[I say review but its really more of my rambling on…. as usual]
Its been one whole week since King Flower 金大花的華麗冒險 (its proper English name is Substitute Princess but I prefer KF) ended and my Sunday drama nights is now empty…. oh the hole in my heart!!
King Flower was a roller coaster ride that I loved and loathed at the same time but always left wanting more. I’ve expressed on my weibo page how much love I have for King Flower and well namely the character Terry 歐陽泰… He was the perfect character and my golly gosh did Chris Wu 吳慷仁 do a fantastic job, you my man WILL win a Golden Bell Award, it will likely not be for the 2013 awards but you will get one!!
Before my imagination runs off with Terry, lets get back on track, what is KF about? Well briefly its about an ugly country pumpkin getting plastic surgery to look like a CEO’s fiance and in return she got a large sum of money to support of family. From that basic plot its obvious the CEO is our male lead BUT SETTV from the the get go had stated a character called Lin Guan Jun 林冠軍 who is our country pumpkin’s childhood sweetheart is the leading man. But after a while SETTV changed its tune and decided there wasn’t going to be one male lead but two…. our CEO and childhood sweetheart….. whattttt? So how is this going to work out???? Well for starters, KF was a live drama, as in it was only filmed an episode of two ahead of airing, so the plot could change at anytime…..
Here is a bit of a character run down and a bit of info on the actors and actresses:
Nikki Hsieh 謝欣穎 as Jin Da Hua 金大花 (Country pumpkin)/ Du Liang Yan 杜亮妍 (CEO’s fiance)
James Wen 溫昇豪 as Lin Guan Jun 林冠軍
Chris Wu 吳慷仁 as Ouyang Tai 歐陽泰
I haven’t really watched anything with Nikki Hsieh in to really comment on her as an actress but she did impress me with the few episodes I watched of Die Sterntaler where Nikki played a deaf girl. James Wen is TTV/SETTV’s muse, the one when a role needs to be filled they call on James. He has forever been their second male lead and a decent one too but for me his acting needed to be more diverse, maybe it was the roles he played. In 2010 James finally moved from second male lead to leading male, in the highly popular and ratings runner The Fierce Wife 犀利人妻 (my gosh was that drama awesome), where James played douchbag husband of the year 溫瑞凡. Now we have Chris, who was still relatively unknown only being in two small movies before his big break in 2009’s highly popular and ratings runner Autumn’s Concerto 下一站，幸福. Chris played second male lead 花拓也 who was the good guy that never got the girl. My eyes lit up when I was watching Chris in AC, I thought to myself he’ll be an amazing leading man one day and one day soon and he’ll win a Golden Bell one day too. I was amazed by Chris in Zhong Wu Yen 鍾無艷 where he played a blind businessman and showed he can be a little ruthless if needed, yet again he was the guy that didn’t get the girl but the douchbag lead did. Then came along his first leading drama What is Love? 花是愛 and I’ll be honest I only watched it for Chris, the drama itself was pretty pants.
So what made this drama click? When I asked myself why I like KF so much I only really found one reason…. and that was Terry, his character carried the show, my gosh I don’t think I’ve fallen for a character this badly in a long long time. He was the perfectly male specimen so perfect that our leading lady didn’t even deserve him because boy did she play my man around!!! Ok there were other things that clicked and I do have to give some credit to the writers because they wrote Terry to be so fabulous but then again I think if it was another actor playing Terry other then than Chris Wu, maybe I wouldn’t have loved the character as much. But the writers really did write some really good scenes, the scene where Liang Yan died (my heart broke, again hats off to Chris), the kiss in the rain (typical right?), the scene where Dai Hua went to apologise to Liang Yan’s father and others.
So what didn’t do it for me??? Well the writers, yes they did get somethings right but boy did they get a lot wrong. The one thing about a live drama is that the story is never concrete, so when SETTV first said Guan Jun was the lead they really meant it, but because Chris kicked it out the park with his character and everyone fell in love with him the writers had to do a U-turn and make leading lady fall for him… which was kind of abrupt. Leading lady Jin Dai Hua was way too wishy washy, up until the very last episode she was still on the fence on who she liked more!!! Like you were seriously thinking of picking douchbag Guan Jun over Terry!?£%&%”*& But hats off to Nikki for playing the role really well.
I also loathed the emotional ride it took me on, Dai Hua started so determined Guan Jun was for her but Terry was just so nice and affectionate to her that after every moment they shared should would take a step towards him but then Guan Jun would appear and she’ll take three steps towards him!! They were hair pulling moments where you (I) would scream at the screen saying ‘you stupid girl how can you not run at full speed towards Terry’
Anyhoo I have enjoyed KF as when I think back I will only remember the awesomeness that was Terry. For now I leave you with this: