The Mischievous Wanderer
The Holy Maiden
Once upon a time in China, a fun-loving, mischievous
wanderer has sustained severe inner injuries. He was
almost on the brink of death, but luckily, he met a
lady who rescued him. But this mysterious lady never
showed her face. She had a servant who was 50 years
old. Upon seeing this old servant address her as
'gu-gu'(aunt), the mischevious wanderer assumed, "Since this old man calls her 'gu-gu', then she must be an
extremely old lady." Thus, he addressed her as 'po-po'(Granny).
Day after day, the wanderer went to the bamboo hut
where 'po-po' was staying to recuperate. For listening
to the beautiful tunes played by 'po-po' helped to
sooth his channels and brought peace. He soon grew to
respect her very much, even revealing to her his inner
secrets. However one day, it was time for the wanderer
to go to another place to settle some matters. 'Po-po'
was sad and they bidded farewell reluctantly.
But soon after, their paths crossed again. It was
Heaven's will. They were so happy and set off
together. 'Po-po' was still wearing a veil over her
face and the wanderer was curious. All was well until
one day, due to some unseen circumstances, the TRUTH
To his shock, he saw that the 'po-po' was actually a
beautiful, mesmerising young lady. In fact, she was
The Holy Maiden of The Evil Sect. The wanderer was
very upset as well as furious as he felt cheated.
He left, but his injuries occured again. The Holy
Maiden saved him again. She was terribly upset that
the wanderer was angry with him. She has already
fallen deeply in love with him. In order to make him
stand by his side forever, she purposely passed a
message to her followers that was, "Whoevers sees him
is to kill him at once." The
wanderer, who still feels that The Holy Maiden
deliberately made fun of him, wanted to leave. At this
moment, The Holy Maiden could not conceal her feelings
anymore and went to hug him. The wanderer was so
touched by her words and deep love. They were finally
But the love road was not that smooth for this
star-crossed lovers as they were on opposite sides.
But because of their deep affection and never-ending
love for each other, they still managed to overcome
all obstacles that come in their way.
In the end, after battling the evil force together,
The Mischevious Wanderer and The Holy Maiden chose to
isolate themselves from the outside world. They
settled at a faraway place, with music accompanying
They lived happily ever after......
Among all the couples in Jin Yong novels, actually I
feel the most for Qiao Feng and Ah Zhu, Duan Yu and Mu Wanqing in
Demi Gods and Semi Devils as well as Chen Jialuo and Huo
Qingtong in Book and Sword. Maybe it's
because these couples all do not have a happy ending together and I feel it's a pity.
As for Linghu Chong and Ren Yingying, I was quite
neutral towards them. Even after watching the TVB 84,
TCS 2000 and TAIWAN 2000, I still don't have much
impression of them. But this CCTV version is
different!! After watching it, I was so drawn to the
relationship between LHC and RYY. I was quite
surprised that this couple has such a great impact on
me. Li Yapeng and Xu Qing have displayed excellent
emotions in every scene they appeared together. So
sweet!!! Their gestures, eye contact, flawless
coordination make me fall in love with this couple
I can say frankly now, it is because of their great
performance on-screen that now Linghu Chong and Ren
Yingying have made it to my list of favourite Jin Yong couples. Also, Li
Yapeng and Xu Qing become one of my fave on-screen
partners, though my forever No. 1 choice duo (since
young) is still Andy Lau and Rosamund Kwan. And yes, to me, another equally incredible and
unforgettable couple is Gilbert Lam and Annie Man in the
ATV serial [Heroine of the Yangs].
All in all, kudos to Li Yapeng and Xu Qing!!! I think
no one can suit the roles better than them. Their
portrayals of LHC and RYY shall remain rooted in my
mind always. Forever...
Hope to see them cooperate on the screen again.
Wouldn't it be great?
My first impression on Linghu Chong
and Ren Ying Ying is...nothing. Coz, the first LHC and RYY I see are Chow
Yun Fat and Rebecca Chen, actors that I'm not really fond of, and they
don't have that strong on-screen chemistry, either. So, I feel nothing
for this couple.
But, Li Yapeng and Xu Qing really
did impressed me with their individually acting skills in portraying Linghu
Chong and Ren Ying Ying. And most of all because of their great, superb
and strong on-screen chemistry!! Because of their excellent performance, I realized and admire LHC and RYY's love feelings towards each other. Linghu Chong's love for Ren Ying-Ying is not love at first sight, he was still in love with his 'xiao shi mei' by the time he knew who Po-Po really is. Linghu Chong's love for her grew slowly as time pass by, without even he himself realize about his own feelings. Perhaps, because he feels there's a wall between them as he always believe what YBQ told him that the members of the "good and evil" sects should never intermingle.
On the other side, Ren Ying-Ying's love for Linghu Chong is an unconditional and sincere love. She knew he still love Yue Lingshan, but she just stick by his side without expecting anything in return. Unbelivable! Perhaps not the most romantic couple in whole JY cannon, but indeed one of the most touching and greatest couple!!^_^
Anyway, back to Li Yapeng and Xu Qing, as soon as I watched the first romantic
scene/conversation between them (for me, that is...ep. 28), I immediately
feel their great chemistry already and come to like this couple very much.
Coz, after that conversation, I love how the director gave them some time
to gaze at each other for a long time, 'till Ren Ying Ying feels ashamed,
but smiling and look down, coz Linghu Chong still gazing at her. Love the
way they express their feelings towards each other through those faces
Just for your information, there
are pretty much similar scenes for LHC and RYY. Expressing feelings and
expressing care without saying any words at all, only through face expressions.
Perhaps, this what made their on-screen chemistry even stronger, coz sometimes
expressions are better than words ^_~
Li Yapeng and Xu Qing, in my opinion,
I find as the best on-screen couple next to Miu Kiu Wai and Barbara Yung
Mei Ling. Even Tony/Kitty are below them in my favorite on-screen couple
Now, we present to you The Best
Jin Yong On-screen Couple in our eyes!
This section's main contents is actually
every romantic/sweet/funny/precious moments of Linghu Chong & Ren Ying
Ying per episode. So, we'll put their pictures and the dialogues, too...if
it's a short conversation. If it's long, then we'll just summarize the
scene ^_^ Now, you may look around!
Part 1 : The Beginning
Part 2 : Twists and Turns