Message : This review is extremely long compared the
other synopsis found on this website because I'm now
more opinionated and vocal in expressing my reviews
in writing. This observation of mine is purely
based on the personal points of view and not
intended to offend anyone.
I haven't seen Yue Ling
acting for really long time and I found her still
appealing here after so many years but
unfortunately lacking in some aspects which I will
This series as a whole suffered few ill
syndromes which add pain to watch it at some part
but still a moderate series to watch.
First thing first,
I hated the theme song so much that I don't
understand how could the producer compose such a
song to go with a slow-paced and sad series.
It went against the mood set for this series.
The song opens with a very loud and disturbing
music, a long trumpet blow and instantly reminds me
of a funeral song. At some dramatic parts,
this song was slotted in and I found it totally
annoying. This is one of the biggest flaw to
this series. A more toned down and softer
music will enhance the sentiments of the story.
They should learn from Qiong
Yao and see how skillful her love series were
made. All songs in her production were able to
communicate with the audiences blended with soft sweep
Another big blow here. Other than the men in
this series that look normal, the ladies have an
awful hairdo. The first victim is Chen Sa Li.
She was overdone with that thick makeup and coupled
with that big hairband, she looks scary at some
points. Her hair was so big and doesn't she
reminds you that "lo lo" in The Chinese Ghost Story
starring Joey Wong and Leslie Cheung. She look
so unnatural and makes me wonder if eyeliner or even
mascara exists at that era.
Yue Ling suffered
the same fate. Her bangs at the beginning of
the series was so inconsistent. At one episode
her bangs was just an inch away from her eyebrow and
another moment her bangs was chopped at least few
inches off. The next moment you see her, the
bangs back to normal.
I still adore her
Yuan Le Mei's hairstyle in Ghost Husband.
She always delighted me with her appearance in
costume drama but here the way she was handled by
the make-up artist is a total disappointment.
She has two hairstyle in this series where at a
later part, she had a parted fringe and this makes
her looks so haggard. The bun is so big and hard.
Again, when come to style and fashion, no one can
beat the pretty ladies in all Qiong Yao's
production. This woman is so meticulous and
make sure all her cast looks gorgeous at all time.
And then the
costume. The design and colour fits right into
the era but I can't help but notice each cast only
got 5 outfit at the most. Why is that so?
Isn't this family is so rich that they have a dozen
servants and few carriages but can't afford to have
The sign language.
I applauded Yue Ling's great effort in mastering the
sign language. I know it's not easy. I
been on two hour lesson learning sign language.
Isn't it so not logic that everyone in the family
including servants can read sign language within
such a short period? Everyone has got no
problem communicating with Jing Yun and seems to
understand every single thing said by her.
This series can
easily be concluded by 20 episodes but because there
were so many unnecessary scenes that are so dragging
and boring like the part of Yue Ling's sister and
also the sister-in law which I fast forwarded all
these scene. My choice of TV series now is
Japanese drama because they are short, simple and
right to the point. Mandarin dramas need to be
revolutionised and stop creating unrelated plot.
The casts here are
no short of excellence. In Taiwanese series,
it's rare that you can find anyone who cannot act but
often overact. You will find a more detailed
comments on the cast below.
Basically a love story of a mute woman who is forced
into a fake marriage with an ill man who has least
than a year to live and how love took place.
This series is highly popular in China which is also
the main reason this website is re-opened after many
of the fans wrote to me. Since most must have
either seen this or heard about this one, I might as
well tell you the whole story from what I could
The story began
with Jing Yun being arranged to marry with the an
ill young man of a rich family.
It takes us on to many incidences unfolded upon her
arrival with most scheme purportedly arranged by the
cousin sister who suffered from heart-ache and
jealousy with Jing Yun.
She later was
kicked-off the family when a theft case happened and
took shelter from her friend. As fate would have
it, her sin was washed off when they discovered the
missing items and later accepted back to the home.
Her husband then
become more receptive to her and love blossomed
between them. He later died in her arms. Here
is the main characters where you will see their
connection in this drama.
Lin Jing Yun
The backbone of this series as the story are all
inter-connected with her. She was born into a
very loving family until her father was murdered
when she was eight and the house burnt down. She was
parted with her sister during the chaos and since
then, she refused to speak or can't speak at all
after being traumatised by the whole incident.
She grew up into a
pretty young lady and has a pure loving heart.
Her mother was in heavy debt and hence she was
married into the Chao family as a repayment mode.
She was betrothed to the second son of the Chao
family but in actual fact the marriage was for the
first son, Shao Bo who has a terminal disease and
would not live long.
with the Chao family was a young girl who had crush
on the second son. She grown bitter with Jing
Yun for stealing the affectionate from the rest of the
family members which previously reserved for her.
Jing Yun got into
many troubles because of the cousin sister. She
also has a missing sister whom she later
Chen Sa Li
A superstitious old lady who lives her days guided
with philosophy and teaching of some lost religion. An
extremely stubborn yet considerable kind woman who
indirectly create a whole series of drama in her
family including the expel of Jing Yun.
She is a widow with
two young sons when her husband died. She
becomes over-protective with her children especially
the eldest, Shao
Chao Sao Bo
A dying young man who suffered from a strange
illness. He has least than a year to live when
the story begins. His mother wishes him to get
marry and bear a child before he dies. An awkward
pale looking man with a kind heart. He loves
Jing Yun but refrain from expressing his love as he
wants her to move on after he died.
He later touched by
Jing Yun's sincerity and she subsequently has an
Yue Ling as Lin
I somehow found this is one of the least prominent
role of all Yue Ling's works. She was amazing
in Green Green Grass By The River, fantastic in
Ghost Husband and mature in her character of Ru Fang
in For Better of Worse but this Lin Jing Yun of her
just failed to charm me.
Other than crying
or making up the sad face, she is unable to relate
more for the audiences. She did a great job to
convince us that she is really mute and can't speak
but there are lots more than this. I wish to
see her face speaking rather than crying or nodding
her head. She was brilliant in Ghost Husband
where she uses her eyes to speak which makes Ghost
Husband a great success. Maybe she contracted a
lot on her hand movement and therefore lost focus on
her facial expression.
Xie Ju Wu as
Chao Sao Bo
I never like him and I'm refraining myself from
being prejudice in my comments here. I have
seen him acting once and that's in the Taiwan
X-Files version where he plays the character of
Mulder. That drama sucks real time with some really
bad effects which puts this drama to the bottom
ranking on my list.
As many of you would
have heard it, they both dated before in real-life and
because his infidelity, they separated.
Well, in this series
he did a great job. Looking like a real sick
person, I would rate him an A for his
performance. He also has an impaired left arm
where he conveyed it perfectly. Even the way he
walked and talked, he did look like an almost dying
person. He has a good make up artist which
helped him to look pale plus with the half-moon
Overall, a moderate production which I failed to see
why this drama was so highly successful after
all. I found it hard to complete this drama as I
grew so annoyed over the story plot. Lots of
repetition and too many flashback. This drama
can easily be summed up in 20 episodes at
The dialogue were
wishy-washy and at times, too dramatic.. way too
dramatic as if it's the world is collapsing
it's not because of Yue Ling holding the main role, I
would have sent this drama straight off to second hand
shop for re-sale.