Mixed Feelings about ‘Hot Shot’
Posted July 29, 2008on:
Thoughts based solely on the first episode which btw you can now watch online.
Jerry Yan returns as his best played character – handsome rich boy with attitude. Love it! I truly believe that only Jerry has the amazing bone structure to perfectly pull off a condescending yet attractive look. (That’s right, in the world of drama, sons of rich families always have cheekbone that are more spectacular than normal. Their fathers always seem to carry prominent mustaches.) As of now, the audience haven’t been attacked by Jerry’s full blown smile yet. Even his reluctant turn of the lips, a secret smile to himself, is so cute! I expecting ratings to go off the roof when Jerry finally shows his signature dimples later on.
On to Alan Luo… he’s also playing a character that really suits him. Sadly even after gaining great popularity in Taiwan, he still has that poor boy look. So playing the orphan Yuan Da Ying is totally appropriate. Alan Luo on any screen has always cracked me up. His facial expressions might sometimes seem immature but they come naturally to his face. I hate it when actors force themselves to be funny. Alan is just a pro by nature.
As for Wu Chun, I really admire his athleticism in the first episode. So many jumps yet so graceful while performing. He really need some work on playing the bad guy. I’m assuming his character is part of the opposing team since he’s not one of 5 that walks out together in the opening/ending theme. Wu Chun just has that friendly face. Every time he tries to express coldness (i.e. in Romantic Princess) or cunningness, here in Hot Shot playing, his face gets really stiff. Maybe he’ll picked some tricks from Jerry because Wu Chun totally has the chiseled face to be a hot villain.
Looking at the two female leads, I’m questioning why the casting director could get some more prominent actresses to play opposite big names like Jerry, Alan, and Wu Chun. Tracy Zhou (周采詩) is cute enough as Zhan Jie Er. But I keep on thinking what if Ariel Lin didn’t turn down this part. Oh, how much more would I love this drama!
Coco Jiang is of course very hot. Her character W is kind of confusing for me. Is she suppose to a mentor and only a mentor? Or is she going to be the love interest of one of the boys?
My least favorite part of Hot Shot has to be the plot or what I’m expecting the plot to be. The underdog’s rise to success. So old school! Haven’t we seen this story ready? Also, I’m pretty sure Alan’s character is going to get girl… doesn’t the poor, hard working boy alway get the girl? I’m sure if Yuan Da Ying (Alan) was as rich as Dong Fang Xiang (Jerry), DFX might stand a chance. But in a fictional competition between the rich and poor… the poor always wins. Poor Jerry.
My favorite part has to be the Wu Xia inspire aspect of this drama. First, the action packed scenes on and off the court. Second, the humanly impossible moves that usually can only be found in Wu Xia dramas. Did anyone else catch the names of basketball moves used by Dong Fang Xiang? They are all spin off of Legend of Condor Heroes‘s Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms (降龍十八掌)! This of course makes me giddy inside since I just finished LOCH. The screenwriter must be a Wu Xia fan!
Here are the original names of 3 of the 18 Dragon Subduing Palms:
1. 亢龍有悔 Kang Long You Hui (Overcoming the Dragon With Regret)
2. 見龍在田 Jian Long Zai Tian
3. 潛龍勿用 Qian Long Wu Yong (The Forbidden Submerged Dragon)
Compared to Dong Fang Xiang’s 3 famous moves (alterations in red):
1. 亢龍不悔旋風式灌籃 Kang Long Bu Hui
(Overcoming the Dragon Without Regret, Turning Style Slam Dunk)
2. 戰龍在野 Zhang Long Zai Ye
3. 暴龍勿用 Bao Long Wu Yong
Please excuse my pitiful translations. Here’s some reading about some of the 18 Dragon Subduing Palms.