ISWAK was the pivotal one. LOCH may've put Ariel more firmly on the Mainland map and cemented her pan Asian status as a versatile actress, but ISWAK has always been her signature role. She won Golden Bell best actress for her role as Xiang Qin (historic win, as it was the first year Golden Bell included TV series roles into the best actress category). Then again, for those that actually followed her work, just seeing the contrasts between Love Contract and ISWAK was enough to convince many times over of her ability as an actress.yea, i think Ariel's HR was really pivotal to her career
Really? I would say ISWAK was pivotal to her career
That was horrible. Bad enough with such an accident, but I imagine HG would've felt pressure with his knowledge of what that meant to Tangren (him being such an aware/caring personality).Originally Posted by xiaolong
I remember BTS, there was a moment when director told Ariel to 2nd take on a hit-GJ-in-the-face scene and it turned out quite a realistic/full on slap...she was like OMG!!!
True. I could see they were trying to convey her identity from a signature action rather than verbal (as most adaptations have had). The beauty of the verbal didn't carry over to the action however. I've always found the climax to YRL's whole air of mystery was her exiting prose re: Gu Wu Sect. It was poignant because for those that worked out the relationship to YG/XLN, the contrast that they at least were a couple, yet here stands a capable yet single descendant adds an element of loneliness to the mystery.I guess it was to place Yellow Robed Lady firmly as a descendent of XLN. I was quite taken in by her 9 Yin claw on ZZR's head though. I actually really liked that costume and overall lighting effect on LSS - she looked the most mysterious/unearthly amongst all the Yellow Robed Ladies in other adaptations.
I agree LSS looked the best of all the YRL. The hype about her appearance was interesting.
I always found it hard to conceptualize/visualize - goddess beauty plus spunky/vital. I always thought it was a Jin Yong moment of character idealization.Here's the English translation of how HR's beauty struck GJ at first sight.
"He saw, at the end of the boat, a woman holding the oars, with her long hair draping over her shoulders, wearing all white. Her hair was bound by a golden sash that, once the snow reflected it, brightly shone even more. Guo Jing saw that she was dressed as if she were a fairy* and was stunned by looking at her. As the boat slowly floats closer, he sees that the woman has just came of age, no more than fifteen or sixteen, with skin better than snow, and unbeatable beauty and cuteness. Her beauty could not be ignored, and she faced people with a smile..."
Technically not going off topic , as they actually filmed this scene in LOCH06. They just decided to use the HR jump out from the rushes version (I'm still not over that idiotic choice). It totally destroyed that still, beautiful, pause-in-breath moment when GJ realises HR is a girl! (As reflected by the equally beautiful translation). One of my fav novel scenes. The whole thing actually, because the follow up to the scene described, in one singular boat ride and song/poem, set up the stage for their relationship and central themes of the novel.
Only version that comes anywhere near justice to this scene (actually the only one to my knowledge that includes this scene) is LOCH00. GJ peering through Plum Blossums, finding HR playing the Gu Qin on a boat, so classically Chinese in the mood and set. *Sigh*
Skip to 27.08
Forgotten how epic and haunting the music was...off to re-watch LOCH00 . As much as I appreciate the scene, I miss the cute moment of doubt from the novel when GJ realises his sweets are all crushed, and he can't possibly give something so lowly to somone so heavenly as HR.
RE: fairy*...Xian Zi (if my memory serves for that novel passage) probably closer to deity. Fairies are supposed to more earthier, Celtic creatures while deities is a closer match to the Chinese beautiful, heavenly being of Xian Zi. Just being pedantic of course.