“Justice Bao: The First Year” Criticized for Its Outdated Look

By on July 24, 2019 in NEWS, TV Dramas

“Justice Bao: The First Year” Criticized for Its Outdated Look

TVB drama Justice of Bao: The First Year <包青天再起風雲> aired its first episode last night and the audience praised it for its breathtaking desert views of Xinjiang, China. There were even camels making it much more realistic than Three Kingdoms RPG <回到三國>. However, this appeared to be the only selling point of the drama.

Netizens pointed out that the costumes, hairstyles, props, and screen coloring all seemed like they were taken out of an 80’s drama. “The background is so fake…it looks like someone from the 80’s going to a photo studio for a photo shoot.” As well, the lighting in Justice Bao was horrible. The faces of female actors looked overly white and the coloring of Justice Bao’s dark face appeared patchy and uneven. There was also a scene where the camera continuously shook making the audience dizzy.

They complained that they had been spoiled by recent Mainland dramas like Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿傳> and The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber <倚天屠龍記> where everything was beautiful from the actors to the backgrounds. 

Netizens also found the casting of Owen Cheung (張振朗) to be odd. He portrays Zhan Zhao (展超), Justice Bao’s bodyguard, but with his skinny frame it looks like Justice Bao is the one supposed to protect him. “He looks like the weakest fighter out of the group! Even Raymond Cho (曹永廉) looks stronger than him!”

“Justice Bao: The First Year” Theme Song

Source: Sing Tao

This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.

6 comments to “Justice Bao: The First Year” Criticized for Its Outdated Look

  1. ak47 says:

    I am more concern with their sub par acting, they can do better and more natural than that. Only half way thru the first episode, and its already irked me with the forced fake laughter. And the sand storm scene really unwatchable, from the acting, CG and script. Really like Raymond and Nancy, too bad they end up in another crappy TVB production. Owen protraying the character is laughable too.

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    • arc78 replied:

      @ak47 Mat Yeung is the original choice, he will make a better Zhan Zhao IMO

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  2. serene says:

    Couldn’t even bring myself to finish the first episode.. ugh the ladies are way too old for the roles.. Elaine playing a young palace maid? And yes the clothes / background scenes are way too pathetic compared to Korea and China dramas

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  3. anon says:

    I am more shocked that people still have hope that TVB can produce a watchable drama.

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  4. bubbles23 says:

    Half of the problems with their dramas lies in sh* tty lighting. If they could at least have decent lighting maybe I won’t turn off the tv. Only thing remotely worth watching is come home love and some variety/ food shows.

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  5. m0m0 says:

    i didn’t even notice the costume. i am fine w/ it. better than the other viu drama i am watching though

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