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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2018] The Rise of Phoenixes 凰权·弈天下

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2 hours ago, Pollen Ainne said:

And about Ning Yi connecting with Zhiwei more than just desiring a woman, this is what it all boils down to. This is what makes their relationship so precious. They were not just crushing on each other like in most dramas. And this is the biggest difference between the emperor and Yale (not counting that she didn't like him back, lol). The relationship is not even remotely comparable. The emperor saw her beauty (smelled her fragrance more like it, lol) and desired her. Ning Yi was never bedazzled by Zhiwei. It was funny when he said she looked hideous when she cried, but then much later on in the series, he asked her why she looked more beautiful when she cries. Oh I would like to note that Zhiwei was more bedazzeled by Gu Nanyi than Ning Yi. lol 

 

But romance-wise, I really love the fact that they can't seem to consider other people. I love how that noble lady tried to get with Ning Yi but Ning Yi just gave her one liner responses. He was not even trying to rebuff her, he just simply wasn't interested. And when Helian Zheng gave Zhiwei the flowers, any woman would feel flattered by his complete attention, but Zhiwei would not even look up. She didn't even give the flowers a single glance. 

 

Honestly still can't believe the emperor had the gall to compare NY and FZW to him and Ya Le.

NY was willing to die multiple times for FZW. NSZ wouldn't do an ounce of that for Ya Le. She was just an object for him to posses and store in his harem collection.

 

Thats how you know how full of himself he is. Plus didn't he know about zhanbi? And its hilarious how he keeps speaking of them as if they were just a formerly happy married couple now going through a few problems. Like when NY goes to speak to him after she died....he says something along the lines of "thats between your mother and me". His "relationship" with Ya Le was a farce. She was forced to marry him to protect her sister, then later locked her up for 20yrs, killed her whole tribe and kept her away from her son. Just your run of the mill couple probs loooll. 
 

As for the bedazzling, I think both of them are too sophisticated to be impressed by regular people or superficial pleasantries. Their standards are much higher.  Even with each other, though they were intrigued and noticed the other person it wasn't "love at first sight".

NY didn't jump through hoops to impress FZW. Unlike some other people *cough* *Helian Zheng*.

And FZW didn't jump at the chance to marry a prince (NY) or stay with him after she was kicked out from home.

 

If they took a while to properly fall for each other (whom they are made for lol) its no wonder other people don't hold a candle.

And when they finally did completely fall in love, even without them saying the word love we could see the depth of their connection. Its something this show did really well. Too bad afterwards....ahhh!!! Abort Mission! Abort!

 

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1 hour ago, sonosong said:
2 hours ago, Pollen Ainne said:

So I have been trying to watch his movies, for some reason I find him more attractive now than in his older movies...

I COMPLETELY agree with you that the Chen Kun we see today is so much more attractive. He was cute before, but his features are more defined now in his forties. 

 

I do find him very attractive now and I certainly don't want a baby faced look in this series but there were some scenes in the beginning episodes where I thought he looked a bit gaunt. Like I didnt buy it that he was only 26. Actually there was one scene I remember thinking hmm this guy doesnt look good lol (Don't Kill Me haha) he had his hair down and just two um wrinkles? that looked like a line from his eyes to his jaw. Maybe it was an effect of lighting? Wow this is weird. 

 

I'm not very familiar with him so I just generally assumed younger = better but now that I've checked out his older works I think I agree that the definition suits him.

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1 hour ago, niniandkun said:

 

Honestly still can't believe the emperor had the gall to compare NY and FZW to him and Ya Le.

NY was willing to die multiple times for FZW. NSZ wouldn't do an ounce of that for Ya Le. She was just an object for him to posses and store in his harem collection.

 

Thats how you know how full of himself he is. Plus didn't he know about zhanbi? And its hilarious how he keeps speaking of them as if they were just a formerly happy married couple now going through a few problems. Like when NY goes to speak to him after she died....he says something along the lines of "thats between your mother and me". His "relationship" with Ya Le was a farce. She was forced to marry him to protect her sister, then later locked her up for 20yrs, killed her whole tribe and kept her away from her son. Just your run of the mill couple probs loooll. 

IKR! The audacity... Zhiwei should have slapped him in the face with that logic. If I was Zhiwei, I would have laughed at his face. If Ning Yi's love for Zhiwei was anything remotely close to his father's, he would never have given her up to Helian Zheng, even if it cost her her life. But no, he went against orders to kill Helian Zheng even when the reward was his Nanny that was his only connection to his mom. He made sure to secure Zhiwei's safety first. And on the bridge, he was begging Zhiwei to stay and when she didn't, he let her go. He could have just kidnapped her and caged her if he wanted to. Like... I can't believe... ugh... 

 

1 hour ago, niniandkun said:

As for the bedazzling, I think both of them are too sophisticated to be impressed by regular people or superficial pleasantries. Their standards are much higher.  Even with each other, though they were intrigued and noticed the other person it wasn't "love at first sight".

NY didn't jump through hoops to impress FZW. Unlike some other people *cough* *Helian Zheng*.

And FZW didn't jump at the chance to marry a prince (NY) or stay with him after she was kicked out from home.

 

If they took a while to properly fall for each other (whom they are made for lol) its no wonder other people don't hold a candle.

And when they finally did completely fall in love, even without them saying the word love we could see the depth of their connection. Its something this show did really well. Too bad afterwards....ahhh!!! Abort Mission! Abort!

 

Yes, you said it perfectly. I don't really believe in soulmates but that's what it felt like. Their desperation for each other felt real instead of childish. Like, I see Romeo-and-Juliet-like movies wherein instead of feeling their desperation, I just want to slap them back to reality. But at that time when Zhiwei's heritage was revealed, they made the tragedy feel so real. If the series ended with their parting at that time and never meeting each other ever again, I would have said it was a beautiful tragedy.

 

1 hour ago, niniandkun said:

 

I do find him very attractive now and I certainly don't want a baby faced look in this series but there were some scenes in the beginning episodes where I thought he looked a bit gaunt. Like I didnt buy it that he was only 26. Actually there was one scene I remember thinking hmm this guy doesnt look good lol (Don't Kill Me haha) he had his hair down and just two um wrinkles? that looked like a line from his eyes to his jaw. Maybe it was an effect of lighting? Wow this is weird. 

 

I'm not very familiar with him so I just generally assumed younger = better but now that I've checked out his older works I think I agree that the definition suits him.

 

I wasn't familiar either until now. I think his acting skills are also much better now than before. And to be honest, I never found him attractive at first. He was sort of like "meh" to me. I didn't see the wrinkles though and I was kinda shocked he was 42, but he didn't look that young either. But at first I was just intrigued with his acting. He made the character feel so interesting. Then he grew on me. For some reason, he suddenly became so smexy... I think it's the character that he created... and it rubbed off to him because he is such a good actor.

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4 hours ago, niniandkun said:

For sure he isn't without compassion and understands that morality isn't black and white, and that people can be manipulated or pressured into doing wrong things but would he have ever forgiven ning chuan even if he begged? I doubt it.

 

Zhiwei on the other hand detests hurting other people. Her sense of justice is more purehearted in that she doesn't take any pleasure in punishing wrong doers just wants to save those who suffer and get them out of that situation. Punishment is more a necessary evil in her world view.

 

Hmm, actually now that I think of it, this is true. Ning Yi would never have forgiven Ning Chuan. I'm sure that after being locked away for 18 years, ostracized by his brothers, manipulated by his own father, there is definitely something dark hidden underneath the surface. Whereas Zhiwei seems a bit more pure-hearted. If anything I wish he could have just stayed a carefree prince and she his little raccoon forever and never gone into the palace. :bawling:

 

Ugh, I seriously need to rewatch this again. I binged the whole series in a matter of 3 weeks and now that I'm reading everyone's posts I feel like I'm missing so much. 
 

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1 hour ago, niniandkun said:

As for the bedazzling, I think both of them are too sophisticated to be impressed by regular people or superficial pleasantries. Their standards are much higher.  Even with each other, though they were intrigued and noticed the other person it wasn't "love at first sight".

NY didn't jump through hoops to impress FZW. Unlike some other people *cough* *Helian Zheng*.

And FZW didn't jump at the chance to marry a prince (NY) or stay with him after she was kicked out from home.

But that scene at the beginning where she was undressing, there were definitely sparks because I sure felt it. Was it just me? Maybe it was just me? LOL. I think there was some initial attraction between them because they were both so different from other people they've met, and that later developed into a strong and loyal friendship until love finally blossomed.  That scene where gently pulls her toward him to confess his feelings, and she roughly tugs him closer to say hers and his surprised look sums them up so well. Omg, these two are SO precious! :heart:

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7 minutes ago, Pollen Ainne said:

If Ning Yi's love for Zhiwei was anything remotely close to his father's, he would never have given her up Zhiwei to Helian Zheng, even if it cost her her life. But no, he went against orders to kill Helian Zheng even when the reward was his Nanny that was his only connection to his mom. He made sure to secure Zhiwei's safety first. Like... I can't believe... ugh... 

 You said it sis !!

 

8 minutes ago, Pollen Ainne said:

Like, I see Romeo-and-Juliet-like movies wherein instead of feeling their desperation, I just want to slap them back to reality. But at that time when Zhiwei's heritage was revealed, they made the tragedy feel so real. If the series ended with their parting at that time and never meeting each other ever again, I would have said it was a beautiful tragedy.

 

Oh man that moment in the show. It hurt so bad it was good. It really was the perfect moment to end the story as a tragedy because right before that we had their sort of climax in minhai and then it burst.

 

14 minutes ago, Pollen Ainne said:

I wasn't either until now. I think his acting skills are also much better. And to be honest, I never found him attractive at first. He was sort of like "meh" to me. I was just intrigued with his acting. But he grew on me. For some reason, he suddenly became so smexy... I think it's the character... and it rubbed off to him because he is such a good actor.

 

Its amazing isn't it? how he made us visually perceive him as much better looking on the virtue of his acting alone. Because my eyes are still working the same but I see him so very differently after the show. Except those facial hair scenes. But I think its cuz he was **** in those and it also hides his beautiful expressions.

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7 minutes ago, sonosong said:

But that scene at the beginning where she was undressing, there were definitely sparks because I sure felt it. Was it just me? Maybe it was just me? LOL. I think there was some initial attraction between them because they were both so different from other people they've met, and that later developed into a strong and loyal friendship until love finally blossomed.  That scene where gently pulls her toward him to confess his feelings, and she roughly tugs him closer to say hers and his surprised look sums them up so well. Omg, these two are SO precious! :heart:

No definitely the sparks were there. Ning Yi's expression was precious. And yes, the confession was perfect. I like how he had trouble saying it, and Zhiwei thought he would not be able to say it and called him perverse but he pulled on her sleeve and confessed. I still melt everytime I get to that part.

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11 minutes ago, niniandkun said:

Its amazing isn't it? how he made us visually perceive him as much better looking on the virtue of his acting alone. Because my eyes are still working the same but I see him so very differently after the show. Except those facial hair scenes. But I think its cuz he was **** in those and it also hides his beautiful expressions.

I know. It's amazing. My best friend, I urged her to watch RoTP, she usually just watched Kdramas. I showed her the trailer and she was furrowing her brows, "but he is not pretty". And I am like "Just watch the show". Now we swoon about him together! lol!

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5 minutes ago, sonosong said:

But that scene at the beginning where she was undressing, there were definitely sparks because I sure felt it. Was it just me? Maybe it was just me? LOL. I think there was some initial attraction between them because they were both so different from other people they've met, and that later developed into a strong and loyal friendship until love finally blossomed.  That scene where gently pulls her toward him to confess his feelings, and she roughly tugs him closer to say hers and his surprised look sums them up so well. Omg, these two are SO precious! :heart:

 

Oh it wasn't just you! That was a sizzling scene. While there was attraction between them it wasn't the end all. They both had self respect. For many other types of characters that wouldve been enough for the male lead to then chase her forever and the female lead to wait for him to propose. It would've been a huge song and dance. But our OTP valued and expected more than just simple lust to consider the other person as a love interest. So they went on with their lives until they couldn't ignore their connection any longer.

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7 minutes ago, Pollen Ainne said:

I know. It's amazing. My best friend, I urged her to watch RoTP, she usually just watched Kdramas. I showed her the trailer and she was furrowing her brows, "but he is not pretty". And I am like "Just watch the show". Now we swoon about him together! lol!

 

Oh I wish my best friend would watch it! But shes been putting it off cuz subs -.-  And she cant understand how Im attracted to a guy in a bun or in long hair. I need to get new friends lol.

I actually have a thing for guys with long hair but this length took a while to grow on me but now that it has....damn. I can't get enough of that look. And those gorgeous clothes. What a stunner. I just wish his belt wasn't so low in some scenes. Kindof looks like hes got a pot belly :lol:

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15 minutes ago, niniandkun said:

 

Oh it wasn't just you! That was a sizzling scene. While there was attraction between them it wasn't the end all. They both had self respect. For many other types of characters that wouldve been enough for the male lead to then chase her forever and the female lead to wait for him to propose. It would've been a huge song and dance. But our OTP valued and expected more than just simple lust to consider the other person as a love interest. So they went on with their lives until they couldn't ignore their connection any longer.

I love how you phrased that. Agreed 100%!!!

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7 minutes ago, niniandkun said:

 

Oh I wish my best friend would watch it! But shes been putting it off cuz subs -.-  And she cant understand how Im attracted to a guy in a bun or in long hair. I need to get new friends lol.

I actually have a thing for guys with long hair but this length took a while to grow on me but now that it has....damn. I can't get enough of that look. And those gorgeous clothes. What a stunner. I just wish his belt wasn't so low in some scenes. Kindof looks like hes got a pot belly :lol:

Oh I have gotten used to the clothes really fast. And long hair on men is glorious when they can pull it off. On others it can look really gay! But did you guys notice how he raises his clothes like a princess? But for some reason it just adds to Ning Yi's character, I still find him so manly... why? lol!

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Just now, Pollen Ainne said:

Oh I have gotten used to the clothes really fast. And long hair on men is glorious when they can pull it off. On others it can look really gay! But did you guys notice how he raises his clothes like a princess? But for some reason it just adds to Ning Yi's character, I still find him so manly... why? lol!

 

Ahahaha yea. He had so many quirks. Flapping up the back side theatrically before sitting down. Sometimes he's delicate and other times his presence is so commanding. He even lounges with panache. Thats some real fleshed out acting.  I actually found him even more attractive in some of his 'feminine' moments. He's a real work of art!!

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2 hours ago, niniandkun said:

 

Ahahaha yea. He had so many quirks. Flapping up the back side theatrically before sitting down. Sometimes he's delicate and other times his presence is so commanding. He even lounges with panache. Thats some real fleshed out acting.  I actually found him even more attractive in some of his 'feminine' moments. He's a real work of art!!

A work of art indeed. There is so many facets to his character. I remember when he came back with Zhongxin's head to bargain for Zhiwei's life. You would not think that he is the same character who nervously confessed to Zhiwei just a few episodes back. A character like Ning Yi would have been very hard to pull off by just anyone. He deserves an award for this. Too bad the ratings will probably make him not get much recognition for this role. I haven't seen a character more entertaining before. If anyone has any idea of any series with a similar interesting character, I would love to explore it.

 

In another thought, I remember Yao Ying's daughter. Her role was quite short but she was an awesome lady. Since Yao Ying was in Ning Yi's banner, I wonder if she did what she did for political reasons, or if she just didn't like to be married to Ning Sheng. I would have loved to know more about her. She was an interesting character as well.

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I thought Chen Kun was handsome from the start, but there are so many handsome men. The passion and sultriness he brings to his character just enhances everything. Also, his bone structure is to die for. I have this thing for cheekbones, and the way the lighting was done, with his face half in shadow and back lit, I was swooning every episode.

 

2 hours ago, Pollen Ainne said:

A work of art indeed. There is so many facets to his character. I remember when he came back with Zhongxin's head to bargain for Zhiwei's life. You would not think that he is the same character who nervously confessed to Zhiwei just a few episodes back. A character like Ning Yi would have been very hard to pull off by just anyone. He deserves an award for this. Too bad the ratings will probably make him not get much recognition for this role. I haven't seen a character more entertaining before. If anyone has any idea of any series with a similar interesting character, I would love to explore it.

 

I was so sad about the ratings. The highest rated comment on douban for the longest time was about how Chen Kun's acting sucked and Ni Ni was ugly. I honestly made a douban account a few weeks ago just to give this a good review and I never review anything. Also whenever Chen Kun makes a post about how the reviews for the shows are getting better, the score drops loool After tRoP aired, people made a whole list about how Chen Kun causes every show he's in to flop.

 

You can check out Ming Dynasty 1566 for some complex characterizations and brilliant social commentary. You know it's brilliant because it was censored for years. That show is even more depressing than this one, but for different reasons. Nirvana in Fire is also very good, but the characters are more straightforward and it's more satisfying to watch. It ends in tragedy, but they tried to mitigate the tragic aspect. NiF is also more accessible to viewers who don't speak Chinese. I prefer tRoP to NiF, but literally everyone disagrees with me, so you might actually end up liking NiF more. 

 

2 hours ago, Pollen Ainne said:

In another thought, I remember Yao Ying's daughter. Her role was quite short but she was an awesome lady. Since Yao Ying was in Ning Yi's banner, I wonder if she did what she did for political reasons, or if she just didn't like to be married to Ning Sheng. I would have loved to know more about her. She was an interesting character as well.

 

The general consensus seemed to be that she's set up to be Ning Yi's empress. I try to pretend that won't happen, but drawing from history, that is the most likely outcome. 

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1 hour ago, tendrilsofwind said:

I was so sad about the ratings. The highest rated comment on douban for the longest time was about how Chen Kun's acting sucked and Ni Ni was ugly. I honestly made a douban account a few weeks ago just to give this a good review and I never review anything. Also whenever Chen Kun makes a post about how the reviews for the shows are getting better, the score drops loool After tRoP aired, people made a whole list about how Chen Kun causes every show he's in to flop.

You are kidding? I heard about the bad ratings and some personal attacks about NiNi. But Chen Kun too? But... that makes no sense? Are these people paid to hate or something? Why so much hate?

 

And NINi is so beautiful. I remember that scene where she had those walnuts (?) in her mouth and Ning Yi asked her why she was not hideous anymore. She was smiling with those things in her mouth and I thought, how gorgeous. 

 

And how does Chen Kun cause a show to flop when I read his bio and he has made blockbusters like Painted Skin and garnered awards for it? That is just terrible. How can they not appreciate such talent... I would understand if they do not like the film, but why the personal attacks... has it always been like this? Is there a particular reason?

1 hour ago, tendrilsofwind said:

You can check out Ming Dynasty 1566 for some complex characterizations and brilliant social commentary. You know it's brilliant because it was censored for years. That show is even more depressing than this one, but for different reasons. Nirvana in Fire is also very good, but the characters are more straightforward and it's more satisfying to watch. It ends in tragedy, but they tried to mitigate the tragic aspect. NiF is also more accessible to viewers who don't speak Chinese. I prefer tRoP to NiF, but literally everyone disagrees with me, so you might actually end up liking NiF more. 

I have seen a few eps of NiF, and it is not bad... but none of the characters drew me in, and I am not really into political drama. I can only enjoy it when I am completely invested in a character at least. A lot of people have heaped praises for NiF so I have tried watching it. Did people hate on NiF too, or was tRoP just an exception... are they picking on my Chen Kun? :(

 

Ming Dynasty 1566 would have been interesting with what you said about it, but why depressing... I like to enjoy and not be depressed.

 

1 hour ago, tendrilsofwind said:

The general consensus seemed to be that she's set up to be Ning Yi's empress. I try to pretend that won't happen, but drawing from history, that is the most likely outcome. 

Oh actually that makes sense. I liked her and since Zhiwei is gone, I would like her to be his Empress. She would be brilliant and supportive and seems logical and cool enough to accept that she will never be able to compete with Zhiwei's ghost without hating Ning Yi for it. At least there is more hope for NIng Yi.

 

I was actually kinda worried about his future heirs... because not once have I seen him express interest for women... even in Lanxiang , he was just making them clothes, and he can't really marry women in Lanxiang anyway. And outside of Lanxiang, he was so aloof to the ladies... before he knew it was Zhiwei that banged into him, he actually called her "impudent" for being in his way. I think he is the type who thinks marriage is an annoyance... but the Yao girl can do it.

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2 hours ago, tendrilsofwind said:

I thought Chen Kun was handsome from the start, but there are so many handsome men. The passion and sultriness he brings to his character just enhances everything. Also, his bone structure is to die for. I have this thing for cheekbones, and the way the lighting was done, with his face half in shadow and back lit, I was swooning every episode.

 

 

I was so sad about the ratings. The highest rated comment on douban for the longest time was about how Chen Kun's acting sucked and Ni Ni was ugly. I honestly made a douban account a few weeks ago just to give this a good review and I never review anything. Also whenever Chen Kun makes a post about how the reviews for the shows are getting better, the score drops loool After tRoP aired, people made a whole list about how Chen Kun causes every show he's in to flop.

 

You can check out Ming Dynasty 1566 for some complex characterizations and brilliant social commentary. You know it's brilliant because it was censored for years. That show is even more depressing than this one, but for different reasons. Nirvana in Fire is also very good, but the characters are more straightforward and it's more satisfying to watch. It ends in tragedy, but they tried to mitigate the tragic aspect. NiF is also more accessible to viewers who don't speak Chinese. I prefer tRoP to NiF, but literally everyone disagrees with me, so you might actually end up liking NiF more.

At first Chen Kun wasn't exactly on my radar, but I watched anyway because he wasn't exactly not good looking. In fact, I'm just somehow drawn to strong bone structure like his and of course his mesmerizing smirk too. But, what really pulls me in is him with his long hair down. Lol. I kid you not, I mostly watch period drama and most guys cannot pull off the plain hair down look. But, Chen Kun looks amazing. It's like feminine, but very many. I can't explain, it's just pretty to look at. Lol. And with a little movement he's able to push his long hair out of his face. That's talent!

 

It's so sad to hear how under appreciate this series is. And, the attacks on Chen and Nini. I know haters just going to hate, but sometimes it's like people don't recognize the talents of the people they have. They both did amazing, and I don't think anyone else could have done any better. Chen Kun's and Nini's dynamics is the reason I stick around until the end. Considered I'm picky when it comes to political show and can drop it at the drop of a hat if anything just doesn't sit right with me. The casts of RotP are brilliant.

 

As for NiF, I watched the first season and remember it was enjoyable, but gosh I couldn't get past the first episode of season 2. Maybe, one day, I'll try it again. One day.

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16 minutes ago, aisama said:

At first Chen Kun wasn't exactly on my radar, but I watched anyway because he wasn't exactly not good looking. In fact, I'm just somehow drawn to strong bone structure like his and of course his mesmerizing smirk too. But, what really pulls me in is him with his long hair down. Lol. I kid you not, I mostly watch period drama and most guys cannot pull off the plain hair down look. But, Chen Kun looks amazing. It's like feminine, but very many. I can't explain, it's just pretty to look at. Lol. And with a little movement he's able to push his long hair out of his face. That's talent!

 

It's so sad to hear how under appreciate this series is. And, the attacks on Chen and Nini. I know haters just going to hate, but sometimes it's like people don't recognize the talents of the people they have. They both did amazing, and I don't think anyone else could have done any better. Chen Kun's and Nini's dynamics is the reason I stick around until the end. Considered I'm picky when it comes to political show and can drop it at the drop of a hat if anything just doesn't sit right with me. The casts of RotP are brilliant.

 

As for NiF, I watched the first season and remember it was enjoyable, but gosh I couldn't get past the first episode of season 2. Maybe, one day, I'll try it again. One day.

Well yes, although I wasn't attracted to his looks at first, he was never ugly to me or else I wouldn't even have tried episode one. I don't like to watch ugly leads as well (sorry if that offends anyone). But I don't go around in forums/chat boards posting on how ugly I find them because that is just plain mean. But I simply won't even give the show a chance much less talk about it.

 

And yes, Ning Yi has a way of looking manly with the long hair. I am not really into feminine men. But I guess I fell for Ning Yi's feminine quirks because I know there is a dangerous commanding power inside of him. And I love his ruthlessness coupled with his kindness. His power tempered by vulnerability. Okay, enough of me heaping praises on him... next thing I know, I will be worshiping on an altar of Ning Yi. lol

 

I might try NiF again.

 

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8 hours ago, sonosong said:

But that scene at the beginning where she was undressing, there were definitely sparks because I sure felt it. Was it just me? Maybe it was just me? LOL. I think there was some initial attraction between them because they were both so different from other people they've met, and that later developed into a strong and loyal friendship until love finally blossomed.  That scene where gently pulls her toward him to confess his feelings, and she roughly tugs him closer to say hers and his surprised look sums them up so well. Omg, these two are SO precious! :heart:

NY had no hope there. He was stuck in a temple for 8 years or so and the first girl he meets jumps into the lake and needs a wardrobe change. :p

 

1 hour ago, aisama said:

At first Chen Kun wasn't exactly on my radar, but I watched anyway because he wasn't exactly not good looking. In fact, I'm just somehow drawn to strong bone structure like his and of course his mesmerizing smirk too. But, what really pulls me in is him with his long hair down. Lol. I kid you not, I mostly watch period drama and most guys cannot pull off the plain hair down look. But, Chen Kun looks amazing. It's like feminine, but very many. I can't explain, it's just pretty to look at. Lol. And with a little movement he's able to push his long hair out of his face. That's talent!

 

It's so sad to hear how under appreciate this series is. And, the attacks on Chen and Nini. I know haters just going to hate, but sometimes it's like people don't recognize the talents of the people they have. They both did amazing, and I don't think anyone else could have done any better. Chen Kun's and Nini's dynamics is the reason I stick around until the end. Considered I'm picky when it comes to political show and can drop it at the drop of a hat if anything just doesn't sit right with me. The casts of RotP are brilliant.

Love political drama. Love Asian period dramas where the girl dresses up as a boy and gets stuff done. Extra bonus for an awesome romantic arc. I was wanting to watch something similar to follow on after Love in the Moonlight/Moonlight Hidden By Clouds...but my goodness, this series beats LitM on my list of things that makes good Asian period dramas.

 

Everyone's points on Chen Kun are spot on. Would not have said I was attracted to a 40-something-year-old Chinese actor with long hair and dressed in something very much like my mother's ao dai before I started watching this show but he brings such arrogance, intelligence and masculinity to everything he does.

 

Has anyone been looking into his discography (as Aloys Chen)? 2004-2006 period. Looks so young, kind of offputting.

 

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Tehehehehe!

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11 minutes ago, morganian said:

NY had no hope there. He was stuck in a temple for 8 years or so and the first girl he meets jumps into the lake and needs a wardrobe change. :p

 

Love political drama. Love Asian period dramas where the girl dresses up as a boy and gets stuff done. Extra bonus for an awesome romantic arc. I was wanting to watch something similar to follow on after Love in the Moonlight/Moonlight Hidden By Clouds...but my goodness, this series beats LitM on my list of things that makes good Asian period dramas.

 

Everyone's points on Chen Kun are spot on. Would not have said I was attracted to a 40-something-year-old Chinese actor with long hair and dressed in something very much like my mother's ao dai before I started watching this show but he brings such arrogance, intelligence and masculinity to everything he does.

 

Has anyone been looking into his discography (as Aloys Chen)? 2004-2006 period. Looks so young, kind of offputting.

 

p0002201493.jpg

 

Tehehehehe!

Oh he is actually cute in that picture. I like his gaze. He has that young boyish charm that can make your heart flip. But without seeing RotP I wouldn't have given it a 2nd glance. There are just too many good looking actors.

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