She looks so pretty. *_* one of the few actresses than can look pretty in both modern&ancient series.
Anyways, I finished watching the first 6 eps of MingYun that have aired...honestly not really a great series (although I find modern dramas boring in general). I guess 2011 will be the year of "bad-quality" FengMi projects while 2012 will hopefully be the year of "good-quality" FengMi projects (with HFCQ and HP2 hopefully coming out). However, 2 bright spots are 1) the interesting and complex relationship between the 2 sisters Anqi and Anna (really sad to see them slowly go from being so close and sweet together to eventually hating each other for ruining each others' lives; Guo Zhenni has great acting here), and 2) the fantastic chemistry between FengMi, of course.
I find their chemistry even better than in Gong, despite the fact that the relationship between their characters is terribly developed--in fact, while in Gong it took them a good 20+ eps to finally be together, in MingYun there is basically zero buildup/development because they start off the first episode pretty much in love already, LOL. I think if it were played by other actors the relationship wouldn't even be believable since it moves super fast. Actually, a lot of fans point out (and I kinda feel the same) that during the "QiXi" scenes, they feel like they're watching FengMi instead of QiXi! Especially with scenes where Anqi is all adamant about keeping the relationship a secret while Chenxi is all "let's go public!", as well as when Chenxi says they've known each other for 10 years already (something that FSF has actually said in his weibo a few times)...a lot of people comment the lines are being blurred between real-life vs "acting", heh. Although, it's a pity the kiss scene was clearly "jie wei" (i.e. not actual kissing--they just kiss each other's chin/cheek area instead of the lips; it's quite common to do this in Chinese series) so it looked a bit awkward.
Well, unfortunately I'm not feeling anything much for Ming Yun....AND I follow modern dramas big time plus I'm a FengMi shipper. OK, let's leave out HK's TVB and Taiwan's SETTV. Compared amongst the modern Mainland dramas I've watched recently, Unbeatables II had me hooked enough to continue, but Ming Yun hasn't succeeded in getting me hooked yet... Guess I'll just wait till the whole series uploads on the Internet and I can FF through the episodes to look for something that can interest me.
Last edited by xiaolong; 10-06-11 at 04:31 AM.
Same here. I found the drama so boring. I'm only watching for the cute Fengmi moments. I don't follow modern Chinese series. Most of them tend to be remakes of Korean dramas or follow the same cliches. However, along with Fengmi, I wanted to watch this series because of the "Revenge" portion of the drama. I also watched the Korean original "Cinderella's Sister". That drama was so good and fast-paced. I don't understand why they're making the remake so draggy and boring. Oh well. FSF is only in the series for a few more episodes. I'm actually annoyed at Anna. The girl gets jealous way too easily. Su Yan was also Qing Chuan's sister/rival. However, I find it so hard to sympathize with Anna compared to Su Yan.
I'm one of the few that actually liked Gong. Their relationship in Gong was better developed. When they finally got together, it was much more satisfying. After all they've gone through together, you were happy when they got their happy ending. I also loved their bickering between Ba A ge and Qing Chuan. So cute. Gong may not have been the most original series, but it was always entertaining to watch.
Last edited by swtaznlaydee; 10-06-11 at 04:44 AM.
Although MingYun is advertised as an idol drama, I actually find that it's kind of a "cross" between a typical idol drama and a more serious Chinese modern-day drama (with the main focus on family and everyday life rather than romance). I find that many older chinese people like watching that kind of series, which I personally find incredibly dull (because it basically just follows people/families living their everyday lives, although meeting with more conflicts than normal people). Not sure it's a good idea to incorporate aspects of both...the younger audience who enjoy idol dramas will tend to get bored of the rest, while I don't know if the super-cute idol romance parts will appeal to the older audience who might enjoy the "family" parts more. (Even I am cringing at some of the super cheesy dialogue, although the intense looks between FengMi make it easy to ignore some of what they're saying, lol... XD)
Oh well, I'm just watching it to enjoy the FengMi segments which will tide me over till their better projects come out! But I actually do feel quite sympathetic towards Anna though...she does have her jealous moments but it's more due to her impulsive nature--after she calms down a bit she actually did end up putting her sister's best interests first and letting go of her jealousy. (Don't know if my sympathy for her will last once she continues in her downward spiral though...)
Couldn't help share this funny series of screencaps someone made: (The subtitles are the actual real dialogue, except for in the first pic the person put "Shaofeng" instead of "Chenxi"! )
Anqi/YM: "Shaofeng, regarding our relationship, let's not make it public for now, ok?"
Anqi/YM: "I like this thrilling feeling of being secretive."
Another set of screencaps here: http://ww2.sinaimg.cn/large/78616bb4tw1dlsf1kbgpjj.jpg
(Anqi: "You look all quiet and gentlemanly on the outside, but actually you have quite a wicked streak don't you!"...Anyone else reminded of FSF seeming all super nice and innocent, but sometimes being quite sneaky (on weibo etc) and always trying to convince YM to add kiss scenes in their series?? Heheh...)
Just two of the many "parallels" causing FengMi fans to repeatedly be thrown out of the drama into reality...or as some put it, they never even "entered" the drama in the first place, since we never really got to know the characters before they started dating.
I have a feeling both MingYun as well as Gong 2 basically exist just to satisfy all the FengMi fans' fantasies of YM/FSF in real life, lmao...
Last edited by mango_cake; 10-06-11 at 05:23 AM.
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well, I'm also looking forward to Gong 2 because of my other favorite actors like Shu Chang and Du Chun. I am looking forward to the cameos from Qing Chuan and Ba A ge. I am pretty curious to see how their life is so far. I found Qing Chuan to be logical, pragmatic and intelligent and one of my favorite characters from Yang Mi.
Yeah. You can tell this series is really banking on the popularity of Fengmi. There's also the other actor that Anqi falls in love with yet you mostly only see official pictures of Fengmi. At times, I find Anqi too passive towards Anna. Hope to see Anqi a little more aggressive and Anna less jealous and impulsive. Although, it seems like Anna will get worse and her understanding with Anqi is only temporary. A cross between a more serious drama and idol one can still be interesting. Like the politics in the office in Unbeatable was still interesting. I found myself fast forwarding though.
Last edited by swtaznlaydee; 10-06-11 at 05:42 AM.
One of the things I really like about JPLH is how QC's being from our times really plays into her seeming defiance and gets her in trouble. In fact, that is the only thing that gets someone as smart and strong-willed into trouble, even if overall she adjusted fairly well. Because societal norms are deeply ingrained in you - she may know facts like river X floods in such an such a year or that Emperor had Y children or what-not, but her social mores are different and she doesn't always control herself - it's not natural to her.
If you think about it, her modern behavior has always gotten her in trouble - she just doesn't fully process that these people think differently:
* she tells Crown Prince she will only marry him if he divorces his first wife, clearly thinking he won't. But CP needs her brain, so of course he does. Yes, her brains manage to thwart it but it's telling she didn't realize this would be his reaction.
* She does the usual modern beauty-products salesman's pitch to a woman who turns out to be Imperial Concubine who then decides she needs her in the palace and she's stuck there. Of course, her quick wits do enable her to stay in concubine's favor but she wouldn't have been stuck there in the first place if not for her speaking out of turn.
* She jumps to defend a maid who pissed off three of the princes - the only reason she's not beheaded or similar is because they appear to be even more shocked than angry at her behavior.
But one of these days, her luck will clearly run out and it will be interesting to see what happens then.
I love this blogger for defending Qing Chuan. Sure, Qing Chuan gets into trouble a lot and logically she should know better since she knows how history goes. However, knowing something and experiencing something first hand is different. Also, since Qing Chuan has been raised in the modern world, she's going to be act differently from the others in history. Qing Chuan is while still logical and pragmatic, she's is a proud and active justice type of girl. When she see something wrong, she's going to defend herself and others. That obviously gets her into trouble, but she can't just stand back and do nothing. She's too stubborn for that.