Well, it’s kinda a little bit late considering this one already made in 2011 dan sejak Chinese mode nya on lagi akhirnya baru tahu ada remake ini. Thanks to internet, bisa nonton yang ada English sub nya.
Versi remake ini pastinya lebih bagus dari segi efek dan sinematografi dari versi yang 1998 nya. Di episode-episode awal masih enjoy nontonnya. Setelah masuk episode belasan mulai agak bingung karena beberapa karakter yang di versi awal baru nongol di bagian kedua, di versi yang ini tiba-tiba udah nongol. Seperti Putri Qing’er yang udah nongol padahal Cewei belum buka rahasia soal jati dirinya yang sebenarnya putri Sang Kaisar.
Makin jauh episodenya, makin mix disana-sini. Ditambah lagi di versi ini ibunya Yungchi diceritakan masih hidup, sedangkan di versi 1998 Yungchi sudah ditinggalkan ibunya dari sejak kecil. Itulah yang membentuk dirinya di versi awal jadi sosok yang pendiam dan lebih fokus jadi a great prince. Dan yang lebih membuat miris adalah konfliknya lebih complicated. Well, you can imagine when your step mom, your future mother-in-law along with your step dad pair your love one with another woman. I don’t think I can take that if I have a situation like Xiao Yan Zi’s in this version. Dan juga scene antara Yungchi dan ibunya and how she threats Yungchi with being his mother and all, it’s a little bit close to home for me. Awalnya mau nonton sampai habis 98 episode, tapi lama-lama jadi ilfill.
Dan juga ada orang Inggris disini, Benjamin, yang aslinya juga namanya Benjamin. I’ve tried to google who he really is, but it’s hard. Si bule Benjamin ini amazingly lancer banget Chinese nya dan kadang dia bicara dengan English juga. Walaupun rada absurd ada bule di serial ini, tapi jika melihat sejarah, memang di era itu western sudah masuk ke China dan era Putri Huan Zhu ini sepertinya era dimana saat-saat jelang akhir dari dinasti kekaisaran disana.
Memang sih lebih bagus, tapi plotnya yang acak kadul, genrenya yang lebih komedi dibanding versi aslinya, dan chemistry cast nya yang banyak missed, jadi mengurangi banyak poin dari serial ini. Kelebihannya hanya di serial ini para pasangannya lebih eskpresif mengungkapkan cinta dibanding versi yang dulu. Saya pribadi lebih banyak skip nya liat versi yang ini, disamping gak tega liat Hsiao Yan Zi yang nelangsa terus dan Yungchi yang gak bisa say no ke ibunya, beberapa elemen yang krusial di versi awal malah gak diceritain.
Awalnya saya mengharapkan versi yang ini bisa lebih baik dari versi yang pertama (setidaknya seperti Pendekar Rajawali yang sudah diremake berulang-ulang dengan tetap pada cerita awal hanya efek dan sinematografi yang diperbarui), tapi cuma kecewa yang saya dapat. Yang namanya remake jadi benar-benar remake. Saya sampai gak kenal lagi sama Hsiao Yence yang dulu sangat saya suka.
Well, sepertinya saya balik ke pendapat awal untuk lebih memilih yang versi 1998. And a little bit suggestion for whomever who wants to make a reboot or whatever, please stick to the original one instead making a new one. It’s kind of confusing and disappointing, you know.
Sorry if I still can’t keep my head away from this series especially this couple. I, once favorited this back in 1999 and after a decade, suddenly remember again and then rewatch it, brings the memory back. At first, I only focused on Xiao Yan Zi (Hsiao Yence)’s character which is a lot similar like me. But, after a decade, I can see the character from another point of view, especially her interaction with her beloved, the Fifth Prince.
The first series tell how they meet, with Yong Qi (Yungchi)’s arrow pierces into Hsiao Yence’s chest. The Emperor mistakenly thinks she is his daughter, and so does Yungchi at first; although from his stares, we can see he likes her more than sibling. After knowing the truth, Yungchi dares to like her more than sister and slowly turns the like into care and then love. During the excursion with the Emperor, Yungchi finally tells Hsiao Yence how he feels, but the girl doesn’t give any responses yet. Thanks to Cai Lian, a girl they help during their journey who apparently has a crush on Yungchi, Hsiao Yence finally realizes her feeling for the prince. Since the Emperor still thinks they are siblings, Yungchi and Hsiao Yence can’t openly express their relationship. Although in some occasions during the trip, The Emperor rather curious on how Yungchi very attentive and protective over Hsiao Yence. After coming home to the Palace and had honorary guests from Tibet, Hsiao Yence learns the Tibetan princess is likely being paired with Yungchi. She insists to tell The Emperor the truth she’s not really Huan Zhu Princess, but the others refuse. Knowing they can’t be together, Hsiao Yence tells Yungchi to accept his father offer because she would likely lost her life or an arm anyway. Yungchi with heavy heart asks why Hsiao Yence doesn’t mind lose her life or an arm rather than losing him. When the truth finally reveals, the angry Emperor throws Hsiao Yence into jail and Yungchi saves her, declaring he would go with her and becomes nomad. After some considerations, Yungchi returns Hsiao Yence to the Palace and clears everything with The Emperor. Knowing his son already set his heart, The Emperor finally betroths Yungchi to Hsiao Yence.
The second series tell Hsiao Yence and Yungchi’s relationship which already engaged. After meeting with a princess from Hui, Han Shiang, her life is back in danger again or “hot water”, quoting Erkang’s words. Her decision to free the new concubine brings Cewei, Erkang and of course, Yungchi ,in danger too. But, these four youngsters don’t seem mind for they know the reason why they help Han Shiang. More obstacles come from The Empress Dowager who dislikes her free spirit and attitude. The Emperor’s mother even threatens to cancel the betrothal if Hsiao Yence still acts like uneducated princess. And this forces Yungchi to make her study and in the end makes Hsiao Yence runs away from the Palace. Yungchi realizes his mistake and declares his love in front of his grandmother and father that he would follow Hsiao Yence anywhere he goes if they decide to renounce her princess rank. Hsiao Yence herself being captured with evil man in her escape wants to become a “new Hsiao Yence” for Yungchi. When they run away from the Palace after freed Han Shiang, Yungchi realizes that everything he learned behind the palace walls doesn’t apply in real world. Another step for this couple to adjust. The presence of Hsiao Cien in the group also adding another rock in their relationship for the man seems to give attention to Hsiao Yence, although in the end, the man confesses Hsiao Yence is his sister. Hsiao Cien hides the truth about the family story in order not to ruin Hsiao Yence and Yungchi’s relationship. After The Emperor comes by himself and asks Hsiao Yence to return to the Palace, the couple finally returns and then wed.
Actually, there are the third series and also the 2011 remake, but to some fans (including me), Huan Zhu Princess stops at the second series. The rest is just a “fanfiction gone wrong”, as they called.
Anyway, among the main two couples, Hsiao Yence and Yungchi have a lot of fans. Perhaps because their relationship is unique (well, not to mention the acting from the actress and actors, Zhao Wei and Alec Su) and they come from very different background. Hsiao Yence is an orphan, she used to be free while Yungchi raised in the Palace and being prince. Yungchi loves Hsiao Yence for her free spirit and attitude which also the cause of her punishment in the palace. This free spirit also the one which his people around him being objected too. I think in his confusion, Yungchi tries to protect Hsiao Yence. In the Palace, he has power to do that. Meanwhile, Hsiao Yence although not often speaks about her feeling for Yungchi, we can see with her action. Actually, it’s really kudos for Zhao Wei. I have no idea if that’s indeed in the script or rather just her improvisation. In a lot of scenes, we can Hsiao Yence kisses Yungchi’s cheek, even gives him playful shoves. She even tries to shield Yungchi from being stabbed by a sword if only Hsiao Cien doesn’t help her. Hsiao Yence also teaches Yungchi how to survive in the real world, first of all throw away his dignity as a prince. Difficult process with a lot of arguments, but in the end Yungchi finally understands. If only the Emperor doesn’t visit them personally and asks them to come back to the Palace, I’m sure both of them will continue their journey to Da Li and build their new life there.
Aside from his arrogance and selfishness, we can see Yungchi is basically has gentle heart. He is kind, devoted and everything from a man you can hope for. All the concubines dislike him because they know he is the favored son, the one who will take the throne. And everything turns upside down after he meets Hsiao Yence. The girl doesn’t care about wealth, status and even philosophy, adds with treating the servants as family teaches Yungchi to become more human. In the second series, we can see he doesn’t protest when Hsiao Yence’s maids and servants play along with them. His devotion to Hsiao Yence makes him realize he can’t be the heir, for being the Emperor would likely will have more than one wife. I admire his patience over Hsiao Yence’s childishness. I even admire how he afraid of losing her causing him makes Hsiao Yence promises to never threaten leaving him again no matter how angry she got.
As the third series don’t count, I always wonder how they will survive their marriage aside from the real history in which Yungchi has 3 wives. But, hey…this is fiction and love will conquer all, right?
Setiap manusia memang memiliki sifat dan karakter yang berbeda-beda. Tidak peduli dia itu teman, kerabat bahkan saudara. Salah satu alasan juga kenapa dulu saya tertarik dengan Psikologi, tapi tidak kesampaian kuliah di jurusan itu.
Sejak buka usaha yang berhubungan dengan orang banyak (baca: dagang), surprisingly jadi malah tahu karakter orang. Dari mulai yang baik hati, pengertian, sampai yang gak bisa diajak kerja sama dan ndablek. Asiknya lagi karakter negatif ini justru terlihat dari orang-orang yang mestinya memberi contoh yang baik kepada orang lain. Tak perlu disebut karena nanti saya bisa dibully efpei.
Kalau sudah bicara karakter memang hal yang palng susah karena itu sudah bawaan sejak lahir. Seperti saya yang punya karakter keras. Mau coba dirubah pun ya gak bisa. Jadi, ya yang mau berteman atau mau berbagi hidup dengan saya harus bisa mengerti karakter saya ini. HIdup itu take and give, yang lain harus bisa mengerti saya, begitupun saya harus bisa mengerti orang lain yang karakternya mungkin ada yang sama atau malah berbeda sekali dengan saya.
Kembali ke bahasan awal, intinya saya jadi mengenal karakter orang-orang yang dulu mungkin buat saya sekedar lewat saja. Beberapa bisa ditebak, tapi beberapa bikin heran juga. Saya pribadi orangnya tidak mau ambil pusing dan tergantung bagaimana orang itu memperlakukan saya. You treat me good, I’ll treat you good. You treat me bad then you’re an a****le. Dan karena dagang saya juga termasuk usaha jasa, so seperti kata si Caesar, and smileeeee….