Rather than overwhelming viewers with a flood of tears, real-life couple Nicky Wu (吳奇隆) and Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩) are now evoking a flood of laughter with their new romantic comedy drama, Incisive Great Teacher <犀利仁師>, which began airing on June 4.
Thanks to Nicky and Cecilia’s previous two dramas, Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心> and Bu Bu Jing Qing <步步驚情>, fans have become accustomed to associating the “LongShi” couple with angst and tragedy. However, the two prove with their new collaboration that they can shine in a comedy setting as well. In the first three episodes, their characters have already been involved in physical and verbal sparring, which started when Liu Aotian (Nicky Wu) accidentally messed up a marriage-search tournament initiated by Lu Yunfei (Cecilia Liu).
Though this is Nicky and Cecilia’s first time acting in a comedy series together, their chemistry and mutual sense of comedic timing is impeccable. Moreover, Aotian and Yunfei interact so naturally that many viewers wondered if Nicky and Cecilia were simply channeling their normal interactions from real life. Indeed, Nicky, who is known for fooling around on set, was quite prone to engaging in wacky behavior on set. Surprisingly, Cecilia occasionally took part as well.
Apart from the realistic performances, Incisive Great Teacher also gets a comedic edge thanks to its editing team, which expertly added funny sound effects, hilarious animations, and amusing subtitles to highlight the drama’s humor. Unlike most mainland Chinese dramas, Incisive Great Teacher uses a liberal amount of animated elements, such as cute manga illustrations of Nicky and Cecilia in the opening and ending theme songs.
Moreover, Incisive Great Teacher uses its witty dialogue to poke fun at modern slang, despite being set in ancient times. The drama mentions aspects such as hoping for a husband who is “tall, rich, and handsome,” expressing one’s love on “201314” (which sounds similar to “love you forever”), and going on arranged blind dates in an attempt to find a partner.
“Incisive Great Teacher” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.