I’ve already rendered my initial opinion of Da Mo Yao the drama (miscast, shoddy costuming and wacky set pieces, sure-to-be poor CGI based on Tangren track record). I’m fine being proven wrong, but I doubt that will happen. I’m genuinely not following the filming, except this bit of stunning casting news hit my news feed and I had no choice but to LOL and then headdesk some more. In the MIDDLE of filming (a month and a half into production), the actress playing second female lead Li Yan has been replaced. It was originally Sookie Pan (girl on the right above), and now Fala Chan (girl on the left above holding the yuan bao) is stepping in. No complaints. Fala is pretty and can act alright. Sookie is plastic and cannot act at all. But changing one of the major characters mid-filming confirms this production just doesn’t have its act together. In case folks are still holding out hope, have some of the latest pics from the set.
These are the thoughts going through my head. Hu Ge is sitting in the wrong place, he’s supposed to be the one holding Shi Shi. ARGH. KOALA RAGE. Also, I have this uncontrollable urge to rip those fur collars off the guys’ neck. Finally, I think its hilarious that Shi Shi is staring balefully at Eddie Peng. It’s supposed to be a look of love, sweetheart. Otherwise she’s channeling shades of Sadako from The Ring.
Liu Shi Shi can do cute quite well as evidenced by Bu Bu Jing Xin, but all my attention is directed to Jiu Ye’s space wheel chair contraption. If something like that existed during the early Han dynasty (around 100 BC), I’ll eat my shorts. I know Jiu Ye is rich as Croesus, but he hasn’t developed the ability to time-travel to another era to bring back that wheel chair (this is not BBJX, people!). How hard is it to get a simple wooden wheelchair made, with some pretty wood carvings on the side to render the luxe factor? Sigh, these things bother me more only because I do so love this novel.