken is to go public with it. It’s sad, but unfortunately that’s how things work over there. If they don’t go public with it, the issue will just get swept under the rug. Anyone remember the milk powder issue from years back? If people hadn’t taken that issue public and made it into such an international scandal, Mainland China government wouldn’t have done anything about it. Once it’s in the public spotlight and they’re pressured by widespread public outrage (the more, the better), then they take action. In this case, because Lam is a director and has the support of the entertainment industry behind her, something will definitely get done. Imagine if it’s an ordinary citizen though— even if they take it public, most likely nothing will happen unless it’s a huge issue (like the milk powder thing where babies were dying left and right and Mainlanders were crashing into HK in droves to buy formula)
  • @vell Though mainland is questionable in terms of laws and justice at each class level, there are a lot more risk/reward to start a business there. Richies can be made overnight but in places like HK or the west there isn't much more to do than toil in monthly jobs...
  • @jjwong Mainland China is a fcked-up place when it comes to law and justice. My mother actually knows someone who ran over someone, but he was never caught. He told everyone about it but no one bothered to call the police or do anything. It feels like a normal thing over there. My mom warned me to never take jobs there unless I absolutely need to and always be extra careful wherever I go
  • @alicesky yup... couldn't stand his acting lol. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks so @potatochip I plan to give the drama another shot soon when I have time. The story is fine but I just don't like the one acting as Jiaqing.
  • @vell I know i may be biased, but give it another try. Episodes 12 onward have been much better. More depth is given to Ruco's character.
  • @vell lol the chill out got me dead XD yup he just overacted and the plot....I actually stopped at first ep.
  • I watched till episode 6 and stopped. I love Ruco's acting, but man...the one acting as Emperor is so over the top in both his acting and facial expression. I can understand he is angry but chill out, lol. Also the story is not as interesting after Qian Long died. I wish he stayed alive until the final day of Heshen.
  • Judging by his genuine reaction, It's pretty obvious it was the girl who initiated the breakup. I find it hard to believe any girl would break up with such a nice and gentle guy (and HOT too!)
  • @vell she’s probably number 12 lol. All the listed actresses are currently very very active, apart from Zhang Ziyi, but because Zhang Ziyi is well known with Hollywood, and seems to be the household name for China, so she can stay in the list without being so active. LSS is not so active, apparently she’s enjoying being the wife :) so that’s why her fee isn’t high, but she’s up there in term of earning power, I think compare to Nicky Wu, who has his own production company, her earning is just as high, if not higher than his.
  • almost every TV drama with Sun Li is good. I'm surprised Li Shi Shi is not on this list.
  • @hetieshou I know some people with no gallbladders, and they always have to restrict certain foods because those foods (especially fatty foods which require gallbladder) would trigger nausea or stomach ache. If your brother's wife can eat anything, she is most likely taking some sort of supplement (like Ox Bile or anything that produce artificial bile) to help digest the fatty foods otherwise it can be nauseating when she eats. I know a lot of people living perfectly normal life without gallbladders, but they're usually in their 40's or 50's and Derek is so young :(. And yes the liver does regenerate so I pray a speedy recovery for him.
  • I read somewhere that Annie Liu was supposed to play some "princess" who knows kung fu?? Now all of a sudden she is a maid... Also, the TV trailer had TONES of spoilers. I wonder if they were intentional.
  • @vell Unconditional love for his dad. He did not know about the severity of his father's condition because his family kept it from him as he was working in China. He has to lead a healthy life with half a liver and no gall.bladder. This will impact his work as being an actor is not all fame and roses. Derek probably has to stay clear of drama which require physical stamina and endurance.
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