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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 in 1998.
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!
Zheng Pei Pei - Lady
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 heroine.
Roger Kwok - Yang Si Lang aka Mu
Most Short sighted and Selfish
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.
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
Ben Wong - Yang Liu Lang
Most Patriotic Character
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
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.
Cai Ying - Da Niang
Background: Wife of the 1st Yang
Comments: This is just another Ke-Le-Fe character, so
nothing much to comment about her actually. She looks understanding and
Wei Yi Na - Er Niang
Background: Wife of the 2nd Yang
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
Jing 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.
Wang Yu Wen -
Most Forgiving &
Background: Wife of the 4th Yang
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
Constance Song Yi Fei - Wu Niang
Most Blabber Mouth
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.
Tong Ai Ling - Liu Niang aka Princess Cha
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.
Sun Li - Qi Niang aka Xie
Most Intelligent and Learned
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
Carmen Lee - Yang Bamei
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
Lian Kai - Yang An
Block Head Character
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
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
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
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
Zhang Zhi Xiao - Yang Zhong Bao
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
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
Ning Jing - Mu Gui Ying
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
Dai Rong Mo - Song Emperor
Most Selfish and Ambitious
of the Liao Empire. Has 2 daughters, Ying Jing and
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 Ying Jing
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
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
Most Pitiful Character
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 Yingjing more.
Darren Lin Ming Lun - Jiang
Most Scheming Character
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.
Most BAKA & Irritating
Background: The Song
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.
BAKA is a japanese word for STUPID.
Most Disloyal &
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
<---> Bamei <--->Yang An<---Paifeng
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 Yang An.
Si Niang(1st wife)
<---> Si Lang <--->Princess Yingjing(2nd
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
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
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
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.
Emperor<--->Princess Jingling aka Lady Wang
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
(in order of priority)
The LIKE List: Jingling, Paifeng,
Siniang, Qiniang, Yang An
The sometimes like sometimes hate list:
The HATE List: Empress Xiao, Wang Qin, Jiang Bin, Si Lang, Song
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.
The "I don't get
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 comparison.
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 also.
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.
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.
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