Warning: Lots of Fangirling ahead because I couldn’t manage to write this without spazzing.
China’s really hitting the four classics this year. Two Journey to the Wests, two Dream of the Red Chambers, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and now even Water Margin has been pushed into production. But China’s drama industry rose pretty quickly in technique and visuals, so in that regard remakes are almost looked to. And apart from the cheap version of Journey of the West, I love the casts quite a lot so I’m happy. Two pretty Jia Baoyus, a hot Zhu Geliang, a hot Tang Shen, and now a shuai, hot, shuai dai le Yan Qing. Do I sound shallow enough yet? I hope so. The amount of eye-candy’s too great for one girl to handle. Share my enthusiasm!
Water Margin is one that I really hoped they would remake after Dream of the Red Chamber. If you don’t remember Water Margin, perhaps one of the least famous four classics to non-Chinese at this point, revisit the theme of the the previous 1997 CCTV hit series, sung and written by Liu Huan. This man deserved to be allowed on that Olympics Globe simply wearing a T-shirt at the Olympics for this song alone.
And the cast! I know there’s like 108+ characters in the story, but even so, I’m so happy Yan Kuan has a part. Is this finally your big break? He plays Yan Qing, one of the 108 outlaws, who has sort of romantic relationship with Ady An Yixuan‘s Li Shishi, a high-class prostitute and mistress of the Emperor, played by Yang Zi, the hot producer/actor maybe-boyfriend of Eva Huang Shengyi.
Nie Yuan, who was perhaps the first or third post of this site, for his wedding, plays Tang Shen in the Zhang Jizhong version of Journey to the West. He didn’t workout to prepare for his role (he’s pretty fit already) and instead just meditated a lot. This version promises to be one of the most gorgeous versions of the drama. The director, Zhang Jizhong, better known for his Jing Yong series remakes now, including the one he just finished with An Yixuan (Ady you’re going to be so famous after this year!), actually started out in CCTV, directing versions of the four classics, including the Water Margin one featured in the video.
Jing Yong saw the series, and stated in a newspaper that if CCTV would treat adaptations of his works as seriously as the four classics, he would only charge one yuan for the rights. The next day Zhang Jizhong faxed him, taking up his offer, and after Jin Yong agreed, sent him a wooden frame that he carved with one yuan note inside. And then the most beautiful pairing in Chinese drama history was born. The end.
If this is how they’re going to do remakes, then bring on the remakes. Why is Chinese entertainment being so good to me this year? I don’t have time to do this much fangirling!
Next fangirl post: The hot Chinese badminton team appears on Tian Tian Xiang Shang. If the shuainess doesn’t kill me first, working on this site certainly will.
Oh, and as a bonus: Someone asked if there were larger pictures of the photoshoot of Yan Kuan in this post, and I found four; click for bigger. Yan Kuan NEEDS to be more famous. With that face, it’d be a shame if he didn’t do more photoshoots.