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Andy Chen Yi as the Legendary Flower Boy Gao Changgong aka Lan Ling Wang

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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

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!

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.

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Upcoming Mainland Series “Princess of Lan Ling”

 

Don’t be mistaken. The series has nothing to do with Prince of Lan Ling (Feng Shao Feng, Ariel Lin) although the place where all the events transpired and the characters are one and the same. This series however is adapted from the 2009 novel with the same title by Yang Qian Zi.

Legend has it that if one possesses the Qinglun mirror, peace will be obtained. But on the wrong hands, will bring chaos. It tells the story of modern girl Yuan Qing Suo/Li Ezi (played by Zhang Han Yun) who was sworn to protect the secret of the ancestral mirror. Her journey takes her deep into the Northern Zhou kingdom at the the time of unrest and war during the Eastern Jin Dynasty. She will be caught in the political crossfire as well as love entangles with Emperor Yuwen Yong (Peng Guan Ying) of Zhou and Prince Gao Zhang Gong (Chen Yi) of Lanling.

Princess of Lan Ling 兰陵王妃 is directed by the famous Hongkong director Yi Yezhao and stars Zhang Han Yun, Peng Guan Ying and Taiwanese cutie Andy Chen.

Comparison to Prince of Lan Ling is inevitable since they have the same theme. It is also a tall order to accomplish what the previous has accomplished in terms of success.  From the cast down to production, one can safely assume that this is a modest series compared to it’s predecessor.

 

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Zhang Xinyu to Romance Chen Xiao in The Condor Heroes 2014 TV Remake

 

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.

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