BELOVED ENEMY | REVIEW

The premise of this is basically this successful president of the company named Gu Qing Pei was given the task of taking care of the Head of the company’s son, Yuan Yuang. They quarrel a lot especially due to their differences in temperament; Yuan being impulsive and aggressive and Gu Qing Pei calculative and calm.

– The Story –
I really enjoyed it! It was very well-done, I thought, & decently-paced, in a way that really drew me in, if perhaps while implementing plotlines & characters that one could perhaps say have been done before. However, personally, I have to disagree with the people who are saying there is absolutely no BL(Boys’ Love) present at all; I think you just have to go into it without certain expectations & aware of the ban on any [so-called ]”abnormal” sexuality from being depicted on TV & such that is current in Mainland China at the time of this series’ release. Sure, the more explicit/physical side of the relationship is almost completely sterilized…at very least from what is actually seen or even too directly-implied, but the more I learn about the novel the more I see that it lines up almost exactly with everything that I was able to pick up from the tv series. And I had NO knowledge of the novel’s storyline prior to watching the tv series to give me any clues that were not actually present within the tv series itself. I think people sometimes forget that there is much more to BL & to relationships in general than just outright declarations or the explicit/physical sides of things; and I think at times people also tend to forget that SUBTEXT can also be a very real & canon thing that’s used within a story deliberately, not just something which is solely dependant upon people’s own personal interpretations or imaginings regardless of the actual canon intention or lack-thereof.

I loved the note that it ended everything on. I thought it tied all of its introduced story-points up pretty well, and the cameo appearance of a certain actor in an episode as the character he played from another BL movie was I thought a nice little easter-egg to include.

– The Acting –
I thought the acting, at very least of the two lead males especially, was very powerful and welldone & very compelling; I thought they also had excellent chemistry and played very very well off of each other. From their facial-expressions, to their vocal-tones, & their overall body-language & everything…it was all so excellently conveyed by these actors that, in my opinion, it crossed into that silver/golden line where really great acting actually becomes completely surreal & even almost UNreal to watch for me in how perfectly & how POWERFULLY portrayed it is..when in reality it is actually a pretty rare person who actually conveys their emotions so well or so flawlessly that it is nearly impossible to so-easily mistake except perhaps if you aren’t really particularly attentive or learn’d to such specifics or detail. (But, it wasn’t just the leads, many – if not even all – of the rest of the cast also acted very capably well.) I thought the whole cast embodied their characters well, although – I suppose – I can not truly compare the characters from the tv series to those in the novel…nothing I have heard of the novels so far has really deviated from what I had personally seen in the tv series. Of course, every reader of any novel will have their own ideas regarding that anyhow, I’m sure.

I need to give a special shout-out to the actor who played Da Li though as well, the friend with the headphones worn almost all the time, for really standing out to me by conveying so much in what few scenes he did have even without having much dialogue: he was a total scene-stealer. He has really expressive eyes, too.

– The Music –
I only rated the music a little lower because, even though I don’t recall outright disliking it or anything at any point & in fact I actually quite liked it generally, I don’t recall particularly thinking it really stood out as “Wow! this music is ESPECIALLY amazing &/or perfect” at any point either. So, for me, I guess the music was good & not bad….but, personally, not particularly outstanding or exceptionally memorable either?.

 

– The Rewatch Value –
Truthfully, I have already seen the entire series twice — The first time I watched it without subtitles(& I can barely speak or understand even one word of Chinese myself), and the second time I watched it with subtitles just to doublecheck if I had really been following it properly without the subtitles(which I pretty much had – & I definitely attribute that fact to the skill and prowess of the acting & everything itself). And I would definitely rewatch it yet again, & I most likely will very soon, and probably more than once. I could definitely see myself still revisiting it again, sometimes, even in future years to come.

( laAKU )

 

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2 Comments

  1. Outstanding review! Thank you for conveying my sentiments about this series so well. Most importantly, I really liked that you touched on the importance and the canon of subtext in these types of BL content, and how just because things aren’t explicitly stated and there’s almost no physical side to the relationship, that it only has room to be considered a bromance. There’s a huge difference between a platonic relationship and an implied romance between two individuals, and I think alot of these Chinese dramas get misjudged as bromances due to the censorships and what certain people are generally seeking out of these shows. It’s clear some of the Chinese dramas actually do keep the relationships of the characters in tact through subtext and other methods, and honestly, I feel like I enjoy these MORE than alot of the others that don’t. I think it could be because there’s more effort put into the relationship since alot of the other stuff is censored.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Beloved Enemy but after reading your review I’m eager to get back into it.

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