koneko_desu (koneko_desu) wrote,

New vs. Old

Golden week~

Went shopping today, bought a new bag.  Came back, got bored and drew a picture of Yao (click for larger version).  Apparently there's a new version of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义) tv series coming out in China in early May, the trailer's up on youtube already.  I watched the first version that was filmed back in the early 90's and watching the trailer for the new version I keep comparing it to the old one and finding the new one comes up short.  It was the same thing with the movie Red Cliff (赤壁), I actually cringed when I watched that one I think >.<

I really, really like the batch of tv series that came out in China in the 90's, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三国演义), Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦), Journey to the West (西游记), Water Margins (水浒传), Emperor of Tang (唐明皇), Empress Wu (武则天), etc. I watch and re-watch them all the time.  Nowadays the shows that come out...I can't put my finger on it but it just always feels like something's off.  One of my friends mentioned it's probably due to the fact that back then, because technology wasn't that great plus China was still relatively poor for a series to be good it depended heavily on the actors and their acting skills, so many of them were awesome actors.  They didn't get paid anywhere near what the actors get today, but they were good at it, and since there wasn't that many shows back then the actors could focus on one project at a time.  Now many of them have several projects going on at the same time and they can't focus like that anymore, plus I think a lot of them are like...singers turned actors, riding on the tailcoats of their fame and looks to draw in the audience.  Then to make up for the lack of good acting, they throw in special effects, which I think for historical dramas look really out of place.  *Sigh* I guess it can't be helped though, just a consequence of development :\
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