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The Yang Heroines
Please note that "The Yang Heroines" and "Heroines
of the Yang" are 2 different serials. The former is a Taiwan cum
Singapore production produced in 2001, the latter was a production of ATV
Spoilers are sprawled all over the review, DO NOT read the
review at all if u do not want me to spoil the serial for u coz I really
don't know how to write a review without revealing all the important scenes
of the serial. Please note that any negative comments
about the character written is aimed at the character itself and not the
artiste playing them!
Characters & Cast
Pei Pei - Lady She
Most Respected Character
Background: The head of the household. Ever since her husband
and sons died in the war, she has been the one in charge. Initially the
whole Yang family is not very united, but after some incidents, they began
to stand as a whole under her leadership. She's what I called a true
Roger Kwok - Yang Si Lang aka
Mu Yi Most Short sighted and Selfish Character Age: 32
Background: Fourth son in the Yang family. Everyone thought he was
killed in the battle at Jing Sa Tang. When war broke out again, Siniang
saw her in the Liao's camp and learnt that he has became the Liao's prince
consort. Comments: I really hate this character. Maybe you don't agree with
me, but I think he's one wimpy, shortsighted and selfish person so much so
that I don't think he deserve to be a Yang. I definitely do not agree with
Yang An or his own explanation on why he choose to be a Prince Consort of
the Liaos. Yang An said it took greater courage to live than to die, I beg
to differ. If he's a man with the slightest integrity, he should choose to
kill himself when he learnt that Ying Jing is actually the Liao princess
and also they wanted him to be the Prince Consort. Empress Xiao is the one
that cause so much bloodshed between the Songs and Liao, she's the one
that killed so many of his soldiers when he was still a warrior, she was
the one that killed her father and brothers......how can any person with
the slightest integrity called such a hateful woman mother in law?!?!?!?
If I'm him really, I would seize the chance to assassinate her, make your
own death more worth it. Yes I agree, if he did that he's doing Ying Jing,
his savior a "BIG" wrong, but he's a MAN, he's a Warrior, most
importantly, he's a YANG warrior known for their patriotism. Killing
Empress Xiao is riding the Songs a big enemy and maybe peace will be
restored after this. If harming a girl can save the lives of millions of
soldiers, why not? Sometimes it's really essential to think of the BIG
picture. Think of all the soldiers that died. Think of all the dead
soldier's family that are mourning in pain. Think of all the civilians
that are suffering. And I was also pissed at how he treated Siniang. If he
had thought of his wife, if he really loved his wife as much as he claims,
why did he ever remarry?!!?!!?!? All I can see is how Siniang always think
for him and not the other way. I know I will never forgive this man when I
saw how Siniang wept when he left her. How can he be so cruel? To conclude, Yang Silang is a lousy warrior
and definitely one hell of a lousy husband.
Ben Wong - Yang Liu
Patriotic Character Age: 28/34
Background: Sixth son of the Yang Family. He's the only one with a
son, Yang Zhong Bao. He's stationed at the Song-Liao borders as the
leading marshal, making sure the Liaos would not attack the Songs
successfully. Comments: I think he's the most patriotic and the Yang son with the
most integrity( In actual fact, I don't think highly of the Yang guys
mostly thanks to Silang, I think the wives are much better people). To
him, it's always COUNTRY before FAMILY. So he makes a good soldier, but
not really a great husband. I pity his son and wife because he's always at
the borders all year round and only get to reunite with the family during festivals.
Ying - Da Niang
Background: Wife of the 1st Yang son. Comments: This is just another Ke-Le-Fe character, so nothing much
to comment about her actually. She looks understanding and king though.
Yi Na - Er
Background: Wife of the 2nd Yang son. Comments: This is just another Ke-Le-Fe character, so nothing much
to comment about her actually. The actress playing this character looks a
bit fierce to me. =p
Ying - San Niang
Background: Wife of the 3rd Yang son. She's the most vain wife in
the family, always very conscious about her looks and knows a lot about
cosmetics. Comments: This is just another Ke-Le-Fe character, so nothing much
to comment about her actually.
Yu Wen - Siniang
Forgiving & Considerate Character Age: 28/34
Background: Wife of the 4th Yang son. Comments: I think I wanna pray to her if such a magnanimous person
ever since. hahaha. I mean your husband remarry and she still thanked him
and always think of his welfare!?! Her magnanimity is what that makes me
respect and like her and don't you think she has a very soothing look?
She's not pretty but one look at her you'll feel at peace.
Constance Song Yi Fei - Wu Niang
Blabber Mouth Character Age: 22/30
Background: Wife of the 5th Yang son. Her husband became a monk
after the battle at Jing Sa Tang. She felt humiliated about the fact that
he dumped her to be a monk. Later she went to look for him and demanded
for a reason. They sort of reconciled after that. Comments: Well, this is not a major character, the only scene that
I could remember her in was the one where she went to look for her husband
at the temple, begging him to see her and to go and save Bamei. The monks
in the temple were trying to stop her and she scolded them. I think that
was quite a dynamic scene. Wu Niang is a blabber mouth, very frank person
and so tends to offend people. She's closer to Liu Niang.
Ai Ling - Liu Niang aka Princess Cha Age: 28/34
Background: Wife of the 6th Yang son. She's actually a Princess
and she gave birth of the only heir of the Yang family: Yang Zhong Bao. Comments: This is just another Ke-Le-Fe character, so nothing much
to comment about her actually.
Li - Qi Niang aka Xie Jin E
Most Intelligent and Learned Character Age: 20/26 Background: Wife of the 7th son in the Yang family. Qilang and her
did not really had an official wedding ceremony and Lady She did not know
about her presence initially. When the female Yang warriors went to the
borders to fight the Liaos, she came to their army camp, saying that she's
the wife of Qilang. Everyone has doubts about her but later her sincerity
touched everyone and they accepted her. Comments: I like this character because she's very intelligent,
frank, mature despite her tender age and sometimes cute.
Carmen Lee - Yang Bamei
Wilful Character Age: 18/24
Background: The youngest of the family and also the only girl. I
think she's the most doted in the family and hence accounts for her
unbearing and wilful character at the start of the serial. Comments: Actually I watched the serial for Carmen and it's really the love relation
of Bamei and Yang An that made me continue watching the serial. But after
sometime, I really got a bit fed up with this character. She's wilful,
unreasonable, reckless, rash and sometimes irritating. Her rashness always
caused trouble and pain for the people around her. She always has to learn
lessons the hard way, and sometimes the price is a bit too high. Her love
relation with Yang An is something that can make you vomit blood because
both of them obviously have feelings for each other, but is always too
proud to make the first move and in the end they just go in circles and circles.
(reminds me of Xiu Lian and Mo Bai in CTHD if you did watch that serial).
She's the kind that actually doesn't listen to reasons so much so that I
pity Yang An and Paifeng for having to tolerate such a person at times. Of
course she has a cute side of her, she's naive, pure and true. I like it
when Carmen turned her eyeballs around, looking bewildered and innocent.
Really cute! And you'll be amazed that she still looks as youthful as
before., though when the camera do zoom in on her, u can actually see her
wrinkles. This is the character that will mature as the plot develops.
Lian Kai - Yang An
Block Head Character Age: 22/28 Background: He's the son of a servant in the Yang. His father has
been serving the Yangs for ages and Lady She treats them as a family and
she especially trust Yang An because he's careful, calm and meticulous
person. Loves Bamei but feels inferior and not worthy of her because he's
a servant. This let Jiang Bin had the chance to come between them. Comments: Yang An is a true breed BLOCK HEAD! Unromantic, not good with words,
stubborn, and sometimes he can be very harsh with you. A direct contrast
with Jiang Bin, so it's no wonder why Bamei fell for Jiang Bin so easily.
He's a good leader and helper because he's meticulous, cautious and highly
skilled. He would be a good husband because he would love his wife, he's
faithful, honest and very trustworthy so much so that if I have to hand my
life to any one of the characters in the serial, I would say Yang An.
However I don't think he's a good boyfriend because he's
SUCH A BLOCKHEAD! haha. Of course, this block of wood did do some
unexpected sweet stuff for Bamei on and off, that's why I still like him
despite his boring ways.
Theresa Lee - Yang Paifeng
Selfless Character Age: 17/23 Background: Another servant in the Yang family. Best friend with
Bamei, is secretly in love with Yang An. When she found out that Yang An
loves Bamei, she decided to be the match maker. Later has a love relation
with Cheng Bo. Comments: One of my favorite character. Kind, helpful, frank, carefree and funny.
Actually I think she's in everyway better than Bamei in terms of
character, just that she's not pretty enough. A bit stupid and slow at
times, that's what makes her cute! But I think the most prominent
feature of Paifeng is her selflessness and kindheartedness. She loves Yang
An, but she tried ways and means to get him and Bamei together, because
she wants him to be happy. She knew she might get poisoned too, but she
sucked the poisoned out for Jingling without much consideration.
Zhi Xiao - Yang Zhong Bao Age: 12/18
Background: Son of Princess Cha and Yang Liu Lang. The only heir of
Yang family that's why all of them are very uptight about his safety.
Smart, quick witted, righteous. He met Mu Gui Ying while trying to steal
Xiang Long Mu, a treasure of Mu Ke Zai. Initially both of them didn't
quite like each other, but with understanding, love soon develops.
Comments: A smart kid since young. Very sensible, quite mature at
his age but because he's inexperience he tends to make blunders at times.
That's the way of learning. Overall quite a likeable character.
Mu Gui Ying
Most Interesting Character Age: 17/23
Background: Daughter of Mu Ke Zai's chief. Later married Yang Zhong
Comments: Actually Singapore is also airing ATV's version of Yang
Heroines when I am watching this serial, and I was told that Yang
Heroines's main character should be Mu Gui Ying instead of Yang Bamei. So
actually this serial's theme is quite different from the normal Yang
Heroines as Mu Gui Ying is not really a big character here.
Dai Rong Mo - Song Emperor
Selfish and Ambitious Character Age: 45/51
Background: Ruler of the Liao Empire. Has 2 daughters, Ying Jing
and Jingling. Comments: Very ambitious and unscrupulous woman who would stop at
nothing to achieve her own goals. She even sent her own flesh and blood
into a tiger's den, to be the spy! To marry the Song Emperor! What kind of
a mother is that? I really hate her, she's disgusting. She always claims
to be fighting for the good of the Liaos, but wake up, you're just
fighting for yourself! How many Liaos were killed in your quest for power
and fame? How many people have you sacrificed, including your own
daughter? Dictators always claims to be fighting for the happiness of the
people, but really, who are they fighting for? We have enough history
lessons to know the answer. Actually watching such a war serial now really
makes me think hard, with all the tragedies, fightings, terrorism and war
coming in nowadays, it really makes me wonder how scary humans can get.
Why must there be war?!
Yueling - Princess
Most Pampered Character Age: 22/28 Background: Eldest daughter of Empress Xiao. She saved Silang by
chance and fell in love with him. Her mother later forced Silang to marry
her. They spent about 4 years together and bored him a son before she
discovered that he's a Yang warrior. Comments: Actually I don't have much feeling for this character,
except that she seems to be pampered by all. By right as the eldest
daughter of Empress Xiao, she should be the one being sent to the Song as
a spy, but why was her sister sent instead? And a few begs from her, her
mother would let Silang off, so I conclude that her mother dotes on her
more. Both Ying Jing and Jingling are Princess, but one is so fortunate,
the other leads a sad and pathetic life. Both Siniang and her are wives of
Silang, but Silang always seems to think of her welfare first and chose
her repeatedly. The only time I like her was when she's scolding her
mother for the death of Jingling.
Michelle Xie Yun Yi - Princess Jingling aka Lady
Pitiful Character Age: 24 Background: The second daughter of Empress Xiao but she was sent to
Song since young to act as a spy. She became the "daughter" of a
high ranking Song official Wang Qin and consequently became the Emperor's
most favorite concubine. Comments: My favorite character!!! I was so sad when she died! ARGHHHH. I guess
she's the most pitiful character of all. By right being a princess, she
should be happy because she can get anything she wants. But this is
definitely not the case for Jingling. Her entire life is being manipulated
by her mother. Her life is burdened with nothing but responsibilities. She
lost her freedom, she lost her body, she lost her soul, she lost the right
to love, and she lost the right to live a life of her own. The serial
started with Jingling as Lady Wang, the most favorite concubine of the
Song Emperor. We see Jingling trying ways and means to make the Emperor
neglect court matters so that her "father" could take control of
the court matters. We were given the misconception that this character
must be another one of those scheming vainpot concubine who cares nothing
else but her own beauty, money and power. I was actually quite shocked to
learn that she is actually the Princess of the Liao Empire and was the spy
sent her mother. I felt really sad for her because her mother obviously
didn't care much for her! If she cared, she wouldn't sent her to the Song
Empire because it's so dangerous and she could be killed anytime. If she
cared, she shouldn't have "forced" her to marry someone that she
didn't love. Actually I know Jingling did this "willingly". I
place an invert coma because yes technically speaking her mother did not
force her, but Jingling did it because she loved her mother dearly. She
wanted to help her mother fulfill her wish in conquering the Song. She
wanted her happy. If given a choice, she would just want to lead a simple
and carefree life. I was really happy at the scene where Jingling's sister
Yingjing scolded their mother for being selfish. She said:"Mother,
Bamei is not the one who killed Jingling, the one who killed Jingling is
YOU! Did you ever asked her if she wanted to be the Song concubine? Did
you ever think for her? All you life, all you care about is your ambition
and empire, did you ever think for us?" Great scene!
I remember a scene where Bamei was actually sniggering
at Jingling, asking her doesn't she feel that her life is meaningless and
pathetic because she has to think of ways and means to entertain the
Emperor? Jingling said that sometimes one cannot choose her own path in
life, and freedom doesn't go to everybody. This was the first time that I
started to take note of this character and for a moment I was quite
impressed by what she said. She seems so much more sensible compared to
the childish Bamei. Later when her identity was finally exposed and
Beimengduo wanted to silence Wang Qin (her fake father), Jingling said no.
She feels that she was able to become the concubine all because of Wang
Qin and she shouldn't be ungrateful. When Beimengduo wanted to kill
Paifeng, she stopped him again because she didn't want to hurt the
innocent. Later, in order not to hurt Paifeng anymore, she decided to
surrender. All these shows that Jingling is actually very kind at heart,
selfless and honorable and definitely makes a loyal friend. She always think of other people's welfare first. All she wish for is to have a day of her own, a day where she
can do what she wants, a day to look at the beautiful scenery around her,
a quiet day with the guy she loves. Such a simple wish, such a noble and
kind girl, but such a tragic life and pathetic ending! Haizz life
isn't fair. Actually she's the younger kid, I thought the one to be sent
to Song should be Yingjing instead. Seems to me that the mother dotes on
Darren Lin Ming Lun - Jiang Bin
Scheming Character Background: He's actually a Song, but for fame, power and money, he
decided to betray his country and be a lackey of Empress Xiao. Later,
thinking he's charming and smart, he decided to court Bamei, hoping to
make use of her feelings to wipe out the whole Yang family....only to find
out that he has really fell for Bamei...... Comments: There was a time where I absolutely HATED this character because he's such
a evil and scheming person. I personally feel that the most despicable
kind of guy is one that toys with a girl's feelings, thinking he's suave
and smart and every girl would fall for his charms!!! PUKE!
I was cursing him, hoping he would die every moment I saw him
appear. haha. Especially when he's the biggest obstacle between Bamei and
Yang An!!! But later you will see that he actually did love Bamei and I
felt sad for a moment (0.00000000000000000000000000000001 nanosecond?) when he died in Bamei's hands, murmuring that he
didn't love Bamei at all. I think he's just trying to ease Bamei's guilt,
so that she would not be too sad when he died. With his martial skills,
it's possible for him to escape, but he chose to die in Bamei's hands, I
don't know if he's being cruel or kind to Bamei. He's one proud person, I
reckon that he feels that Bamei would not believe in him and love him
anymore, feeling "defeated" by Bamei, he thus lost the will to
live. To die in the hands of the person you love is a blissful thing.
Maybe that's what's his mind.
& Irritating Character Background: The Song Emperor Comments: HOW CAN SUCH A PERSON EVER BECOME THE EMPEROR????? Frankly, I've never
seen any serial with such an irritating and stupid emperor. He really gets
on my nerves. He only knows how to play and make merry and was never
really concern about the affairs of the country. The only thing he is
concern about is courting girls and this highly irked me. He seems to
treat disloyal subjects better! Just like the way he spare Wang Qin. When
Paifeng was seriously ill and needed his moustache as the antidote, he
tried ways and means to avoid the Yang family?!?!?! What's that? They
fought life and death to help you keep your stupid lousy empire and you
can't even spare then a few pathetic strands of
moustache?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!? I'm totally speechless. Note: BAKA is a japanese word for STUPID.
Disloyal & Haughter Character Age: 50/56 Background: A very high ranking official in the Song. Very trusted
subordinate of the Emperor partly because his daughter Lady Wang is the
most fav concubine of the Emperor. A Liao spy, tried ways and means to
undermine the influence of the Yangs in the Song. Comments: Very sly, scheming, disloyal, despicable and greedy
person. Extremely proud and haughty too. You can find all the traits of a villain
in him so it's not hard to hate him.
Jiang Bin <---> Bamei <--->Yang
An<---Paifeng Well, as you can see from the the arrows, it's a typical
rectangular love story. Bamei, Yang An and Paifeng are childhood buddies.
Yang An and Bamei loves to bicker and never see eye to eye on every
incident. Yang An feels that Bamei is wilful and beyond reason, while
Bamei feels that Yang An is stubborn and a block of wood. Paifeng always
plays the role of a mediator. However some incidents caused Bamei and Yang
An to became closer and they also realized that they work together very
well. Bamei was shot by Jiang Bin during the war with the Liaos and
Yang An saved her life. He was very worried about her and discovered that
he has indeed fell for her. Bamei pulled through and her relation with
Yang An deepens. Bamei met Jiang Bin and became friends with him. She
didn't know he's a lackey of the Liao with ulterior motives. Jiang Bin
tried to court Bamei and Yang An is very jealous. Yang An and Bamei has
some misunderstanding and Jiang Bin siezed the chance to come between
them. Bamei later fell for Jiang Bin. Yang An was devastated by wished the
best for Bamei. He later feel that Jiang Bin's background is a bit
suspicious and became wary of him. Jiang Bin revealed his true colors to
Yang An and Yang An arranged for a duel with Jiang Bin. The one who lose
will have to leave Bamei. Jiang Bin injured Yang An before the duel and
hence Yang An lost during the duel in front of Bamei. Bamei asked him how
he got injured and he said Jiang Bin did it. Bamei did not believe in that
and decided to test Jiang Bin. She told Jiang Bin that Yang An had decoded
the name list containing the traitor's name. Jiang Bin thus drugged Bamei
and went to stopped Yang An. Bamei was devastated and shock to find out
the truth and she accidentally killed Jiang Bin with her own hands. This
was a great blow for her and she took quite some time to recover. Just
when she was recovering, she killed Jingling accidentally again and this
time she became despondent. No matter how hard Yang An and Paifeng tried
to console her, she felt guilty for killing them. She felt that her hands
are stained with blood. Lady She sent her to the temple her brother is in,
hoping that Wulang would help Bamei tie over this crisis. Yang An showed
her support for Bamei. Finally Bamei sorted out her thoughts and accepted
wife) <---> Si Lang <--->Princess Yingjing(2nd wife) Silang is the 4th son of Lady She, everyone thought he was
killed in that battle with the Liaos at Jing Sa Tang. His 1st wife,
together with the wives of his brothers took up the responsibilities of
fighting off the Liaos again at Jing Sa Tang. Siniang was thinking of
Silang and looking at their love memento (scarf) when the scarf flew down
the cliff, she jumped to get the scarf without thinking and was saved by
Princess Yingjing. Both of them like each other at first sight. Yingjing dropped
her pouch and Siniang picked up for her. The pouch was a love memento from
her husband. They didn't know they were supposed to be enemies. Yingjing's
husband came and fetch her. Siniang seems to hear Silang's voice......
Lady She asked Siniang to deliver a peace
letter to Empress Xiao (ruler of Liao Empire). Princess Yingjing saw her and
was shocked that she's a Yang warrior. Out of respect and admiration, she
invited Siniang to dine with her. Silang saw Siniang and wanted to avoid
her but was too late. Siniang saw that he was not dead and even became the
consort of the Liao Empire, was thus devastated and disappointed. Silang
explained to her that Princess Yingjing saved his life and the Empress forced
him to be her consort. He has no choice but to agree. Later Siniang
brought him back to the Song camp to see Lady She. Lady She is happy that
he's alive, but was sad that he became the Liao's consort.
Princess Yingjing felt that Silang was hiding
something from her and forced to truth from him. She did not know
he was formerly a Yang warrior. Empress Xiao too learn about the truth and
wanted to kill him, but after repeated pleas from Yingjing she relented and
asked them to get out of their sight. Silang was to choose between
Yingjing and Siniang.
Princess Yingjing asked Siniang out and both
of them had a duel, the winner would be able to be with Silang. Halfway
through the fight, both of them started laughing at their own silliness
and said that the ultimate decision should lie in Silang's hands, there's
no point in them fighting over him now. Silang finally came out with a
decision. He decided to leave with Princess Yingjing. Siniang, though sad
about his decision, wished them happiness and thanked Silang for giving
her and identity, a goal in life and a family.
Later Yingjing and Silang returned to the
Liao Empire upon Jingling's death. Empress Xiao blamed Bamei for killing
her daughter. Yingjing hope that Empress Xiao would not make things
difficult for Silang. Paifeng was poisoned when she helped Jingling sucked
the poison out. In order to save her, they have to get Empress Xiao's hair
to make the antidote. Qiniang, Wuniang and Yang An came to the Liao to get
Empress Xiao's hair. Silang learnt about this matter and decided to help
them. He failed and was injuried. Yingjing, upon learning what Paifeng did
for her sister, decided to help them get her mother's hair. Empress Xiao
was infuriated when she discovered that Yingjing had betrayed her. She
gave Yingjing her hair and disowned her. Yingjing, Silang and their son
left the Liao and lead a peaceful life together.
Jingling aka Lady Wang <--->Beimengduo
Lady Wang is the most doted concubine of the Emperor. She's the
daughter of a high ranking official Wang Qin. They are worried about the
strength of the Yang family and decided to get rid of them. Once the
Emperor was out of the palace and was almost assassinated, Bamei happen to
save the Emperor. The Emperor fell for Bamei after this and wanted to make
her his concubine. But he's afraid that the Yangs would not be happy, so
he asked Bamei to come to the palace to accompany him first. Bamei agreed
because she wanted to investigate about the namelist containing the
traitors' names. The Emperor began to neglect and avoid Lady Wang after
that. Bamei sniggered at Lady Wang. Once Bamei, Paifeng, Lady Wang,
Emperor and Beimengduo went horse riding together. Paifeng encouraged Lady
Wang to try horse riding and the horse got out of control later. Luckily
Beimengduo saved her. They seems to have some special feelings for each
other. The Yangs finally managed to decode the namelist and found out that
Wang Qin is the traitor and Lady Wang is actually a Liao Princess.
Jingling and Beimengduo thus tried to fled from the Palace and they took
the Emperor as the hostage. Wang Qin, in order to save his own life,
decided to help the Yangs to save the Emperor. Jingling was injured by a
poison dart. She did not want to burden Beimengduo and wanted to run away
from him while he was fetching some water for her. Paifeng tracked her
down and wanted to bring her back to the Songs. Beimengduo came in time
and wanted to kill Paifeng. Jingling stopped him, saying that Paifeng is
her friend. Paifeng, touched by her sincerity decided to help them flee
the city and even helped Jingling sucked the poison out. Bamei and Yang An
found their whereabouts and Jingling, feeling that she owned Paifeng,
decided to surrender. Paifeng agree to release them for a day to let them
spend the day together as they like it. Dawn came but Jingling and
Beimengduo are still not back. The Yangs decided to look for them and met
them in the forest. Wang Qin claimed that they are trying to run away.
Jingling explained that they were actually on their way back but was
stopped by Wang Qin who wanted to claim credit for capturing them. Bamei,
Yang An and Beimengduo began fighting and in an effort to save Beimengduo,
Jingling was stabbed by Bamei and she died. Beimengduo, devastated,
carried Jingling and jumped down the cliff.
checklist (in order of priority) The LIKE List: Jingling, Paifeng, Siniang, Qiniang, Yang An
The sometimes like sometimes hate list: Bamei
The HATE List: Empress Xiao, Wang Qin, Jiang Bin, Si Lang, Song Emperor
The Wimp List: Si Lang, Song Emperor
Jingling and Beimengduo. I guess it's because they didn't have a
good ending and I think they deserve a good ending. haizzzzz.
The second couple is definitely Bamei and
Funn please don't kill me, coz I am going to say...........YUELING
AND ROGER hahahaha. I mean I don't like the couple Yingjing and Silang,
coz I'm on Siniang's side hahahaha. I think she's so pathetic! I
seriously wonder who would Silang choose if he didn't have a son with
Yingjing. I always think he chose Yingjing because they had a son. ARGH....I
hate it when children comes in the way in such decisions. But come to
think of it, even if Silang were to choose Siniang, if I'm Siniang, I
wouldn't want him anymore.
Another couple is Jiang Bin and Bamei,
but luckily they didn't end up together in the end. Whew!
1. Bamei offended the Emperor who then order Xie Jing Wu to
tear down "Wu Ning Lou", a stone sculpture the Emperor gave the
Yangs as a commemoration of their patriotism to the country. Paifeng
pleaded Xie Jing Wu to give them a few day's grace. Xie agreed, on the
condition that Paifeng would act as a horse and pull the cart with him and
his soldiers standing on it to the end of the streets. I think this is the
first classic scene of the serial.
2. Yang An was trying to train Bamei for
the upcoming contest. He repeatedly beat Bamei to the floor and
said:" Yang Ba Mei, stand up, you cannot afford to fall, you must be
strong." And when Bamei was fighting Beimengdou, she thought of Yang
An's words. This is the time when their feelings grew for each other.
3. Liu Lang was taken hostage by Wang Qin
and Wang Qin proposed the Yangs to use the name list which contains the
names of the traitors to exchange for Liu Lang. Liu Niang was begging Lady
She to use the name list, but Lady She rejected the proposal. She
said:" When I think of all the mothers who will lost their sons if a
war between Song and Liao were to break out, I couldn't bring myself to
handover the name list. My son is a son, other's people's sons are also
sons, I cannot use their lives to exchange for my son's life......."
4. I like the scene where Yingjing and
Siniang were fighting over Silang, though I think this guy is not worth
their breath. I find these 2 woman really adorable and it's through this
scene that I love Siniang. She said:" When we were together, I'm
Silang's ONLY wife, does your husband dare to say the same thing to
you?" After hearing that, I was clapping my hands so hard hahaha.
This shows that though Siniang looks weak and delicate, she's strong at
heart and when time requires, she can give a great speech hahaha.
5. The scene where Wuniang went to Mt
Wutai to look for Wulang. I love the scene where she's scolding all the
monks. She was saying all these monks never practice what they preach, and
in their quest for their so called holy spiritual world, they have hurt
their most beloved ones. They always say that Buddha has a merciful heart
but how many of them truly practice what Buddha taught?
Well, actually I don't really understand
when monks teach people not to indulge in worldly affairs and to seek
enlightenment. I'm watching Madam White Snake at the moment also and if u
remember Fa Hai tried to separate White Snake and Xu Xian because they
belong to different species. But why? What's their business when they
didn't hinder you or harm anyone? Why can't the monks mind their own
business? I always believe that if someone did something that hurt the
welfare of the public, then it's time to intervene, otherwise, let them
be, let them do what they want to do. Don't start enforcing your own moral
beliefs and own set of thinking on others just because they think
differently from you. Don't try to be morally upright and self righteous.
Why bother and poke a nose into people's affair? Humans are born
differently, we have our own thinking, believes etc. If everyone were to
think and act the same, aren't we just mere robots living a mere
existences? The immortals and monks in the serials always tell people not
to get entangled with love affairs and to seek enlightenment, this is
something that baffled me. What's the point of being able to live for thousands
of years when you are void of happiness, sorrows, love etc? Aren't humans
born to love and hate? I agree sometimes hate and love can grow out of
hand, but isn't that what makes life worth living? I guess I just don't
have the so called "Hui Gen" so I'll never understand how those
monks and nuns feel.
6. The scene where Jingling died.
Beimengduo was devastated and started to raved at everyone: "You
killers, you all killed her! We are on our way back, why can't you believe
us? She's such a kind hearted girl, why did you kill her! I'll make you
all pay for this!" Then he started to carry Jingling and run towards
the cliff and jumped down. Very sad. I cried. I cried really hard. Very nicely done.
7. Paifeng released Jingling and
Beimengduo to let them spend a day together alone. Jingling and Beimengduo
spent a peaceful day together. The next day, when Jingling woke up, she
murmured:" It's dawn already, we should go back." Beimengduo
asked her if she's sure, because they can run away now, and live the life
they have always longed for. But Jingling rejected his idea and
said:" Yesterday was a gift from Paifeng, I am happy to have a day
that I can live as I like, Paifeng is my friend, I cannot do something
that would cause her trouble." I truly respect her from the bottom of
my heart because despite knowing she would most probably die if she go
back, she still insist in going back because of a promise.
don't get it" factor This is a nonsensical thing. The Liaos had a name list, listing the
names of the people who are the Liao's lackey in the Palace. Later the
Yangs found the name list and then manage to decode it. All they find is
Wang Qin's name in the list?!?!?! What's that?!? Why do u need a name list
when there's only one name in it?!!? It doesn't make any sense to me!
Actually in the first place, why is there a need for such a list when most
of them know who they are?!?! --STUPID--
The second thing that baffled me was why
Wulang wanted to be a monk. He said that he wanted to be a monk to atone
for the sins that the Yang family committed, because they killed a lot of
people during the war. I can understand him for feeling guilty and wanting
to atone for the sins, but MUST HE BE A MONK to do that? Must he abandon
his wife to do that? I mean u can still chant and pray if u are not a monk
right? Praying comes from the heart, not from your identity. Praying as a
monk or a normal person doesn't make a difference does it? I just don't
understand his insistence in becoming a monk. And he mentioned that he has
intention of becoming a monk before war broke up. Then why in the first
place did he get married? Aren't u hurting your wife in this way? And from
the talk with Wuniang, he seems to still love her. WHYYYYYYYYYYY???
Actually everyone did their part really well. In fact this is one
of the few serials I had watched and can't find some one who's fake in
their acting. The only one perhaps is the girl who acted as Cuiping. She's
the daughter of Zheng Pei Pei, I think this is her debut so she pale in
I want to specially mention the
Singaporean actress Michelle Chia who acted as Princess Jingling. I think
she did a magnificent job. Do you know that she's actually a host and not
really an actress in Singapore? I'm taken aback by her great performance!
I never really like her as an artiste but this serial totally changed my
mind and she's very very pretty in the serial. Impressive crying skills
One thing I want to mention. I seriously
and sincerely hope Roger would take some other kind of roles and not this
kind of act noble and act good and a bit wimpy roles. I HATE IT TO THE
CORE! I hate it hate it hate it hate it! Now I just hate the sight of
Roger. ARGH. Seeing him reminds me of the word WIMPY. That bad! I really
think he was better back then when he acted as villain.
Frankly speaking, I actually dropped this serial halfway because I
find it a bit dry and boring. But later because Funn is begging me to
capture screen captures of her Yueling in this serial, I am
"forced" to watch it again and I got hooked up again. Well, to
conclude, this is a serial that'll be worth your time if you are someone
who likes ancient serials with a lot of fightings and politics involved
and not so much love stories. I admit I'm someone who cannot survive
watching a serial without any love stories. Any serial I watch and like
99.9999999% is because of the love story, so the fact that Seagull
actually continued watching this not so romantic, very serious and
sometimes boring serial shows that this is a good serial. There are quite
some touching scenes that make tears welled up in your eyes suddenly.
Another thing, there is not a single artiste in the serial that I like,
maybe I can say Carmen and Lian Kai but I'm really not their fan, only
remotely like them. I guess that's another reason why I dropped the serial
Okok enough of crap, rent this serial if
you are looking for some good dialogues, awesome fighting, great costumes.
The best thing about this serial is the fighting. Very brilliantly done,
each move is swift and elegantly done. This is very rare indeed when
nowadays a lot of stations are using computer effects and animations to
dupe the audience. I HATE fightings with no real substance except computer
effects. The best example I can think of is that very highly talked about
movie "Legend of Zu". This movie is really lousy and was so
"exciting" that I actually zzzzzz while I was watching.
Related Links For screen captures, maybe you can drop by my screen captures section
at ebuzz by clicking here.
For a more detailed website about this
serial in Chinese, click here.