C-Drama “General and I” character introductions
The captivating story, interesting characters, beautiful cinematography, meaningful songs, elegant costumes and sets was enough to hold my interest, but handsome men and beautiful women makes a drama that much enjoyable to watch. It’s a guilty pleasure. Feast for the eyes is how I would describe “General and I” Chinese drama starring “Wallace Chung,” “Angelababy,” “Sean Sun,” “Gan Tin Ting” and a slew of attractive people. I watch Chinese dramas because I like the story and quality behind the production. It doesn’t hurt at all when the cast is good looking though, the case with “General and I.”
You can read information and synopsis of the drama in my previous post…
The main couple alone is reason enough to watch, but this drama has more than one couple to look forward to.
INTRODUCTIONS TO THE CHARACTERS:
Dubbed the Male God of China, “Wallace Chung” aka “Zhong Han Liang/ Chung Hon-Leung” is known for his godly good looks and phenomenal acting skills, so its only fitting he was chosen for the role of handsome “Chu Bei Jie,” a powerful undefeated “God of War” and cherished “Prince of Zhenbai.” Loved and worshiped by his people but feared and respected by his enemies, “Chu Bei Jie” is fiercely loyal to his country but equally loyal to his one love “Pai Ping Ting.” He is the perfect man, the epitome of perfection, a force to be reckoned with. No hero is without flaws though, as his one weakness is his love for “Pai Ping Ting.” His unwavering love for her will put him at crossroads with his brother the King and leave his life on a thread on many occasions.
I haven’t always been a fan of Wallace because I didn’t always find him good looking before. It’s surprising to read articles where he’s repeatedly labeled as a male god. Didn’t imagine there was so much hype over his looks until now. I always thought he was so famous for his talent not his look. I became a fan a couple of years after giving him a chance and realizing how truly gifted he is as an actor. Wallace exudes confidence with an undeniable presence onscreen, which makes him rather charming. He’s one of the most well rounded actors. He is so charismatic and captivating onscreen that it’s hard to believe it’s just acting. Like all the other roles I’ve seen him in, he brought justice to the role of “Chu Bei Jie,” nailing it no other. Can’t imagine anyone else doing a finer job. Having read the book, he is exactly what I envisioned “Chu Bei Jie” to be. Although Wallace lost his dark tan and gained a lot of weight he still made a very believable “Chu Bei Jie” simply with the way he carried himself. Confidence is sexy.
“Angelababy” aka “Yang Ying/ Angela Yeung” known mostly for her beauty rather than her talent plays the role of “Bai Ping Ting,” a genius strategist who will make or break a nation. “Bai Ping Ting” is not a beauty but she is renowned for her intellect and wisdom, which is parallel to the real life “Zhuge Liang.” Her intelligence is no match for others until she meets her match “Chu Bei Jie,” the man she will eventually fall in love with against her will. Although she is faithful to her master “He Xia,” her loyalty gets questioned after she falls for “Chu Being Jie” the General from the opposing country and “He Xia’s” nemesis. Time and time again she betrays “Chu Bei Jie” for political gain but his devoted love for her does not falter.
Angelababy caused quite a commotion before and after the drama aired. Fans of the novel felt she was anything but fitting for the role, because “Bai Ping Ting” was suppose to be an average looking girl, whereas Angelababy is beautiful. Although they tried to downplay her looks, she was still attractive. Many also feared she would not serve the role justice with her limited acting skills after her failure to deliver in her last drama “Love Yunge from the Desert.” However, when the drama finally aired Angelababy received harsh criticism for her stiff one expression acting. Personally I didn’t find she did that horrible of a job. People are so hard to please. Though she is no seasoned actress, she did enough for the role to serve it justice. “Bai Ping Ting” was after all supposed to be calm and composed. I actually appreciated Angelababy’s stoic demeanor. I’m glad she was picked for the role, I’m not going to deny I like watching attractive people onscreen. Besides, I wouldn’t switch her for another lead actress because the chemistry between the leads was too explosive to imagine anyone else in the role. No doubt she excelled in her love scenes lol. Her weakness was when she had long lines, she was so focused on reciting her lines she would have this blank face with her eyes opened real wide. International fans are a lot more easier on her as she’s getting mostly positive feedback vs the feedback she’s getting back home.
“Sean Sun” aka “Sun Yizhou” plays the cunning and manipulative “He Xia” the “Prince of Jing An,” who becomes cruel and unforgiving when the world turns against him. His unyielding motivation to seek revenge leads to his eventual downfall. Even when the heavens took everything away from him, the heavens also returned a blissful life to him as well. He fails to appreciate his blessings as he’s blinded by revenge and relentless ambition to rule the world. He’s consumed by hate and obsessed with obtaining his objective he doesn’t care who he hurts or kills along the way. There are so many dimensions to the character “He Xia,” one doesn’t don’t really know whether to sympathize or hate him.
I’ve only seen Sean in a couple of projects prior to this, but this is the first time where he plays a pitiful villain. Sean’s portrayal was pretty solid in that he played the character with enough charm that I didn’t feel the need to skip his parts due to pure annoyance despite what his character may be doing onscreen. Like Wallace, Sean also gained a lot of weight in this drama, so much that some of his outfits were ill fitting on him. Wallace may have gained weight but he still managed to look dashing in all his costumes. Considering the massive amount of money and people put into the making each individual outfit in the drama, that shouldn’t have been an issue for Sean.
“Gan Tingting” plays the naive “Yao Tian” the “Princess of Bai Lan.” She shares a pitiful past much like her handsome prince charming “He Xia” so when they eventually meet, it’s not uncommon for the two to share a common interest, taking vengeance on the world. Her blind and unconditional love for her husband “He Xia” leads to the collapse of her Kingdom. Her confidence in him leads to irreversible mistakes. She was just as ambition driven as “He Xia” as her schemes to achieve her desires were just as cunning. However, unlike “He Xia” her ambition could have been curbed with the right influence. Faithful to love, it’s unfortunate she fell in love with the wrong man who turned her into a puppet. She defines the definition of “love is blind.”
I thought this was my first time seeing Gan and didn’t realize until doing research that she has been in other dramas I watched but her roles were never prominent enough to remember. I was quite memorized by Gan as her features are flawless, especially her soulful eyes. When the scene called for her to act guileless she looked genuinely sweet but when the scene called for her to be cunning, she really did look like the devil. She portrayed her character with elegance and sophistication. She looked and acted very much like a royal.
Although “Sima Hong” tries to be a good King to his people and a loving brother to “Chu Bei Jie” he can’t help but let his ambition consume him. He doesn’t just want peace for his country, but he wants to become ruler of the world. Although “Chu Bei Jie” has proven through time and actions that he is a loyal subject, the Emperor cant help but feel insecure that the revered General who is glorified by his people might covet his throne. When he realizes that “Chu Bei Jie” wants nothing more than to live a peaceful life with his love, the Emperor interferes again trying to stroke “Chu Bei Jie’s” ambition to come out of retirement and fight more wars for him. A drastic mistake that leads to dire consequences. The bond that once tied “Chu Bei Jie’s” loyalty is broken. The Emperor contributed to his own despair
“Consort Zhang” daughter of “Chancellor Zhang” grew up with the royals and naturally fell in love with the charming “Chu Bei Jie.” However, fate plays games with her and she is eventually forced to marry “Sima Hong” the Emperor, a political move to strengthen his gripe on the throne. She holds a deep grudge towards the Emperor for making her his concubine through force, she takes revenge by poisoning him on a daily basis. She eventually confesses her love for “Chu Bei Jie” while trying to convincing him to overthrow the King. However, when he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings she vows to take vengeance on him. As the saying “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” she plays an essential role in the collapse of the Jin state.
I’ve seen Deng Sha in other roles where she blends into the background. However, this role showcased she can take on much more complex roles where the character is multidimensional.
“Empress of Jin” is the loving wife of “Sima Hong.” She has the Emperor’s heart all to her own, as she is his childhood sweetheart and one and only true love. She is understanding and compassionate. She is clever and reasonable. Though her logic sometimes gets her in an unfavorable situation with the Emperor, she doesn’t hesitant to speak her mind in an attempt look out for his best interest.
I really like the actress who played the role of the Empress. I found her so elegant and classy in her portrayal. It doesn’t hurt that she’s gorgeous either.
“Shuang Er” showed up exactly when the Emperor needed a shoulder to lay on. After losing his Empress and two sons, “Shuang Er” stayed by his side faithfully. She gains the Emperor’s trust and finally granted the title of “Empress of Jin”
Lu Qian didn’t seem like she was in her element in the role of “Shuang Er.” Since I’ve never seen her in previous work its hard to judge if she was restraining herself or this was how “Shuang Er” was suppose to be portrayed.
“Lady 13th” comes into “Chu Bei Jie’s” life during his three year separation from “Bai Ping Ting.” Though he believes his beloved wife “Bai Ping Ting” is deceased, his love for her did not die along with her. No matter how beautiful and capable “Lady 13th” is, “Chu Bei Jie” has no place in his heart for her. This doesn’t stop “Lady 13th” from seducing “Chu Bei Jie” though. In a era where men are allowed more than one wife, can he resist this stunning woman?
Isn’t Liu just gorgeous? She gave Angelababy a run for her money. She played her temptress role well. Her character wasn’t written into the novel, but it was a nice touch to the drama. Just proves that “Chu Bei Jie’s” sworn promise to never betray “Bai Ping Ting” stands even after her death lol.
No master can ask for more loyal and capable servant than “Chu Mo Ran.” He’s “Chu Bei Jie’s” right hand man since the tender age of 2 so he claims. Through thick and thin, he plays a pivotal role in “Chu Bei Jie’s” life. When his master had obstacles, “Chu Mo Ran” felt the same agony; when there was joy in his master’s life, you could see “Chu Mo Ran’s” face light up. Though he doesn’t have a love story in the drama, in the novel he actually falls for a Princess from the opposing state.
“Chu Mo Ran” is actually one of my favorite characters in this drama. Since his role is so important I think it was perfect Wei Bing Hua was chosen for the role. He’s actually charismatic in his own way. He’s versatile as an actor, one moment he’s a tough dude, the next he’s goofy smiling up a storm. He made his character really believable. His fight scenes like Wallace looked effortless and fluid.
“Zui Ju” is a gifted doctor who is crucial to “Bai Ping Ting’s” survival after she is stabbed by “Chu Bei Jie.” Her relationship with “Chu Bei Jie” can be deemed as a close one as she often refers to him as big brother Bei Jie. Successfully reviving “Bai Ping Ting” from death, she becomes “Bai Ping Ting” closest confidant. A case of mistaken identity she is captured by “Fan Lu” who mistakes her for “Bai Ping Ting.” Thus their love story begins.
Though this is my first time seeing Zou Yang onscreen, I think her portrayal was realistic. She’s likeable as an actress.
“Fan Lu” is a mercenary sent on a mission to kill “Bai Ping Ting” in the forest, however he mistakenly captures “Zui Ju” instead. Perhaps the case of love at first sight, enamored by her charm, instead of taking her life, he takes her hostage for the next 3 years.
Even though I’m sad for “Mo Ran’s” character, because I really thought there was a love story between him and “Zu Ju,” I cant completely say I’m not happy lol. The actor who played “Fan Lu” is quite cute. He has a nice smile. There’s still a lot of room for improvement though, especially in his action scenes. He even has trouble getting on his horse swiftly.
“Yang Feng” plays a childhood best-friend of “Bai Ping Ting.” Their paths are unlikely to cross again after separation as “Bai Ping Ting” has become “Chu Bei Jie’s” Princess Consort, and “Yang Feng” married a General from Liang state. However, unlikely events forced the two fiends to meet once again. Unfortunately, at the same time Liang and Jin are at war with one another. “Bai Ping Ting” must decide whether to join alliance with Liang to protect “Yang Feng’s” unborn child or join her husband and win the war for Jin. Little does she know, “Chu Bei Jie” isn’t in battlefield to win any war, but just to win her heart.
Another beauty to add to this drama. It’s no wonder all the men in this drama are giving up their power and land in the name of love. They sure chose gorgeous women to convince us lol. The chemistry between her and her fellow actor Qi Fang was believable too. If Madina excelled in anything, it was probably those emotional touching scenes that gripe your heart.
“Ze Yin” is said to be the most powerful General of Liang, but still no match for “Chu Bei Jie.” After a couple of stances with “Chu Bei Jie” he is nearly knocked off his horse. He can only rely on a battle of wits if “Bai Ping Ting” decides to join forces to win the war for Liang. For his wife “Ze Yin” gives up his serving his country and goes into retirement living in seclusion. Faced with chaotic times he is forced out of retirement, joining forces with his former rival “Chu Bei Jie” to bring peace to the world.
Qi Fang looks like Raymond Lam of China don’t you think? He and Madina got little screen time but left a lasting impression on me.