You know I'm going to have to say that while Qi Ye (Nie Yuan
) is quite the hottie. Jin Guang (Shen Xiao Hai
) stole my heart with that pout he made in episode 11 when he wasn't picked for the arm wrestling match. (We're conveniently ignoring the fact here that he's a j3rk for most of the series
)... Xiao Hai has portrayed many a hot, upstanding scholar types in other series I swear!
Anyone that doesn't believe me needs to check out the Liao Zhai series Hua Gu Zi
. I saw a bit of it on TV while I was in China last year. Shen Xiao Hai plays the male lead Tao Zui. I didn't make the connection between Jin Guang and Tao Zui at first until I was looking up the actors for Chinese Ghost. Xiao Hai definitely looks a LOT better
without all that gold eyeshadow they put on him in Chinese Ghost.
I really regret not being able to watch Hua Gu Zi in its entirety and can't seem to find it online anywhere (not even D-addicts) even though the series was completed in 2004.
Perhaps I am doomed never to know if he ended up with the girl-that-turns-into-a-sunflower or the girl-that-turns-into-a-deer or whatever it was again...
Definitely need to find the english subtitles for that series.