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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] Under the Power 锦衣之下

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17 minutes ago, HopelesslyHooked said:

I can not believe I just cried watching a RAW episode without understanding a word the people in it are saying! :flushed:

 

 

Which part? :D 

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52 minutes ago, angelangie said:

 

Which part? :D 

Looks like angst part. I refrain my self for rewatching hahaha..patiently and unpatient waiting for the subs. 

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26 minutes ago, angelangie said:

 

Which part? :D 

lots of them, too many to mention :tears:

 

8 minutes ago, AgnesLi said:

Looks like angst part. I refrain my self for rewatching hahaha..patiently and unpatient waiting for the subs. 

Sadly, I lack this kind of self-control :D The days go by very slowly :ph34r:

 

I do like JX's adoptive mother. I think she is probably the biggest influence on the fact that JX has grown into such a bright and strong young woman.

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First, thank you for all the insightful comments!  I loved reading everyone's interpretations on when Lu Yi and Jin Xia fell in love.

 

My personal take - I don't think that it happened at any one defining moment; like the lead couple in The Story of Minglan (Minglan and Gu Tingye) - it happened slowly, so no one fell in love, but they just loved.  Which makes sense given Lu Yi's response at the table about what is more important than honor in episode 24: "Love.  Love, can also mean friendship and comradeship."

 

I very much enjoyed The Story of Minglan because Minglan and Gu Tingye loved each other despite their flaws and misgivings. They learned to love each other despite being angry with each other and not liking each other or each other's methods of dealing with crises at times.  Sometimes we don't even like the person we love, and I am not sure that many of us recognize this contradiction - that is what is so peculiar about love.

 

I actually was looking for another drama like The Story of Minglan, and although this couple in Under the Power is not married, Lu Yi and Jin Xia act as if they were already married.  They bicker endlessly, but subconsciously, they both know that they are safe with each other, and they complement each other. The fact that Jin Xia asked Lu Yi's assistance to find her family, that speaks volumes about the level of trust she has for him despite his being part of the imperial guard.

 

In fact, Jin Xia explains why she trusts him despite his being part of the imperial guard when Lu Yi reverts to a 13-year old - he is ruthless but he is not heartless, and he does not ask anyone to do what he is not willing to do himself.  He puts others above himself - but most people cannot see that because of his tough, cynical exterior. 

 

And why would Lu Yi grow up to be an externally compassionate individual?  His father is ruthless and seems to lack a conscious, and Lu Yi witnessed his mother's assassination.  I am just impressed that Lu Yi was able to recognize that Jin Xia would be his better half - that just indicates to me the high level of his self-awareness and emotional intelligence.  Watch him by his actions, not by his words.

 

And that is where Jin Xia did not make the same mistake that so many others did - she looked beyond the embroidered brocade uniform, to the man and the heart beneath - she definitely sees beneath the surface, which is why Lu Yi respects her and her detective abilities.  And for a man who grew up in the imperial court, he appreciates her straightforwardness and her lack of guile.  And I appreciate that he does not put down her abilities but instead tries to enhance her abilities.  Unlike many men, he is not threatened by her.

 

That is not to say that Lu Yi is perfect and neither is Jin Xia.  But together, they work well together, and they can build a life together.  

 

And that is key about love - you have to continue building that life together despite obstacles and pain, because not every day will be sunny.

 

And with respect to Lu Yi and Jin Xia, I definitely see their building a life together, just as I did with Minglan and Gu Tingye.  

 

It is hard to write a drama that persuades the viewers to believe that this OTP will last beyond the fading screen - because real love requires you to love the warts too, not just the shiny, beautiful parts.

 

This is the first drama I have watched both both actors, and I am impressed with Allen Ren's ability to communicate with his eyes.  Zhang Bin Bin tried very  hard to do this in The King's Woman, but he did not quite pull it off - of course, Allen Ren did not acquire this ability overnight - he is 30 whereas Zhang Bin Bin is only around 25.  But I have to say that generally, Allen Ren seems to fit a "uniform-driven" drama, whether it be Under the Power, or the Autumn Cicada that was supposed to come out 3 years ago.  There is a sharpness about him that makes sense for him to play the hard, cynical character with a heart.  His smirk/tilted smile is one of the few that works on the screen - he has a "je ne sais quoi" to him that most actors cannot pull off, and that is why they cynical roles fit him.  He reminds me of many of the actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood who carried this protective attitude well.

 

And Tan Songyun played her role well - from playful, goofy, serious, "don't mess with me," to loving, conflicted, and caring.  Her eyes and impish smile were the best part of her - she is pretty enough, but her aura is warm and inviting.  She invites you to enjoy the joke with her.

 

I also watched some of the BTS, and what I appreciate about both actors - they are not the most beautiful and charismatic, but they know how to evolve into their roles - they are actually acting, as opposed to being themselves dressed in costume.  Both are rather ordinary looking compared to some of the stars in cdrama land, but when they taken on a role, they both become the character and allow us to experience the character's emotional arc and evolution.

 

And by the way, how Lu Yi gazes at Jin Xia - I have seen that before in real life - it does exist, but it does not happen often.

 

To quote one of the songs from The Destiny of the White Snake (another Allen Ren role but he did not quite pull it off there... and for some reason, I have a hard time with Yang Zi dramas generally), ""you are the heartbeat that never stopped in the last lifetime/you are the mark on my chest in the next life/before seeing the outcome/how could I have forgotten about you?

 

For those of you who celebrate Valentine's Day, remember that every day should be celebrating your loved ones.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 1/23/2020 at 7:41 PM, cheekychipmunk_stv said:

This OTP chemistry is killing me. 

I think of all Tan Sonyun's ML, she has the most chemistry with Allen Ren. Maybe it's Allen's electrifying eyes and Seven's puppy love eyes. :P:lol: Both simply brings out the best acting of each other. 

@cheekychipmunk_stv yes, of all his co-stars, Allen Ren seems to have the best chemistry with Tan Songyun.  For a casting director, I wonder how they determine who will have the best chemistry with whom, because how the camera will capture their charisma (or lack thereof) is very hard to predict.  

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On 1/24/2020 at 6:57 PM, lizzieyen said:

It feels like there 

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There was something that happened after the kiss (And it was edited) because LuYi’s reaction was quite incongruent . It’s one thing to deny the hairpiece but he actually sounded colder than he usually is to JinXia and he made her sad. That’s not really how he rolls! He maybe proud but no reason why he would pretend that it didn’t happen as he wasn’t drunk and he gifted her a special made hair pin (her name was engraved on it!)

 


Ren Jia Lun is such a good actor. In episode 33 

 

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When he was happy after gifting her the hairpin, his happiness was that of a male adult in love. Totally different from him being happy after completing an assignment and being recognized by the king or the completely innocent happiness when he was 8 years old. Different look in the eyes and smile! 

 

@angelangie @lizzieyen Allen Ren will be one to watch because he seems to be an actual actor, as opposed to a celebrity who pretends to be an actor.  How he is in real life, and how he can transform into his character - that is the definition of an actor.

 

The eyes are the gateway to the soul - so if you can act with your eyes, then you are an actor.

 

 

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On 1/27/2020 at 8:30 AM, LuMNaL said:

I wait for the drama under the power so long...and it didn't disappoint at all. Everything is perfect, the actors and there character, the story, costumes...

 

The other drama which I waited, was the pillow book...but when they announced the actors/actress for this drama, I have not a very good feeling. And this "bad" feeling came up again, when I saw the first 3 eps. I have to quit....for me Vengo Gau and Dilraba Dilmurat have only the good looking, but there acting is so strange (for me really bad). 

 

While Allen Ren and Seven Tan are not the most handsome/beautiful actor and actress, they reflect the character in novel. That is my own opinion. 

@LuMNaL so I am sorry but DD as an actress, lord, she cannot act.  The King's Woman was ruined because she had only 2 facial expression - smiling and crying.  I refuse to watch anything with her in it that involves acting, but I will gaze at a still magazine shoot of her, because she is gorgeous.

 

 

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8 hours ago, rosamundekingsley99_stv said:

@LuMNaL so I am sorry but DD as an actress, lord, she cannot act.  The King's Woman was ruined because she had only 2 facial expression - smiling and crying.  I refuse to watch anything with her in it that involves acting, but I will gaze at a still magazine shoot of her, because she is gorgeous.

 

 

 

PB was a dissapointment as i honestly couldnt click on it at all....Vengo is not the emperor type either...he cant hold the chair too

 

i love to see DD to be honest however her acting cute a lil over.....she was pretty good as a supporting lead.....however i do not think she can shoulder the drama alone

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UTP drop to Top 3 :) 

 

1. iPartments 5

2. PB

3. Under the Power

 

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14 hours ago, rosamundekingsley99_stv said:

I also watched some of the BTS, and what I appreciate about both actors - they are not the most beautiful and charismatic, but they know how to evolve into their roles - they are actually acting, as opposed to being themselves dressed in costume.  Both are rather ordinary looking compared to some of the stars in cdrama land, but when they taken on a role, they both become the character and allow us to experience the character's emotional arc and evolution.

 

And by the way, how Lu Yi gazes at Jin Xia - I have seen that before in real life - it does exist, but it does not happen often.

 

To quote one of the songs from The Destiny of the White Snake (another Allen Ren role but he did not quite pull it off there... and for some reason, I have a hard time with Yang Zi dramas generally), ""you are the heartbeat that never stopped in the last lifetime/you are the mark on my chest in the next life/before seeing the outcome/how could I have forgotten about you?

 

hahaha how true :) 

 

both carried on with their life in real however when they were in the role they were with each other where one cannot do without the other :) 

 

im not sure why however YangZi is always the cutie pie types which after a while it kinda get a little faded in my eyes....i like looking at her though :) 

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Hi guys, 


I'm trying to slow down my watching pace since subs has yet to finish all 55 eps (now only up to 44, right?) 

 

I'm at ep 39 where Yan Shi Fan is taking Lin Ling.

Question: did Yan Shi Fan really love Lin Ling or is this his twisted idea of loving and owning someone who hurt him. I mean with her taking his eye, in a weird way, he becomes obsessed with her and mistakenly think it's 'love'.  :blink:

 

I dont mind spoilers.. :P:P

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14 hours ago, angelangie said:

im not sure why however YangZi is always the cutie pie types

I saw a clip of the White Snake drama with YangZi and Allen in it and she was acting cutie like in the clip and I find her face fits the type but because she's rather big boned and not as petite as other actresses, I find it a bit off.  I haven't watch any of her dramas but in the clips I have seen of her, her acting seems fine to me. 

@penelop3, I think YSF really does love LL.  He just doesn't do love like a normal person.   He probably would not have left her in peace that long after the damage she did to his eye if he didn't really love her.  He doesn't love selflessly so he wants her to be with him by fair or foul means:).

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, penelop3 said:

Hi guys, 


I'm trying to slow down my watching pace since subs has yet to finish all 55 eps (now only up to 44, right?) 

 

I'm at ep 39 where Yan Shi Fan is taking Lin Ling.

Question: did Yan Shi Fan really love Lin Ling or is this his twisted idea of loving and owning someone who hurt him. I mean with her taking his eye, in a weird way, he becomes obsessed with her and mistakenly think it's 'love'.  :blink:

 

I dont mind spoilers.. :P:P

 

yes....mainly at first when Yan ShiFan wanted her it was because she tried to kill him....and then later on she took out one of his eyes....somehow in a twisted sense after her taking his eyes became obsess with her....he doesnt only love 1 though just like any periodically drama and those officer in the imperial courts....they always believe the more the merrier **ahem** :x

 

which i dont think any of us here will survive in that kind of situation....to me i rather u only have me and no others....and if i have to share you i rather not have you at all.... lols

 

4 hours ago, yueyyo said:

I saw a clip of the White Snake drama with YangZi and Allen in it and she was acting cutie like in the clip and I find her face fits the type but because she's rather big boned and not as petite as other actresses, I find it a bit off.  I haven't watch any of her dramas but in the clips I have seen of her, her acting seems fine to me. 

 

she can diversified sometimes....however sometimes seeing her in the cutie roles put me off a lil lols.....no argument there....however i do watch some of the drama and i tried not to watch too much of an artist in a continuous drama too much....

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5 hours ago, angelangie said:

some of their behind the scenes :D hahahaha

 

 

 

OMG

YSF face when eat those tangerines :D

Lu Yi's father doesn't have many scenes but a lot of NG :o hahahahaha 

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19 minutes ago, sleepydee22 said:

 

OMG

YSF face when eat those tangerines :D

Lu Yi's father doesn't have many scenes but a lot of NG :o hahahahaha 

 

hahaha yea....cause the tangerines happen to be the sour one :D i cant help and love him totally :D 

 

LuYi's dad scenes are few in between....however i think their dialogue is pretty much very traditional one :D 

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Wow i like to read all insight and opinion about actor and actress in. Imho, DD act really good in TMOPB but for PB...i have watched several but somehow i did not get same feeling in TMOPB. DD acted really good in there but in PB..i found less love feeling. For YZ, i watched her several dramas including DOWS and AOL and two others dramas. For me, she can act, and very good at it, and not only cute act but she can also acted sad and fierce in convincing way. Thats way her dramas are quite popular. For Allen, i like his acting, first time seen him in DOWS and i love his character. But his acted in UTP, win him over. I really like how he acted as LuYi, not only in his expression but also his gestures and personality. And yes i blown away by his act, when he was poison and he become 13, 8, and 15? Or 16? Then going back to 22...i feel the different smile and gesture and somehow he really cute as a 8 years old kid. :wub: ( i watched this episode several time and become my fav episode so far :D. And seven Tan is pretty as jinxia. I like the way she looked at Luyi with her big eyes. Sometime full of admiration ..sometime full of question. (Yes, Luyi are such a complicated person, jinxia...we understand too :sweatingbullets:). And at last, i really like YanShiFan. First because he, one of antagonist who just bad guy but with style...and clever, i don't know how to describe him, but he not evil for sake to be an evil. But he just the way he is. A bad guy who always have his way. And more important he one of trigger for our OTP become close to each other. :wub:

One in the boat and the other in wedding episode. LOL:D

 

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19 hours ago, angelangie said:

UTP Remain in Top 3 for Feb/15 rating :) 

 

 

Hi, out of curiosity, what exactly is this list? How can a drama series that has completed its air time compete with others that are still airing?

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