Okay, I’m either getting easier to please or I’m just desperate for a good drama adaptation of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils since the last one I liked was the now completely out-dated 1982 TVB version. I’ve tried three times to watch the Zhang Ji Zhong 2003 version and I fall asleep each time. Maybe I need more cheesy in my wuxia. I totally mocked the first unofficial stills of the upcoming Director Lai adaptation of DGSD which showed leading man Wallace Chung playing one of the greatest wuxia heroes Louis Cha ever wrote looking like a cross between the cat lady and a monk. With the first batch of official stills, I might have to amend my earlier observation. For some reason the look is growing on me, which may be due to the knowledge that this fur cloak and scarf thingie he’s wearing is only for the scenes out in the Winter desert when he goes to the Liao Kingdom and meets the ruler Yelu Hongji. I forget drama filming can be completely out of sequence from the book its adapted from, and these scenes don’t come until more than halfway through the book. I’m still going gaga over how pretty Jia Qing looks, but I made a mistake earlier in saying that she was playing Ah Zhu.
She might still be playing Ah Zhu (her baike page says she plays both roles), but here she is clearly Ah Zi (her purple outfit is a dead giveaway, plus Ah Zi was the one who accompanied Xiao Feng out to Liao territory). I’m totally shocked at how gorgeous these two look together and they already have tons of chemistry! This is going to mess with my brain big time since Ah Zi is not Xiao Feng’s OTP (not in a billion trillion years), but Jia Qing just looks so sweet I’m going to have to see if her acting can showcase Ah Zi’s sadistic and cruel nature mixed with this wholly understandable crush on her brother-in-law. No wonder she falls for him if he keeps looking at her that way. This version will be based off of Louis Cha’s 2005 updated version of DGSD, with the script tweaked to increase Xiao Feng’s screentime over the other two male leads, plus weave throughout the entire series the secret plot of the father-son douchebag duo of Murong Fu to resurrect their dead kingdom. Look, as long as this version doesn’t turn into a slashfest like The Magic Blade then I’m now willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Despite thinking Wallace was hella miscast, now I’m kind looking forward to see how he pulls off a manly gruff hero type. Wallace said in an interview that everyone focuses on how honorable Xiao Feng is, but he wants to showcase the character’s intelligence and thoughtful nature. Cool with me.