State of Divinity
Song Ta Ming
Ren Ying Ying
Yue Ling Shan
Liu Xue Hua as Dung Fang Bu Bai
Li Li Qun as Ren Wo Xing
Sun Xing as Tian Bo Guang
Cai Can Te as Yi Ling
Jiang Ta Wei as Qu Yang
Xu Shao Qiang as Xiang Wen Tian
State of Divinity 2000
was produced by StarEast Production and sold to TVB. Contains of 52 episodes
and took most of sets in Mainland China, this serial was a big success
As a novel adaptation, I would have
to say this one is not good. Miscasts, deviated much from the original
plot, mischaracterizations, missed lots of details, the story also dragged
too long...too much unneccessary scenes.
an original serial, a self stand-up serial, it's very good. Shooting angle,
great choreographed fight scenes, magnificent sets, great twist of plot.
The only major flaw as an original serial is...the producer casted Richie
Ren as the main character, the supposibly noble, dashing, charming yet
a carefree hero. Sadly speaking, Richie Ren didn't suit the role. I wouldn't
mind if only because his face is not handsome. A lot of un-handsome actors
that suits a dashing/noble/charming hero, because of their charm and charisma.
But, Richie don't have that at all. He don't have that charisma to be the
main hero. Personally, I think he only suits well as a comical character
from the story.
SOD 2000 starts out very interesting
and you can feel the mystery and excitement during first ten episodes.
The first three episodes focuses more on the prologue of the mysterious
and evil sect,The Sun Moon Sect. It feels like you're watching those early
90s Hongkong ancient movie. The first battle was superb between Qu Yang
and Xiang Wen Tiang, very intenseful. And, starting episode 4, the story
follow tightly to the first chapter of the novel. But, as the story goes
on, it gets further...and...further from the novel. The characterizations
are also getting different. And, it gets more screwed up towards the end
of the serial. The last episodes are total dissapointment for me. The final
battle is not as intenseful as the first battle, since the final villain
is Ren Wo Xing, which on three last episodes before the final episode,
he seems to be very friendly with LHC and close with RYY. So, the feeling
of excitement and instense were gone, as RWX seems not like the main villain.
The last episodes also contains too many unneccessary scenes, they chat
too much. Dragged too long, in my opinion.
flaw, making Dung Fang Bu Bai as an important character is not appropriate.
Different in the movie...since it's a 108 minutes movie, so it's understandable
made DFBB as an important character was to entertain the audience. But,
this is a serial. What made DFBB a unique and mysterious character is because
he/she only appeared in ONE chapter. So, when you see him/her for the first
time, it was like...."WAH!"....y'know! But, DFBB showed up too many times
in this adaptation, not to mention played by a female actress too, made you feel this is just a regular female character. The
mystery just gone.
Richie Ren don't have strong chemistry
with Anita Yuen as much as he has with Vivien Chen. This is a pity, since
LHC and RYY suppose to be the main couple in this story. It seems here,
LHC looks like respect her rather than love her.
The actor who played Lin Pingzhi
didn't do his job that well. He's good with the suffered and tortured expressions.
But, unfortunately not with the evil face. But, maybe this was also because
of the script, I don't know. I was dissapointed LPZ didn't turn feminine
at all after he mastered Pi Xie.
of the plus points, is they casted Anita Yuen as Ren Ying Ying. Anita is
superb as Ren Ying Ying. Very elegant, yet cruel and viscious in the beginning
of the serial. She also have the perfect face character too as RYY. Unfortunately, she's not cruel enough after the beginning episodes, which was totally not Anita's fault, but the scriptwriter fault I guess. Vivien
Chen was also good as Yue Ling Shan. She portrayed her cheerful yet spoiled and a little selfish. I like her. Yet again, towards the end of the serial, she portrayed her too calm(I don't know whether this is Vivien's flaw or the script's flaw). YLS was suppose to look rather emotionally uncalm as soon as she knows that LPZ never love her, y'know...with the over-crying and all. Anyway, another plus point, is the music themesongs that
sung by Richie Ren. I have to say Richie is a great singer, unfortunately...a
bad actor. I personally like the opening themesong, but in my opinion...the
themesong didn't suit the 'spirit' of the story. Songs like that suited
comical serials like Duke of Mount Deer or Hap Hak Hang better.
Overall, SOD 2000 have it's own plus
points and minus points balance. I mean, the number of the plus points
are just as much as the minus points. It seems everything were planned very well and the realizations were also very good at the beginning. But, towards the end of the serial, it seems the crews lost their strength. The actors didn't act very well anymore. The other crews didn't care about details anymore, and didn't pay attention on how to make the story not boring. Anyway, SOD 2000 is not
one the best Jin Yong adaptation. But, as I said before, as an original
serial, it has it's own title in the entertainment world.