Synopsis: Yi Ping (Zhao Wei) grows up hating her father and it seems her strongest will for survival is to make him and his loved ones suffer. But revenge is a double-edged sword. Yi Ping soon falls in love with Shu Huan (Leo Ku), a man who her half-sister, Ru Ping (Ruby Lin), is madly attracted to when her only intention was to play with his emotions and watch Ru Ping suffer. These intentions and plans were recorded in her diary, and the moment Shu Huan’s eyes glanced over them, he coldly left Yi Ping, before she could give him any explanations. Soon after, Shu Huan asked for Ru Ping’s hand in marriage. When Yi Ping left the engagement party, she drowned herself in the river…
Alec’s acting: As Du Fei, his main duty is to serve as a comic relief (although quite unnecessary as the series is more of a laughing stock than a sorrowful romance). Alec’s acting is a bit dramatic, but quite intentional. The goofy eye glasses are hard to adjust to, and perhaps that’s the reason why I didn’t enjoy his obnoxious performance as I did with Vicki’s Xiao Yan Zi portrayal. Nevertheless, he pulled through. I could never forget his silly yet charismatic actions for he seems to be the only selfless person in this entire series!
Vicki’s acting: I find her acting is best in this series whenever she sings on stage. The emotions very apparent in her eyes and voice. But when it comes to dialogues with Shu Huan, I find them quite dry. Worse is that she cannot cry convincingly. However, her drunken performance at Shu Huan’s engagement party with Ru Ping is very impressive. The moment she steps into the party, her every motive was written on her face. Although the fainting could have been improved, the entire scene was effective. Vicki has lots of potential when it comes to acting, but I think this role wasn’t quite meant for her.
Lasting impression: Leo Ku. Words alone can’t demonstrate my dislike toward him. -lol- But the immensity had cooled down; before, I thought I can spend days (though I haven’t done so) analyzing his weaknesses as an actor. Now, I don’t have that energy to waste. -lol- But mainly why do I dislike him? The bias formed when he was paired with Vicki, instead of the perfectly compatible Alec Su You Peng. -lol- But I’m not that shallow, am I? I gave him a chance. But he crumbled it. Firstly, his outlook. Eyes that betray. Aside from my “obsession” with colors, I also love eyes. -lol- Like our ancestors have stated, eyes are the windows to our souls. And Leo’s eyes portrayed betrayal, in my judgement. He seems unfaithful (and how true to his character in QSSYMM). Lips that lie. They say that if our upper lip is much thinner than our lower one, then we have the tendency to lie, and to lie frequently. Now, does TkN believe in this? It’s not proven scientifically, then I don’t believe it. 🙂 I dislike his lips, nevertheless. They move so awkwardly, often times giving me the impression that he is a rude speaker. Perhaps my former bias kicked in then. But while we are on the topic of “moving” objects… His legs. I’ve never seen a guy walk so “prettily”. I had a great laugh when seeing Leo and Vicki walk side by side. He seems to care more about how he walks than she does! One leg crossing in front of the other, so precisely and almost carefully. Don’t guys just walk straight? I might seem odd for “caring” so much on his outlook. And honestly, I don’t care about how handsome one is. But he’s an actor, and his outlook is a part of his career. And because I’m discussing and analyzing him as an actor, I must take outlook into consideration. 🙂 And I’m not saying he’s ugly, just that his looks send messages that aren’t necessarily pleasant. -lol- Now, digging a little depper shall we? His acting potential. Sad to say, I will be harsh and say it’s next to 0. When he first notices Yi Ping, it should be “love at first sight”. For a brief second, I can see that in his eyes (yeah, the betrayal ones lol). But what irony occurs next!
When Alec comes home and notices Vicki, his eyes send more loving sparks than Leo’s! I was rather confused, “Du Fei and Shu Huan will fight for Yi Ping’s love? But didn’t the synopsis I read said that Du Fei falls for Ru Ping?” So if we be critical, Alec didn’t play his role well at that moment. But being the AV fan, I just love it! -lol- I thought, “Hmm… rather interesting! What does this mean? He’s so used to seeing her with loving eyes from their previous films that he wasn’t in character, portraying Du Fei?” But let’s not side-tracked. 🙂 Shu Huan, in Qiong Yao’s world, is a perfect guy. One who all respect, admire, and well… love. But Shu Huan was far from being perfect. He was unfaithful, irresponsible, and disrespectful. Should I blame the script or the actor? Both. Upon finding Yi Ping’s diary, he left her, so cold-heartedly. I can’t believe Qiong Yao wrote the scene in which Yi Ping was on the floor, pulling onto Shu Huan’s leg. A gentleman could not possibly brushed off her hand and walked away. [This is where I was glad Alec didn’t take Shu Huan’s role, even if that means more screening time with Vicki.] But this bad scene could be better if Leo would have a remorseful look, or one that portrayed conflicted and uncomfortable thoughts. He didn’t. Instead, he was plainly cold. Where is his heart? Did he truly love her? Who is Ru Ping to him? How could he state his love for her, seemingly sincere? Bad script, but bad acting, nonetheless. When he said those three words (or the equivalent as I can’t recall the details), aren’t there conflicts in his morals? Couldn’t see any of that being portrayed. And he gallantly told the father that he *truly* loves Ru Ping. In fact, there was a string of empty promises. Extracted from episode 28: “I would like your approval to date Ru Ping. We love each other, and want to live together forever.” ; “I’ve decided to live with Ru Ping. I will remain loyal to Ru Ping. I am sincere.” ; “I love Ru Ping.” ; “Facing Ru Ping, I have no resistance.”
Did he not know himself that he’s lying? Is he in denial? When Yi Ping appears at the wedding, he left Ru Ping to run after Yi Ping. If I’m Yi Ping, I’d leave him for he is too flawed. He said he “loves” you, but left before you could give him a good explanation as to why you wrote such words within your diary. True love requires understanding, trust, and forgiveness. He gave her none of that, until it was much later, although not too late (because Yi Ping was too naive). I say naive because you honestly cannot trust someone who doesn’t even understand himself! He goes back and forth between the sisters because he was confused, or perhaps misled. What right does he have to play with their emotions like that? How could you believe, ever again, his words? Are they true? Or are they spoken when he was confused? Honestly, I’d start falling for Du Fei instead. -lol- Although a comic relief that serves not much purpose aside from delivering laughter to the audience with his “nonsense” and pairing with Ru Ping so she won’t end up alone, Du Fei is at least loyal. Loyal to his friends and love. An actor needs to convince me of his character. I think Qiong Yao wants Shu Huan to be an imperfectly perfect guy. She wants him to have the heart for others, but ended up being badly wounded from his true love that he nurtures his wounds “incorrectly”, and soon ended up in confusions. I see none of that in the actor, nor did I see anything that could make sense with the plot. People praise him, the character, for many qualities, and I could not see them in Leo.
Rating: 1.5/5 (purely out of pity)