Got some free time this week-end so decided to write more posts. xD Let’s jump into.. Yumama’s big comeback! Not a big comeback in the sense that it is great and beautiful and everyone will love it, but big comeback because this is SO Yu Zheng produced on each frame that I have flashbacks from all kind of his previous projects while watching it. Let’s get into this first impression of Demon Girl starring Li Yitong and Zhang Zhehan.
The drama starts off full force with tone of nonsense. As we start off the drama, we see a town been invaded by soldiers/policemen who are killing off the villagers. The little family made of Ying Die (Ady An), her husband and two daughters are runing away from the danger. However, Ying Die can’t keep looking at all the people doing evil and hence decided to stay behind and fight them. She transforms into her demon form (with wings) and start killing off the soldiers. Of course, the soldiers keep coming and she cannot deal with them all. She is killed by a gunshot and dies. Interestingly, a young man who was still not dead by that point saw her real form… He is actually a crazy researcher and this is the point in his life he decided to chase after monsters for the rest of his life.
So at this point, you may wonder, why the hell did her character decided to stay behind to fight? She just lost her life for nothing and endangered her race to a crazy scientist. The only good point by now is that the scenaries are gorgeous and every scene is extremly pleasant to the eyes. Classic Yu Zheng.
Now without a mother, the husband/father moves in with his daughters in a BEAUTIFUL and SPACIOUS house even though they are super poor. Nonesense again, but oh well. From this point on, it is time for Nie Qing Cheng (Li Yitong) to be all sassy as she supports her family financially and falls in love with the local police force chef, Ming Xia (Zhang Zhehan).
Li Yitong as Nie Qing Cheng
Li Yitong is a pretty actress and I am full ready to love her. She is going to play my little Huang Rong in upcoming Legend of the Condor Heroes adaptation, so I needed to check out her acting here. The first thing that comes to my mind is that she has such a pretty and white tone. I am in awe each time she appears on screen. Added to the pastel tone of the drama, she just looks effortless gorgeous. She also have a few dancing scenes that she executed extremly well. Exactly what I look for in a female lead. I do want to point out I believe she did plastic surgery though. Not because I want to be mean, but I think her chin looks unnatural.
Acting wise, she is perfect for this role (and probably for Huang Rong too if anyone is curious). Her character is cute and a hot tempered, but still doesn’t sound annoying. She is obviously not afraid to say her point of view on everything. She is smart and use that smartness to her advantage. Even if she is poor, she doesn’t want to feel inferior. She lives proud of who she is. She helps other and even if she is gullible (to her mother-in-law’s evil plans), I wish her a beautiful romance with Ming Xia. So far, not much is shown of her demon powers, but I am sure when it happens, she will be able to take full controle over her life.
Zhang Zhehan as Ming Xia
In my opinion, Zhang Zhehan always had the pretty, but boring character (I am thinking of Beauty Maker, Legend of Banshu and Return of the Condor Heroes). Here, his character is the same: a rich guy who wants to do good and chose to become a chief policeman. He falls in love with Qing Cheng and wants to protect her as much as he can. He however does not notice the evil plans of his mother either until it is too late. What makes me like him here is his romance with Qing Cheng. He smiles is really pretty when he looks at her, which honestly reminds me a bit of Chen Xiao 😛 I loved how cool and composed he is, how he fell in love with Qing Cheng naturally. He is pursuing her full force without using low tactics and their dancing scenes are sooo cute! You can see his character’s love for Qing Cheng and that makes me want to root for him.
Mi Re as You Tong
Ohhh Mi Re. Cute cute cute Mi Re. When I watched Beauty Maker, he left me an extremly positive impression, the same impression I felt when I watched Ma Ke’s Sha Jiejie in Hua Qian Gu. In Beauty Maker, he played the right hand man of Wu Zetian, a guy who loves beauty and compliments the empress often. His character did have a twist at the end where *spoiler* he was actually plotting to kill Wu Zetian. All in all, he was very lovable in that role so I was ready to love him again in this drama. However, here, he plays an arrogant demon who never experimented love. He sees the nice side of Nie Qing Cheng and decided to follow her around, persuaded he is loving her. I understand his need for affection, but he was causing death wherever he go. For a demon who first wanted to kill bad guys, it feels like he is going in the wrong direction now. Plus, he is trying to run my OTP so I am not very satisfied with the say character. 😛 Hope the character will have more development or else, it is going to be very dull…
Drama as a whole:
The drama is visually one of the most pleasant drama I have seen in recent years. The colors are so easy to the eyes and each shot is like art. I am no expert, but I think they are playing with the lighting and the distance of each frame, the objects inside the frame, etc. Hence, we come out with a visually nearly flawless drama. I wouldn’t expect less from Yu Zheng because he is so good at making his dramas look good, even if it makes no sense (remember the cherry pedal frame each time the leads meet?). By putting so much effort in details, I can say it is a successful transition from period drama to republican/modern drama.
However, always in the classy Yu Zheng style, we are back with the controlling mother-in-law and the mean/plotting second female lead. As I was watching this, it strangely reminds me of his other drama Tian Di Bu Rong (which fyi starred Feng Shaofeng and Ady An). The poor girl suffering through many troubles, finding love that can bring her the upper class life style, but ending up being bullied by the mother-in-law. As I watched already too many of these dramas, I know the best is at the beginning and at the end. The middle is full of plot fillers that can make the viewer eager, but feeling empty (did anything interesting happen?). I like the lead couple and I am curious to see how the demon power will take more place as we go on. However, I feel like waiting for all the episodes to get released. Then, I can watch freely with no worries of wanting to see the ending or deciding to stop.
TL;DR: Good drama, maybe not the worth the time for most people. Will keep watching for curiosity purpose when all the episodes will be out, but as I know Yu Zheng way too well now, I can already see how the drama will develop until the end…