Just looking at her makes me want to cry. How will we survive?
I'm sorry. I know the stakes are life and death and Wang Tian Feng is probably a mad man, at least half - but these two are hilarious. Ming Tai's pouty kid attitude and expressions, Wang's mix of rage/amusement/interest/respect... it's inspired. Please let them be in all the things, together.
Remember Gu Hye Sun in Blood? This is the way she should have played that role. Actually, I think this is the way she tried to play that role... but she just couldn't pull it off. Hu Ge sure can, and thank goodness for that!
The clothes in this are seriously gorgeous. And look what a beautiful couple they are! Don't you just want to imagine them this young, carefree, wealthy couple, on a honeymoon, just in love with world?
He looks like a dad here, though. And she sort of looks like a pretty bug.
That somersault...he came flying across the screen and I actually shouted! I love all the spy hijink kind of things, always. But he's doing all the stuff. Please don't let her devolve into some helpless cute female that he rescues all the time except for that ONE time she rescues him and tenderly nurses him back to health in a remote cabin in the wilderness where she's forced to give him spongebaths in front of roaring fire. But you should totally have that one time, just lots of other times, too.
(oh good!) A few moments later, the Japanese move in and start bombing the city. Oh SHIT, now that does not look like it was planned!!
I actually thought, 'Wow, they really go all out on these tests...is it even a real town?'
They both do. Man, do they ever. So elegant!
By this time, I'm convinced he somehow knew that there would be an attack, suspected that she would run, and sent them on this mission to see how it would play out. My admiration for Wang's dastardly genius knows no bounds.
Oh my God, her face. I just cannot bear it. I want to fix everything wrong in the world for her so that she never has to make that face again. Of note: look how handsome even just half of Hu Ge's face is, there.
Dead. I'm dead. How can I do this? This episode 12 of a 16-episode drama level angst!
Georgeous. As beautifully filmed as a big-budget movie. Everything - every thing, every single thing about this just pulls you in to this. The light, the focus, the pacing, the emotion...it's gorgeous.
Well not yet. They're just babies themselves. Go to Paris! Stroll along the boulevards, drink tea at precious little cafes, dress up in gorgeous beaded gowns and perfectly fitted tuxedos and dance the night away in ball rooms with gilt mirrors and murals on the ceiling! Ride a gondola in Venice! Stay in some little gasthaus in Bavaria and eat bread and cheese in a mountain meadow! Flee to Canada and make a new life in Montreal! Anything, anything but fight in this war.
I've been wondering, Kakashi. Do you think he's the person who made her go do whatever terrible thing it is that she now carries as a burden? Or do you think he knows what she did and is trying to give her a chance to save herself from it?
He's so practical, in a very impractical way. I love it that he just does not get that this is different.
Ah Cheng in action (he's damn sexy) - he spots a ball to commemorate the peace conference on the list of things that Ming Luo needs to attend next week, organized by the 76th Division (as per Commander Nantian (=.Yoko Minamida). "It will bring all the demons together", he later comments to Ming Luo. He gets asked to buy a piece of jewelry for Wang Man Chun by Luo (anything but a ring).
That made me laugh.
Sun Meng Jia). The little creature is terrified of the Wang Demon (yeah, cause she likes to execute people). She also quite frankly tells Zhu Hui Yin that she'll kill her if anything goes wrong with the "listeners". I hope the pay is worth it at least? She gets the task to identify all underground broadcasts, quickly. All news about Chongqin and Yan'an (the rebel strongholds) are to be reported immediately.
Everyone around Killer Wang looks so dull in comparison...even when we can't see her!
Making this different from any spy movie ever in what way, exactly? I mean, duh.
These two. Do you think they realize that they're fighting over who Wang loves best?
Because that's guaranteed to give your boss a real change of attitude, right?
Oh come ON. Those receivers weigh 5 pounds easy! You don't have to be fragile to pass out and hit the ground when someone whacks you in the head with one of those babies! (To be fair, though, Hu Ge/Ming Tai does come across as boyish and slight.)
Awww, that face. Wang might as well have told him he couldn't have a puppy!
Bastard! You relentlessly, deliciously, evilly, irrationally rational man.
Do you think he looks a little like Ji Jin Hee?
Much better than him, but yes! In this shot, definitely!
This is going to kill me.
CommentsI hate Wang. I love Wang. What a great performance by Liu Yi Jun! He is so menacing and yet so human, a mean manipulator but a very good teacher nonetheless (no! I don't approve of his methods! But still!). Wang knows exactly how to manipulate people and that makes him so darn dangerous. The only way to hurt Ming Tai was to kick him out, but of course, he does not plan for one second to let him go. He just wants to break his ego. He does not do it by force, this one, but by subtle manipulations, so that the person being manipulated thinks it was done under free will.
He's very, very good. Both the character and the actor. I can't even hate him right now, he makes watching it so worth it. To know people and understand motivation so well...I would love that.
We knew that Man Li was Wang's creature from the beginning - but we didn't know that her heart is still very warm. I really believed that her attempt to flee was all part of the test, but it was not. Her secret is crushing her, but Ming Tai has already started to save her. She is ready to give her life for him and that's making me very, very sad.
Yes, somewhere in the episode I began to believe that she is genuine with Ming Tai. Which, of course, does not bode well for us.
And Ming Tai, oh Ming Tai... he is so smart at times (loved the scenes in Chongqin) but so vulnerable the very next, it's killing me! Of course, Wang sees right through him and his cockiness. Ming Tai has some more growing up to do (he really still acts like a rich, spoilt brat) if he does not want to get hurt very deeply in the process.
It's quite interesting to me just how boyish Hu Ge can seem. He's playing nearly a decade younger, at least, and it does not seem forced at all. His face is so expressive I could watch him all day. He is a sweet, sweet boy. So that means that his care and concern for Yu Man Li are going to put him in a lot of danger, aren't they?