JoAnne: Ah! I'm so excited to be getting back to this! And this picture is perfect for reminding me of everything about these men - excellent skills as always, my friend.
Eleanor: Word. That's probably outdated slang these days. Oh well. I am also super excited to get back to this! It's really interesting how different the relationship between these two actors is in Nirvana in Fire and in The Disguiser. Just a random musing.
Also, not a guess, yup. Or is it? Do you think that Mei Changsu has always known about Xiajiang?
I think he knows or strongly suspects something at this point, but is hedging his bets that if he lets Prince Yu in on this idea, he will do the digging and get into trouble perhaps.
Look, up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in the blink of an eye - it's Fei Lui!!!!! (Right? I watched this a really long time ago...)
Me too. I'm still trying to calibrate myself and remember where in the story we are. Haha. I bet it's Fei Liu. His name does have something to do with flying if I remember correctly.
It is! It is Fei Lui! Man, I have missed that kid.
Um, I just adore the filters they used for these two scenes and how the colour for each set of clothing not only matches each other, but the filters and lighting for the scene.
Don't worry bebe, it will be alright.
I just teared up. This show. Just thinking about Prince Qi makes me sad. I can't even imagine how Lin Shu must be feeling right now.
The inside of this man's head is fascinating to me.
Both of them. Xie Yu really is an excellent antagonist.
Xie Yu laughs ... he thinks Mei Changsu is too impatient, mentioning Xiajiang so quickly. So he also feels superior (like he is just biding his time in prison, it being a mere inconvenience), and it seems under the impression that Mei Changsu is just here because Prince Yu is getting impatient about the death sentence. Well ... not exactly.
He has complete faith that this is going to work out in the end. He's one of those 'if I'm not dead, I've still got a chance' people. I tend to agree.
Yeah, I'm worried that the is somehow going to weasel his way out of this one too. Argh!
One should never poke a bear, though, Mei Changsu.
Mei Changsu might be the bigger bear not to poke though. I trust that he knows exactly what he's doing.
Okay I will admit that this caught me by surprise first time around, and I laughed just as hard this time as last time.
Haha. Xie Yu, be afraid. Be very afraid. Mei Chang Su. You have such an intense and calculating gaze.
Right? Because the worst thing to do would be to leave that 'hopeless' man alive - what's he got to lose? That makes him very dangerous. Xiajiang pretty much HAS to kill him.
See Xie Yu, Mei Chang Su just wants to help you stay alive. Haha. Well, of course he has another agenda too. Did Xie Yu seriously think that Xiajiang was going to be all buddy buddy with him forever?
And ours, and my respect when I consider that this was the FIRST scene they shot? Impressive. They began their 'relationship' with the highest emotions and then built the rest around that.
So excellent. So so excellent. I have such respect for these actors, the producers, and directors, and the editing team, and the set designers. Just all of it. To get such a performance and then edit it so well. So much respect.
I'm telling you, this guy is fascinating. He does not think he's a bad person. He doesn't even think 'well, I do bad things but it's okay because...' He simply does not view these things as bad. They're just what they are, and he has always acted correctly in response to them.
He is very interesting. I think this is a very interesting philosophical and ethical concept of politics. If one doesn't think it is wrong, and there is no universal agreement on what is wrong, what is wrong? I mean, I have my thoughts and ideas, but the questions of: what is good? what is evil? are incredibly difficult to define to make everyone happy.
He has to blame himself, and himself alone, Mei Changsu says quietly. And he should stop thinking of himself as important. He is a nobody, since he lost all his power and influence. He, himself, has only come to the prison because he is interested in Xiajiang. Xie Yu is a completely meaningless person to him, though one he wants to exploit as long as he remains marginally useful. And as for Xiajing being his path to survival... very sorry, says Mei Changsu, he has already blocked that path for him.
Now that is the way to hurt this guy - tell him he doesn't matter.
Mei Chang Su. His mind has such power and control and understanding of people and events and what needs to happen. Scary and impressive at the same time.
Xiajiang is drinking tea with Prince Yu. After some praise for Xiajiang's modesty, Prince Yu mentions he is here about Xie Yu's case. Small matters, really, but Zhuo Dinfeng told him that he was told by Xie Yu to kill a school teacher, but that in fact, Xiajiang was behind it all! That, surely, isn't true? Xiajiang barely blinks when he asks who says so ... Zhuo Dinfeng? Yes, Prince Yu, confirms. And Xie Yu backed the story, but only until Xiajiang came back to the capital.
I continue to feel a teeny bit sorry for the idiot prince.
It's like MCS wrote him a script, which he happily recites because he thinks they are his own thoughts. I guess it is rather pitiful.
Man, I love your pictures. Always. Forever. You've got an eye - and either really good timing or a lot of patience.
What Jo said. Also, I am super crazy impressed that Xiajiang is one of the directors for the drama. He is soooooooo excellent!
And MCS sits there as cool as cucumber. And with excellent posture to boot. How did hyper Hu Ge manage these scenes? How?!
All I could think was 'Burrrrrrrrrrrn' in Ashton's Kutcher's voice from That 70's Show.
At this point, Xie Yu explodes in anger and he rushes towards Mei Changsu, screaming, but his chains are not long enough to reach the man - like a vicious dog, chained to his hut. Ah, the humiliation...
See? Stunning work. All of you.
And Mei Chang Su doesn't even flinch. Xie Yu has definitely lost his cool. Can't really blame him.
It's a genuine confusion. Why destroy his life? What's he done that's so bad, first of all, and second of all, whatever he's done, what's it to Mei Changsu? This is what's in his head, and man is he good at showing us what's in his head. I love this guy. Favorite villain of the year.
Seriously. He is a phenomenal actor. I am so glad we've been able to see him in two shows we love!
*rubs hands together gleefully for what's to come*
Ah yes! This next scene is so good (in a very cathartic way) And all the fallout too!
Well, I mean, I'm not gleeful about THIS part. This part is wrenching.
But beautiful at the same time. I am tearing up again. Oh my heart goes out to Xia Dong. And then skips a beat for Prince Jing. Ack. I have problems o.O
Can you imagine - it's Mei Changsu's family, Jing's best friend, Xiadong's wife. This man just openly admitted to participating in betraying them all, and for Xiadong, it's even worse, really - her husband was just a prop in a play.
I kind of want someone to go in and stab Xie Yu in the heart. Right now. Rage and tears. What he did was so appallingly terrible!
What a shock this is to everyone. I really hope that Xie Yu did not see the tears in Mr. Su's eyes...
Any human hearing this story should have tears in their eyes.
I have tears just looking at these screencaps and thinking about it.
Any human hearing this story should have tears in their eyes.
I have tears just looking at these screencaps and thinking about it.
Poor man. A soldier prepares himself mentally to lose his friends in battle and can console himself with 'honor.' To have suffered for insisting on loyalty all these years, while missing his friend desperately - it doesn't really feel any better to know you were right. Confirmation of betrayal makes you suffer the pain of it all over again.
This scene pretty much gutted me while watching it. Oh Prince Jing. Prince Jing. And the fallen Chiyan Army.
Honestly, I feel the depth of their pain more now, reading this, than I did at the time I was watching. There is no peace in knowing that you were right - because now you have to live forever with the knowledge that you were right, and your loved one is gone for no good reason. It's as if they die again, right there, and every day that you wake up and know this truth, they die one more time.
I am starting to cry. *takes break because I can't read or type right now*
Hug each other, guys. It's okay.
Seriously. Hug. Now.
When Mei Changsu finally speaks, it is not of the Chiyan army, but of Xiajiang, whom they have neutralized for the moment, through creating a rift between him and Xiadong, plus by confirming that he is not taking sides in the fights for the crown. Prince Jing remains silent, and when asked about his thoughts, it is to reprimand Mr. Su for thinking only that after hearing Xie Yu's confession, for saying the Chiyan army case is "old" and should best be left alone. I hate these kind of scenes between these two men .... Prince Jing will feel HORRIBLE when he finds out who Mr. Su really is.
DOES he find out?
He has to. I will be very angry if he doesn't. But yes, he will feel terrible. Awful.
But what has really changed, Mei Changsu asks? The only thing new today was that they learned of a missing piece in the puzzle they were not fully able to understand before. Hotheaded Jingyan wants to investigate the "old" case and prove to the world what injustice was done and then .... and then? Does he want to bring this up in front of the Emperor? Mei Changsu asks. Ah, you fool ... do you really think the Emperor, though he would not have known about the fake letter, knew fully well what he was doing?
I think that it is entirely possible that the Emperor is one of those people who can simply...'not see' things, and that this would be a thing he would not see. On some level he would have to be at least suspicious, but I bet you anything that knowing it consciously would have required putting together a couple pieces of information, and that he would never take that step.
Because he is a paranoid, power-hungry man, and completely the wrong sort of person you want as an emperor. Argh! It makes me so angry that Prince Jing cannot do anything and that even though Mei Chang Su is calm, logical, collected - I am sure Lin Shu wants to go and run a sword through all involved.
Prince Jing gets it ... and does not. Why was his father so suspicious of Prince Qi? Why did he have him killed? Because Xiajiang gave him a good reason for it, is Mei Changsu's answer. Did the Emperor believe in the rebel-accusations? Yes, most likely, says Mei Changsu. That is why he was so extremely cruel. How lucky that Prince Jing was absent from the court that time...
More pain to come soon, folks!
Yes, thank goodness Jingyan was away. Thank goodness.
CommentsAfter recapping so many Disguiser episodes, returning to Lang Ya Bang is like going back to a different world, a quiet, extremely beautiful garden, in which time flows at half the speed. I am struck by the extreme beauty of this production again, in which each and every camera angle seems chosen with utmost care. The prison set is amazing, and the acting ... out of this world. Both Hu Ge and Liu Yi Jun manage to convey a range of intense emotions with so little! Nothing much happens in this long scene, and yet, so much. Slowly, patiently, Mei Changsu manages to destroy Xie Yu's pride and hope, without losing control even once. Until the very end, that is, when the awful truth about "the letter" is revealed.
Reliving it with the knowledge that this was their first scene together for the drama, I am even more impressed.
I just want to hug the whole team. Everyone. So amazing! So wonderful to watch.
How do you not jump up and strike them dead? How does that hate not choke you to death, drive you mad with rage?
Seriously. I can imagine the hot-headed Lin Shu doing just that - killing them all.
It was a very emotional episode on so many levels. But among the people there, I think it is the hardest for Xiadong. Not only did she hear who killed her husband, but she also had to realize that she had been so utterly wrong all this time. All her hatred towards the Lin-family, and towards Prince Jing for his support of that family, was misdirected. It'll take her a while to get over this.
Ah, I never even remembered all of that, although now that you bring it up I remember it being one of my first thoughts watching her and Jing learn the truth together. Funny because back then I thought that was the big deal, and now I'm more struck by the meaninglessness of her husband's death. He was set decoration.
I think that in some ways her hate has probably kept her alive and functioning, but now she has to redirect that and reforge connections with Prince Jing. While I'm sure that Su wanted them both to know the information, I think that he also knows that Prince Jing needs Xia Dong's support in his planned fight for the throne, so to have them both there together, will help that.
Right? Because we've learned that overgrown boy Ming Tai has way more in common with Hu Ge than Mei Changsu does.
Hu Ge. You are amazing!
(Btw, subbers: MarquisE is the female form, Xie Yu is a Marquis without the final E).
The Madam is correct. ; )
Indeed she is :)