Although he may not have the bravado nor the acting chops of
or lack thereof of Feng Shao Feng, I do think that he fits the role much better aesthetically. He IS a “flower boy” and looking at the stills, you could actually understand why he had to cover that pretty face. Unlike FSF, who looks rather manly than delicate.
You could tell he looks good even with the mask on
I remember the scene where Lan Ling Wang and Xue Wu met for the first time while he was taking a bath by the small lake (or was it a falls?) Xue Wu immediately took off her clothes and joined in thinking that he was a woman. I was like, seriously?! Which angle? Just because he had long hair doesn’t make him look any less than a man. It had its flaws, yes, but was still a good series especially with Ariel Lin who makes everything she does wonderful.
Check out those pecs!
Princess of Lan Ling or what I’d like to call the younger version of Prince of Lan Ling, looks promising enough. The core is still the same, that is the love triangle among Gao Changgong-Princess of Lan Ling-Yuwen Yong. But this time, Yuwen Yong’s character takes the lead while Lan Ling Wang takes the back seat.
You’ll be surprised with what you’ll discover once you roam around numerous forums.A favorite topic of discussion especially in the mainland is still Yu Zheng‘s Return of the Condor Heroes remake. We all know by now the ruckus it created after casting was announced. But there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. That is if you believe some of the theories floating around. Word is out that this adaptation will divert from the original in more ways than one. Instead of a Yang Guo having only one love in Xiao Long Nu, he will have 3!
I don’t have anything against changing some aspects from the book for cinematic purposes or for mass ppeal. I mean can you imagine a 40-year old Frodo instead of the youthful Elijah Wood on the big screen? And for the life of me, I could never have imagined Dong Fang Bu Bai to be evil and endearing at the same time until the amazing Chen Qiao En played her in Swordsman(2013). Which was also one of Yu Zheng’s masterplan. Yuan Shan Shan even complained about the lack of love she received after being overshadowed by the villain DFBB until cold water was splashed on her face, figuratively that is. I have a gut feeling that Yu Zheng is cooking up something similar to this. I heard from the grapevine that Zhang Xin Yu who’s playing the vengeful Li Mo Chou will have a love line with Chen Xiao‘s Yang Guo! Now this I want to see! It helps that Zhang Xin Yu looks the part so well in the stills that fans are welcoming this diversion with open arms. But in these modern times, we cannot hold it as proof that the actual takes are as good (Thank Photoshop for that!).
So help me, I am on the fence about this adaptation. Though, I admit, the interest is definitely there. Or else, why the hell would I write about it in the first place? It’s still going to be a long wait before it comes out and sometimes even longer as what happened to Da Mo Yao (Ballad of the Dessert) which got a new title “The Sun Moon Legend”. But that is for another writing.