Hmm...why didn't you like LOCH?Originally Posted by Linda
Aww...the 80's version had some mighty charismatic greats.
That such a common opinion...that Athena was pretty. I didn't find her really attractive at all. I like her acting (sometimes), but I've never found her visually appealing.
In what way did you find LOCH03 muted? I'd concur that Zhou Xun's voice sounded pretty muted, but quite a few have felt (including myself) that Zhou Xun didn't seem to have put in her greatest efforts to play HR. I consider her an actress with skill of the highest calibre, but I gotta admit, her HR disappointed more times than I could stand.
Exactly what I thought...err, except the OYK going gay part.OYK was also someone I liked, he's acting was great and he moved with such grace that I wondered if he was going to turn gay for YK. I wished they kept him in love with HR instead of MNC but I can understand, as HR wouldn't give him that time of day because she could see pass the hurt little boy to the wicked man inside.
LJ himself thought OYK loved HR (which was a relief to my OYK/HR fanshippy heart). But then, OYK dreams of MNC and wants to run away with her. I convince myself she was the consolation prize .
That's an interesting perspective. I always thought there was a consistency to her wit, intelligence, and rebelliousness, with once in awhile these lucid/clear moments of insights that made her seem very wise for one so young. Like a sage trapped in a child's body, and through her journey with GJ, she learnt how to balance these two parts of herself.One of the biggest issue I had with the previous version's was the fact HR in the novel's was a child at the start that grew into a young lady. Although she was smart and a bit mischievous, she had depth to her character, Like when she spoke or did something, you could always feel there was something more going on in her mind.
I thought Anthony Wong as HYS's appearance was kinda 'bangy'. Then again, I love him to bits, so I may be a little bias .The arrival of the greats was...just that, they came, without a bang.
These scenes were a physical way to express how much HR loved GJ. Honestly, I don't think it beat the examples from the novel e.g. HR playfully forcing QCJ to marry the fat lady to punish him for forcing GJ into a marriage with MNC, when she encourages GJ to honour his promises because she knows how much it means to him (giving her hairpin to the child scene). It's good to improve or give another novel perspective based on the source material, but when ideas/scenes go underpar than the source, it's kinda sad.Which brings up an interesting scene that was not previously in the novels or other adaptions, this is the only time we see HR actually beating the crap out of YK because he beat up GJ. Same as when GJ's teachers threaten to hit him when HR argued with him. I thought it lovely how she would stop because she didn't want GJ to get hurt. Somehow it feels like she loves him more then he loved her.
I had such a good laugh reading your review Linda. You must be an innate comedian. I don't think you're superficial - not clearly from your insightful comments - probably have a different aesthetic view of the show perhaps.Due to this film, I have become an Ariel Lin fan and have also picked up her In Time With You drama currently airing on TV in Taiwan weekly. I will also go through my stash of Ariel Lin films that I never watched. I bought them because she looked cute. I've already admitted I'm superficial. If I was a guy I think I'll be dirt poor since I'm so easily taken in by a cute face. Damn all those babies on the street just begging for me to pinch their cheeks.
I recommend ISWAK. It's quite pretty on the outside but has a lot of depth IMO. ISWAK2 has some truly superb moments (there is one crying scene which I think is one of the MOST HEARTWRENCHING you'll ever see, she also won Golden Bell best actress for this), but as a whole, cannot compare with ISWAK. Ariel is superb in it...especially considering the fact she is actually so different in person from the role. Also see Love Contract...very indie, edgy, almost noir in some respects (one of my favourites). I went through a whole Ariel phase...she is quite the writer, I loved translating her literary material at the time.