Finished watching the CCTV epic remake of Three Kingdoms a couple of months ago, though the show still has a lasting impact so long later. As a die-hard fan of the book (Luo Guan Zhong is an evil genius), having the characters come to live on the tv screen was certainly something very pleasurable.
The story pretty much stays faithful to the book, though the producers for some inexplicable reason decided to omit quite a major part towards the end of the show. Even so, what you see on screen is pretty much what is in the book.
But here, the producers are guilty of a very dirty trick. They peopled the cast with GQ-esque actors. And oh boy, did it work. Lu Bu, Zhao Zi Long, Zhuge Liang, Sun Quan were all drool-worthy in their own rights. In the book , Lu Bu was certainly described as drop dead gorgeous, while Zi Long had big eyes – exactly like the one in this version. Many die-hard fans of the story decried the use of what they termed as ‘idol actors’ into such an honoured story, claiming that the acting was wooden, unreal, whatever. But from a commercial point of view, it made a lot of sense – after investing millions into the production, wouldn’t the producers want to make the end product as sellable as possible? Let’s not kid ourselves – leng chais sell!
The same detractors claimed that the earlier edition, produced in 199x was truer to the spirit to the book. I must say I am tempted to check it out. But here comes the shameless confession of unadulterated shallowness – I can’t stand to watch ugliness on my tv screen. If you’re gonna be on my tv screen, you’d better look good. If I want ugly, I just have to take a walk down the street.
The TV offerings these days, by that, referring to the bulk of shows from America, has a tendency to distort ones view of the country. Apart from the plethora of police-procedural shows, which are great, it is amazing to see how much ‘reality’ TV has taken over. Biggest Loser, Amazing Race, and on the Crime and Bio channels stuff like Runaway Squad and Intervention.
A 15-year-old girl who ran away from home because her mother forced her to go to school. To school?
A young woman who took to drugs because her mother forced her to play the violin when she was 7. For real?
You can’t help but wonder… are American kids being spoilt, coddled and pampered into rottenness? Living in a country with access to so much opportunities, if only they were willing to work for it, and to throw it all away because ‘nobody understands me’ is a crying shame. Isn’t it? Talk about being a classic case of 生在福中；不知副。
For sure, for every one of these losers given their 45-minutes worth of dubious fame, there must be thousands of others who do good. Otherwise, the country would have imploded by now.
But there are no shows that portray kids doing good. Hmpf! Perhaps because watching other people screw up is more fun!
Strange how at odd times, the Random Rambler starts thinking up things that one would wish to put in a blog. But not being one of the attention-seeking Gen Y, suddenly when confronted with one’s own blog, one is suddenly confronted with speechlessness.
Perhaps things will smooth out by itself. Perhaps it’ll get more comfortable as things roll along. After all, there are some things that need to be said – regardless if anyone sees it or not. Politically incorrect, crazy observations, and maybe even some fangirling? We’ll see.