After watching the just released 10-minute official trailer, there are so many expletive-laden things I want to say about Bu Bu Jing Qing, the upcoming modern day sequel to the time-traveling Qing dynasty period drama Bu Bu Bing Xin, but I’ll hold it all in for now. The 10-minute trailer destroys even the last shred of hope I had that this drama might even be decent on its own, forget trying to live up to how compelling the original was. This is a two-fer of suck the likes of which I can only describe as raping the memory of BBJX and using it to mask what is an utterly makjang modern day office and family feud C-drama. The trailer starts with the original and after Ruo Xi died 4th Prince had her hair pin and ring put it a box and taken back to her home province and buried. This box containing the two artifacts ties the two dramas together along with Zhang Xiao, who went back in time as Ruo Xi and has now returned to the modern world. She goes to work for the 4th Prince lookalike named Yin Zheng played by Nicky Wu, who has a hate-hate relationship with his stepfather played by Damien Lau. The oddest part is that Liu Shi Shi not only plays Zhang Xiao, she also plays a model named Lan Lan, who then later gets plastic surgery and becomes Annie Liu‘s Ma Yi Nuo. Like whut? Sun Yi Zhou plays the baddie here in the role that takes 8th Prince’s shades of grey and goes straight for crazy dude who betrays Zhang Xiao and then later tries to destroy Yin Zheng. Sigh, I have no words. He even plays the character dripping with smarmy and crazy eyes. Funnily enough the only character I found interesting to watch was guy 3 played by Jiang Jing Fu, who I have ragged on endlessly for being totally acting-limited, but perhaps that was only in a period drama setting. Here in modern guise he’s actually manlier and visually compelling, not to mention he appears to have stepped into 14th Prince’s shoes as nursing the unrequited love. I think the worse possible thing this production did was not getting the original cast back, without Yuan Hong, Kevin Cheng, Lin Geng Xin, and Han Dong and all the brotherly love and feuding from BBJX carrying over, none of the warring onscreen in BBJQ has any meaning to me because it’s just some random characters being angry at each other. This is so disappointing I’m literally heartbroken right now as the pillaging of genuine sincerity to make an easy buck.
Ten-minute long trailer for Bu Bu Jing Qing: